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Wayne Laepple

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Interesting photo
« on: July 16, 2018, 09:50:16 AM »
The photo below, which appeared in the Lancaster newspaper last week, is interesting. It shows the Pennsylvania National Guard rifle range at  Mount Gretna, Pa. The range was part of a training facility that operated from about 1885-1935, and was served for part of that time (1889-1916) by the Mount Gretna Narrow Gauge Railroad, a two-foot gauge line that employed three lovely Baldwin 4-4-0 locomotives, the only two-foot gauge 4-4-0's to operate in the USA. While the focus is on the rifle range, in the distance, one of those 4-4-0's and a coach can be seen sitting at the platform. The line had one closed coach (seen in the photo) and seven open-sided observation cars that looked like WW&F No. 7 before it was converted to a combine. The railroad shut down in 1916 after one of the observation cars overturned on a sharp curve when too many people tried to board at once.

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Re: Interesting photo
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2018, 09:02:42 PM »
There are a couple books written about the Mt. Gretna.

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