Strasburg Rail Road

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Strasburg Rail Road
Strasburg Rail Road logo.png
Overview
HeadquartersStrasburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Reporting markSRC
LocaleStrasburg and Paradise Townships, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Dates of operation1832 (1832)–present
Technical
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length4.02 mi (6.47 km)
Other
Websitestrasburgrailroad.com
Strasburg Rail Road
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
PA 741
Gap Road
East Strasburg
Paradise Lane
Esbenshade Road
Groundhog Cut
Cherry Hill
Pop. 17 (more or less)
Cherry Hill Road
Groff's Grove
Carpenters
Black Horse Road
Pumpkinville Turnpike
Leaman Place

The Strasburg Rail Road (reporting mark SRC) is a heritage railroad and the oldest continuously operating railroad in the western hemisphere as well as the oldest public utility in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Chartered in 1832, the Strasburg Rail Road Company is today a heritage railroad offering excursion trains hauled by steam locomotives and diesel locomotives on 4.02 mi (6.47 km) of track[1] in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, as well as providing freight service to area shippers. The railroad's headquarters are outside Strasburg, Pennsylvania.

Strasburg has a total of eight steam locomotives on their current roster (five of which are operational). As of 2021, Great Western No. 90, Canadian National No. 89, Norfolk & Western No. 475 and Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal No. 15 (rebuilt as Thomas the Tank Engine) are all in active service. Canadian National No. 7312 (No. 31) is undergoing its ongoing mandated 1,472-day inspection and overhaul. Canadian Pacific 972 has been awaiting restoration since 1999, it has since been put on hold. The other 2 steam locomotives are 15” Gauge 4-4-0's built by Cagney in the early 1900s. They also have the nation's largest operating fleet of historic wooden passenger coaches. The Strasburg Rail Road is one of the few railroads in the U.S. to occasionally use steam locomotives to haul revenue freight trains. It hosts 300,000 visitors per year.[2]

The nearby Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania occasionally uses Strasburg Rail Road tracks to connect to the Amtrak Philadelphia-to-Harrisburg Main Line junction in Paradise, Pennsylvania.

Description[edit]

Strasburg RR 2004

Strasburg Rail Road is a shortline railroad built to connect the town of Strasburg with a main line. Today, the line carries passengers on a 45-minute round-trip journey from East Strasburg to Leaman Place Junction through nearly 2,000 acres (810 ha) in southeastern Lancaster County.

The train includes the United States' only operational wooden dining car on which visitors may dine while riding. Attractions at the station include the fully operational 15 in (381 mm) gauge Pint-Sized Pufferbelly[3] (Cagney steam-powered ridable miniature railway) a vintage pump car and several c.1930s "cranky cars" along with several gift shops and a cafe.

A percentage of each train ticket is contributed to the Lancaster Farmland Trust.[4]

The railroad's mechanical and car shops maintain and restore locomotives and rolling stock for the Strasburg Rail Road and a wide variety of public and private clients, including fellow steam railroads, train museums, attractions, and more. In 2016–17, the shops were enlarged by 12,000 square feet (1,110 m2) to accommodate demand for their services.

Its freight department carries goods to and from the main line for local and regional clients. Since 2008, freight carloads have increased substantially, spurred by development of a $1.5 million transloading facility funded by the railroad and matching grants.[5]

History[edit]

By the 1820s, the canal system had replaced the Conestoga wagon as the primary method of overland transportation. When the Susquehanna Canal opened, the majority of goods were directed through Baltimore, Maryland, rather than Philadelphia.[6][7] The small amount of goods that were destined for Philadelphia traveled via a wagon road through Strasburg.[7] Philadelphia attempted to reclaim its position as a major port city by constructing the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad in 1831. A railroad was easier and more cost effective to build than a canal. Because the new railroad would bypass Strasburg and cause Strasburg to lose its livelihood, a group of businessmen petitioned the state government for the right to build their own railroad to connect Strasburg to the Philadelphia and Columbia.[8] A charter was issued by the Pennsylvania Legislature with the signature of Governor George Wolf on June 9, 1832 to "incorporate the Strasburg rail road [sic]".[9]

Strasburg Rail Road ex-PRR 4-4-0 number 929 in Strasburg around 1894.

