As the holidays near, many of us have fond childhood
memories of sitting by our family Christmas
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
Image courtesy of Victor Habbick at FreeDigitalPhotos.net