Join Virtual Railfan for a weekend of steam action at the Strasburg Rail Road in Strasburg, Pennsylvania on August 14-15, 2021! Meet Mike Cyr, President and CEO of Virtual Railfan, along with other members of the team and Virtual Railfans from everywhere! We will have a day full of activities at the Rail Road on Saturday, August 14, but there’s plenty of opportunity to explore the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and everything this beautiful Amish countryside has to offer over the weekend.


9 AM — Private Tour of the Rail Road Mechanical Shop and Freight Operations 

10 AM — Pick up pre-ordered boxed lunch from the delicious Cafe 1832

11 AM — Take a scenic ride to Paradise, Pennsylvania on board a steam-powered train in a car reserved for Virtual Railfans. Get off the train and enjoy lunch and each other in Paradise!

12 PM — Brief memorial honoring Dave Chambers, Virtual Railfan moderator and camera operator, who was Strasburg’s biggest fan

2 PM — Return on the train to Strasburg Rail Road

ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICE (per person): $40

A group of us will be dining at the beautiful Hershey Farm on Saturday night, 6:30 pm! We’d love for you to join us, you can make reservations in the form below.

This is a head count only, individual parties will be responsible for their own tab.

Spaces are limited, so make your reservations today!

  • Closed-toe shoes are REQUIRED for the Shop and Freight Operations Tour, no sandals or flip-flops
  • You may bring additional snacks/beverages in a small, personal cooler on the train
  • Photography and videography during the Tour are both strictly prohibited
  • Due to the nature of the facility, the Tour is not accessible for those requiring a mobility device

Red Caboose Motel – 10% off for Virtual Railfans, and only a 1-night minimum! Call to reserve, and let them know you’re here for Strasburg Railfan Days: (717) 687-5000

312 Paradise Lane, Ronks, PA 17572  Map it!


Wyndham Lancaster Resort & Convention Center — special rates here as well! (717) 869-5496

2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602  Map it!


Inn at Hershey Farm — 2-night minimum, but it’s totally worth it! 23 beautiful acres: (800) 827-8635, x753

240 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks, PA 17572 Map it!


Clarion Inn Strasburg-Lancaster — great rates for us! (717) 983-4007

1400 Historic Drive, Strasburg, PA 17579  Map it!


Holiday Inn Express(717)4554700

1900 Historic Drive Strasburg, PA 17579  Map it!


Fulton Steamboat Inn — nothing like experiencing the boat life! (717) 299-9999

1 Hartman Bridge Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602  Map it!

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