FAMOUS TRAINS MOVE INTO RAIL MUSEUM AT STRASBURG


| January/February 1975

  • Pennsylvania Rail Museum
    Pictured above is the Pennsylvania Rail Museum entrance building, the rolling stock building, which will house several pieces of large rail equipment, and the 100-foot turntable. The museum is located along Route 741 across from the Strasburg Rail Road, s
  • Steam engine
    The museum's collection contains several locomotives similar to the one pictured above, representative of the early era of steam engines. The balloon stack and all-wooden cab indicate that the 1800's engine was powered by wood fuel.
  • Jim Thorpe
    Waiting to be repaired is a cross-section of an 1882 passenger car, used until 1969 as an office for a railroad company in Jim Thorpe, Pa. It was discovered by museum officials a few days before it was scheduled to be destroyed. The coach will be restored
  • Lindbergh Engine
    The historical Lindbergh Engine, which made a record run from Washington to New York in 3 hours 8 minutes in 1927, is featured among a rapidly growing collection of historic rail equipment at the museum.
  • The two loggers at the museum
    This drive shaft on a logging locomotive was at its best being used in logging operations over rough terrain. The two loggers at the museum, 1918 Heisler and a 1906 Shay, averaged speeds of 10 to 12 mph and weighed about 60 tons each.

  • Pennsylvania Rail Museum
  • Steam engine
  • Jim Thorpe
  • Lindbergh Engine
  • The two loggers at the museum

Editor of the New Era newspaper of Lancaster, Pennsylvania for permission to reprint the following article and pictures.

In 1927, a massive 107-ton locomotive sped from Washington to New York in the record-breaking time of three hours and eight minutes, carrying with it a Pathe News film of Charles Lindbergh's return to the United States following his celebrated solo flight to Paris.

That Lindbergh engine will be featured in a collection of railroad paraphernalia to be on exhibit at the new Pennsylvania Railroad Museum at Strasburg.

The museum buildings, in their last throes of construction, include a rolling stock building, featuring four sets of tracks and an observational pit, and an entrance building, housing the offices, library, and rest rooms. The site is located along Route 741 opposite the Strasburg Railroad.



Flood Damage Construction was scheduled to be completed by December of this year but, according to construction officials, extensive flooding and water damage has pushed the deadline back a few months.

Subsurface -water was discovered while workmen were blasting shortly after construction began last September. That water and the residue from heavy Spring rains have combined to put the mechanical room and elevator shaft of the entrance building under several feet of water. Construction is being slowed until the exact source of the water has been located and the area is pumped dry.