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Old 03-17-2016, 01:43 PM   #1
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How many Of You Have Actually Ridden A Steam Train ?

I come from a small town in upstate New York. We had our local railroad, you may have heard about it "New York Central", I had the opportunity to ride several times in the late 50's, and into the early 60's. from LaGuardia Airport to Oneida, Took 11 hours, longer than the flight from California to New York City, BTW, the Flight was On a Lockheed Constellation.
Then into the 60's, I rode the Steam train from Utica to Lake Placid, several times during the summers I spent in Beaver River at my Aunt and Uncles Cabin. The only way there was Train, Boat, or Helicopter. The Rails have since been torn up.
The smells and feelings standing next to a steam locomotive, is beyond compare. As is the raw power of the Constellation with 3 foot long Blue flames coming out of the exhaust headers, and the Vibrations and power are amazing.

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Old 03-17-2016, 01:50 PM   #2
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Just an excursion train about 25 years ago.
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Old 03-17-2016, 01:52 PM   #3
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I think this is a "real" railroad question, moved to appropriate forum.

Yes, I've ridden steam trains, diesels too.
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This is the only section I go to, so I won't see responses.
I just don't have time to check all. That was why i put it here.
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I rode on a number of the when I was growing up with relatives working on both the Milwaukee Road and the Northern Pacific.

Whenever we travel, if we are going to be anywhere near an operating steam railroad, we will try if at all possible to visit. Here's the Virginia and Truck in Virginia City, NV we visited while attending a bowling tournament in Reno.



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My grandfather took me on my very first train ride back in 1954, when I was 5 years old. We took Union Pacific's Yellowstone Express, between my hometown of Rexburg, in eastern Idaho, to Rigby, about 15 miles to the south. The train was pulled by a light Pacific 4-6-2 with a Vandy tender, and consisted of a baggage car, and 3 passenger coaches.

The next year, the UP discontinued that train. I have never forgotten the experience and it's probably what originated my interest in trains. The next year, UP dieselized the line which was its Yellowstone Branch, replacing all steam locomotives with diesel GP-7s, then GP-9s.

I've also ridden a couple of tourist trains, the Heber Creeper from Heber City, UT down to Vivian Park in the Provo Canyon in the 1980s, and the Durango-Silverton train in Colorado, in 2007.

Steam was and is awesome!
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I have also ridden on numerous excursion behind Union Pacifics 844 and 3085. Rode on the Durango and Silverton a number of times also. We love steam. The Nevada Railroad museum is a great place to visit in Ely, NV.
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Been on quite a few club excursions pulled by a variety of steamers. Here is the Tennessee Valley Steamer at a LOTS Convention.

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Biggest engine I rode on was a K-36 @ Durango and Silverton. I run live steam stuff so I ran a UP Northern with about 38 cars.
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