The iconic Red Caboose Motel was established in 1970 when local businessman, Don Denlinger, placed a half-hearted bid on 19 cabooses being sold as scrap by the former Pennsylvania Railroad. Don won the auction with a bid of $100 below scrap value and, after much soul searching, devised a plan to turn the cabooses in to motel rooms, and the rest – is history!
Today the Red Caboose Motel boasts 38 cabooses, a mail car and a baggage car, making it the largest privately owned collection of cabooses in the world. Visitors can also enjoy the on site restaurant, Casey Jones’ – housed in two 70-ton former Pennsylvania Railroad Cars; petting zoo, gift shop, viewing tower, entertainment and so much more!
Casey Jones’ Restaurant: Join us in the two original P-70 80-ton dining cars that once rode the rails of the Pennsylvania Railroad in the early 1900’s. Whether your appetite is as big as John Henry or as small as a nugget of coal you won’t leave disappointed. Come early for a window seat and watch trains leave from the Strasburg Rail Road station.