In this post we take a look inside the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum where many historic and vintage vehicles have been preserved and are on display. Railroad cars have been and will always be very popular, whether you see them in person on in a photograph like this one that racked up more than 1500 pluses over on Google Plus in less than 48 hours. I think my love of trains started with my first Lionel train set one Christmas.
We begin with this black and white photo showing a few of the trains that welcome you inside the museum.
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The railroad museum, like most others, began with a mission of saving old historic locomotives from deteriorating conditions and the eventual scrap heap and over time has amassed a very large collection of railroad artifacts.
This class of passenger locomotive, known as an EMD E7 was built between 1945 and 1949 by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division. This one, built in 1945 and numbered 5901 is the last of the more than 400 manufactured. I really like the way this looks in black and white but to be true to its current appearance I have included the color version of the photograph below.
She looks pretty spiffy for a machine that is in it's 70th year. Let's pull back for a better view of this huge machine.
Housed within this 71-foot frame are two 12 cylinder, 1000 HP diesel engines. What a massive machine!
We will close out with this overhead view of a section of the museum.
This place is loaded with history, from signal lights that have saved lives to actual seating from train stations to 19th century luggage, its all here to see and enjoy. Also, I haven't even mentioned the train excursions on authentic locomotives from yesteryear through the surrounding countryside, until now. :-)
If you ever find yourself in the area of Strasburg Pennsylvania and have a day to spare, do yourself and family a favor and drop in for a day of memory making. It's an experience you will cherish for a lifetime.
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