Although the pre-1852 history of the Strasburg Rail Road is sketchy, it is believed that the line was graded in 1835 and was operational by 1837.[8][10] The railroad operated as a horse-drawn railroad until it purchased a second-hand Norris-built, 4-2-0 steam locomotive named the William Penn in 1851.[10] Controlling interest in the railroad was purchased by John F. and Cyrus N. Herr in 1863. The rails were replaced around the same time with heavier ones to accommodate the locomotive.[11] In 1866, the Herrs were granted a charter to extend the Strasburg Rail Road to Quarryville; surveys were carried out, but the extension was eventually canceled because of an economic depression in 1867.[12] Isaac Groff managed The Strasburg Rail Road for about 20 years until the fire of January 16, 1871, which destroyed the depot, grist, and merchant-mill, planing-mill and machine-shop — in all, more than $50,000 worth of property. In 1878, the Strasburg Rail Road and the shops were sold.[13] The railroad was eventually again sold in 1888 to Edward Musselman, with the Musselman family retaining control of it until 1918 when it was purchased by State Senator John Homsher. By this time, the number of passengers had dropped off due to tracks for the Conestoga Traction Company's streetcars reaching Strasburg in 1908, which offered a more direct route between Lancaster and Strasburg.[14]

In 1926, the Strasburg Rail Road purchased a 20-short-ton (17.9-long-ton; 18.1 t), gasoline-powered, Plymouth switcher—the only locomotive that was ever built specifically for the Strasburg Rail Road.[14] By 1958, the railroad fell on hard-times from cumulative effect of years of declining freight business and infrequent runs, damage caused by Hurricane Hazel and inspectors from the Interstate Commerce Commission's lack of approval for operation of the Plymouth locomotive.[14][15] Upon the death of Bryson Homsher, the Homsher estate filed for abandonment with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.[16] Hearing of the potential abandonment, an effort to purchase and save the railroad was organized by Henry K. Long and Donald E. L. Hallock, both railfans from Lancaster. They organized a small, non-profit group to purchase the railroad. After the better part of a year of hard work, the purchase was completed on November 1, 1958. The following week, on November 8, the first carload of revenue freight was hauled to what was then the only customer, a mill in Strasburg.

Tourist excursion service began on January 4, 1959, and their first steam locomotive arrived the following year.

Locomotive roster[edit]

Operating units[edit]

Number Type Images Wheel Arrangement Builder Built Serial Number Former Status At Strasburg Notes
475 Steam Strasburg Rail Road -475.jpeg 4-8-0 Baldwin Locomotive Works 1906 28343 Norfolk and Western Railway Operational Since 1991 Strasburg Rail Road 475, ex-Norfolk and Western 475[17] No. 475 is Strasburg's oldest operating steam locomotive. The locomotive originally had a high-mounted headlight when coming to Strasburg, but was later switched to a centered-headlight in 2019. This engine was used in the 2000 film, Thomas and the Magic Railroad, portraying the fictional Indian Valley Railroad locomotive, the Rainbow Sun.
90 Steam Strasburg RR 90.jpg 2-10-0 Baldwin Locomotive Works 1924 57812 Great Western Railway of Colorado Operational Since 1967 Strasburg Rail Road 90, ex-Great Western Railway 90[17] No. 90 is Strasburg's strongest and largest steam locomotive. Used for pulling excursions and occasionally heavy freight.[1][18]
89 Steam Strasburg RR.jpeg 2-6-0 Canadian Locomotive Company 1910 922 Canadian National Railway Operational Since 1972 Strasburg Rail Road 89, ex-Green Mountain Railroad 89, exx-Canadian National Railway 89, exxx-Canadian National 911, originally Grand Trunk Railway 1009[19] No. 89 is Strasburg's fastest steam locomotive. Used for pulling excursions and occasionally heavy freight.[20]
1 Steam Flickr - Nicholas T - Thomas the Tank Engine.jpg 0-6-0T H.K. Porter, Inc. 1917 5966 Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal Operational Since 1998 Ex-Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal No. 15. Heavily altered by the Strasburg Rail Road to resemble Thomas the Tank Engine, it is used for pulling trains for the railroad's annual Day Out with Thomas.[21]
3 Steam Strasburg Railroad No.3.jpg 4-4-0 Cagney Bros. 1920 Unknown Unknown Operational Since 2003 Miniature steam train, originally operated at an amusement park. 15 in (381 mm) gauge.[22]
1 Gas (B) Plymouth Locomotive Works 1926 2452 None Operational Since 1926 20-ton Plymouth diesel engine. Operates on occasion. Only engine specifically built for Strasburg. Model HL type 3 gas powered 20 ton.
2 Gas (B) Plymouth Locomotive Works 1930 Unknown Unknown Operational Since 1984 10-ton Plymouth diesel engine. Operates only for moving restoration engines. Rethemed to "Rusty" in 2020 for Day Out With Thomas. Model JLA type 2 gas-powered 10 ton.
10 Diesel Lancaster, Oxford & Southern Railway - 10 doodlebug railcar (26476438414).jpg (B-B) Sanders Machine Shop 1915 Unknown Lancaster, Oxford and Southern Railway Operational Since 1962 Ex-Lancaster, Oxford and Southern Railway Railcar(LO&S) and only car at Strasburg with roller bearings. Used for special occasions. Called "THE WHISTLER" in the 1980s.
8618 Diesel Strasburg Rail Road - 8618 diesel locomotive (SW8) 1 (26478447063).jpg (B-B) Electro-Motive Diesel 1952 16193 New York Central Railroad Operational Since 2009 Ex-New York Central SW8 Used for freight service and occasionally for excursion services. Rethemed to "Mavis" in 2019 for Day Out With Thomas.

