March 6, 2009
Distance from Baltimore: 73 miles, 1 hour and forty-five minute drive.
Why it's worth the gas: The Strasburg Railroad, a passenger steam train, has been restored and visitors can explore the engines and rail cars up-close. They can also ride on the railroad. The 45-minute train ride takes you through the Pennsylvania Dutch Countryside. You will see the beautiful landscape and observe the Amish lifestyle. You can choose which train experience you would like-The President's Car, Wine & Cheese Train, First-Class Parlor, First-Class Lounge Car, Coach, Open Air, Dining Car, or L.O. &S. self-propelled motorcar. Prices range based on selection and age.
Don't miss: Make it a day to explore the rails. Nearby there is the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania where you can delve deeper into the history of railroads, go on a train ride, and see how the museum restores old trains. There is also the National Toy Train Museum, which has one of the most extensive toy train collections in the world. Visitors can also help operate the trains and tracks throughout the exhibits.
Information: Strasburg Railroad: 301 Gap Road, Ronks, PA 17572. Call 717-687-7522 or go to www.strasburgrailroad.com. Day passes are $21 and $15 for ages 3 to 11.
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania: 300 Gap Road, Ronks, PA 17572. Call 717-687-8628 or go to rrmuseumpa.org. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors over 65, $8 for ages 3 to 11. National Toy Train Museum: 300 Paradise Lane, Strasburg, PA 17579. Call 717-687-8976 or go to www.nttmuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., days open vary per month so check online at www.nttmuseum.org/visitors.hours.htm