Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, with the active support of the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

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#TBT.  View of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s 55-year-old tank car No. 500001.  Built in the Hollidaysburg Shops ...
10/07/2021

#TBT. View of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s 55-year-old tank car No. 500001. Built in the Hollidaysburg Shops in 1966, No. 500001 was named the “Rail Whale” in a Pennsylvania Railroad employee contest. The 77-foot-long, 38,000-gallon capacity super tanker is one of two prototypes made and is the sole survivor of its class. https://rrmuseumpa.org/collections/roster/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #pennsylvaniarailroad #tankcar #railwhale #historictrains #strasburgpa

#TBT. View of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s 55-year-old tank car No. 500001. Built in the Hollidaysburg Shops in 1966, No. 500001 was named the “Rail Whale” in a Pennsylvania Railroad employee contest. The 77-foot-long, 38,000-gallon capacity super tanker is one of two prototypes made and is the sole survivor of its class. https://rrmuseumpa.org/collections/roster/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #pennsylvaniarailroad #tankcar #railwhale #historictrains #strasburgpa

Teachers! You still have time to register your class for the October 19 and 21 virtual STEAM On The Rails event with the...
10/06/2021

Teachers! You still have time to register your class for the October 19 and 21 virtual STEAM On The Rails event with the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania! Registration is by donation. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steam-on-the-rails-virtual-program-tickets-168482944021

This special school program is designed for students in grades K through 6 to learn about the role of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and math — in their daily lives. Students can watch live demonstrations and programs through Zoom.

October 19:
● 10:00 a.m. EST, The Steam Locomotive
● 10:30 a.m. EST, Canals vs. Railroads
● 2:00 p.m. EST, Coal-fired Pizza Oven Demonstration
● 2:30 p.m. EST, Blacksmithing Demonstration

October 21:
● 10:00 a.m. EST, Hands-On Art Program
● 10:30 a.m. EST, Logging’s Simple Machines
● 2:00 p.m. EST, The Diesel-Electric Locomotive
● 2:30 p.m. EST, The Electric Locomotive

@rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #steamontherails #virtualprogram #education #blacksmithfrankgillespie #nationalcanalmuseum #pennsylvanialumbermuseum

Register today for the Holiday Trains Ramble on Saturday, December 4, 2021!  https://rrmuseumpa.org/wp-content/uploads/H...
10/05/2021

Register today for the Holiday Trains Ramble on Saturday, December 4, 2021! https://rrmuseumpa.org/wp-content/uploads/Holiday-Trains-Ramble-2021.pdf Space is limited.

You’ll enjoy a train ride on the West Chester Railroad, a fascinating, guided tour of “Underground Philadelphia: Subways, Railways & Stations” from 30th Street Station to Reading Terminal Market and the operating model trains on the holiday garden railway at the beautiful Morris Arboretum.

@rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #friendsoftherailroadmuseumofpennsylvania #ramble #westchesterrailroad #undergroundphiladelphia #readingterminalmarket #morrisarboretum #modeltrains #historictrains #strasburgpa

Volunteer David Martin paints the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s 100-year-old Mack railbus No. 20.   Built by Mack Tr...
10/04/2021

Volunteer David Martin paints the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s 100-year-old Mack railbus No. 20. Built by Mack Trucks for the tiny Lewisburg, Milton & Watsontown People’s Railway of northern Pennsylvania, the railbus was designed to provide rural shortlines with an economical alternative to trains pulled by steam locomotives. It was retired from daily service in the early 1960s. https://rrmuseumpa.org/collections/restoration/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #volunteer #restoration #railbus #macktrucks #historictrains #strasburgpa

Volunteer David Martin paints the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s 100-year-old Mack railbus No. 20. Built by Mack Trucks for the tiny Lewisburg, Milton & Watsontown People’s Railway of northern Pennsylvania, the railbus was designed to provide rural shortlines with an economical alternative to trains pulled by steam locomotives. It was retired from daily service in the early 1960s. https://rrmuseumpa.org/collections/restoration/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #volunteer #restoration #railbus #macktrucks #historictrains #strasburgpa

It’s a train fun family outing for all ages!  Don’t miss tomorrow’s Garden Railways Tour!  You can still get tickets for...
10/02/2021

It’s a train fun family outing for all ages! Don’t miss tomorrow’s Garden Railways Tour! You can still get tickets for this self-guided tour of operating model trains in various outdoor settings. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garden-railways-tour-tickets-168478035339 @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #gardenrailwaystour #modeltrains #historictrains #strasburgpa

Say hello and welcome to Alison Silverman, the new retail services manager in charge of the Whistle Stop Shop museum sto...
10/01/2021

Say hello and welcome to Alison Silverman, the new retail services manager in charge of the Whistle Stop Shop museum store. Alison comes to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania with a history of merchandising and design, cost of goods control and exemplary customer service.