Inoperable units[edit]

Number Type Images Wheel Arrangement Builder Built Serial Number Former Status At Strasburg
31 or 7312 Steam SRC 31 2022.jpg 0-6-0 Baldwin Locomotive Works 1908 32894 Canadian National Railway Under restoration Since 1960 Formerly Strasburg Rail Road 31, ex-Canadian National Railway 7312, exx-Canadian National 7240, exxx-Canadian National 7157, exxxx-Grand Trunk Railway 1708, originally Grand Trunk Railway 118.[23][24] No. 7312 was Strasburg's very first steam locomotive that began its tourist operations in 1959. Last operated in 2009. Steve Weaver, the VP of freight services, stated that the railroad still indeed wants to get the locomotive back up and running again once they have the time and money. Work resumed in July 2021.[25]
972 Steam Two dormant ten-wheelers.JPG 4-6-0 Montreal Locomotive Works 1912 51106 Canadian Pacific Railway Stored; awaiting possible restoration Since 1995 Ex-Canadian Pacific Railway.[17] Acquired from the Rail Tours Inc. of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, last visited in 1979. Currently sitting idle in the yard, disassembled, awaiting for a possible restoration.
39 Steam Long Island Railroad No. 39.jpg 4-6-0 Juniata Shops 1929 4207 Long Island Rail Road Boiler under restoration Since 2008 No. 39 is a PRR G5 class "Ten Wheeler" type steam locomotive. Potentially on lease to Strasburg Rail Road for 48 years if prerequisites of signed lease are met.[26] ex-Long Island Rail Road.[17] Boiler and firebox is currently under restoration, while the rest of the locomotives parts are stored at the Railroad Museum of Long Island.
9 Steam 4-4-0 Cagney Bros. 1903 Unknown Unknown Under restoration Since 2012 Another 15 in (381 mm) gauge miniature engine, similar to No. 3.
1235 Diesel (B-B) Electro-Motive Diesel 1953 18960 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Inoperable; Undergoing restoration Since 2018 Ex-Santa Fe Railway SW9; future service will be used to help with freight services after being restored.

"Thomas" is actually Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal No. 15. The engine was sold to the Strasburg Rail Road by Keith Brigode from the Toledo, Lake Erie and Western Railway in March 1998 and rebuilt to resemble the character, Thomas the Tank Engine for the Day Out With Thomas events. In April 2014, Thomas's face was replaced with the animatronic CGI face with the mouth's ability to open and close, and a voice speaker.[21]

No. 89 operated for the Green Mountain Railroad, in conjunction with Steamtown, U.S.A. It was purchased by the Strasburg in 1972, and while en route to Strasburg in June of that year, it was in Penn Central's Buttonwood, Pennsylvania yard when Hurricane Agnes flooded the Susquehanna River. The floodwaters entered the locomotive's stack, delaying its debut at Strasburg. No. 89 arrived at the railroad facing East, and it remained in that status until the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania's turntable was installed across the street in 1975.

