Steam train excursion

ScotO Posted By ScotO, Aug 18, 2012 at 6:46 AM

  1. ScotO

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    Heading out the door to go on an excursion with the wife and kids this morning. The famous Nickel Plate Road #765 will be pulling the train. Here's some pics of it when it went through town the other evening......will post more later this afternoon......kids are STOKED!

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    Check these videos out. My son really was into trains when he was younger. I also found some vintage video from the Nickelplate on Youtube. It can get addicting.





    Enjoy the ride.
     
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    Thanks for sharing Scotty. I love steam locomotives and that's a beauty. Kudos to the the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society for keeping Berkshire #765 in great shape.
     
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    I love the old iron too, BeGreen. Here's a clip, from way back in 1987, of the steam locomotive that is near and dear to my heart......the K4s #1361. My Great Grandfather built these locomotives in the same shop I work in......the Juniata Locomotive Shops. This video clip was taken at the crossing that is only 1/2 mile from my house! This locomotive may never run again, as it was beat up pretty bad on the restoration it had in '87, its now in thousands of pieces spread out from Scranton to Altoona, Pa. Sad.......but still lots of good vintage and restored clips of her in action.

     
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    here's another clip of the pacific, down the road near Port Matilda, PA, from 1987. I think the Pacifics and the Hudsons were the prettiest locomotives ever built, especially when they donned the streamline tin on them. The Berkshires were good looking too, but I still like the NYC's Hudsons and PRR's Pacifics....

     
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    That looks like an awesome time...!

    My Son loves Trains... Loves them. His OCD is as bad as mine and every train we get stopped by, he counts the cars... Every time!!! Then says the number aloud when the last passes!

    Some great pics and videos... Thanks for sharing :)
     
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    Scott this is a train near us that has been restored and it is really beautiful in and out.

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    The Hudsons and Pacifics were what I remember as a kid. I actually remember when they were replaced with modern diesels. At first I was excited by the new engines, but soon they became just boring. They had none of the romance and external machine magic of the steam locomotives. I still get a chance once in awhile to see some nice engines. We rode the Royal Hudson in Canada. It's a real beauty:

     
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    The worst I have ever been scared was about 25 years ago when A Big Ass steam engine came through town. I was standing about 25-30 feet from the tracks and when it came through all I could think is "The sucker is going to blow up":)

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    Being a volunteer on a preserved railway over here, I love seeing pictures of steam engines on your railways.

    Funnily enough, an LNER A4 engine called Dwight D Eisenhower which went to your steam museum back in the 1960's, is coming back to the UK on loan next week. It's being cosmetically restored to stand with Mallard and the other 4 surviving A4's in our National Railway Museum to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of the world steam record back in July 1938.

    The A4's might have been fast, but your UP Big Boys packed a load of power............;)
     
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    I caught the SP 4449 when she showed up at King Street station in Seattle. Now that is an impressive machine.

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    Even after 33 years of life, I never get tired of seeing trains; well unless I'm late and need to be somewhere. One of the good and bad points being near Enola rail yard.
     
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    If you ever get to WV and want to go on a really cool train ride, I will suggest the Durbin Rocket. Plenty of youtube videos if you want to check it out. Really a relaxing trip!

    http://mountainrailwv.com/choose-a-train/durbin-rocket

    Tygart Flyer is also a cool trip through the mountains!
     
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    I love a train as well. Good times. I rode the Mt. Washington Cog RR this weekend. They have a coal steamer they still run for the first trip of the day (up until a few years ago all the engines were coal steamers, now they have the 1 steamer and 4 bio-diesels). I got to ride the steamer there about 12 years ago. Woman sitting in front of me jumped up the second the train broke loose from its brakes and screamed to get off.....we had rolled maybe 30 inches. I could not suppress my laughter. Its a wee bit of a scary ride...uphill at a ~37 deg incline, on a trestle that get fairly tall along the ridge line. It was the first time in ten visits to the summit that it wasn't cloudy or windy, and nearly 60 degrees! (peeps familiar with Mt. Washington know how unusual that type of weather is there). The #765 looks like a hoot!
     
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    Finally uploaded a vid from my phone to my youtube account. Here's a video my wife took the other morning when the #765 was deadheading from Harrisburg PA to Altoona PA. Taken at the crossing near our house.

     

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