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

Home for the Holidays

Holiday Travelers.

    Take a nostalgic glimpse at 100 years of holiday rail travel.  Meet costumed railroaders and enjoy seasonal music and festive decorations among our world-class collection of trains.

Home for the Holidays

Saturday, December 5 & Saturday, December 12, 2015

Program Details Subject to Change

A Great Museum Tradition!

Program Description Coming Soon



  • Costumed interpreters representing engineers, conductors, ticket agents and railroad passengers from days gone by.
  • A visit with Santa himself and his helper.
  • A railroad telegrapher who will send your own personal telegram from Steinman Station to the North Pole.
  • Festive holiday decorations and Yuletide music:
    -- Brass Ornaments. December 6, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    -- Elite Brass. December 13, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania's amazing, world-class collection of more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars, a number of which are open for you to explore.


  • Fun and challenging hands-on activities in Stewart Junction railway education center, for the young and the young at heart.
  • Rail Traffic Control gallery exhibit.
  • Authentic Norfolk Southern freight engine cab simulator.
  • Whistle Stop Shop museum store for wonderful holiday gifts.
  • Cookies and hot chocolate, in the Museum lobby while supplies last.
  • Visit the National Toy Train Museum.


Special Program:

Saturday, December 5 and Saturday, December 12.

The conductor calls all aboard for classic holiday stories in one of the Museum’s historic passenger coaches. Kids will also delight in creating their own seasonal take-home craft and receiving a small bag of goodies.

Advance registration, with a $10 per child fee ($5 per child for Museum members), is required and is offered on a first come basis. Recommended for children ages 3 and over.

A maximum of 20 children per Party will be preregistered on a first come basis. Only walk-in or mail-in registrations received on October 20, 2015 or after will be accepted. No email, fax or phone registrations will be accepted. Individuals ages 3 and over also will pay the usual Museum admission. Children must be age 3 or over and be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Registration fees are non-refundable, unless a Christmas With The Conductor Party is cancelled. Get registration form here.

Please call after the November 23, 2015 deadline to determine if spaces are still available. Regular Museum admission rates also apply.

Passenger Car stove. Various special value coupons may be available in limited quantities for visitors, for use at local merchants.

With its daily hustle and bustle, the arrival and departure of family, friends, fast passenger trains and slow freights, the country depot became the hub of rural life and holiday travel during railroading's golden age.




Museum holiday scene.

At the turn of the 20th century, there were more than 500 railroad stations along passenger routes in Pennsylvania. The Railroad Museum's Steinman Station, a permanent exhibit, represents a typical early 20th century passenger station with its waiting room, ticket office and freight room. Amtrak officials estimate that, in today's mobile, global society, more than 1.2 million Americans annually still choose to travel "home for the holidays" by train...and that number is increasing.

~~ Regular admission fees apply. ~~
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