As a former manager of many art house theatres, Alison was responsible for finding vendors and products that would appeal to her patrons. In addition to unique concession treats, she brought to theatres nonfood items such as custom-designed apparel and drinkware, film and event-specific toys and souvenirs, books, DVDs, CDs, and custom posters. She enjoys interacting with her guests to ensure that everyone has a memorable visit.

Alison earned a bachelor’s degree in art/art history/film studies from Temple University and interned as a cataloguer in the department of prints and photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She spends her free time visiting museums, art galleries, antiquing, and designing and making vintage style toys. https://rrmuseumpa.org/store/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #whistlestopshop #historictrains #strasburgpa

Say hello and welcome to Alison Silverman, the new retail services manager in charge of the Whistle Stop Shop museum store. Alison comes to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania with a history of merchandising and design, cost of goods control and exemplary customer service.

As a former manager of many art house theatres, Alison was responsible for finding vendors and products that would appeal to her patrons. In addition to unique concession treats, she brought to theatres nonfood items such as custom-designed apparel and drinkware, film and event-specific toys and souvenirs, books, DVDs, CDs, and custom posters. She enjoys interacting with her guests to ensure that everyone has a memorable visit.

Alison earned a bachelor’s degree in art/art history/film studies from Temple University and interned as a cataloguer in the department of prints and photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She spends her free time visiting museums, art galleries, antiquing, and designing and making vintage style toys. https://rrmuseumpa.org/store/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #whistlestopshop #historictrains #strasburgpa

#TBT.  Passengers boarding “The Phoebe Snow” train on the Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad at Hoboken, New Jersey,...
09/30/2021

#TBT. Passengers boarding “The Phoebe Snow” train on the Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad at Hoboken, New Jersey, 1950. View is from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s collection of more than half a million photographic images. Search the library and archives catalogue online. https://rrmuseumpa.org/collections/research/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #thephoebesnow #delawarelackawannaandwesternrailroad #collection #libraryandarchives #research #historictrains #strasburgpa

#TBT. Passengers boarding “The Phoebe Snow” train on the Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad at Hoboken, New Jersey, 1950. View is from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s collection of more than half a million photographic images. Search the library and archives catalogue online. https://rrmuseumpa.org/collections/research/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #thephoebesnow #delawarelackawannaandwesternrailroad #collection #libraryandarchives #research #historictrains #strasburgpa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nOBPznnl8s  Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania visitor services associate Logan McDonald p...
09/29/2021
Amtrak 50th Anniversary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nOBPznnl8s

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania visitor services associate Logan McDonald presented a virtual program, Amtrak 50th Anniversary, in May. Now you can watch the tour, featuring some of the Museum’s pre-Amtrak equipment that relates to the story and some Amtrak pieces in the outdoor yard — the E60 No. 603, Metroliner No. 860 and AEM7 No. 915. @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #museumfromhome #virtualprogram #amtrak #e60 #metroliner #aem7 #historictrains #strasburgpa

Think Whistle Stop Shop with the holidays approaching!  Keep away the early fall chills while you build a scenic railroa...
09/28/2021

Think Whistle Stop Shop with the holidays approaching! Keep away the early fall chills while you build a scenic railroad puzzle and stay warm with a toasty Pennsylvania Railroad throw blanket. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in one of our mugs and don’t forget about a ceramic trivet!

Stop in the Whistle Stop Shop to see the selection of these items and much more! The Whistle Stop Shop is open during regular Museum hours, so you can take advantage of the wonderful array of books, clothing, toys and games, posters, cards, souvenirs, collectibles and other railroad-themed merchandise.

