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perseverance and a creative idea, the Strasburg Rail Road was saved. After repairing the worst spots on the four-and-a-half mile track, the owners began acquiring an inventory of historic locomotives and passenger cars from all across North America. Using the old feed mill as a station, the ambitious band of “rail barons” opened the railroad to visitors in 1958. The Strasubrg Rail Road is recognized as one of America’s most significant examples of early 20th century railroading. Today you can stroll through the historic East Strasburg Station and the neighboring town of Strasburg, exploring the engines and rail cars up-close. Riding beautifully restored trains is so much fun that you’ll almost forget that you’re immersed in a richly educational experience -- learning about steam railroading, agriculture, Amish culture and Pennsylvania Dutch heritage.

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The larger-than-life coal-burning steam train is just the beginning. Ride the Cagney Steam Train, a miniature version; operate a hand-powered Pump Car or watch the little ones “steer” the pint-sized Cranky Car. Browse the Thomas™ Toy Store. Discover an amazing

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Riding the Rails  

Visiting leading tourist railroads in North America.

Riding the Rails  

Visiting leading tourist railroads in North America.

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