Strasburg Rail Road

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When the Strasburg Rail Road was chartered in 1832, no one anticipated the myriad of obstacles the short line would encounter. This book chronicles the unlikely success of America's oldest continuously operating railroad. What began as an afterthought in the early 19th century eventually became one of America's premier steam train excursions and the most visited heritage railroad in the continental United States. By 1957, the declining condition of its rails and the lack of freight and passenger service seemed to mark the end of the railroad, but it was given new life in 1958, and not even the wildest imagination foresaw the remarkable transformation and development this "Methuselah of railroads" would undergo. Explore how and why Strasburg's four-and-a-half-mile line survived, and discover the story behind its ascension to prominence as an iconic, internationally known, small-town steam railroad.
ISBN: 9781467125079
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 215
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors Eric S. Conner and Steve Barrall—both natives of Lancaster County and Strasburg Rail Road employees—endeavor to share the important role the Strasburg Rail Road maintains in both the local community and the wider world of railroading. Conner is an avid collector and local historian with a focus on Lancaster County tourism. Barrall is a resident of Strasburg Borough whose interest in railroading led him to a career at the Strasburg Rail Road.
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