Pennsylvania Railroads: A Robust History and Heritage
Discover Pennsylvania’s railroad heritage and ride the Strasburg Railroad as you learn the inner workings of steam engines and discover the beautiful countryside.
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Program No. 14977RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

All aboard! From Strasburg to Altoona, explore the stout-hearted history of Pennsylvania’s railroads and learn about the locomotive pioneers who built them. Steam, diesel and narrow-gauge — hop on each train and ride the rolling hills of Lancaster County and through the rugged Allegheny Mountains. Learn from railroad experts how these intricate lines were built, from the dedicated European immigrants who worked along the narrow-gauge tracks to the meticulous restorers who preserve these important pieces of history. Then experience their skillful craftsmanship firsthand by chugging through the Keystone State on these remarkable machines that reframed Americans’ perception of the transportation industry.
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On Your Feet
Getting on/off motorcoach and trains multiple times a day; walking and standing at historic sites and museums sometimes over unpaved and uneven surfaces; stairs.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Uncover the story behind over 100 unique locomotives and priceless pieces of the PA Railroad Historical Collection at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
  • Ride through the Gallitzin Tunnels and Horseshoe Curve to experience an engineering marvel built in the mid-1800s.
  • Venture behind the scenes to learn how massive steam and diesel trains are restored during an expert-led exploration at the Steamtown National Historic Site.

General Notes

Ride via motorcoach to each destination in Pennsylvania. We make every effort to allow time to explore each village and town we visit throughout the program—however, please be aware that time on the bus is crucial in getting you from place to place.
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Ivan Frantz
A native of York, Pennsylvania, Ivan E. Frantz, Jr. is the descendant of two Civil War veterans, and is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable. He is a member and past president of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS), and currently serves on their board of directors. Ivan has published several articles on the Pennsylvania Railroad in Keystone, the quarterly journal of the PRRT&HS.
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