Last October we drove down to the National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg PA. It is about a nine hour drive from our house! When went to York in April there was little in the way of green but in the fall the changing leaves were beautiful!
This was the first time I was able to see many of the trains that I had only seen in books or online. The thing that was most apparent to me is how many different scales (variations in physical size) there were within the same gauge (same track size).
I collect the trains that I do because I admire antiques and the way they used to make things. Old trains are so unique, so interesting not only from a visual perspective but also for the engineering that went into making these pieces. Although many of the really early pieces look almost folk art in nature, others like Lionel’s 700e are incredibly detailed!
Below are a few shots from in side the museum. I am the type of person that likes to study in-depth anything of great interest to me…and I am semi-obsessed with train collecting.
A very big part of learning about trains is looking at lots of pictures so here is a few to whet your whistle with!
A reproduction of a Lionel store display in the Museum
Antique trains from Voltamp, Eugene Beggs, Dorfan, Carlisle & Finch and American Flyer.