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

Special Exhibit Series


The Museum regularly hosts exhibits depicting railroad art and photography as well as related railroad materials. These are typically presented in the second floor gallery and run for a number of months.

Railroads not only have attracted many fans, but have drawn the attention of skilled artists and photographers.

2016 Exhibit

Safety First! The Evolution of Railroading Safety Practices
April 23 - December 31, 2016


With the frantic pace of early railroad construction in America, safety concerns often took a backseat to profit and expansion. Inevitably, accidents happened more frequently as trains became heavier and faster, and as traffic steadily increased. Not surprisingly, the number of injuries and deaths also soared among workers — the very people charged with building, maintaining and operating the railroads.


This exhibit examines several railroad jobs and how emerging technologies and practices sought to improve the safety of workers. Regular Museum hours. Included in the regular Museum admission.

Previous Exhibit

GG1 No. 4800

4800 in service.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 through Thursday, December 31, 2015.

This locomotive was the first in a series of highly successful electric locomotives used on what is now the Northeast Corridor and the line west to Harrisburg.

In RR Museum Yard.

From 1934 to 1943, the Pennsylvania Railroad acquired 139 GG1 locomotives. Probably the best-known of the class is the first, No. 4800, affectionately known as "Old Rivets," seen above at an earlier time in the Museum yard. 

   From Previous Exhibits  
  • Giantconquerors
    Grif Teller
  • Broadwaydawn
    Grif Teller
  • Dlwservice
    DLW Service
  • Bye
    Ranulph Bye
  • Car120
    Grif Teller
  • Worker
  • Wreck
  • Bye2
    Ranulph Bye
  • Wrightscolbridge
    Wrightsville Columbia Bridge

Previous Exhibits
  (Oldest First)  
  Ted Rose Paintings and Photographs  
  Grif Teller, PRR Calendar Artist.  
  Ranulph Bye, Watercolor Artist.  
  Train Wrecks.  
  Food and Railroads.  
  Railroad Bridges.  
  Photography from American Railway Fairs.  
  Famous Passenger Trains.  
  150 Years of RR Photography.  
  History of the Strasburg Railroad  
  Energy, Innovation & Impact  
  Trains in Motion  
  Rail Traffic Control: Managing the Crossroads of Commerce  
  Role of Railroads In PA During the Civil War  
  Photos of Contemporary Railroading  
  Dining Cars  
  GG1 No. 4800  
Also of Interest
  Museum Events Calendar.  
  Roster of Historic Rolling Stock.  
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