For several years, groups have scheduled photo charters when the railroad reletters locomotives in their heritage paint scheme. For the movie Thomas and the Magic Railroad, No. 475 and three passenger cars (only two of which wound up being used) were re-lettered "Indian Valley".

No. 90 is occasionally repainted into different paint schemes for photo charters, such as the Great Western Railway (Colorado) scheme in a 2013 charter.[27]

No. 972 was acquired from Rail Tours Inc. of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania after the company could not afford the payments for mechanical repairs that Strasburg was performing on the locomotive at the time. She sits in storage until she can be repaired.

  • While there are many locomotives which have gone through the backshop for restoration, some have been established to be in the shop only on hearsay. Only locomotives that have been publicly displayed or have been given a press release are counted as restorations and re-builds.

SRC also has a collection of early internal combustion locomotives; all but No. 1235 are in operation.

No. 1 has operated on the Strasburg Rail Road ever since it was built in 1926. The engine is notable for being used to reconstruct the track and rails for the railroad between 1958 and 1959, after the railroad was purchased to become a tourist line.

No. 1235 was brought to the railroad in late 2018. It arrived in poor condition, and is currently under going restoration to operation.

Former units[edit]

Number Type Images Wheel Arrangement Builder Built Serial Number Former At Strasburg Notes
1223 Steam PRR1223.jpg 4-4-0 Juniata 1905 1399 Pennsylvania Railroad 1963–1989 ex-Pennsylvania Railroad D16sb (PRR) No. 1223. Last operation in 1989. Currently on display at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
7002 Steam Pennsylvania Railroad - 7002 steam locomotive (Atlantic-type E2a 4-4-2 engine) 2 (27745693316).jpg 4-4-2 Juniata 1902 929 Pennsylvania Railroad 1983–1989 ex-Pennsylvania Railroad E2a (PRR) No. 8063 until it was changed to her sister's number and reclassified as a E7s Atlantic. Last operation in 1989. Currently on display at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
4/1187 Steam Strasburg - Pennsylvania Railroad 1187.jpg 0-4-0 Baldwin Locomotive Works 1903 21831 Reading Company 1962–2020 ex-Reading Company No. 1187.[17] Retired from service in 1967.[28] Recently acquired by the Age of Steam Roundhouse from an auction on July 15, 2020.[29] The Roundhouse plans on performing a complete, in-depth cosmetic restoration of No. 1187, which will return it to its original Reading appearance.[30][29]
7 Diesel (B-B) General-Electric 1915 Unknown Warwick Railway 1959–1977 Former Warwick Railway electric number 100, originally built for University of Michigan as an electric steeple cab. She was rebuilt as a GE 28-Ton in 1960 and was scrapped in 1977 as her prime mover was leased and had to be given back in 1963. Only engine after 1958 to ever be scrapped and was about the size of Plymouth 20-ton. Her cab and hood were sold to Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad in 1977.
21 Diesel (B) Mack 1921 Unknown Lewisburg, Milton and Watsonburg Railroad 1969–2001 Former Lewisburg, Milton and Watsonburg rail's; only operated a few times in the 1970s; Donated to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in 2001.
33/9331 Diesel (B-B) General-Electric 1948 29964 Pennsylvania Railroad 1961–2011 ex-Pennsylvania Railroad GE 44-ton No. 9331; Primary freight locomotive until 2008 after which saw only sporadic service (including rare excursion service); Sold to Walkersville Southern Railroad in 2011–2013.
8000 Electric (B+B) ALCO 1931 Unknown Baltimore and Ohio Railroad 1958-1959 ex-Baltimore and Ohio Oil-Electric Boxcab No. 8000 was given to Strasburg in 1958 by Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, she only lasted a year before being given back. No builder class was stated but was built by ALCO. Also could have also only been restored by Strasburg. She was given back to B&O until she was finally sold to the National Museum of Transportation in St. Louis.
98 Steam 4-4-0 ALCO 1909 45921 Mississippi Central Railroad 1961–1964 ex-Mississippi Central Railroad. Never operated on the Strasburg railroad, was being stored onsite for the slowly growing Wilmington And Western railroad. Was in a Strasburg livery during its stay, stored there until 1964 when it was moved back to Wilmington And Western for restoration. Was regularly operated on the W&W throughout the 80s, 90s and 2000s. In 2017 was pulled out of service undergoing a 1472 mandated inspection.

