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Trains and Troops 2016

Celebrating our military and the trains they rode on!

Color guard.Trains & Troops is the Museum's annual tribute to the U. S. Armed Forces, American railroads and all those who served, and are serving, overseas and on the home front in defense of our nation.


"Taking the Swing Train '40s Dance" Saturday, November 5, 2016, 7 - 10PM. Details.

Railroads built our nation and came to her defense during times of war, both on the home front and overseas. During Trains & Troops, you’ll:
  • Greet our guys and gals in uniform, including veterans, re-enactors, civilians and railroaders from the Civil War forward.
  • See a fascinating array of military and military railroad service-related posters, uniforms, equipment, field gear, maps, books and photographs on display from participating exhibitors, as well as from the Railroad Museum's archival collection.
  • Join a salute to American military veterans.

Civil war troops at Museum.


See World War II railroad advertising

See Official Veterans Day Posters


Trains and Troops 2016

Saturday, November 5,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, November 6,  12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  Program Details  
  Swing Train Dance Information  
Regular admission charges cover full access to Troops and Trains (reduced for veterans and military). Persons wishing to to attend the Swing Train '40s Dance should obtain special tickets at additional cost. Combination tickets are available. Details.
Troops in Museum's PRR P70 passenger car.Overview of PA Railroads and the Military

The American Civil War marked the first major military application of railroads, which were principally used as supply lines for troops, munitions, rations and communications. The Military Railway Service was created in 1916 for World War I, which, by the end of the war, had over 32,000 railroaders and 897 officers working for the Service. In World War II, U. S. freight and passenger railroad service, both military and civilian, was phenomenal.  As many as 160 freight trains traveled daily between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg and numerous passenger trains were converted into troop carriers and hospital cars.

Following World War II the railroads' use in conflict declined, but did not disappear. Today's military rail movements are centered more on large, heavy equipment, which simply cannot move over highways. A renewed focus on the railroads for both military and civilian importance as an integral part of a balanced transportation network is necessary for our nation's well-being.

"Taking the Swing Train '40s Dance"
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