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From: Demented Ol Lady Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostApr-27 7:03 AM 
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History of the Strasburg Rail Road

The Strasburg Rail Road, based in Strasburg, Pa., is the oldest railroad in America. It was founded in 1832 and is still running under its original name. It is also one of the pioneer tourist railroads of the 1950s. A visit to the Strasburg is essential for anyone who wants to enjoy a steam railroading experience in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Amish farm countryside. Let’s take a look.

Strasburg Rail Road operations

The Strasburg is short on mileage — only 4.5 miles in length — but it makes up for that in what it packs into those 23,760 feet. There’s lush countryside visible from the windows. There are farmers with their animals at work in the fields. The train is such a normal part of life, they barely look up at the sight of a massive 2-10-0 steam locomotive passing. At the end of the railroad, at Leaman Place, the train stops next to Amtrak’s busy Philadelphia-Harrisburg corridor, which Norfolk Southern also uses for freight service (you can layover here, watch trains, and come back later). Here, the steam locomotive runs around the passenger consist to pull it forward back to Strasburg. Along the way, it can stop at Groff’s Grove picnic shelter for a relaxing lunch. Or, it can march back into Strasburg where more railroad fun awaits.

Strasburg Rail Road locomotives

The locomotives of the Strasburg are legendary. There’s Decapod No. 90, one of only two 2-10-0 wheel arrangement engines still running in the U.S. It hails from Colorado’s Great Western sugar beet hauling lines. There’s former Norfolk & Western 4-8-0 No. 475, the only type of its wheel arrangement running today. And there’s Canadian National 2-6-0 No. 89 and 0-6-0 No. 31, which power smaller trains during the off-season.

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