Collections

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania houses a world-class collection of artifacts and archival materials representing the extensive and significant history of railroading in Pennsylvania.

Our collections range from massive steam locomotives to delicate pieces of dining car china, heavy track tools to fine art, lanterns and marker lights to station signs.  The museum also houses a vast collection of photographic and archival materials documenting the rich history of railroading in Pennsylvania.

The museum is home to around 100 locomotives and rolling stock from a variety of commonwealth based railroads and manufacturing companies.  Most rolling stock is available for viewing, although access to interiors may be limited for safety and other reasons. Some pieces are outside in the restoration yard, or undergoing maintenance, and may not be available.

All donation offers of artifacts and archival materials are reviewed by museum staff to determine appropriateness to the museum’s overall collection.  In most cases, accepted items have a strong link to railroading and Pennsylvania, are in good condition and do not duplicate our current holdings.  All offers are reviewed on a case by case basis.  Click here to email our Collections Manager regarding collection donations.

As a matter of practice, the museum does not provide appraisals.