It's true that our mission is about preservation. We have been acclaimed as the "Most authentic and best preserved historic railroad facility in America But it isn't just about preserving the equipment. That's an important part of it, but we also are all about preserving the stories of the people, mostly first-generation immigrants, who worked here.
We did not invent cooking in the firebox of a steam locomotive here. That was the ingenuity of early train crews. "During the day" train crews worked long days - sometimes 16 or 18 hours in a single day. They could not take a break and go get breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The lived on the locomotive during their shift. They improvised food as they could, and often cooked on the locomotive.
We created the Iron Horse Cookery Cookbook to remember and honor these hard-as-steal railroad people who helped build America. You can purchase our cookbook here in our online General Store.
In the mean time, take a look at a few of the videos to "wet your appetite" for more. Like what you see? We would love to have you "like" and subscribe to our YouTube channel. There's more to come!