The ride up to Lancaster this past Friday was less than great. It started with the GPS falling off the windshield, refusing to re-stick, and TS Andrea following us with drenching downpours. As we got closer to our destination Beatrice had the great idea to kill some time, have an early dinner, check in and stay in our hotel. Sounded fine to me..... and i just happened to know a place to kill some time..... The National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg Pa.
This museum is fairly new but the collection covers almost every manufacturer and just about every era and gauge of model trains.
|HO Model RR Display|
Like most kids back in the 50's i always looked forward to December and the unveiling of the latest, greatest window display of Lionel Trains. For weeks before the display was ready we, my father and i, would thumb through the Lionel Catalog. I would pick out all the stuff i thought we should get for our layout and my father would just nod his head. It was quite a while before i realized that that nod didn't mean we would get it. Finally the day of the unveiling of the annual Lionel Display would get here. We would head down to Star Auto in Irvington (3 blocks away from the Lionel Factory on 21st St), and i would spend the next hour or so memorizing everything in the display.
the hardest part was waiting for Christmas morning to see what our new Lionel additions would be. One year was a gang car, one year a trolley, the big year was the New Haven "Little Joe" locomotive to pull our passenger train.
SOOOOO if you are in the Strasburg Pa. area, home to the Strasburg RR, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Choo Choo Barn, and the Caboose Motel, stop by for a visit to The National Toy Train Museum, and a nostalgic trip back to childhood..... i know i did.