Today I was looking for something to do and decided I would take a ride to Strasburg PA, home of the Railroad Museum of PA and the Strasburg Railroad. All I can sawy is wow, what a cool place. I would not call myself a train fanatic by any means, but I do appreciate all kinds of old stuff and most things mechanical. This place was packed full of trains.
Once in the door they have a small model RR layout
From there you go into the main exhibit hall. Here are some of the trains there:
This was cool. Its a John Stevens Steam Carriage from 1825
This one was from 1825
This is a fireless locomotive used by Pennsylvania Power and Light at their power plant. Rather than having a firebox and making their own steam, they would fill the boiler with steam from the power plant and that could power the locomotive for hours.
Several old cars
Replica of 1831 John Bull locomotive. This was built in 1939. The original is in the Smithsonian and is the oldest operating steam engine in the world.
Railroad car that goes with it
This one you could walk down steps and go under it
MMU Electic train.
Small steam engine used in Hawaii to harvest sugar cane. This had a 3ft guage and they would move the tracks to where they were needed.
This was cool. Obviously steam engines need water to make steam. Rather than stop to fill up, some engines had a scoop in the bottom that could scoop water up from a trough like this laying between the rails.
GG1 Electric Locomotive
Mock-up of the inside
View from the gallery above
They also had some exhibit space that I made a quick pass through. They had a bunch of old paintings. This caught my eye
One of the old boardroom chairs from the Pennsylvania RR
Outside they had some stuff waiting for restoration and a place to be displayed.
Some old cars
An old switcher
Some more steam stuff
Another old train car
Across the street is the Strasburg RR. They are now an excursion RR and operate a steam locomotive
Some of their cars
Maintenance shed. They give tours but I was out of time
Some more stuff outside
Small engine they give kids rides with, complete with its own turntable
Their engine coming in
Another view of their engine
And a short video of the engine