Strasburg Rail Road moves into its new mechanical shop

Railroad: New shop adds jobs, capacity, and improved safety
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STRASBURG, Pa. — Strasburg Rail Road has received its Certificate of Occupancy on its expansion project, getting the green light to officially move into its new Mechanical Shop. The $1.75 million construction project added 12,000 square feet to the existing 18,000-square-foot facility, which handles steam locomotive and passenger car repair, restoration, and reproduction for Strasburg Rail Road and other railroads and museums across the country.

The new facility will increase the railroad’s capacity for contract work by 25 percent and allow the shop to better handle in-house projects such as passenger car restoration and steam engine maintenance. In addition to a new milling machine, boring mill, and manual lathe, the railroad has added six employees to the mechanical shop staff since the construction started.

For more than 50 years, the mechanical department of the Strasburg Rail Road has been producing world-class work in the steam railroading industry. The railroad’s boiler shop is among just a few railroad shops in the country that have American Society of Mechanical Engineers and National Board Inspection Code certificates, allowing them to design, build, and repair boilers in any jurisdiction in the country.

Strasburg Rail Road holds the unique distinction as America’s oldest short line railroad and is a designated heritage site. Founded during the first term of President Andrew Jackson, Strasburg Rail Road was incorporated by a special act of the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1832. Through the years, Strasburg Rail Road has become one of Pennsylvania’s most popular tourist destinations and is recognized as one of America’s most significant examples of the early 19th century railroading.

— A Strasburg Rail Road news release. July 20, 2017.

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