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The Historic and Family Friendly Red Caboose Motel

The Red Caboose Motel in Ronks, Pennsylvania                  

The Red Caboose Motel is one of Lancaster County's most distinctive lodging facilities and the ideal venue for families, individual travelers and groups seeking an "authentic" travel experience in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country. So, climb on board, and get ready to make yourself at home in one of our 40 historic train cars and cabooses. Plus, everyone loves our on site petting zoo, Amish Buggy rides, gift shop and our authentic train restaurant; considered by many to be among the Best in Amish Country!


The Red Caboose Motel's prime location places you in the Heart of the Amish farming community and footsteps from the historic Strasburg Railroad, the Choo Choo Barn and the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum. Explore the nearby Amish markets, quilt shops; and we're only 2 miles from Sight & Sound Theatre, and minutes to Dutch Wonderland, and great outlet shopping. Gettysburg, Valley Forge and Hershey Park are an easy ride as well! The Red Caboose Motel is a historic hotel, offering an enjoyable family friendly style of hospitality nestled on nearly 10 acres of Amish countryside.
Red Caboose MotelRed Caboose Motel in Pennsylvania

History of the Red Caboose Motel
What started as a dare has become a one-of-a-kind Lancaster County motel comprised from 38 fully restored 25-ton cabooses, 2 dining cars and 2 baggage cars. you can sleep in a real caboose in the heart of the Amish community and Lancaster County Strasburg Train Country!

The Red Caboose offers a unique and fun lodging experience for families, couples, groups and train history enthusiasts. We also have a fantastic gift shop, restaurant, petting zoo and offer Amish buggy rides; all on site!
Reading Railroad CabooseInside of one of the cabooses at the Red Caboose Motel

The Red Caboose Motel is surrounded by Amish Farms, The Strasburg Railroad, The Railroad Museum, and the Choo-Choo Barn. Plus we are 2 miles from Sight & Sound, near Dutch Wonderland, great outlet shopping and many more Lancaster County attractions.

It all started in 1969 when Don Denlinger was dared to bid on 19 old cabooses being auctioned off by the Pennsylvania Railroad. To his surprise, he won them for $100.

He moved them to a parcel of land near the Strasburg Railroad and turned them into unique train lodging in the heart of Amish countryside. He continued to add to his collection of train cars over the years, and the Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant became fun, family oriented Pennsylvania lodging offering the chance to sleep in real railroad cars.

Lancaster County's Red Caboose Motel is now owned by Larry Demarco. The Red Caboose offers a little bit of train history tucked away among the peaceful Amish farms of Strasburg, PA. Under Larry's care, the railroad cars have been restored and repainted to feature the authentic colors of the railroads they represent.

The Red Caboose Motel
312 Paradise Lane
Ronks, PA 17572
Phone: (888)687-5005 & (717)687-5000

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