Both 1223 and 7002 were leased for operation. 1223 was leased from the PRR from 1965 to 1968, from Penn Central from 1968 to 1979 and from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1990. 7002 was also leased from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. After ultra-sonic testing both engines were found to have thin spots in their fireboxes, which are a part of their boilers, thus the engines were taken out of service. The railroad stated they could have done the repairs but the lessor, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, wanted to preserve the historical fabric of each locomotive and did not renew their leases the following year. 1223's last day of service for SRC was Thursday, October 26, 1989, while 7002's was earlier that year in January right after filming a Prudential Insurance commercial in Harrisburg Train Station. They have both remained on static display since being removed from service.

SRC 4 is a camelback-type locomotive originally built as Reading Railroad A4b 1187 by The Baldwin Locomotive Works. The locomotive has the distinction of being the only SRC locomotive to arrive under its own power, doing so in 1962 from E&G Brooke Iron Company of Birdsboro, PA. It had inadequate strength for SRC's heavy trains. As such, it ran as a switcher during the summer months from 1963 to 1967. After a loan to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, it long sat dismantled pending long-term future restoration. It was acquired by the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek, Ohio during a July 15, 2020[30][29] auction and left the Strasburg yard on July 31, 2020.

SRC 7 was built as a series of General Electric 25 through 30 ton steeplecabs. She was the only 28 ton from that line of engines and was specifically built for the University of Michigan in 1915 as display. She would stay like that till the 1950s when she was sold the Warwick Railway in Rhode Island where she was converted from electric to gas-electric. She would operate there till 1959 when the Warwick Railway would try selling and scrapping some engines, when Strasburg Rail Road had bought her. She would sit on static display until 1960 when she was converted to diesel and rebuilt from a slant hood to a straight hood. Many flaws were discovered during her career at the SRC. The prime movers she was equipped with weren't the best and crews would have a hard time operating. Engineers would complain of how loud the generators were, how incredibly slow she was, and how heavy loads would cause sparks and lighting inside the cab. While she had enough tractive effort to operate on the railroad, she lacked enough RPM's to reach satisfactory operation. In 1963 (3 years after her initial rebuild into a straight hood), her prime mover was recalled by the quarry that owned it. While it was recalled and taken out, it was not picked up until a later date. After removal of the prime mover, they put her at the Homsher Mill shed track 1 until when in 1977, they took her out and cut her up for whatever parts they could salvage. While taken apart, the railroad had no use for her archbar trucks, hoods, and cab until 1979, when the Middletown and Hummelstown had bought them for parts. It is believed she was the last surviving GE 'T5' steeplecab to operate until her downfall.

W&W 98 was stored onsite for the slowly growing Wilmington And Western Railroad. While at Strasburg 98 wore a SRC livery complete with "egg" style number plate. 98 was stored until 1964 when it was moved to the Wilmington And Western for restoration. Regularly operated on the W&W throughout the 80s up into the 2000s when it was pulled out of service for a 1472 mandated inspection.

Visiting units[edit]

Locomotives that visited Strasburg either for events, to undergo a rebuild or, under a lease agreement.

Road name &

Number

Type Wheel Arrangement Builder Built At Strasburg Notes
B&O Tom Thumb Replica Steam 0-4-0 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad 1926-1927 1974 Visited for a rebuild, owned by B&O Railroad Museum
B&O 25 William Mason Steam 4-4-0 Mason Machine Works 1856 1998 Visited for a rebuild, owned by B&O Railroad Museum
N&W 611 Steam 4-8-4 Roanoke Shops 1950 2019 & 2021-2022 Visited in 2019 for the N&W Reunion of Steam event, visited again in 2021, owned by the Virginia Museum of Transportation and is currently undergoing FRA-mandated overhaul.
Maine Eastern 764 Diesel GP7 (B-B) Electro-Motive Diesel 1954 2016 ex-Union Pacific (built), ex-Amtrak, owned by Maine Eastern, leased

Pre-1958[edit]

Strasburg rostered at least six steam locomotives prior to 1958. Evidence suggests that Strasburg only rostered one locomotive at a time, operating it until it was no longer economically viable to run it anymore and would purchase a new locomotive to replace it.

