Strasburg, Pennsylvania: Red Caboose Motel

America's largest motel of this type: over 40 cabooses plus a train car restaurant that rocks from side to side every fifteen minutes.
312 Paradise Lane, Strasburg, PA
East of Strasburg, south of US 30/Lincoln Highway, north side of Hwy 741/Strasburg Rd at Paradise Lane.
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Red Caboose Motel

Think of a small RV camper size for even the largest accommodations here. It was appointed in a very basic way, and we found ourselves missing some necessities like enough plug outlets, appropriate lighting, and an iron. But for what it is, it's very neat. and the people were very nice and helpful. If you're a railroad enthusiast you will love it!

[Steven Powell, 06/11/2018]

Caboosin' in 1986.

Red Caboose Motel

We visited this unique motel on our way through Strasburg on a cross-country trip in 1986. We stayed overnight, and the amenities were nothing then as they appear to be on the website now. Much upgraded for sure. In 1986 there was an old potbelly wood stove and rickety old narrow beds. Our son was 10 years old. It was a treat for him and pain for us! My grandson and I are planning a trip to New England from Colorado next summer. Perhaps we'll stop there and I'll take a trip down memory lane.

[Nana Libby, 06/02/2012]
Red Caboose Motel

The Red Caboose Motel, with its 40+ vintage, cabooses and rail cars, is being renovated by new owner Larry DeMarco, who recently took possession from the bank that had foreclosed on the property. The motel operated since 1970, offering customers the luxury and novelty of sleeping in a 25-ton caboose. DeMarco intends to fix up the assemblage of rail cars, to add more vintage caboose rooms, and to create a more family-friendly destination. He's consulted with the original owner/creator, Don Denlinger. The plan is to reopen the dining car restaurant in May -- years ago on a visit we noticed every once in a while it rocked back and forth and made train noises. The motel opens in June; the gift shop is currently open. Note: Mapping location is the town of Ronks; postcards and other literature have placed the motel in Strasburg or Paradise Township, Pennsylvania.

[ Team, 04/16/2005]
Red Caboose Motel

On Route 741, is the Red Caboose Motel, appropriately located right next to the Strasburg Railroad and Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. This tasteful assemblage of numerous cabooses [all of which used to be painted red] is now a great tourist attraction. Unfortunately, the caboose interiors are not original, and have been modified into motel-style rooms. Each caboose is painted with a different railroad insignia and some are in railroad colors. Don't miss the meatloaf at the restaurant, located in two former Pennsylvania Railroad Pullman cars next to the gift shop which sells the usual assortment of "authentic" Pennsylvania Dutch Kitsch.

[Tom McGuire, 01/21/1999]

We enjoyed our stay, too. There are similar establishments in Dunsmuir, CA; and Waterloo, NE.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Railroad Museum of PennsylvaniaRailroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Ronks, PA - < 1 mi.
Choo Choo BarnChoo Choo Barn, Strasburg, PA - < 1 mi.
Dutch Haven - Shoo-Fly PiesDutch Haven - Shoo-Fly Pies, Ronks, PA - 2 mi.
In the region:
Charles Addams Silhouettes and Thing Gate, Philadelphia, PA - 51 mi.

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