We ended up staying near Lancaster, PA. It seemed to be a nice central place to stay given that we wanted to see the Andrew Wyeth Museum and Gettysburg. Plus the hotels were fairly cheap. As I was looking at the list of attractions around the hotel we were staying at, I noticed that there was a railroad museum near Stasburg. Since that was on the way to the Andrew Wyeth Museum, I decided to go there.
Strasburg really started to grow in 1793 when the Strasburg Road was built which connected Philadelphia to the west. It was used more than the Philadelphia Turnpike to the north because it was free.
I think one of the things I like about going out to the east is the fact that many of the towns are older than the country itself. This town has many railroad attractions nearby.