Number Type Images Wheel Arrangement Builder Built At Strasburg Notes
560 Steam 0-4-0 Juniata 1893 1924-1926 EX-PRR A3 class switcher. Strasburg's last steam locomotive before acquiring the Plymouth.
937 Steam 4-4-0 Juniata 1876 1906-1924 EX-Pennsylvania Railroad D5 4-4-0 engine. Renumbered as Strasburg's second No. 1 and scrapped in 1924 after it was retired from
929 Steam 4-4-0 Juniata 1873 1892-1906 EX-Pennsylvania Railroad D3 4-4-0 engine. Renumbered as Strasburg's first No. 1. Sold in 1906 after plymouth was cheaper to maintain
"Strasburg" Steam 4-4-0T Baldwin Locomotive Works 1863 1863-1892 Strasburg's first new locomotive.
"William Penn" Steam Strasburg Rail Road William Penn.jpg 4-2-0 Long & Norris 1835 1851-1865 Ex-Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad. Strasburg's first locomotive, rumored to be one of the first 50 locomotives built in the US. Possibly rebuilt Sold in 1865. Possibly rebuilt when sold.
5203 combine coach (B+B) Juniata unknown 1926-c. 1950s ex-Pennsylvania Railroad combine coach. Rebuilt with an added door to better load and unload milk and supplies at Leaman Place station and the Homsher Mill. Retired 1929, remained on the property until the 1950s
5203 monitor rood combine coach (B+B) Juniata cir. 1860s 1892- c.1926 ex-Pennsylvania Railroad 1860s monitor roof combine coach. Used from 1892 to cir. 1926, cut down to a flatcar and remained on the property for 3 more years until she was taken to parts
W-04 boxcar (B+B) Pressed Steel Car Company 1907 Since 1929 Ex- New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad boxcar. Is the oldest equipment still surviving from the pre-tourist era, next to Plymouth 20 ton No. 1. Boxcar number SRC #110, NY&PNRR #998, PRR #96451. Used on photo charters like the other equipment.

Passenger car roster[edit]