Email a store associate at [email protected] or call (717) 687-8628, ext 3005 for assistance. Your Whistle Stop Shop purchases benefit the non-profit Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. https://rrmuseumpa.org/store/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #whistlestopshop #friendsoftherailroadmuseumofpennsylvania #historictrains #strasburgpa

Think Whistle Stop Shop with the holidays approaching! Keep away the early fall chills while you build a scenic railroad puzzle and stay warm with a toasty Pennsylvania Railroad throw blanket. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in one of our mugs and don’t forget about a ceramic trivet!

Stop in the Whistle Stop Shop to see the selection of these items and much more! The Whistle Stop Shop is open during regular Museum hours, so you can take advantage of the wonderful array of books, clothing, toys and games, posters, cards, souvenirs, collectibles and other railroad-themed merchandise.

Email a store associate at [email protected] or call (717) 687-8628, ext 3005 for assistance. Your Whistle Stop Shop purchases benefit the non-profit Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. https://rrmuseumpa.org/store/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #whistlestopshop #friendsoftherailroadmuseumofpennsylvania #historictrains #strasburgpa

The Garden Railways Tour is this Sunday, October 3.  Get your tickets today for this self-guided tour of operating model...
09/27/2021

The Garden Railways Tour is this Sunday, October 3. Get your tickets today for this self-guided tour of operating model trains in various outdoor settings. It’s a train fun family outing for all ages! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garden-railways-tour-tickets-168478035339 @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #gardenrailwaystour #modeltrains #historictrains #strasburgpa

Join the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania for a Holiday Trains Ramble on Saturday, December 4, 2021.You’ll...
09/24/2021

Join the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania for a Holiday Trains Ramble on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

You’ll enjoy a ride on the West Chester Railroad, a guided tour of “Underground Philadelphia: Subways, Railways & Stations” from 30th Street Station to Reading Terminal Market and the operating model trains on the holiday garden railway at the beautiful Morris Arboretum.

Spaces are limited. Learn more and register today:https://rrmuseumpa.org/wp-content/uploads/Holiday-Trains-Ramble-2021.pdf @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #friendsoftherailroadmuseumofpennsylvania #ramble #westchesterrailroad #undergroundphiladelphia #readingterminalmarket #morrisarboretum #modeltrains #historictrains #strasburgpa

#TBT.  Pullman troop sleepers on the Lehigh Valley Railroad at Easton, Pennsylvania, 1945.  Photo is from the Railroad M...
09/23/2021

#TBT. Pullman troop sleepers on the Lehigh Valley Railroad at Easton, Pennsylvania, 1945. Photo is from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s extensive research library and archives. https://rrmuseumpa.org/collections/research/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #pullman #troopsleeper #lehighvalleyrailroad #historictrains #strasburgpa

#TBT. Pullman troop sleepers on the Lehigh Valley Railroad at Easton, Pennsylvania, 1945. Photo is from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s extensive research library and archives. https://rrmuseumpa.org/collections/research/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #pullman #troopsleeper #lehighvalleyrailroad #historictrains #strasburgpa

Get your tickets today for the 14th annual Garden Railways Tour on Sunday, October 3.  There are five stops on this self...
09/21/2021

Get your tickets today for the 14th annual Garden Railways Tour on Sunday, October 3. There are five stops on this self-guided tour of operating model trains in various outdoor settings. It’s a train fun family outing for all ages! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garden-railways-tour-tickets-168478035339 @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #gardenrailwaystour #modeltrains #historictrains #strasburgpa

Get your tickets today for the 14th annual Garden Railways Tour on Sunday, October 3. There are five stops on this self-guided tour of operating model trains in various outdoor settings. It’s a train fun family outing for all ages! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garden-railways-tour-tickets-168478035339 @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #gardenrailwaystour #modeltrains #historictrains #strasburgpa

Students and teachers will join the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania for the virtual STEAM On The Rails event on October ...
09/20/2021

Students and teachers will join the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania for the virtual STEAM On The Rails event on October 19 and 21, 2021. This special school program is designed for children in grades K through 6 to learn about the role of STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math — in their daily lives. Registration is by donation. Learn more and register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steam-on-the-rails-virtual-program-tickets-168482944021 @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #steamontherails #virtualprogram #education #blacksmithfrankgillespie #nationalcanalmuseum #pennsylvanialumbermuseum #anthraciteheritagemuseum #exkleyminersvillagemuseum #historictrains #strasburgpa

