The following list of passenger rail transportation, tourist railroads and railroad museums in the Washington, D.C. area is provided as a service (you may print it for personal use) for those requesting this information from the Washington, D.C. Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, and does not constitute an endorsement. Individuals using this list should contact each operation for details on directions, current operating schedules, and fares, which may vary depending on day of week and season of year. The Washington, D.C. Chapter, National Railway Historical Society assumes no liability for the accuracy of the information provided; readers and users of this list are asked to forward corrections or suggestions for additions to the Chapter via e-mail using the form provided under the Contact Us link on this chapter website.
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Passenger Trains & Public Transit
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Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin, PA 16641
Site of the portage railroad built for the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal, to cross the Allegheny Mountains. Historical interpretative displays, and talks.
B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21223-2699
World renowned collection of historic railroad equipment related to the building of the nation's first railroad, and housed in the B&O's historic Mt. Clare Shops. One mile train ride over the "First Mile" also offered.
B&O Railroad Museum Ellicott City Station
2711 Maryland Ave
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
Oldest surviving railroad station in America and the original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial railroad in the country. Housed in the freight house is a 40-foot HO-gauge model train layout showing the original thirteen miles of commercial rail track stretching from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills.
Operates vintage Baltimore Streetcars.
Black River and Western RR.
P.O. Box 200
Ringoes, New Jersey 08551
Steam and diesel passenger train rides between the Liberty Village Outlet Center in Flemington, NJ, Ringoes, and Lambertville, NJ.
Brunswick Railroad Museum
40 W. Potomac Street
Brunswick, Maryland 21716
Collections include railroad memorabilia, artifacts and models documenting the town's history which was intertwined with its major employer, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
Cass Scenic Railroad
P.O. Box 107
Cass, West Virginia 24927
1-800-CALL-WVA or 304-456-4300
Steam logging railroad to the top of Spruce Knob; uses gear driven Shay steam locomotives over steep mountain grades.
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust
Post Office Box 492
Boyertown, Pennsylvania 19512
Toll Free 866-289-4021
East Broad Top Railroad
Rockhill Furnace, PA 17249
Steam locomotive hauled passenger trains through the Aughwick Valley; the last surviving narrow gauge railroad east of the Mississippi River. Shade Gap Electric Railway adjoins.
106 N. Washington Street
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Sixteen mile and fifty mile rail excursions and dinner trains with steam or diesel power.
P.O. Box 2858
300 S. Burhans Boulevard
Hagerstown, Maryland 21741-2858
Displays of railroad memorobilia, photographs, tools, model railroads and gift shop.
Horseshoe Curve National Historic Site
Park and visitor's center for the world famous "Horseshoe Curve" which allowed the Pennsylvania RR. to conquer the summit of the Allegheny Mountains; still in active main line use by over fifty Conrail trains each day.
Laurel Highlands Railroad
P.O. Box 70
Belpre, OH 45714
Various one hour diesel train rides along ex-B and O and ex-PRR trackage near Scottdale, Pennsylvania.
Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad
136 Brown Street
Middletown, Pennsylvania 17507
Diesel train ride along Swatara Creek from Middletown to Indian Echo Caverns.
National Capital Trolley Museum
P.O. Box 4007/Colesville Branch
Wheaton Regional Park
Wheaton, Maryland 20904
Operates vintage Washington and international trolleys and streetcars.
Hope & Ivyland Railroad
Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
Narrated 3-hour diesel rail
excursions along the South Branch Trough of the Potomac River. Noted for
sightings of bald eagles during ride.
Occasional all day trips are also offeredl.
Large display of restored historic railroad equipment with emphasis on Pennsylvania railroads. Across the road from the Strasburg Railroad.
Collections including rolling stock documenting the history of the Pennsylvania RR. shops in Altoona. Permanent home of the official state steam locomotive of Pennsylvania, K-4 #1361.
Operates collection of restored trolleys over two mile line; adjacent to East Broad Top Railroad.
Diesel rail passenger trips.
Location:301 Gap Road (Route 741)
Steam locomotives pulling vintage wooden passenger cars for 45 minute ride from Strasburg to Paradise, Pa. through the heart of the Pennsylvania's Amish Country.
Collections of railroad rolling stock including the N&W J class #611 which was part of the Norfolk Southern steam excursion program.
Steam and diesel rail trips.
Leisurely 1 hour and 10 minute Diesel rail trips on a surviving six mile portion of the Frederick Secondary of the Pennsylvania Railroad between Walkersville and Frederick, Maryland. Operates May through October, weekends only. Special excursions and dinner/brunch trains are also operated. Special steam trains operate in May. A museum with some exhibits for children is located adjacent to the Walkersville Station.
West Chester Railroad
Operating scheduled trains and charters between West Chester and Glen Mills, PA.
Western Maryland Railway Historical Society Museum
Museum houses displays of artifacts and memorabilia related to the Western Maryland Railway.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Standard excursion is a round trip from Cumberland to Frostburg, MD, pulled by a 1916 Baldwin 2-8-0 steam locomotive or a restored diesel engine. Special programs are also offered periodically.
Steam and diesel rail excursions.