SRR No. Name Builder Built Type Notes Significance of Car Name
10 Reading Harlan and Hollingsworth 1913 Business ex Reading Original name given to the car by Edward Stotesbury, former president of the Reading Railroad. Originally named "Paradise" from 1964 to 2001. Restored to original "Reading" paint scheme.
20 William M. Moedinger Jackson & Sharpe 1913 Coach ex Maryland and Pennsylvania Named for Strasburg Rail Road Company founder and fifth company president (1971-1982). Put into service at Strasburg in 1959. Number 20 is its original MA&PA number. Originally named "Willow Brook" from 1959 until 2007 when it was renamed "William M. Moedinger".[31]
58 Cherry Hill / Huber Leath Harlan and Hollingsworth 1911 Coach ex Reading Named for Strasburg Rail Road Company founder and CMO (1962-1986). Arrived at Strasburg in 1958. Originally named "Cherry Hill" from 1958 until 2007 when it was renamed "Huber Leath".[31]
59 Grasshopper Level B&M Salem Shops 1904 Coach ex Boston and Maine A nickname for an area of Lancaster County just south of Strasburg along Route 896. Arrived at Strasburg in 1959.
60 Eshleman Run / Donald E.L. Hallock B&M Concorde Shops 1903 Combine ex Boston and Maine Named for Strasburg Rail Road Company founder and 3rd company president (1965-1970). Arrived at Strasburg in 1960. Originally named "Eshelman Run" from 1960 until 1999 when it was renamed "Donald E.L. Hallock".[31]
62 Gobbler's Knob Pullman 1897 Coach ex Boston and Maine A nickname for an area in Lancaster County just south of Strasburg along Route 896. Put into service in 1962.
65 Walnut Hollow Harlan & Hollingsworth 1910 Coach ex Reading Unknown significance. Put into service at Strasburg in 1962.
68 Hello Dolly Pullman 1896 Open Air/Observation ex Boston and Maine built as a coach Named for the 1969 movie for which this car was rebuilt and in which this car starred.
70 Cherry Crest Pullman 1904 Coach ex Boston and Maine Named for the ex-Cornelius Ferree farm along the Strasburg Rail Road line. Put into service at Strasburg in 1970.
71 Daffodil Spring Pullman 1904 Open Air ex Boston and Maine built as a coach No significance in the name. Put into service at Strasburg in 1971.
72 Mill Creek Pullman 1906 Coach ex Boston and Maine Named for the tributary of the Conestoga River. Put into service at Strasburg in 1972.
73 Pleasant View Pullman 1907 Open Air ex Boston and Maine, built as Coach. No significance to the name. Put into service at Strasburg in 1973.
75 Henry K. Long Laconia 1910 Lounge ex Boston and Maine, built as Coach Named for Strasburg Rail Road Company founder and first company president (1958-1963). Put into service at Strasburg in 1975.
88 Marian Laconia 1910 Parlor ex Boston and Maine, built as Coach Named "Marian" for Strasburg Rail Road Company founder and first board secretary. She was the wife of William M. Moedinger. Put into service as the First Class Parlor car at Strasburg in 1988.
92 Susquehanna Valley Harlan & Hollingsworth 1910 Coach ex Reading Named "Susquehanna" for the Susquehanna River, which forms the western boundary of Lancaster County. Put into service at Strasburg in 1992.
93 Lee E. Brenner Laconia 1909 Diner ex Boston and Maine, built as Coach, only wooden dining car in regular service in the US Named for Strasburg Rail Road Company founder and the second company president (1963-1964). Put into service at Strasburg as the dining car in 1993.
96 William McFarlan Pullman 1896 Coach ex Boston and Maine Named for a former Strasburg Rail Road Company VP whose estate gift funds to the company, from which the restoration of this car was made possible. Put into service at Strasburg in 1996.
99 Valley View Laconia 1909 Open Air ex Boston and Maine, built as Coach No significance with the name. Put into service at Strasburg in 1999.
105 Warren F. Benner Barney & Smith 1912 Coach ex Western Maryland Named for Strasburg Rail Road Company founder and second company treasurer (1967-1998). Put into service at Strasburg in 2005.
118 Linn W. Moedinger American Car & Foundry 1910 Lounge ex Baltimore and Ohio Cocooned from 1990 to 2015. Restored 2015–2018. Completed November 2018. Inaugural run November 19, 2018. Named for Strasburg Rail Road Company CMO (1988-2018), president (2000-2018), and son of William and Marian Moedinger.
3214 none Laconia 1909 Baggage ex Boston and Maine, built as Combine rebuilt in the 70's and used for a photo charter in the 80's. Now used for storage purposes
TBD TBD Wagner Palace Car Company. 1899 Coach ex Rutland 704, cocooned
TBD TBD Barney & Smith 1910 Cafe/Observation ex Baltimore and Ohio, cocooned
TBD TBD Jackson & Sharpe 1899 Coach ex Bangor and Aroostook, cocooned
TBD TBD Jackson & Sharpe 1899 Coach ex Bangor and Aroostook, cocooned
9125 TBD ACF 1946 Baggage ex New York Central used for storage
9140 TBD ACF 1946 Baggage ex New York Central used for storage
9146 TBD ACF 1946 Baggage ex New York Central used for storage

Retired equipment roster[edit]

