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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


Bottom view


MMU Electic train.


Inside view


Snow plow



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


FP7 Diesel


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


Turntable


Crane


Some more steam stuff






Another GG1


Another old train car


Across the street is the Strasburg RR. They are now an excursion RR and operate a steam locomotive



Their station


Some of their cars




Switch tower


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

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Very cool stuff. Used to go with my grandmother to the railroad yards to pick up my grandfather when I was little. Always loved it.

Thanks for the memories.
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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.

Ralphthe3rd showed me the remains of one of the cisterns that was used to fill those for the high speed rewatering last time we went road-killing in central PA.

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Ralphthe3rd showed me the remains of one of the cisterns that was used to fill those for the high speed rewatering last time we went road-killing in central PA.
That piece was from the Wilmore installation west of Horsehoe Curve. Most were 1500 to 2000 feet long, this one was they worlds longest at 2685 ft. They had some pictures of what it looked like when they filled up and it looked cool.
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Thanks for the pictorial tour! Definitely a place I want to visit some day. PA has a rich rail heritage for sure. FYI Henry Ford Museum in Deerborn MI has a very nice collection of rail history also.
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Wow, that's impressive!

The Railroad Museum of Florida is a short ride from my house. They have something like two engines and four cars.
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The Railroad Museum of Florida is a short ride from my house. They have something like two engines and four cars.
Fortunately the Pennsylvania RR had the foresight to start preserving some of their engines and they make up the majority of the collection.
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That looks like a great day you had. I luv trains.
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Any Shays or Heislers on display there? I particularly like the Heislers as they are V-Twins!
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