Strasburg, Pa. Excursions

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jacon12

Member
If you have visited and have rode the excursion train at Strasburg, Pa., how would you rate the place overall? Excellent, good, not so good, wouldn't bother to go again? My wife and I are planning a road trip from Georgia up to the New England area this spring and I'm interested in the Strasburg and Lancaster county areas.
Jarrell
 

gp80mac

edito, ergo BOOM.
I live 45 mins away, so I've been there more times than I care to count. If you've never been there, go. The Strasburg's equipment is immaculate: absolutely beautiful. Ride is not too bad..5 miles through cornfields. Overall it's a must go.

Literally across the street is the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, with its enormous collection of PA railroad equipment. Combine the two, and you have a great day.

Also down the road is the National Toy Train Museum, and the choo-choo barn


jacon12 said:
If you have visited and have rode the excursion train at Strasburg, Pa., how would you rate the place overall? Excellent, good, not so good, wouldn't bother to go again? My wife and I are planning a road trip from Georgia up to the New England area this spring and I'm interested in the Strasburg and Lancaster county areas.
Jarrell
 
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jacon12

Member
gp80mac said:
I live 45 mins away, so I've been there more times than I care to count. If you've never been there, go. The Strasburg's equipment is immaculate: absolutely beautiful. Ride is not too bad..5 miles through cornfields. Overall it's a must go.

Literally across the street is the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, with its enormous collection of PA railroad equipment. Combine the two, and you have a great day.

Also down the road is the National Toy Train Museum, and the choo-choo barn
Thanks for the information, I think the area will be in the travel plans. That, and my wife wants to visit Washington, D.C. I prefer staying away from large cities but sometimes you gotta. Well, there's always the Smithsonian.. :)
Jarrell
 

sushob

Entrepreneurial Teen
jacon12 said:
Thanks for the information, I think the area will be in the travel plans. That, and my wife wants to visit Washington, D.C. I prefer staying away from large cities but sometimes you gotta. Well, there's always the Smithsonian.. :)
Jarrell
Just be careful with the museums...everything closes at 5:00 and there aren't any other clean/easily accessable public restrooms in the mall area (ask me how I know that :rolleyes: ).

I've been to Strasburg my share of times as well, and it's always a fun time. Sometimes the part of the ride I enjoy the most is right at the beginning/end, where you can see what relics are laying around by the shop, and if it's a nice day and the doors are open, you can sometimes see what they're working on inside.

The museum is also great. I hope to return now that I have a better understanding and general background in railroading. The last time we were there I was holding up tape measures and taking detail photos of a decrepid (sp?) G39 ore hopper in the yard. We needed to come up with CAD drawings to make tooling for an HO model...
 

jacon12

Member
sushob said:
Just be careful with the museums...everything closes at 5:00 and there aren't any other clean/easily accessable public restrooms in the mall area (ask me how I know that :rolleyes: ).

I've been to Strasburg my share of times as well, and it's always a fun time. Sometimes the part of the ride I enjoy the most is right at the beginning/end, where you can see what relics are laying around by the shop, and if it's a nice day and the doors are open, you can sometimes see what they're working on inside.

The museum is also great. I hope to return now that I have a better understanding and general background in railroading. The last time we were there I was holding up tape measures and taking detail photos of a decrepid (sp?) G39 ore hopper in the yard. We needed to come up with CAD drawings to make tooling for an HO model...
"Just be careful with the museums...everything closes at 5:00 and there aren't any other clean/easily accessable public restrooms in the mall area (ask me how I know that )."

This oughta be good. Nate, how do you know that? :)
Thanks for the tips!
Jarrell
 

sushob

Entrepreneurial Teen
jacon12 said:
"Just be careful with the museums...everything closes at 5:00 and there aren't any other clean/easily accessable public restrooms in the mall area (ask me how I know that )."

This oughta be good. Nate, how do you know that? :)
Thanks for the tips!
Jarrell
Maybe I should have said "don't ask me how I know that." I'm not much of a story teller, but I'll try...

This particular trip to DC was actually a Girl Scout function (my sister was a member, my mother was a leader), and my father and I were invited along to fill up the extra seats...err..."share the experience." (Actually every scout was supposed to have a parent (or a friend's parent) along...less paperwork that way I think). Anyway, the other troop leaders had decided to make the trip an all-day event (they either had to make it a rather short trip or a rather long trip, because the bus driver was required to sleep for four hours once he hit a certain time limit). Of course it's never fun to get a bunch of elementary-school kids on a bus early in the morning, but to make it even better, several of us got motion sickness on the way there...

After waiting in line for a couple of hours (in sweltering heat that caused several to take quite ill), we took a short tour of the White House (this was pre-9/11), and then it was basically "you (along with your family, or a friend's family) are on your own."

Okay, cool, now we don't have to stand in line any more. Yeah, cool until you realize it's only 11:00 in the morning, and we can't get back on the bus until 8:00. Needless to say, it wasn't much fun to walk around outside in the 90++ degree heat and humidity, so we spent the next few hours inside various museums. Then 5:00 rolls around, and they kick everyone out. What do you mean you close at 5:00?!?! It's the middle of July!! There are hundreds of tourists here who want to see the museums!! Oh wait...the Smithsonian is run by the government...that explains it.

Not until you have three hours to kill do you realize that there really isn't anything in the mall vacinity that isn't government run, meaning at 5:00 pm the world basically stops turning, everybody who knows where things are leaves, and you're stuck in the middle of a grass field in the capitol with a bunch of other touristy-type people who don't know any more than you do. Suddenly 8:00 looks a looooong ways away.

We walked through the memorials and monuments, took some pictures, and then decided it would be good to hit the restroom before venturing back to the meeting-point. Usually this is standard proceedure, and restrooms are easy to find in areas with heavy tourist traffic. Nope, not in Washington DC. ALL of the museums are closed, and with them, all of the restrooms. You would think the national mall would have some facilities of its own, but again, nope...at least none that we could find.

I think we finally found one somewhere close to the memorials, but it wasn't very pleasant ('nuff said :eek: ).

Okay, enough of my lousy story. Yes, the museums are nice, and if it's a once-in-an-eon trip, I would definitely stop to take a look. Hopefully they've constructed some restrooms by now, or at least improved upon what did exist, but I would bet everything still closes at five. As far as I'm concerned, the half-a-dozen or so trips I've made over the span of my lifetime are sufficient to last me the next 30 years...
 

jacon12

Member
Nate, I have fought this DC trip thing for years! I made the pilgrimage about 35 years ago, in another life.. ;) .. so I know exactly what you're talking about. Come 5pm and that is the most deserted place on the planet except for the tourists that don't know exactly what they're to do next. I warned my wife about the heat and also about how far out in the boonies we will probably have to go to find a room. I've told her how huge the Smithsonian is, that it would really take a week or more to see it all depending on how long you actually stooding looking at each exhibit, but I may as well been whistling in the dark, I've lost the battle.
Everybody ought go there one time. O-N-E time. One time.
Thanks for reminding me!
Jarrell
 




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