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Old 03-17-2016, 03:21 PM   #11
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Steam Train Trips

I've been lucky enough to ride behind these steam locomotives in the last few years:

Cass Scenic Railroad


Durbin & Greenbriar Railroad

Strasburg Railroad

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat (Essex, Ct.)


Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 #611

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New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

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Old 03-17-2016, 04:30 PM   #12
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Mom had two brothers, both of whom lived in Westchester County, Thornwood and Pleasantville. Since we lived way up in the real upper Manhattan, above 135th street, we'd catch the Brewster local at New York Central's 125th street station. This was in the very early fifties.

Apparently I was already a bit train crazy and had made my feelings known, so when the train got to North White Plains and the electric motor from Grand Central got swapped out for a steam engine, Dad would take us off the train to observe the changeover. As I recall, the steamer was a filthy beater 4-6-2 that had seen better days. Didn't matter. It was alive . . . ALIVE! Probably rode behind one of those a dozen or so times before an Alco RS-? got substituted, which was a horrible disappointment to me.

Also, around 1950 or so Dad wanted to take me out to Montauk at the Eastern end of Long Island. We rode a Long Island Railroad "name" train called "The Fisherman's Special." Didn't get to see the locomotive changeover but it was obvious from the smoke and cinders flying by the coach windows as we raced (and I mean raced)out to the end of the island that the train was steam powered. All's I remember is when we got off at Montauk the loco had what I later learned was a Belpaire firebox.

In retrospect it's fascinating to me that these were not "excursion/preservation" engines, just hard working locos doing their jobs every day. Glad I got in on that.

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Old 03-17-2016, 04:33 PM   #13
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Here is the one
I helped engineer and be fireman on, at the Pioneer Tunnel in Ashland Pa.

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Old 03-17-2016, 05:51 PM   #14
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growing up in the 60's there was a theme park near us that had a climax i rode alot.
carrol park and western

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more recently Steamtown in scranton

tunkhannock viaduct
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:08 PM   #15
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When I was in HS one of our summer excursions was to ride behind any steam train in Pa. That included the Strasburg, Everett, East Broadtop, and several others. More recently I have ridden the steam train at Williams Grove Pa. And in 1976 the Chessie steam special came to Rockwood Pa. and my parents were offered two tickets for the return trip to Pittsburgh. I told them to get on the train and my Brother, who lived in Pittsburgh, picked them up and brought them home. I took their truck and trailer back to their house and waited for them. FYI, a native of Rockwood drove the engine on that trip.
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:21 PM   #16
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Old 03-17-2016, 08:05 PM   #17
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Since I was born in the early 1940s, I have ridden behind MANY Jersey Central and PRR steam locomotive hauled passenger trains. I began "learning" on and around steam locomotives in the mid 1950s, and began working on steam locomotives in 1962 (Buffalo Creek & Gauley RR, in West Virginia). I also tried some hand firing on Kentucky and Tennessee 2-8-2 #12, now known as Southern Rwy #4501.

In excursion service, I've ridden behind PRR K4sa #612, Reading #2124, Southern Rwy. #4501, Frisco #1522, MIL #261, N&W 611, N&W 1218, Clinchfield #1, NKP #765, UP #844, and UP #3985.

As a crew member (Fireman, Engineer, maintenance crewman), I have worked on NKP 765, SP 4449, T&P 610, Canadian Pacific #2860, UP 844, and UP 3985.
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:15 PM   #18
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Born in Bluefield, W Va and parents from Suffolk, Va... N and W all the way. Moved to Suffolk and went to school at Va Tech, easy ride to Christiansburg, again N and W.

Pocahontas was the way to travel back then and it was fun. Then I got a car; bye bye train.
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Old 03-18-2016, 06:27 AM   #19
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I've been on the Strasburg train twice. Once I road on a excursion train run by the Indiana and Whitewater Valley Railroad. A steam engine pulled it, with the the help of a diesel switcher. I can't recall what types they were. Anyone know?
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Old 03-18-2016, 08:51 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by Traindiesel View Post
I've been lucky enough to ride behind these steam locomotives in the last few years:

Cass Scenic Railroad
A working Shay! Cool. I need to find a way to get there someday.
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