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Museum Discussion / Re: Annual Picnic 2009 *pics*
« on: August 18, 2009, 06:26:46 AM »
Hi Folks,

I've posted a bunch of my shots of the Annual Picnic over on RailPictures.net.  These are the ones that obviously fit the "mold" for that site.  As I get time, I will probably put up a few more.  I shot about 300 frames that day.   The weather was great and the museum crew put on a very nice show indeed!

First run-by at Albee's Field: http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=293314&nseq=7

Freight train approaching Alna Center:  http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=293497&nseq=5

Mixed train highballing through Alna Center: http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=293679&nseq=2

Switching cars at Alna Center....really, really nice light!:  http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=293499&nseq=4

Engine crew performing the run-around:  http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=293821&nseq=1

Final run-by with the Ford stakebed truck:  http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=293328&nseq=6

Capping the stack in the shop:  http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=294258&nseq=0

Enjoy!

Kevin Madore

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Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Patten Travel Visits... EBT?
« on: August 13, 2009, 01:15:29 PM »
EBT is a great take if you like to explore.   That place hangs its shingle as a tourist railroad, but it really should be a museum.   The original infrastructure is pretty much all there, although is not in the best of shape.   I hope that some day a new owner will take over and give the place the attention it deserves.   Until that happens, the Friends of the EBT have done yeoman service to help preserve what's there.

Strasburg is the opposite end of the spectrum.  There, you'll see what money can do for preservation.  The line is extremely well-run and the equipment is top-notch.  Their coaches are pieces of fine furniture and their locos can probably run for another 100 years.  They start hostling locos around 9AM and they're fine with people watching it all.   Trains run every half hour from 11:00 to 1:30 and then hourly from 2:00 to 5:00.  They also run an evening trip at 7:00.   During the half-hour schedule, steam meets steam every 30 minutes at Groff's Picnic Grove.   
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=260549&nseq=155

Except for a few hundred yards near Lehman Place, the line is virtually all in open country and is extremely photogenic.  Be sure to take the shop tour at 12:00.   It's like $20, but is discounted if you ride the train.  The shops are impressive, as are the projects underway within.   Also, don't miss the RR Museum of PA across the street.   A lot of Pennsy history there.

Other RRs to check out down there include:

New Hope and Ivyland....about 1+15 from Strasburg.   They also run hourly steam.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=289986&nseq=25

Wilmington & Western.....about 1+00 from Strasburg.   Check their schedule as steam ops are intermittent.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=238310&nseq=266

Wannamaker, Kempton & Southern.....about 1+15 from Strasburg.   Weekend steam with a Porter 0-6-0.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=282777&nseq=62

Ordinarly, I'd say, "see ya down there" as I usually hit Strasburg in that timeframe.   This year however, I'm doing Pete Lerro's Berk Charter in Owosso.

Happy Trails!  ;D

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