Greetings! Welcome back to the Midweek Photos thread. As the world is slowly re-opening to business, I am also returning to work, and seeing some more of the real world of railroading. I hope that all of you reading this have stayed healthy, and that goes for your family members as well. Today was rather interesting, as we are preparing for Steamtown National Historic Site's re-opening. We have been closed to the public since March 17, and we are looking at how we can follow CDC guidelines to make the facility as user-friendly in the coming months as possible.
It was a fun mix of power to watch today. F3 no. 664, in Lackawanna Railroad markings, but originally for the Bangor & Aroostook, waits near the turntable to help in moving some of the museum pieces around.
The yellow track-mobile pulls the 1935 EMC switcher no. 426 onto the turntable, for placement in the roundhouse. For at least part of the season, this diesel will be displayed with caboose no. 889. Both of these pieces are genuine Delaware Lackawanna & Western. The caboose was built in 1952 in Scranton at what was called the Keyser Valley Shops.
No. 889 was sitting only a few tracks away from another local celebrity, Erie Railroad caboose no. C191. This privately owned caboose is still in the colors of her most recent painting in 1974, when she was painted in Meadville, PA during the Erie Lackawanna days. This caboose was built in Dunmore car shops of the Erie, about 2 miles from Steamtown.
After re-assembling Baldwin no. 26, following an annual inspection, she was brought on the turntable to go to rest in her stall of no. 18 in the roundhouse. Until this afternoon, she has been in two pieces since late 2019. Things are coming together.
Caboose no. 889 is being placed in the roundhouse to be a display along with the EMC no. 426.
Afte a while, it was off to moving the Reading FP7 AA set no. 902-903 a bit away from being right next to Reading 4-8-4 no. 2124.
Th final move of the day. Pulling Canadian National no. 3254, a 2-8-2 out of the roundhouse for display in the museum complex.
Thank you for putting up with the delays on my posts. We have no definite day on when Steamtown will open to the public, or for how long, as the COVID-19 infection rate changes. If you plan to visit, check out www.nps.gov/stea and search for news releases to find any updates.
If you have been out in the world lately. Anywhere. Please feel free to use this thread as a way to share some of your images of the railroading life. We always like to see what you have encountered.