PRR 4800, the original GG1.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is a railroad museum in Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

The museum is located on the east side of Strasburg along Pennsylvania Route 741. It is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with the active support of the "Friends of the Railroad Museum."

The museum has more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars that chronicle American railroad history. An interactive display allows visitors to "take the throttle" on a simulated run in a real freight locomotive, climb aboard a caboose, inspect a 62-ton locomotive from underneath, view restoration activities via closed-circuit television, enjoy interactive educational programs, and more.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania was created to provide a historical account of railroading in Pennsylvania by preserving rolling stock, artifacts, and archives of railroad companies of the Commonwealth.

Building and grounds
The initial display building opened in 1975, featuring an operating turntable from the Reading Company. The original building was roughly 45,000 square feet in size and included an observation bridge leading across Rolling Stock Hall, allowing visitors to see the trains from a bird's eye point of view. In June 1995, a train shed addition opened, doubling the indoor display capacity to 100,000 square feet.

Today, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania covers 18 acres. This includes a second floor changing-exhibit gallery, which leads onto the observation bridge, an education center, a large library and archives, an administrative building, a Restoration Shop, and an outdoor yard. Rolling Stock Hall and the second floor are both handicapped accessible. The yard is subject to weather closure.

A newly designed entrance and gift shop were opened in June 2007. Some larger or more modern engines and cars are displayed outdoors, but additional construction projects are expected in the future. In the near future, construction will start on a new roundhouse to store some of the larger locomotives.

The National Toy Train Museum, & Choo Choo Barn are located nearby, and the Strasburg Railroad is across the street from the museum.

Rolling stock collection
The nucleus of the collection of more than a hundred locomotives and cars comes from the historical collection of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR). Following the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair, the Pennsylvania Railroad placed many of their historic locomotives at a roundhouse in Northumberland, PA. In the 1960s, many of the locomotives were sent from Northumberland to Strasburg, PA.

Some of these engines had been used on the Strasburg Railroad for a number of years before making their permanent home in the Railroad Museum. PRR No. 1223, famous for its use in the 1969 film Hello, Dolly!, and PRR No. 7002 (originally No. 8063), a re-creation of the famous original PRR No. 7002, which set an unofficial land speed record in 1905 by traveling at 127.1 miles per hour, were both retired from the Strasburg Railroad in 1989.

Other historic locomotives are featured at the Museum. The famous "Lindbergh Engine", PRR No. 460, is currently undergoing restoration in the Museum's Restoration Shop, and will be placed in the new roundhouse upon completion. The oldest PRR non-subsidiary locomotive is also kept at the Museum, PRR No. 1187. This piece is placed over a pit, so visitors may go underneath and see the locomotive's underside. The official steam locomotive of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania PRR No. 3750, famous for pulling President Warren Harding's funeral train, is on display outside of the museum. Two replicas are also included in the Pennsylvania Historic Collection, the John Bull (locomotive) (orig. built 1831) and the John Stevens (orig. built 1831).

The Railroad Museum also collected numerous other locomotives. This includes two PRR GG1 locomotives, the original PRR No. 4800 and the later PRR No. 4935. More recent additions include three GP series, an Amtrak E60, and a railbus. They also hold uncommon rolling stock, including two fireless steam locomotives (Bethlehem Steel No. 111 and Pennsylvania Power & Light No. 4094-D), a Shay locomotive (Leetonia Railway No. 1), a Heisler locomotive (Chicago Mill & Lumber Company No. 4), and a Climax locomotive (W. H. Mason Company No. 1).

In 2013, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has acquired through donation from SEPTA former Reading Company Silverliner II No. 9001. The museum previously had two Budd Pioneer III railcars donated by SEPTA in the mid 1990s, but these cars had been stripped down for a planned conversion to normal passenger cars and were little more than stripped down shells. The No. 9001, while having some components removed, is more or less in the same state it was in when retired. As of March 2015, #9001 has not left SEPTA property due to difficulty in transporting it to the museum.

The museum's most recent acquisition is Amtrak AEM-7 number 915.

In all, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania holds around one hundred pieces of rolling stock in their collection, including passenger, freight, and non-revenue pieces, in addition to their locomotives.

History
For the 1939 New York World's Fair, the PRR had collected various locomotives. After the fair's completion, much of those pieces of rolling stock were transferred to a roundhouse in Northumberland, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, as time passed, a number of those pieces were lost. Other classes of locomotives were not saved; thus, no examples of classes Q, S, and T steam locomotives were saved. A few engines there were officially cosmetically restored, while thoughtful employees took it upon themselves to clean up and paint other engines.

