Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"All Aboard!"

On a little visit to Lancaster County, PA
I found myself riding the Strasburg Railroad.

Like the good photographer I am,
I recorded remembered forgot
our engineer's name.
But he was very nice and knowledgeable
and wearing blue!

The railroad was founded in 1832 
and carried President Abraham Lincoln
for a 4 minute visit to Lancaster!
That is something to 'toot' about.

After falling into disrepair in the mid 1950s,
as so many historic things do,
the railroad found a second life
and opened to visitors in 1958.

Your tour takes you through the
beautiful Amish countryside.

The rail car I rode on was 80% original
and the railroad here is known throughout the country 
as an example of 19th century rail roads.

I am so happy spring is here.
It has been a long winter!


Anonymous said...

I've driven by Strasburg, but never stopped. I really need to visit.

Spring is here, but we're expecting measurable snow tonight :-(

Christie describeHappy said...

That train looks like so much fun! Great photos too!

Jeannette StG said...

Love those antigue trains (not for long travels:) ).
Wow, the farmer is handling 6 horses at one time! Must have some skill to do that!

Kathy said...

Looks like a lovely trip. We must have been on the same wave-length today, except I didn't get to ride the train.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Really enjoyed your rail story! I love taking the opportunity to travel in old carriages or cars! Such a thrill! And loved your series of photos!

EG CameraGirl said...

Beautiful countryside to take a train ride through!

Dianne said...

the engineer looks in command of that train
how does it do in snow and sleet?
that's what's happening here right now
Oy! :)

Unknown said...

an amazing tour. great photos of the countryside.

JunieRose2005 said...

These are beautiful pictures! I enjoyed all of them very much!!


GardenOfDaisies said...

Beautiful farm country!

Jim said...

I like your train, Rebecca. It looks like a fun ride for all ages. I am glad some of those retired, etc. have the time to volunteer and help keep them going.