Hello all: Spent the weekend in Lancaster PA this weekend and did it the right way - woo hoo.. First stop, Made reservations for a 2 nite stay at the Red Caboose Hotel, If you haven't stayed there yet, I highly recommend it.... When we were there, Major storm ripped through ( Nor easter ), This made for an even more pleasant sleep. The caboose rocked and rolled with the wind.. The people ( owners ) are very friendly. The have 2 Pullman cars on the premise which serve as the restaurant. Excellent menu, Great food, Excellent priced !!! All is the ambiance of the Railroad theme.. Every hour on the hour, ( during the day ), The Strasburg Railroad makes its appearance and roars passed the Red Caboose Hotel. I also recommend the Black and Decker Outlet store, located at the Rockvale Outlet center. Many great bargains can be found there as well.. The Strasburg RR was the highlight of the trip... This RR is run solely through Donations and ticket sales and not through Tax dollars. I highly recommend stopping by and saying hi to one of the many volunteers that keep it running.. The fare is $11 - coach, A great price to go back in time for 45 minutes of travel. The PA Railroad Museum was also a great time. I was kinda upset to see that My favorite all time engine, The Pennsylvania RR GG 1 was not there - major bummer. It was there many many times before.. It was prolly on loan to another museum or something, or out in the yard.. Its gotta be something to see how they manipulate the Engines, rail cars, in the museum .. As mentioned before, being there during a Nor Easter didn't allow us to be outside to visit the turntable or various equipment outdoors.... The Choo choo barn, located down the street from the Strasburg Railroad, was worth the $5.50 entrance fee. The 1700 sq ft O gauge layout is always worth seeing.. When We were done there, the Strasburg train shop drew us in.... $600.00 lighter... A lot of good bargains, if you know what you are looking for.. Some prices are steep, but some of the items I got were hard to get at my LHS.. So I guess if you were to figure in S & H, the prices were about right.. The guy behind the counter was there to do his job, ring up my items, no conversation at all.. No discount on a $600 purchase. I had a few $1 items that could've been overlooked during purchase, but everyone needs to make $$$.. $600 is a tough nut from a customer though. I did not even get a thank you or anything.... Major disappointment in the customer service department there... Again the weekend, despite the storm was great !!!!! If you get chance to stay at the Red caboose hotel, please do so.... it is an experience.. You'll wish you had, once you leave there. I'm glad we did.. And I will return, time after time..