Upcoming 2023 Special Events

Fall Spectacular


Join us for our annual Fall Spectacular showcasing our museum’s trolleys, including the very popular Liberty Liner and the P &W Bullet car. Come meet special guests trolley and railroad heritage authors Beth Anne Keates and Kenneth C. Springirth! More info to come, but save the date!

Pumpkin Patch Trolley


Come experience the Autumn season at our annual Pumpkin Patch Trolley event.

Ride an antique trolley past the changing leaves to Blacklog Narrows. On the way back, a stop at our Pumpkin Patch located at Altoff Siding to find the perfect pumpkin for you and your family to take with you. Next stop, the pavilion area, where your kid(s) can decorate the pumpkin(s) (decorations provided). Tickets can be purchased online (navigate our ticketing calendar to October 14 or 15) or in person on the day of the event.

More information about activities to come. Save the date!

Lights, Camera, Christmas Trolley!

NOVEMBER 24 & 25: 5 PM – 9 PM
DECEMBER 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16: 5 PM – 9 PM

Adults: $12.00
Children ages 3-12: $10.00
Children 2 years and under are free

A festive Christmas tradition returns to the Rockhill Trolley Museum, but with a new name!

Join us for an evening of electric trolley car rides as we take you out through the Narrows, passing Christmas lights and displays, and back to Santa’s Workshop. Halfway back, we will stop at our Christmas-decorated Altoff Siding, where you can create memories with your friends and loved ones. Watch out for various photo opportunities along the way, too! Upon returning, enjoy refreshments inside our heated pavilion, a.k.a. Santa’s Workshop. Sit outside around our campfire and make new memories!

Depending on space availability, tickets will be good for multiple rides.

Santa’s Trolley

NOVEMBER 25: 10 AM – 3 PM
DECEMBER 2, 9, & 16: 10 AM – 3 PM

All Tickets $10.00
Children 2 years and under are free

Santa’s Trolley returns to the Rockhill Trolley Museum! This year, however, it’s not just one special day, it’s each Saturday for 4 weeks! Bring the kids, grandkids, big kids, kids at heart, anyone that would enjoy seeing Santa and greet the jolly man in the big red suit! Ride through the Narrows to see Santa with his very own red trolley! He will greet each child and give them a special treat. Be sure to bring your cameras to take that memorable picture!

Trolley and Railroad Heritage Authors to Visit During Fall Spectacular

Come see special guests Beth Anne Keates, co-author with Kenneth C. Springirth of Union Pacific Railroad Heritage and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Heritage (released in Spring 2023), at the Rockhill Trolley Museum Fall Spectacular, Saturday October 7th, beginning at 10 AM.

Let’s hear from Ms. Keates:

Our newest book, Viewing Norfolk Southern Railway, is due out in November 2023. My interest in Railroads/Trolleys and the Transportation industry spans over 50 years. As a student at Media-Providence Friends School, I was given the opportunity to take SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) trolleys to and from school. This was during the transition to the currently running SEPTA Kawasaki trolleys on the Media line from the Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company’s various trolleys. As a student of rail transportation, I have studied and learned about the current mainline railroads in the United States over many years. I was the onsite editor for Ken’s book on the West Chester Railroad. I am the Vice Regent of the Lansdowne Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and a past State Officer. I am a Proud Penn State Graduate. My father, Donald P. van Krieken, fostered my interest in learning about trains as a child. My mother inspired my love of history and genealogy. I have two grown sons. Jacob, my oldest, works for J.C. McHugh Locomotives as a train diesel mechanic, and my youngest son, Andrew, is a photographer and rail photo enthusiast, with his own YouTube channel Steel & Steam Productions. My husband of over 37 years, Brian, is our lead photographer, and we often go out together for the research and best photos for our books. I am also a photographer and enjoy researching the rail history/genealogy of the areas that we visit.

Ken Springirth, the author of over 40 books on trolleys and trains, including his book East Broad Top Railroad, which includes Rockhill Trolley Museum content. His extensive number of books includes The Rebirth of North America’s Streetcar Heritage, Trolleys in Philadelphia, Trolleys of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Trolley Heritage, New Jersey’s Trolley Heritage, Toronto Streetcars, Johnstown Trolleys, and books about the following cities’ trolleys: Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, New Orleans, and San Francisco. His railroads books include Remembering the Pennsylvania Railroad, Honoring the New York Central Railroad, Norfolk Southern Railroad Heritage, CSX Transportation Rail Heritage, Reading Railroad, and a unique children’s book ABC’s on the Rails. Ken’s father was a motorman in Philadelphia, and his grandfather was a motorman in Washington DC. Ken traveled to work and college by trolley, graduating from the then Drexel Institute of Technology. Ken newest book, Trolleys/Trams & Light Rail around the World debuts soon.

The Keates & Springirth Families live in diagonal corners of Pennsylvania, the Keates family in West Chester and the Springirth Family in Erie. It takes a special type of cooperation and coordination to actively write and market books about the genealogy of transportation on steel rails.

Ms. Keates continues:

However, Ken & I both grew up in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, attended the same elementary school-Ardmore Avenue and same church, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, albeit in different years. This bond of growing up in a small town on the outskirts of Philadelphia, and our varied backgrounds has enabled us the unique opportunity to write across the ages and capture the history of phenomenal rail transportation. We will be bringing over 40 rail heritage books to this event.

This is your unique opportunity to meet two authors who have a put out a variety of books on rail history that brings hope to the fact that the railroads have a good future around the world including the United States of America. Interest in Heritage Railroads and Trolleys grows like a tree, putting roots down and immersing in the landscapes that are created around them.

Thank You to the Sponsors of Easter EGGspress!

Thank you to our local community Businesses who are sponsoring our Easter EGGspress event this year! Please remember to visit and support them.

Orbisonia True Value Hardware
Orbisonia, PA
C. Mc Math Insurance Group,
Brown & Walters Insurance Agency

Orbisonia, PA
Price Beverage
Shirleysburg, PA
Pizza Star and Restaurant
Orbisonia, PA
The Caboose Ice Cream Shop
Orbisonia, PA
Jeff Weaver
Shirleysburg, PA
Hockenberry Event Rentals
Shirleysburg, PA
Spring Creek Diner
Three Springs, PA
ProArc Mechanical LLC
Orbisonia, PA
Brook Construction LLC
Three Springs, PA
Fort Shirley Supply
Shirleysburg, PA
The Iron Rail Bed & Breakfast
Rockhill Furnace, PA
Worthy's Refuse
McVeytown, PA
Hershey Candy Company
Hershey, PA
Riverside Greenhouse
McVeytown, PA

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