SRR No. Name Builder Built Type Notes Significance of Car Name
200 London Run Harlan and Hollingsworth 1920's Coach ex Western Maryland Railroad Was used on normal trains in the 1980s when it arrived, though it was sold to Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad in the late 1980s.
203 Conestoga Creek Juniata 1930's open air ex-Pennsylvania Railroad. Conestoga Creek was one of the first few coaches Strasburg had after 1958. She arrived in 1962-1963 as a PRR MU trailer. She was the only open air coach they had next to the Cinder Catcher Club Car #102. She was sold in the 1970s or 1980s to the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Pequea Valley Pullman 1920 12-2 Sleeper ex Pullman Pequea Valley was a steel sleeper car built by Pullman for long trains and was named "White Cloud". However, in 1958 she was bought by Strasburg and renamed. She was used to tour the country with a Reading business coach named "Paradise". When the tours were over, Pequea Valley would be on static display with Paradise. IN 1984 she was painted a rust red, renamed Pullman, and was sold to Harlansburg Station, PA for static display.
(PRR 7510) Strasburg Juniata 1927 observation ex Pennsylvania Railroad Z74 observation car Had no number while on Strasburg and was never used on the normal consist back in 1971 when she arrived. She would sit in the siding where the track is next to the sheds. She was sold in 1976 to Oliver C. Joseph Dodge.
120 or 102 Cinder Catcher Club Car American Car & Foundry 1913 Open air gondola ex-Pennsylvania Railroad She is a GRa gondola for the PRR to use. She arrived at Strasburg in 1959 and used as a snowplow until 1962 where she would be turned into an open air gondola to be used like a coach. She was retired in the 70's and was used like other freight cars at the time. She sits in the yard rotting away until further restoration.
11 Pennsylvania Railroad 1904 Caboose ex PRR EX-PRR ND Bobber Caboose #476582. Was used from 1959 to 1969 where she was sold to a train station in New Oxford, PA
(PRR #7446) Pennsylvania Railroad 1930's BURRO 5 ton crane ex PRR EX-PRR 5 crane #7446. Was used from 1961 to 2016-2017 where she was sold to Walkersville Southern Railroad. Tipped over on her side in 1964 on a set of points
3556 Pennsylvania Railroad 1886 Coach ex PRR EX-PRR wooden coach #3556. Was leased with 1223 at Strasburg Rail Road from 1965 to 1989, where she was used on the last run with 1223 nicknamed the "Pennsylvania Limited". Currently on display at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
8177 Pennsylvania Railroad 1896 Coach ex PRR EX-PRR wooden coach #8177. She was leased with 1223 and 3556 by Strasburg from 1965 to 1989, where she was used on the last run with 1223 nicknamed the "Pennsylvania Limited" like 3556. Currently on display at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
4639 Pennsylvania Railroad 1900's Combine coach ex PRR EX-PRR wooden combine coach #4639. She was leased with 1223, 3556, and 8177 by Strasburg from 1965 to 1989, where she was used on the last run with 1223 nicknamed the "Pennsylvania Limited" like 3556 and 8177. Currently on display at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
245

Harlan and Hollingsworth

1920's Coach Ex-Pullman Little to nothing is known about this coach besides that it was a cherry red, had a white roof, and was EX-Gettysburg Railroad Coach. Was at Strasburg Rail Road in the 1980s.
330

Harlan and Hollingsworth

1916-1920 Coach ex-Pullman EX-Gettysburg Railroad 2300-Series coach. EX-New Jersey Transit #4330. Was at Strasburg in there mid-80's and was sold to Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad
201

Pullman

1920 Coach Ex-Pullman EMU ex-Conrail. At Strasburg in 1992. At Grapevine Vintage Railroad
202

Harlan and Hollingsworth

1920 multiple units car Ex-Pullman EMU ex-Conrail. At Strasburg in 1992. At Grapevine Vintage Railroad
207

Pullman

1920 Coach Ex-Pullman EMU ex-Conrail #3367. At Strasburg in 1992. At Grapevine Vintage Railroad
208

Pullman

1920 Coach Ex-Pullman EMU ex-Conrail 3367. At Strasburg in 1992. At Grapevine Vintage Railroad
209

Pullman

1920 Coach Ex-Pullman EMU ex-Conrail 3355. At Strasburg in 1992. At Grapevine Vintage Railroad
835

Western Maryland

1917 Coach Ex-Western Maryland ex-Western Maryland. At Strasburg Rail Road in 1998–2005. Sold to Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Sold to West Virginia Railroad Museum.
72

Pullman

1930s Coach Ex-Pullman ex-Eastern Pacific 72. At Strasburg in 1998.
70

Pullman

1930s Coach Ex-Pullman ex-Eastern Pacific 70. At Strasburg in 1999.

References[edit]

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Sources[edit]

  • Bell, Kurt; Plant, Jeremy (2015). Strasburg Rail Road In Color (1st ed.). Morning Sun Books. ISBN 978-1582484792.
  • Conner, Eric; Barrall, Steve (2017). Strasburg Rail Road. Images of Rail (1st ed.). Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4671-2507-9.
  • Moedinger, William M. (1993). The Road to Paradise: The Story of the Rebirth of the Strasburg Rail Road (3rd ed.). The Strasburg Rail Road Shop.
  • Edson, William D.; Corley, Raymond F. (Autumn 1982). "Locomotives of the Grand Trunk Railway". Railroad History. Boston, Mass.: The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Inc. (147). ISSN 0090-7847.
  • Hallock, Donald E. L (1964). "A brief history of the Strasburg Rail Road". Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society. Lancaster, PA: Lancaster County Historical Society. 68 (4): 129–146.

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Coordinates: 39°58′59.3″N 76°9′35.5″W / 39.983139°N 76.159861°W / 39.983139; -76.159861