With the state looking to establish a railroad museum and PRR successor Penn Central Railroad looking to rid itself of the collection in the late 1960s (and also to be cleared of back taxes), the engines were moved piecemeal to the new museum in Strasburg. During the initial site selection period for the planned museum, there was much debate of various options, including Northumberland and Altoona. In 1968, the first piece of equipment was placed on the museum's current grounds—a 1928 turntable from Cressona, Pennsylvania. A large number of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Historic Collection was sent to Strasburg, Pennsylvania coupled together, forming the "Train of Trains."

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania focuses on history of the entire commonwealth of Pennsylvania, however. Over the years, the Museum acquired pieces from other notable Pennsylvanian railroads, including the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Conrail, and Amtrak. The Museum also holds a number of pieces created by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, which had operated just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since the mid-1800s.

In addition to full-size rolling stock pieces, the Museum offers a number of other commodities, which include several model railroad layouts, an educational center, a library and archives, and a smaller exhibit gallery on the second floor.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania was officially opened to the public April 1, 1975. Within a few years, the Railroad Museum quickly outgrew its grounds, and, in 1995, Rolling Stock Hall was doubled in size. Today, the museum covers 18 acres of land, including 100,000 square feet indoors. In the next few years, the addition of a roundhouse is expected to be built. In all, the museum holds roughly 100 pieces of rolling stock, some nearing 200 years old.

Locomotive collection

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 1187
Type or Class: H3
Manufacturer: PRR, Altoona
Builder's Number: 1235
Year built: 1888
Wheel arrangement: 2-8-0

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 1223
Type or Class: D16sb
Manufacturer: PRR, Juniata
Builder's Number: 1399
Year built: 1905
Wheel arrangement: 4-4-0

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 460
Type or Class: E6s
Manufacturer: PRR, Juniata
Builder's Number: 2860
Year built: 1914
Wheel arrangement: 4-4-2

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 3750
Type or Class: K4s
Manufacturer: PRR, Juniata
Builder's Number: 3703
Year built: 1920
Wheel arrangement: 4-6-2

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 7002
Type or Class: E7s
Manufacturer: PRR, Altoona
Year built: 1902
Wheel arrangement: 4-4-2

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 94
Type or Class: A5s
Manufacturer: PRR, Juniata
Builder's Number: 3191
Year built: 1917
Wheel arrangement: 0-4-0

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 2846
Type or Class: H6sb
Manufacturer: Baldwin Locomotive Works
Builder's Number: 26744
Year built: 1905
Wheel arrangement: 2-8-0

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 5741
Type or Class: G5s
Manufacturer: PRR, Juniata
Builder's Number: 3966
Year built: 1924
Wheel arrangement: 4-6-0

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 520
Type or Class: L1s
Manufacturer: Baldwin Locomotive Works
Builder's Number: 44565
Year built: 1916
Wheel arrangement: 2-8-2

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 7688
Type or Class: H10s
Manufacturer: PRR, Juniata
Builder's Number: 5063
Year built: 1915
Wheel arrangement: 2-8-0

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 1670
Type or Class: B6sb
Manufacturer: PRR, Juniata
Builder's Number: 3042
Year built: 1916
Wheel arrangement: 0-6-0

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 6755
Type or Class: M1b
Manufacturer: PRR, Altoona
Builder's Number: 4225
Year built: 1930
Wheel arrangement: 4-8-2

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Numbers: 3936 & 3937
Type or Class: DD1
Manufacturer: PRR, Altoona
Year built: 1911
Wheel arrangement: 2-B+B-2

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 4800
Type or Class: GG1
Manufacturer: General Electric
Builder's Number: 11848
Year built: 1934
Wheel arrangement: 2-C+C-2

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 4935
Type or Class: GG1
Manufacturer: PRR, Altoona
Builder's Number: 4434
Year built: 1943
Wheel arrangement: 2-C+C-2

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 4465
Type or Class: E44
Manufacturer: General Electric
Year built: 1963
Wheel arrangement: C-C

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 5690
Type or Class: B1
Manufacturer: PRR
Year built: 1934
Wheel arrangement: C

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 5901
Type or Class: PRR EP20 (EMD E7)
Manufacturer: Electro-Motive Division
Year built: 1945
Wheel arrangement: A1A-A1A

