Traveling Programs

Working on
the Railroad

Various Audiences: 20-25 participants maximum
60-90 minutes

In a show-and-share format, the instructor will use a trunk filled with visual aids and artifacts, like tools, lanterns, uniform items, dining car china, and ticket punches, to help participants explore the various jobs of railroaders throughout the history of rail transportation.

Live Stream

Various Audiences: 20-25 participants maximum
60-90 minutes

The centerpiece of this program is a miniature working steam model that the instructor uses to demonstrate the physics of steam locomotion and all its applications.  With the help of historic artifacts, photos and other visual aids, participants will explore the evolution of locomotion, from steam to electric to diesel-electric.

Rail Lab

Various Audiences: 20-25 participants maximum
60-90 minutes

Working in small groups, students use K’NEX building kits and other learning aids to explore various themes related to railroading, including: bridges; levers and pulleys; wheels, axles & inclined planes; and gears.


Various Audiences: 100 participants maximum
30-60 minutes

Do you need a guest speaker for a dinner, meeting or special event?  Our popular railroad-themed slide lectures are designed for the enjoyment of those attending business meetings, banquets and other social gatherings.  Several titles are available.  Please call to inquire.

To schedule a program, please contact:
· Troy Grubb, Museum Educator, (717) 687-8628, ext 3022,
· Juliette O’Connor, Museum Educator, (717) 687-8628, ext 3025,

When You Call:
· Preferred date of your visit, as well as 2 to 3 alternate dates.
· Number of students and chaperones (be aware of our group size limits for each program you choose).
· Age or grade level and any special needs of students.
· Time of arrival.
· Length of time allowed for your visit.
· Program(s) of choice.
· Do you have reservations to ride on the Strasburg Rail Road? Have you scheduled visits with other area attractions? If so, please let us know when you must depart the Museum.

· Prices in this guide are subject to change.
· A minimum of 10 paying visitors is required to qualify for group discounts. (Groups may be combined.)
· Museum membership does not apply to group education programs.
· We require at least one adult chaperone for every ten students at all times.
· Every effort is made to adhere to the schedule, so please arrive on time. If your group is more than 30 minutes late, we reserve the right to cancel the program, offering a self-guided option instead.
· Leave enough time for restroom breaks, as well as visits to the Whistle Stop Shop, our museum store.
· Reservations cannot be made on days when the Museum is closed. See “Hours of Operation” for details.

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