Trains and Railroads

Blow off some steam at these PA rail yards

All aboard! The railroad industry made Pennsylvania a giant in the Industrial Age. When visitors take in the Horseshoe Curve, Altoona's engineering marvel, or visit one of our popular railroad museums, PA's railroad history lives on. Trains played a vital role in making the state what it is today, and they continue to serve as valuable transportation.

Railroad infrastructure fills much of Pennsylvania, so whether you want a ticket to ride or to explore the history of local railroads, you can find many trains and railroads across the state to satisfy your desires.

Train Driving thru Fall Foliage

Ride the Rails

Trains are one of the best ways to experience the Pennsylvania countryside and uncover hidden spots. Trip planning is also easier with a means of transportation that takes you to all the best locations. Here are a few tourist railroads in Pennsylvania you can take to explore the state:

Kinzua Bridge

Experience Engineering Marvels

The trains that crisscross Pennsylvania are incredible, and so are the rails and bridges that make travel possible. Discover these marvels by visiting sites like the Johnstown Inclined Plane in the Alleghenies. This railroad structure carries passengers up the steepest existing railway, and you can still ride it today. 

View trains traveling overhead on your next trip to upstate PA by visiting one of the two historic bridges in the region — the Starrucca Viaduct and the Historic Tunkhannock Viaduct. Some railroad structures have been repurposed, like the Kinzua Bridge State Park. What was once an elevated railroad is now a skywalk offering stunning views of greenery and wildlife. 

Derry Railroad Museum

Travel Back in Time

Beyond riding on or seeing historical trains, you can learn about their history at various sites throughout the state. Here are a few historic railroad attractions in Pennsylvania to visit:

Train and Railroad Destinations

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