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Strasburg Rail Road

Strasburg Rail Road™ is America’s oldest operating railroad with a charter dating back to June 9, 1832.

First used for passenger and freight transportation, the short line limped along for more than a century until in 1958, on the verge of abandonment, the railroad was salvaged and given new life as a tourist railroad.

When you visit Strasburg Rail Road, the first thing you can expect is an authentic experience of a real steam railroad. The locomotives and passenger cars, (known as “rolling stock”) are not replicas, and our staff members are not reenactors. Strasburg Rail Road has five working steam locomotives and 19 operating passenger cars, including our President’s Car, First-Class Parlor Car and our Dining Car. All equipment is restored and maintained on-site in our Mechanical Shop.

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