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Faces of Railroaders.
Faces of Railroaders.
Faces of Railroaders.
Faces of Railroaders.
Faces of Railroaders.
Faces of Railroaders.
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, a world class museum of railroad history in Strasburg, PA.

Expanded Plaque Exhibit.Honoring Railroaders
in a Place of Honor

Railroaders Hall, a 50,000 square foot indoor exhibit area, was opened in 1995 as a tribute to the men and women who built and ran America's railroads.

For over 150 years, railroading has been a way of life for thousands of  men and women employed in the shops, on trains, in offices, wayside towers and stations, and along right-of-way.  Railroad people have built, operated, maintained and managed America's greatest industry;  an industry upon which rests America's industrial greatness and commerce. And they are still doing it!

Individual plaques honoring over 2500 railroaders have been installed, and the roll steadily grows. Near the plaques are dozens of historic locomotives and rail cars which such railroaders once worked on.

You are invited to pay tribute to an individual railroader -- any railroad, anywhere, any time.  Name plaques contain the name, occupation, service record and railroad affiliation of a railroad employee you submit (subject to space limitations). The plaques occupy an honored place and are viewed by tens of thousands of visitors, often including relatives and descendants of those honored.

Plaques are available for a tax-deductible contribution of $100 or more. 

If desired, payment may be $34 with the request and the balance will be billed over the next two years (to use this option, you must submit the Printout Order Form, do not use the online process).  Proceeds go to support the work of the Museum.


To accommodate its growth, this exhibit has been expanded, and an index of all plaques is available locally to make it easy to find yours.

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See the full list of railroaders' plaques here.

Lee Coleman Plaque in Railroaders' Hall

H. Lee Coleman was a valued member of the Friends of the Museum.  In a responsible but colorful career with the Pennsylvania Railroad, he worked as a fireman, engineer on steam, diesel and electric, and served in special duty assignments.  

His stories about how life really was on the railroad have entertained and enriched us, as well as being part of our formal oral history program.  For a number of years, Lee greeted visitors to the Museum with a twinkle of the eye and a firm recollection of railroading.

This plaque was placed by his son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and June Coleman some years ago.  Lee passed away in 2006, but we are pleased to see him permanently honored along with many other fine railroaders to whom the hall is dedicated.

Honored Railroaders Listing

See the full list of railroaders' plaques here. Museum visitors may locate individual plaques from an available index there.

This online list is updated periodically; recent plaques may not be listed but are physically in place.

Order A Plaque to Honor a Railroader

Explanatory Leaflet with Printout Order Form (Use if you prefer to mail in your information, or if you want to make payment over three years.)

Secure Online Order Form (use only for full payment)

More About Real Railroaders

Read about Railroaders and their Jobs

Women, minorities, social issues affecting railroading

See Northumberland Engine House Gang 1913

Read "The Work Must Go On," a poem by a real railroader.

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