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Scenes from Prior Home for the Holidays

The Night Before Christmas at the Railroad Museum

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

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays.
Saturday, December 3 & Saturday, December 10, 2016

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.

Regular admission for general events.

Holiday cheer.

Scenes from prior years     Program Details Flyer



  • Costumed interpreters representing engineers, conductors, ticket agents and railroad passengers from days gone by.
  • A railroad telegrapher who will send your own personal telegram from Steinman Station to the North Pole.
  • Festive holiday decorations and Yuletide music by:
    -- Elite Brass. December 5, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    -- Brass Ornaments. December 12, 10:30 am to 1:30 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.


  • A visit with Santa himself and his helper.
  • Fun and challenging hands-on activities in Stewart Junction railway education center, for the young and the young at heart.
  • "Riveted Jackets of Many Colors: A Photo History of GG1 No. 4900" 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 (registration required):

Christmas with conductor.

Saturday, December 3 and Saturday, December 10.

A costumed conductor will welcome your child on board one of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s historic coaches, so that everyone can enjoy a special reading of a holiday classic story. Your child also will create a take-home craft in Jack Frost Station, and receive a small bag of goodies. Kids can even send their own personal telegram to the North Pole and visit Santa in Steinman Station.

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

A maximum of 20 children per Party will be preregistered on a first come basis.  Party times are 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm on each day. Only walk-in or mail-in registrations received on October 26, 2016 or after will be accepted. No email, fax or phone registrations will be accepted. 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.

Use Registration Form
For Conductor Party

Please call after the November 23, 2016 deadline to determine if spaces are still available. Regular Museum admission rates also apply.

Passenger Car stove.

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.

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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