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After we had got our fill of the Strasburg Railroad (as well as lunch), we headed over to the Railroad Musuem of Pennsylvania. In the entryway, the various railroads of the state were shown on the floor, the D&H of course one of them.
We had limited time to see everything, so we dived right in and headed upstairs to check out one of the HO layouts.
This layout modeled the PRR in the 1950s, and I swear I’ve seen it before. Perhaps it was in a magazine, or it was relocated.
The trains were nicely automated, including a small 0-4-0 switcher making a mine run.
Next, we headed out onto the overhead walkway. I instantly thought of Exporail in Montreal, with the difference being in the trains.
The Conrail GP30 really stuck out- It was perhaps my favorite locomotive in the museum.
On the way down the stairs, I grabbed a photo of this wooden reefer with some railroaders on the roof.
Here we see the Conrail GP30, with a Pennsy electric locomotive in the foreground.
Another beautifully restored locomotive is this Pennsy E7.
I took a video tour of essentially the whole building, but due to the background noise and the fact that I was wearing a mask, I may have to voiceover it. Next up is this PRR scale test car. No minimum radius on this one!
There were several small, nicely detailed dioramas in between the rows of trains.
Next we come to a true treasure- An original D&H wooden boxcar, in great condition.
Here we have a diorama of the daily life of a PRR electric railcar, in service on the Northeast Corridor.
Of course, I had to grab a shot of the “Banjo” signal.
Along one wall was a variety of neat exibits gear towards children. You know, because I didn’t have fun with them… they will be shown in the video. Also along that wall was this little orange tank engine.
Going into the “town” of false-front buildings, we checked out a Lego layout as well as an LGB large scale layout. Both will be featured in the video.
At this point, I was ready for a mask break, so we headed outside to the outdoor railyard. The first thing that caught my eye was this Amtrak electric locomotive, still in phase III paint.
You may have already seen the turntable in my Strasburg Railroad video. There were several cool pieces parked around it. I’ve been told the museum is working to restore the turntable to operating condition.
There were several beautiful PRR steamers in and out of the museum.
Of course, the iconic duo of the GG1 and the Amtrak AEM-7 “Toaster” stand near the road to greet visitors.
At this point, we headed back through the museum and out through the gift shop, where I bought both a D&H pin and an Alco builder’s plate pin. I’ll share photos of those later.
On our way back towards the Hudson Valley, we stopped at Hershey, PA to do the “free” tour. We had to give our emails, address, etc, so was it really free? They were able to make about 10 bucks off of us with “exclusive flavors” and all of that. I mean, the mocha-dark chocolate Kit-Kats were pretty darn good…
They’ve got the whole thing figured out. Being there also reminded me why I dislike amusement parks- Too many people in one place. Train shows are different, at least I know all those people are mostly like me…
Coming up soon: National Train Day, visiting Corey Ward’s layout(s!), revisiting Burlington yard, railfanning Syracuse, and of course local railfanning. Backed up? A little… -Harrison
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