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Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Strasburg Railroad
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Strasburg, PA

During the July fourth weekend, 2000, I visited, for the first time, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and the Strasburg Railroad, both in Strasburg, PA.  The museum is an awesome place for a railfan to visit!  The display of motive power and rolling stock is second to none.  I shot the photos below; click on a thumbnail to see the photo in its full web size (640x480 -- I regret that, due to space limitations, I cannot present these photos in all of their megapixel glory).

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4-4-0 American #1223
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 4-4-0 American #1223
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2-8-2 Mikado #520
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0-8-0 Eight-Coupled #1187
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Test Weight Car
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2-8-0 Consolidation #1187
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4-4-2 Atlantic #468
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4-4-2 Atlantic #468
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E44 Rectifier #4465
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Passenger Car
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Bobber Caboose
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4-6-2 K4s Pacific
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4-6-2 K4s Pacific
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4-6-2 K4s Pacific
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4-8-2 M1 Mountain
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4-8-2 M1 Mountain
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Baldwin Diesel Switcher
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Yard Turntable
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Reading FP7 Diesel
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Reading FP7 Diesel
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Conrail derrick
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0-4-0 Reading Camelback
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0-4-0 Reading Camelback
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GG-1 #4800
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0-4-0 Reading Camelback
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Reading FP-7 Diesel
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GG-1 #4800
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GG-1 #4800
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2-8-4 NKP Berkshire
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2-8-4 NKP Berkshire
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RS-1 Diesel
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Reading Crusader Obs car
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Tank Engine
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Strasburg RR Decapod
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Strasburg RR Decapod
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FP-7 control stand
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Replica of John Bull
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Steam Loco backhead
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FGE Reefer
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0-4-0T Steamer
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Pennsy N5C Caboose
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Geared Heisler
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Geared Climax
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Geared Shay #1
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Geared Shay #1
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GG-1 Pantograph
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GG-1 #4935
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GG-1 #4935
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4-4-2 Atlantic #7002
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 4-4-2 Atlantic #7002
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 B-1 Electric Switcher
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0-6-0 Six Coupled Switcher
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4-6-0 Ten Wheeler
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2-6-0 Mogul
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Builder's Plates
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0-4-0 Four Coupled #94
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DD-1 Electric
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4-4-0 American #1223
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2-8-2 Mikado #520
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View from Overhead
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View from Overhead
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Strasburg RR #475
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#90 Running Around
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View from the excursion
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Decapod #90
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Decapod #90
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Coupling to the Train
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Decapod #90
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Decapod #90
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Decapod #90

After the TCA York meet in April of 2002, my friend Bob, his daughters, and I visited the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and went for a ride on the Strasburg Railroad on a train pulled by Consolidation (2-8-0) #475.  It was a great deal of fun, as the following photos should show.  Unfortunately, the museum yard was closed due to restoration work, so we were only able to see the trains inside the museum proper -- it was still well worth the visit.  Clicking on any of the thumbnails will bring up the full web-sized photo.

2002 RR Museum of PA
#475 pulling into the station
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#475 in the station
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The Strasburg Railroad water tower
2002 RR Museum of PA
The passenger cars are old and have been lovingly restored. The flue is for the potbelly coal stove!
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Heading toward Leaman Place (the interchange between the Strasburg RR and the former PRR main line).
2002 RR Museum of PA
There's no room to turn around, so the locomotive runs around to pull the train from the rear
2002 RR Museum of PA
Here the locomotive is running around past the train to pull it back to Strasburg
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The locomotive going past to get to the rear end of the train
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Heading back, the locomotive pulls the train front forward
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View of the locomotive from the train
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The Strasburg RR has a little red caboose.  Or maybe not so little after all
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#475 getting ready for the next run of the day
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#475 attracts a crowd
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It's a Baldwin, built in 1906 and lovingly maintained
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Cab of #475
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At the museum is this well preserved example of the PRR DD1
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2002 RR Museum of PA
Note the sliding shoes to allow the DD1 to use the outside third rail for power
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Bob's daughters Kimberly and Stephanie in front of the PRR K4s #3750
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Here they are again, in front of D16sb, a 4-4-0 American steamer
2002 RR Museum of PA
PRR #7688, an H10 2-8-0 Consolidation
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Another Baldwin locomotive
2002 RR Museum of PA
Virginia & Truckee Tahoe, a 2-6-0 Mogul steamer
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Across from the museum, the Strasburg RR has this little doodlebug
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One of the well restored old time passenger cars in the museum's collection
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Parked out in the yard, next to the road, is the PRR 4-8-s Mountain-type steamer, class M1b, in need of restoration
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A view of the front of the M1b
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A classic view of a classic locomotive.  I hope that it's slated for restoration soon!
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The M1b was built at Pennsy's own Altoona shops
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The running gear of the M1b

