• Rockhill Trolley Museum - Central PA

  • General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.
General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.

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  by Red Arrow Fan
 
Has anyone here been to the Rockhill Trolley Museum in central PA? How does it compare to the Electric City Museum in Scranton and/or the PA Trolley Museum near Pittsburgh (in terms of variety of equipment, number of rides/tours, selection in gift shop, etc)?
  by chuchubob
 
Rockhill is far bigger than Electric City. They have an excellent operation. Rockhill also shares their location with the East Broad Top Railroad.
I haven't been to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington, PA, but hope to get there next year.
  by Stmtrolleyguy
 
I was there (Rockhill) about a year ago, and really enjoyed it.

Their ride is really nice, and the scenery is beautiful.


We rode two normal cars on our visit (the open car, and their Johnstown car, at the time fresh from restoration.)
We also got a special chance to ride their bullet car, and see their large carbarn too.

My photos from the trip are here

http://picasaweb.google.com/StmTrolleyg ... leyMuseum#


One of the cool things is the way that the East Broad Top runs right onto the Rockhill property to wye the train - you're standing on the trolley platform, and then the steam train comes barreling through to turn around. Its really cool seeing period modes of transportation meet.

PTM might have a better carbarn, but I like the ride at Rockhill much better. Rockhills collection of cars is good sized, and almost all are under cover, although not all are on display. I really enjoyed my visit, and highly reccomend visiting.


I also went to Electric City (it was a PA roadtrip), and I really enjoyed the ride they had.
Their Philly center-enterance car is beautifull, and their line runs over some really nice scenery, especially through the Laurel Line tunnel (I think its a few thousand feet long. . .)
The center-enterance car is beautifully restored, and it rides like a magic carpet - you hear the wheels on the rail, but it rides likes its floating on air.
I thought the museum part of Electric City was pretty neat too. One of the main features they have is a Birney that they've cut apart, so you can actually walk inside it and see inside the various components of the car. (I know some people would say its a waste of a Birney, but I don't think it would do too well on their line. . . .)

My pictures of Electric City are here :
http://picasaweb.google.com/StmTrolleyg ... leyMuseum#

And here are my pictures of the ride on the Laurel Line
http://picasaweb.google.com/StmTrolleyguy/LaurelLine#
  by Otto Vondrak
 
Rockhill is a different operation from Electric City in Scranton. They both serve different purposes and have different interpretations. If you want greater variety of equipment, then Rockhill is great. If you want a fast ride over countryside and tunnel, then Electric City is great.

Here is the Rockhill web site: http://www.rockhilltrolley.org/

-otto-
  by Montclaire
 
ECTM also has a bullet, although it's only a static display. Hard to believe it's a 31