Wednesday, June 19, 2013

In Review: Strasburg Railroad/Thomas the Train

Thomas the Train is visiting the Strasburg Railroad through June 23rd! If you're going to be near the Lancaster, PA area and have a big Thomas the Train fan, this is something you don't want to miss!
This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends series. Children will take a ride along with their favorite engine friend on his latest adventure and participate in Thomas-themed activities.
 Mom Shyla was able to do a guest review for us and here's her thoughts: 
Our family had to opportunity to take a trip to the Strasburg Railroad this past weekend. Our boys were so excited. It is important to know that they suggest you arrive an hour before your train ride. We did not know this and missed our scheduled ride by about 10 min. due to confusion with parking. You actually park a few miles away from the railroad site and are shuttled in by buses that run all day. As soon as we finally figure this out we were on a bus quickly and headed over. Although we were worried that we had missed our chance to ride the train with the boys since our ticketed train ride had already left the station, we explained the parking issue that we had and they happily lead us to the front of the line to catch the next train.
You are able to sit wherever you’d like on the train. We chose the open air cart (because the Caboose was already filled!) and had a lovely short ride on the train. I believe it was maybe 10 minutes long.
The tickets to Strasburg railroad are pricey, but included in the price are all of the extra little train rides, cranky carts, Thomas Activity tents etc. Our boys (7, 6) had a really fun time and enjoyed the unlimited extra activities to do over and over.
The cost of the food was what you would expect at a theme type venue, so we chose to eat after we left, but enjoyed a few snacks while we were there. The prices didn’t seem to bother most people ($5 for a hotdog and chips, $5 for a Lemonade etc…) we just chose to wait since we got there first thing in the morning and decided to leave at lunchtime. We really enjoyed seeing all of the old trains, watching the actual steam engine and engineer working and riding in the old trolley car. The staff was friendly and helpful. There was an older man who entertained the kids by singing and letting them play instruments while he played!
All in all, Strasburg railroad was an enjoyable time for all of us. We felt being there for 2 or 3 hours was plenty of time, although next time we would like to visit the surrounding Train Museums with the kids as well. Kids of all ages will find something to do! We are thankful for the chance to have this experience with our boys.

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