Taking the Swing Train '40s Dance
The giant Rolling Stock Hall at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg, Lancaster County, PA, will come alive to the sound of the Sound of Roses Big Band at the "Taking the Swing Train '40s Dance" scheduled for Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The dance will be held in conjunction with the Railroad Museum's annual "Trains & Troops" event, which highlights the role of the railroads both overseas and on the homefront in times of war.
Many of our members and the general public asked us to consider hosting a World War II era dance following the "Trains & Troops" event. The dance will be reminiscent of a USO canteen, with light refreshments and tunes from the Hit Parade for dancing, listening and sing-along pleasure.
The USO (The United Service Organizations) was incorporated when President Franklin D. Roosevelt challenged six private organizations-the YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic Community Service, the National Jewish Welfare Board, the Traveler's Aid Association and the Salvation Army-to handle the on-leave recreation needs for members of the Armed Forces. The USO has endured in its commitment to be America's link with her men and women in uniform and is celebrating its 61st anniversary this year.
Dress the Part!
Guys and gals of all ages are encouraged to attend the dance at the Railroad Museum in uniform or in '40s clothing to help us re-live and revive the past among our world-class collection of trains. Trains and railroads found their way into the music of the era, as they have throughout their time in American history. For example, the song "Chattanooga Choo Choo" spent 13 weeks in first place on the Hit Parade in 1941 and "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" was second on the Hit Parade for 14 weeks in 1945.
Advance tickets for the 2014 "Taking the Swing Train '40s Dance" at the Railroad Museum are recommended. Tickets must be ordered by October 28, 2014. A special combination savings ticket of $35.00 will admit a person to the dance and to both days of the "Trains & Troops" event, Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2. Tickets for just the dance are $25.00 per person for the general public. Dance tickets for Friends of the Railroad Museum members, and for current service military and veterans (including active, guard and reserves) are $20.00 per person.
"Taking the Swing Train '40s Dance" tickets can be purchased by mail (click here for an order form to print out, or here to order the tickets online), by phone-call 717/687-8628, ext 3008 (credit card sales only)-or in person at the Whistle Stop Shop museum store during regular business hours. Proceeds from the sale of "Taking the Swing Train Dance" tickets benefit the Friends of the Railroad Museum restoration, education and archival programs.
The Trains & Troops Event
The "Trains & Troops" event will feature fascinating historical exhibits, displays and presentations, patriotic music, a salute to American military veterans and various re-enactors, civilians and railroaders representing the Civil War era forward to today. Tickets for just "Trains & Troops" will be available at the door the two days of the event and are included in the regular Railroad Museum admission price.
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania houses a remarkable collection of more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars from the late 19th century to modern times, the interactive Stewart Junction railway education center, the replica early 20th century Steinman Station passenger depot and various exhibits of railroad-related art and artifacts.