On 6 June 2009, my friends Bob, Jacob, and I visited the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the Strasburg Railroad, and the Choo Choo Barn, all located in Strasburg, Pennsylvania.  The first set of photos shows the museum.  Clicking on one of the thumbnails will bring up the full web-sized photo.  (The following three sections are not complete; as time allows, I will be adding the appropriate captions to explain each photo)

Model trains in the museum lobby

Model trains in the museum lobby

PRR #1223, a 4-4-0 D16sb American type

#1223 tender

Bob with #1223

Front view of PRR #1223, 4-4-0 D16sb American

Front view of the replica John Bull

The nose of the PRR E7 diesel locomotive

PRR #5741, 4-6-0 Ten- Wheeler G5s 

V&T #20, The Tahoe, 2-6-0 wood-burning Mogul 

PRR #1187, a 2-8-0 H3 Consolidation

PRR #1187, a 2-8-0 H3 Consolidation

Consolidation tender

Jacob with #1187

Jacob again sans glasses

Lehigh Valley bobber caboose

Restored passenger car and old time buggy

B.S. #111, 0-4-0T tank engine

Restored passenger car

Snow plow

PRR #2846, a 2-8-0 H6sb Consolidation


Railbus placard

View of locomotive drivers from below

Who said that blind drivers aren't prototypical?

The #1187 placard

A PRR pickup truck!

One of the museum's well restored passenger cars

John Bull replica

John Bull placard

PRR #7002, a 4-4-2 E2a Atlantic type steamer

PRR #7002

The #7002 placard

A fireless steam locomotive, essentially a large Thermos bottle

The fireless steam locomotive placard

The #1670 placard

PRR #1670, an 0-6-0 B6sb switch engine. Note the lack of engine lagging.

The B6 tender

The #5741 tender
PRR #5741, a 4-6-0 G5s Ten Wheeler

The #5741 placard 

PRR #5901 diesel placard 

PRR #5901, an E7 passenger diesel 

Virginia & Truckee Tahoe, a 2-6-0 Mogul 

The cab of the Tahoe 

The Tahoe tender.  She was a wood burner 

Reading #1251, an 0-6-0T  tank engine 

Reading #1251 placard 

Slopeback tender of #94 

PRR #94, an 0-4-0 A5s switch engine. Note absence of lagging

The #94 placard 

#7002 from the other side 

The John Stevens, a very early steam engine 

PRR E44 rectifier 

PRR B1 "rat" 

Last steam loco bell from the Lehigh Valley RR 
Backhead of the Climax geared locomotive
Close-up of Shay gearing
Nose of the Shay geared locomotive
The 'face' of the Olomana

B1 placard 

Heisler geared locomotive 

Heisler geared locomotive 
Heisler placard

Climax geared locomotive 

Climax placard 

Shay geared locomotive 

Shay geared locomotive 

Shay geared locomotive 

Diorama with PRR porthole caboose 

Olomana placard 

Olomana, an 0-4-2T locomotive 

An Atlas Reefer - life size! 

Jacob in a locomotive simulator 

Jacob at the throttle 
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 Berkshire #757
Old Rivets herself, the first GG1, #4800
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 Berkshire #757 

Berkshire tender 

Flat end observation car 
Old Rivets, GG1 #4800

The H10 builder's plate
Old Rivets, the first GG1, #4800, taken from across the street at the Strasburg RR

The next set of photos were taken at the Strasburg Railroad.  The locomotive used on our excursion was #90, a 2-10-0 Decapod type steam locomotive.

The Strasburg RR water tower 
Historic tower J

#90 approaching the station 

#90 getting closer 
Interior of Marian, our first-class car
Marian, the first-class car we rode in 

Interior of Marian 



Red Caboose Motel as seen from the train 

Red Caboose Motel as seen from the train 
Jacob in Marian, our first class car
Red Caboose Motel as seen from the train 

Viewed from the train, Reading 1187, a tiny 0-4-0 camelback slated for restoration 

#90 after the excursion, running around the train 

Bob and Jacob try out the handcar 

Not so easy as it appears 

Bob appears to be straining!
Got it going!

Clear track ahead! 

On the way back 

This last set of photos was taken at the Choo Choo Barn, just down the road from the Museum and the Railroad.  It has an enormous O-gauge layout that is filled with more animations than I have ever seen on any layout.  I've tried to document it in the photos below, but they show only a fraction of what there is to see.  Click on any of the thumbnails to see the full web-sized photos.


Last updated: 24 Feb 2023

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