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!
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 was named "Best of Baltimore" for kids, mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most singly owned cabooses and won numerous other awards and recognitions.
We invite you to bring your friends, family, school or religious group and enjoy the Red Caboose Motel.
The Red Caboose Motel Reopens March 13, 2015.