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Near Ronks in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Strasburg Rail Road

 
 
Strasburg Rail Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 19, 2012
1. Strasburg Rail Road Marker
Inscription.  Established in 1832 in response to the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad's bypass of Strasburg, it remains the oldest American railroad operating under its original charter. Local railroad enthusiasts saved it from abandonment in 1958 and developed it as one of the most successful tourist railroads in the United States. The fleet of operable historic steam engines and passenger cars, among the largest in the nation, preserves the state's rail transportation history.
 
Erected 2011 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list.
 
Location. 39° 58.975′ N, 76° 9.649′ W. Marker is near Ronks, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Gap Road (Pennsylvania Route 741) 0.4 miles east of Historic Drive (Pennsylvania Route 896), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Gap Road, Ronks PA 17572, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At
Westward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 13, 2015
2. Westward
least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reading Observation No. 1 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); History of Railroad Pump Cars (about 600 feet away); 37 East Main Street (approx. 0.8 miles away); 33 East Main Street (approx. 0.8 miles away); Original Head Race & Water Turbine (approx. 1.9 miles away); Leaman Place Bridge (1893) (approx. 3˝ miles away); Leacock Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); Kinzer (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ronks.
 
Also see . . .  Strasburg Rail Road. (Submitted on May 20, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Eastward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 13, 2015
3. Eastward
Southward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 13, 2015
4. Southward
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is directly across Route 741 from the Strasburg Railroad.
Strasburg Rail Road Steam Engine image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 19, 2012
5. Strasburg Rail Road Steam Engine
Awaiting departure from the station.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 605 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 20, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   2, 3, 4. submitted on August 15, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   5. submitted on May 20, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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