Students and teachers will join the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania for the virtual STEAM On The Rails event on October 19 and 21, 2021. This special school program is designed for children in grades K through 6 to learn about the role of STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math — in their daily lives. Registration is by donation. Learn more and register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steam-on-the-rails-virtual-program-tickets-168482944021 @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #steamontherails #virtualprogram #education #blacksmithfrankgillespie #nationalcanalmuseum #pennsylvanialumbermuseum #anthraciteheritagemuseum #exkleyminersvillagemuseum #historictrains #strasburgpa

Volunteers Sean Deemer and his son Connor weld a new steel replacement panel onto the tender of the Railroad Museum of P...
09/17/2021

Volunteers Sean Deemer and his son Connor weld a new steel replacement panel onto the tender of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s B6sb No. 1670. No. 1670 is the first of five historic Pennsylvania Railroad steam locomotives to be stabilized in the Ready For The Roundhouse project. Also included will be the M1b No. 6755, K4s No. 3750, L1s No. 520 and H10s No. 7688. https://rrmuseumpa.org/collections/restoration/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumpa #volunteers #b6sb #restoration #readyfortheroundhouse #pennsylvaniarailroad #historictrains #strasburgpa

Volunteers Sean Deemer and his son Connor weld a new steel replacement panel onto the tender of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s B6sb No. 1670. No. 1670 is the first of five historic Pennsylvania Railroad steam locomotives to be stabilized in the Ready For The Roundhouse project. Also included will be the M1b No. 6755, K4s No. 3750, L1s No. 520 and H10s No. 7688. https://rrmuseumpa.org/collections/restoration/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumpa #volunteers #b6sb #restoration #readyfortheroundhouse #pennsylvaniarailroad #historictrains #strasburgpa

#TBT.  This oil on canvas portrait of Alexander Johnston Cassatt (1839-1906) was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Railro...
09/16/2021

#TBT. This oil on canvas portrait of Alexander Johnston Cassatt (1839-1906) was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1903 and was painted by famed artist John Singer Sargent. Cassatt was the seventh president of the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1899 until his death in 1906. He began as a surveyor and worked his way up through the company ranks before becoming president in 1899. One of the most notable achievements during Cassatt’s tenure as company president was the planning and construction of the tunnels under the Hudson River connecting the Pennsylvania Railroad to New York City.

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was an American expatriate artist best known for his portraits, particularly of prominent or aristocratic subjects. Born in Florence, he trained in Paris, building his reputation as an artist, before moving to London. Sargent also painted landscapes and murals, and worked in various media including oil, charcoal and watercolor.

This painting is the official company portrait and can currently be viewed in the second floor gallery of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Additionally, other portraits of Alexander Cassatt can be found in various museums across the United States. American impressionist artist Mary Cassatt was Cassatt’s younger sister and painted him several times in more relaxed scenes.

https://rrmuseumpa.org/collections/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #alexanderjohnstoncassatt #johnsingersargent #collection #portrait #marycassatt #pennsylvaniarailroad #historictrains #strasburgpa

#TBT. This oil on canvas portrait of Alexander Johnston Cassatt (1839-1906) was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1903 and was painted by famed artist John Singer Sargent. Cassatt was the seventh president of the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1899 until his death in 1906. He began as a surveyor and worked his way up through the company ranks before becoming president in 1899. One of the most notable achievements during Cassatt’s tenure as company president was the planning and construction of the tunnels under the Hudson River connecting the Pennsylvania Railroad to New York City.

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was an American expatriate artist best known for his portraits, particularly of prominent or aristocratic subjects. Born in Florence, he trained in Paris, building his reputation as an artist, before moving to London. Sargent also painted landscapes and murals, and worked in various media including oil, charcoal and watercolor.

