Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Ronks

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Get an up-close look at more than 100 locomotives and train cars at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Preserving the memory of the great American railroads, the museum offers freight-train rides where you get to be the conductor. Watch a train restoration on a closed-circuit screen. Special exhibits and events take place throughout the year, so check the calendar online. Though the museum is in a rural area, it is easy to reach with a short taxi ride from the Lancaster train station or by Interstate 95. To visit Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania on your holiday in Ronks, and find out what else Ronks has to offer, use our Ronks route maker .
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  • My wife and I have been through this museum with our granddaughter once before. She wanted to go again with her dad. Since he was home on leave and we had just finished the train ride with the Strasbu...  more »
  • Our grandkids (ages 3 and 18 months) love strolling around the museum looking at all of the engines. We like to get to the museum when it opens and tour until the first train leaves out of Strasburg.  more »
  • Probably the best train museum in the country. Dozens of cars, locomotives and everything else assocated with the railroad.  more »
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  • Amazing experience. Great family time! Some exhibits let you go inside the train for a closer look and you can learn about the different trains. Inside and outside trains, great picture opportunities everywhere. Fun kid areas and snack area. The employees and volunteers are friendly and seem happy to share what they know.
  • I have loved steam trains since I was a young child in the fifties. Living in the Pittsburgh out lying area - the steam trains were made up and turned around in a train yard near our farm house home. Some of my favorite memories was having our father hand my brother and I up to the engineers to ride the steam engine into the round house where it was turned around - - the fire of the engine, the gears - the puffing - the smell of the engine are something that I have never forgotten. Then - whenever we could as I grew up - we went on the steam trains or went to see them. It is a way of life that has disappeared. That is why I am THRILLED with this museum! It is big - there are so many engines - both steam and electric - all over the grounds. Some of them you can climb up into - to see their complex dials, switches - and the smell is so alive and there bringing one back in time if you allow yourself to travel there. There are great photo opportunities - it is great for adults - but it is an experience that children should have several times in their lives so that they get a real feel for history before and during the early time of the car - before internet - and modern jets. Across the street are steam trains you can ride on - - a short ride but totally worth it! Children of all ages will enjoy this important experience!
  • Our family absolutely loves this place. We went once on a whim after taking our kids for a train ride at Strasburg railroad directly across the street, and ended up leaving with an annual membership and we generally visit once a week. They have terrific displays that get updated periodically, beautifully restored engines and cars of different eras, a catwalk to get a different view of them all, a train yard that you can access with upcoming restorations, a rather large area for children with toy trains from wooden Thomas trains to functional scale models, and even a place where children can pretend to be a fireman and shovel 'coal'. I would highly recommend this to anyone with even a passing interest in trains (were certainly not aficionados and really started doing 'train things' because our kids like them, but we both found it very interesting).
  • Wonderful museum. Staff were very willing to give orientations on specific locomotives. Some were open to go inside. The kids train center is genius. I love trains.
  • This is one my boys favorite place from visit, there are plenty of things for adults that enjoy trains, as well as a great interactive play area for the kids. We like it so much, that at bought a family membership and we can go whenever we want. Across the street, there are some old trains that go for short rides, and the scenery is great.

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The tiny town of Ronks has limited lodgings, but the county of Lancaster offers more options. Consider a stay at a working farm located near Ronks, or a country inn. For a longer stay in the countryside, campgrounds and vacation rentals are a good way to get to know the land better.
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