The Amish Choo Choo That Could


One of the advantages to blogging on the road is that I get immediate feedback from my readers, and sometimes that feedback directs me to cool accessible finds. Such was the case last week when Darryl read my blog and noticed I was near PA Amish country; and he quickly directed me to the Strasburg Railroad.

And I have to say, Darryl was spot-on with his recommendation!

Located just 15 miles southeast of Lancaster in the heart of Amish Country, the Strasburg station features accessible parking, level access to the platform, ramped access to most of the shops and an accessible restroom. The 45-minute trip takes you through scenic Amish country and for an extra $5 you can enjoy lunch along the way.

As far as access goes, there is a portable lift at the station that can be used on any of the cars; however access varies depending on the car. Most of the cars have narrow doorways, and wheelchair-users must walk and transfer to a seat in these cars. They can leave their wheelchair at the station and pick it up when they return. Folks who cannot transfer should make reservations in the baggage car, which has wider doorways, so wheelers can stay in their own wheelchair for the duration of the trip.

Advance reservations are highly recommended during the busy summer and fall seasons, and the ticket agents are very well versed in the access features of the railway. So if you?re in the area, give the Strasburg Railroad a try — it?s affordable and accessible.

And if you?re just passing through Strasburg and want some rib-sticking Amish food, try the Good & Plenty restaurant. There?s lots of accessible parking in front and level access to the front door. The food is served family style, and like the name suggests, it just keeps on coming. It was the perfect place to stop before we hopped on the airplane home. After a beer in the terminal I slept for most of the flight! Now that?s the way I like to travel!