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Old 03-18-2016, 09:24 AM   #21
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I was born in the early 50s. Too late (I think) to have ridden behind a revenue steamer. But excursion/tourist lines…sure.

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Black River and Western 60
NKP 765
Reading and Northern 425
Wilmington and Western 58
Western Maryland 734
Strasburg 89, 475
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Old 03-18-2016, 02:38 PM   #22
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I once got into an argument with an individual who claimed that most Shays were 3 truck when I said most were 2 truck. The confusion arose because the organizations that preserve these engines will pick a 3 truck engine to preserve, because if you have a 3 truck you automatically have a 2 truck. There were 2,166 2 truck Shays built, 582 3 truck, and 20 4 truck. So clearly the 2 truck Shays dominated. This individual also claimed that a square rigged ship couldn't tack, which is wrong, and that a hammer was an implement of destruction and he wouldn't have one in his tool box. I guess my question is, why do I have to meet all the loonies.
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Old 03-18-2016, 02:50 PM   #23
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A little off of the subject, but here's a diesel powered shay.

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Old 03-18-2016, 03:22 PM   #24
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How many Of You Have Actually Ridden A Steam Train ?

I rode at Cass twice, East Broad Top twice, Strasburg once, and Western Maryland Scenic once! Lots of fun! Hoping to ride Potomac Eagle soon, but that's diesel

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Old 03-19-2016, 05:07 PM   #25
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I enjoyed the steam powered L & N between Louisville and St. Louis, dinner on the diner
and all. Something you may not think of, your train is pulled by a
2 cylinder locomotive. You can actually feel the 'pull' of the pistons when
the train starts out. I also got to ride the 'hello Dolly' Train in
Straussburg, Pennsylvania, ans the beautiful Norfolk Southern 1954 steamer pulling
a fan train.

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Old 04-12-2016, 03:09 PM   #26
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Sometime in the late 40's (1948?) my parents took me on the Pierre Marquette from Grand Rapids MI to the Henry Ford museum in Detroit and then back. I was too young to remember much about the engine, but I do recall being impressed by the whole dining car thing. I also recall being a little wary of all the noise and motion going through the passageway from car to car.
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:31 PM   #27
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My uncle took me on a steam powered train in 1949 or 50 from PA to visit relatives in Detroit. I remember the porter offering pillows for 50 cents. I also recall seeing the ties when I flushed the toilet.

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Old 04-12-2016, 04:28 PM   #28
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I have ridden the following, I'm sure there are a few others that I can't remember right now:

LRR #110
• BLW 4-6-2 "Pacific"

NKP #587
• BLW 2-8-2 "Mikado"

CPLERR #44 Judy K.
• VIW 0-4-0T converted to 2-4-0

CPLERR #22 Myron H.
• VIW 0-4-0T converted to 2-4-0

KIMVRR #12 (Tecumseh) Kenny Van Meter
• CMP 4-4-0

KIMVRR #19 (Simon Kenton) Lew Brown
• CMP 4-4-0

WDWRR #1 Walter E. Disney
• BLW 4-6-0 "Ten-Wheeler"

WDWRR #2 Lilly Belle
• BLW 2-6-0 "Mogul"

WDWRR #3 Roger E. Broggie
• BLW 4-6-0 "Ten-Wheeler"

WDWRR #4 Roy O. Disney
• BLW 4-4-0 "American"
Harmonica: Them steam engines can't roll without water. And the only water within fifty miles west of Flagstone is right here. Under this land!
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Old 04-12-2016, 05:57 PM   #29
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I've ridden behind:

N&W 611


N&W 475 (Strasburg)

Flagg Coal 75

I work on and operate the three locomotives at Greenfield Village, which I also rode behind when I was younger.

D&LN/DT&I 4-4-0 #7

Calumet and Hecla Mining Co. 0-6-4T #3 "Torch Lake"

GVRR 4-4-0 #1 "Edison"

I also work on and operate Strasburg's Thomas The Tank Engine 0-6-0T locomotive when it visits.

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Old 04-12-2016, 08:27 PM   #30
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Quite a few years ago we rode the Black Hills Central Railroad, also known as the 1880s Train. It's a 20-mile, two-hour ride through the Black Hills not too far from Mt. Rushmore.

I agree with can feel those cylinders pull. Gives a sort of rocking sensation on slow uphills.
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