Steampunk Unlimited Comes to Strasburg Rail Road

- The Strasburg Rail Road throughout the year attracts millions of guests with their original Steam engines.

FOX 29 Photojournalist Bill Rohrer has the story.

This is the third year the 19th century train station is the back drop for Steampunk Unlimited, an event where people dress up as characters—likely imagined from a Jules Verne or H.G. Wells novel.

“If you asked a Victorian from 1870 what 2015 would be like and illustrate Steampunk in with fashion and technology.  That is what Steampunk is,” Carl Rainone of Reading said.

Most folks describe the movement as 19th century science fiction—influenced by Victorian England or America’s Wild West.  Where everything energized by steam.

Someone could dress as a dapper gentleman, Rugged explorer, or even a crazy inventor.

It just seems that there is this unwritten prerequisite that you have a pair of goggles,” Steve Barrall station master, said. “ It is not uncommon to see canes, top hats, vest, maybe a frock coat.”

Richard Wippich often attends steampunk events and has about eighteen different costumes.

“A lot of people actually really get into it,” Wippich said. “It is just a fun little thing to kind of step out on the weekends and step out of their everyday mundane life.”

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