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Things to do in PA - Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is packed full of history dealing with railroading in Pennsylvania. You can browse the more than 100 locomotives and railroad cars on their 18 acres in Strasburg, PA. The museum first opened in 1975 and is owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. They do a good job of education and preservation at their museum.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

In 1995 the museum's indoor exhibit was expanded to its current size of over 100,000 square feet. A new entrance and gift shop was added in 2007. From the second floor you can access the observation walkway which gives you a great view of the entire indoor collection.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

There are many steam engines in the museum's collection. In 1888 the Pennsylvania Railroad built No. 1187 in its Altoona, PA shops. Because of the unique display of the locomotive, you can view it from above, beside, and even below. The museum does a great job with all its displays.

Pennsylvania Railroad No. 1187

Pennsylvania Railroad No. 1187

It's not all about steam. There are several other locomotives on display as well like the Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 #4935. Built in 1943 at the Altoona shops, this beautiful electric locomotive hauled passengers on the Northeast and Keystone corridors until 1983.

Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 #4935

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania also houses trains of a smaller size. Over in the Railway Education Center you can find model trains that help teach youngsters how the railroads operate.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Outside you can find many larger pieces waiting for restoration. Around the 1928 Reading turntable you will find more steam locomotives like the rusty PRR M1b #6755. It was built in  Juniata in 1930.

PRR M1b #6755

1928 Reading turntable

Other cars outside include Reading Class POa Observation Car RDG 1 built in 1937 and CR 45210 (Ex-CR 50212/EL 03302) built for the Erie Lackawanna in 1954, transferred to Conrail in 1976.

CR 45210

Reading Class POa Observation Car RDG 1

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is a must visit place for any railfan who passes near Strasburg. Check out more of our photos over on our photo website.  BG Customs Photography


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