All Aboard! Lancaster County Is a Train-Lover’s Paradise

December 12, 2014

As the holidays near, many of us have fond childhood memories of sitting by our family Christmas
Steam locomotive
tree watching our toy trains circle round a miniature village below the branches.

In Lancaster County, that nostalgic joy stays “evergreen.” Our area offers plenty for railroad aficionados to enjoy!

Put your holiday season on the right track by visiting these train attractions in Lancaster County:

Strasburg Railroad

Strasburg Railroad is just a little over a half hour away from our inn. Take a 45-minute ride on a steam train throughout the beautiful Amish countryside. The railroad offers a lot of other activities and events as well to appeal to the young—and the young at heart.

Pennsylvania Railroad Museum

Love the railroad and want to learn all you can about trains? Visit the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum; it’s directly across the street from the Strasburg Railroad! Learn about railroad history, attend special events, and check out their educational programs for kids.

Choo Choo Barn – TraintownU.S.A.

Also in Strasburg, this 17,900 ft. model train layout is a sight to behold. It’s awe-inspiring at any time of the year, but around the holidays, it’s transformed into a winter wonderland that will take your breath away.

National Toy Train Museum

Set up like an old-time train station, this museum (also in Strasburg) offers amazing exhibits set off by LED lighting. With a toy train collection with models from the 1800s to present time, you’ll find all the favorites including American Flyer, Lionel, and more.

Short Line Model Railroad Club Holiday Model Train Display

Right here in Ephrata, the Short Line Model Railroad Club offers a wonderful exhibit annually during the holiday season. Train fans of all ages will enjoy watching the miniature trains roll though the detailed scenery depicting the landscape of northeastern Pennsylvania. The exhibit runs Saturdays and Sundays starting November 29, 2014 through January 11, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

I hope you’ll take some time to revisit the magic and majesty of the railroad this holiday season. All aboard!

By Rebecca Gallagher

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