Take a step back in history and ride the rails along the York County countryside. The Central Pennsylvania area is a haven for train lovers and novices alike. Whether it is the machine that piques your interest or the experience, here are five local railways to check out!

Ma & Pa Railroad Preservation Society

Ma & Pa Railroad

Travel back to 1915 when the railroad was at the center of village life. Costumed interpreters welcome you to the M.M. Grove General Store, mill and grain elevator. Motorcar trains offer a 5 mile trip through the scenic Muddy Creek Valley on the mail line of the famous Ma & Pa Railroad. Unique event rides such as fall foliage, pumpkin picking, and tree cutting are available seasonally.

A train chugs down the tracks in Stewartstown.

Stewartstown Railroad Company

Home to the venerable "Mighty-Mo," a vintage 1943 Plymouth switcher locomotive, Stewartstown Railroad Company offers train rides in some of the most pastoral scenery in the northeastern United States. Along the meandering hills and wistful forests of the Deer Creek valley, enjoy a remarkable journey to a place and time thought long forgotten.

A steam engine makes it's way through a fall scene.

Northern Central Railway

Northern Central Railway chronicles historical events on the line of the same name. Themed rides feature musicians, magicians, holiday and seasonal trains, superhero and princess tea parties, cowboy robberies, and historical reenactments. All Aboard!!!

Ironstone

Ironstone Ranch At Stone Gables Estate

Enjoy horseback, wagon, coach and carriage rides over 10 miles of trails through Ironstone Ranch and The Star Barn Village. Ride down the original railroad bed where Abraham Lincoln's funeral train and the Liberty Bell once traversed.

Strasburg Train

Strasburg Railroad

Your 45-minute steam train ride through scenic Lancaster County farmland is only the beginning! Stop for a picnic, try railroad activities at the station, tour the restored shop, relish a ride aboard First Class, or enjoy seasonal special events!