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 7006
Type or Class: EMD GP9
Manufacturer: Electro-Motive Division
Year built: 1955
Wheel arrangement: B-B

Operator: Pennsylvania Railroad

Name: John Stevens (replica)
Manufacturer: PRR, Altoona
Year built: 1939
Wheel arrangement: 2-1-2

Operator: Amtrak

Number: 603
Type or Class: E60MA
Manufacturer: General Electric
Year built: 1976
Wheel arrangement: C-C

Operator: Baldwin Locomotive Works

Number: 1200
Type or Class: S-12
Manufacturer: Baldwin Locomotive Works
Year built: 1951
Wheel arrangement: B-B

Operator: Bethlehem Steel

Number: 111
Type or Class: Fireless
Manufacturer: Heisler
Year built: 1941
Wheel arrangement: 0-4-0F

Operator: Camden and Amboy Railroad

Name: John Bull (replica)
Manufacturer: PRR, Altoona
Year built: 1940
Wheel arrangement: 4-2-0

Operator: Chicago Mill & Lumber Company

Number: 4
Type or Class: Heisler
Manufacturer: Heisler
Builder's Number: 1375
Year built: 1918
Wheel arrangement: B-B

Operator: Conrail

Number: 2233
Type or Class: EMD GP30
Manufacturer: Electro-Motive Division
Year built: 1963
Wheel arrangement: B-B

Operator: Leetonia Railway

Number: 1
Type or Class: Class C Shay
Manufacturer: Lima Locomotive Works
Builder's Number: 1799
Year built: 1906
Wheel arrangement: B-B-B

Operator: Lone Star Cement Company

Type or Class: 5-ton
Manufacturer: Brookville
Year built: 1951

Operator: Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad

Number: 81
Type or Class: EMD NW2
Manufacturer: Electro-Motive Division
Year built: 1946
Wheel arrangement: B-B

Operator: W. H. Mason Co.

Number: 4
Type or Class: Class B Climax
Manufacturer: Climax
Year built: 1913
Wheel arrangement: B-B

Operator: Monongahela Connecting Railroad

Number: 701
Type or Class: C415
Manufacturer: Alco
Year built: 1968
Wheel arrangement: B-B

Operator: Nickel Plate Road

Number: 757
Type or Class: S-2

Manufacturer: Lima Locomotive Works

Builder's Number: 8665
Year built: 1944
Wheel arrangement: 2-8-4

Operator: Pennsylvania Power and Light

Number: D
Type or Class: Fireless
Manufacturer: Heisler
Year built: 1940
Wheel arrangement: 0-8-0F

Operator: Pennsylvania Power and Light

Type or Class: 18-ton
Manufacturer: Plymouth
Year built: 1949

Operator: Reading Company

Number: 1251
Type or Class: B4-a
Manufacturer: Reading Company Shops
Builder's Number: 2306
Year built: 1918
Wheel arrangement: 0-6-0ST

Operator: Virginia and Truckee Railroad

Number: 20 "Tahoe"
Manufacturer: Baldwin Locomotive Works
Builder's Number: 3687
Year built: 1875
Wheel arrangement: 2-6-0

Operator: Vulcan Iron Works

Number: 1
Manufacturer: Vulcan Iron Works
Year built: 1930

Operator: Amtrak

Number: 915
Type or Class: EMD AEM-7
Manufacturer: Electro-Motive Division
Year built: 1980
Wheel arrangement: B-B

A Roster of railroad locomotives and cars as well as how to find each within the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, PA is available here: PDF File - RMP Loco Roster

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Overview
Established: 1975
Location: Strasburg, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 39°58′57″N 76°9′37″W
Type: Railroad museum
Director: Jeffrey Bliemeister
Official Website: http://rrmuseumpa.org/

See also:

Museums

PRR Locomotive Classes

Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Caboose No. 16.

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Entrance to the museum.

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PP&L Fireless No. 4094-D.

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Entrance to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania..
Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Caboose No. 16.
Monongahela Connecting Railroad No. 701, an ALCO C415.

Amtrak No. 915, an EMD AEM-7.

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Monongahela Connecting Railroad No. 701, an ALCO C415.

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Steel Passenger Coach No. 1650.
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PRR 4800, the original GG1.

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Steel Passenger Coach No. 1650.

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PP&L Fireless No. 4094-D.