Pennsylvania Railroads: History and Heritage
Discover Pennsylvania’s railroad heritage and ride the Strasburg Railroad as you learn how steam engines are rebuilt, visit Horseshoe Curve and explore Allegheny with a historian.
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Program No. 14977RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

From Strasburg to Altoona, explore the people and history behind Pennsylvania’s railroads. Steam, diesel and narrow-gauge — hop aboard four trains and ride the rolling hills of Lancaster County and through the rugged Allegheny Mountains as railroad employees and historians explain the construction of the rails and their historic and modern roles in passenger and commercial traffic.
Activity Level
Walking for up to one mile over varied terrain, steps to board trains, walking inside a coal mine.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • At the Railroaders Memorial Museum, uncover the story behind the 220-degree engineering marvel of Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark.
  • Inspect America’s first railroad through the Alleghenies at the Gallitzin Tunnels and visit the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.
  • At the Steamtown National Historic Site, go behind the scenes at a shop where steam engines are rebuilt.

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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