This painting is the official company portrait and can currently be viewed in the second floor gallery of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Additionally, other portraits of Alexander Cassatt can be found in various museums across the United States. American impressionist artist Mary Cassatt was Cassatt’s younger sister and painted him several times in more relaxed scenes.

https://rrmuseumpa.org/collections/ @rrmuseumpa #rrmuseumofpa #alexanderjohnstoncassatt #johnsingersargent #collection #portrait #marycassatt #pennsylvaniarailroad #historictrains #strasburgpa

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300 Gap Road, PA Route 741, P O Box 125
Strasburg, PA
17579

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Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

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Wheeler Center Depot train station 9/18/2021 Wheeler, NY
Good evening! I just purchased this sign. It's made of fiberglass and measures 4 feet by 4 feet. It's in terrific shape and isn't faded or chipped. Was wondering what it may have been used for on the PRR. Someone told me it was from a piggy back trailer that the PRR owned and transported back in the day. Any history would be great! Thanks.
Is ride on the Strasburg Rail Road, which offers 45-minute scenic journeys open?
What is the admission price?
Our weekend trip to Strasburg, PA...
Can someone answer what the hooks on the side of a Iron Railroad Tie Lifting Tongs do? What are these for?
With Gov. Wolf loosening COVID restrictions slightly, will this effect possible opening to the public?
You guys good? Lots of fire equipment there right now.
Sunnyside Yard ~1930. My Grandfather is lower left.
There 's a display in your museum (or was) with your Williamsport & North Branch Railroad Section House 7 house sign with a handcar on the floor beneath it as part of the display. Did the handcar actually come from Section 7?
G'day from Australia, and Happy New Year. I happened upon the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania quite by accident. I thought I might tell you a story of how my family history connects to your part of the world. April 28th 1855, my Great grand father, Edward Andrew Loughry is born in Bellefonte PA. Edward's railroad career began in April 1869 as a messenger boy with the Pennsylvania Railway Company. He later joined the Baldwin Locomotive Works as an apprentice to engineering. On completion of his apprenticeship he joined the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad as a fireman and after 18 months was appointed as a driver. Just after his 24th birthday he rejoined Baldwin Locomotives as a travelling engineer. Edward's first job in his new position was to deliver 4 steam motors and 6 double deck carriages to Sydney, Australia. In September 1879, Sydney was hosting an International Exhibition and required this new mode of transport to take patrons from the main railway terminus to the site of the Exhibition building. In late May of 1879, a 24 year old Edward along with his cargo departed New York on the S.S. DRYAD. Edward arrived in Sydney Harbour on September 3rd 1879. The cargo unloaded, Edward oversaw the preparation of the motors & carriages for service. On September 23rd the first Steam motor with Edward at the throttle set off to complete it's first round trip on the new tramway. In 1880 Baldwin Locomotive Co contacted Edward and requested he go to Adelaide, South Australia to have a look at some 2-8-0 locos that were not performing as they should on the gradients they were built for in the Adelaide hills. The problem was quickly rectified as a particular part had inadvertently been assembled incorrectly. Edward returned to New South Wales and took up a management role with Thomas Wearne's engineering works. One particular job took him to the Bathurst goldfields. While there he met a young lady, Mary Locke, the eldest daughter of an innkeeper, Edward Locke in a little place outside Bathurst called Locksley. Edward & Mary were married in October 1882. Edward decided against returning to the USA, deciding to join the New South Wales Railways instead. Edward retired in October 1919 from his last posting at Goulburn NSW, with the NSWGR's as a Locomotive Superintendent, after a very distinguished career, which included piloting a Royal train in 1901 and being an expert witness in a few railway accidents. Edward retired to the seaside town of Manly, New South Wales, where in retirement built instructional models of valve motions for apprentices as well as models of internal combustion engines, another of his interests. In July 1937 Edward was invited to witness the last official day of steam motor operation in Sydney. In what may have been a unique event Edward was there on the first and last day of steam tram operations in Sydney. As a post script to Edward's story, his eldest son Edward Jnr traveled to the USA in 1906. He traveled via Hawaii arriving in San Francisco within days of a major earthquake. Edward Jnr continued on to Philadelphia to spend time with Baldwin Locomotive Works, learning about locomotive construction. On Edward Jnr's return journey to Australia, he came home via the United Kingdom where he spent time with the Westinghouse Company. Edward Jnr went onto have a 50 year career with the NSWGR's, also retiring as a Locomotive Superintendent. I hope Edward's story is of interest to you. I am not sure whether any of Edward's family descendants still live in the Pennsylvania area after so many years. Another interesting twist with Edward's story was that he encouraged his younger brother James, also a Railroad man to come to Australia, where he married Mary's younger sister and also stayed to have a career with the NSWGR's.
Bring some circus history to PA!