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Greetings!  The Middle of the week is here once more.  To add to last week's thread where I went with RailCamp to the Strasburg Rail Road, This week, I am visiting the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.  24 teenage boys this year spent a week together doing all things train-wise.  On this day, they learned about history, preservation and about how these pieces can lead to a career or a hobby.

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New at the Museum is this open gathering spot.  It had been an HO train layout of Pennsylvania Railroad operations. 

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A tour of the restoration facilities at the museum shows it is crowded as always.  The Lehigh Valley Railroad's crossing shanty from Wilkes-Barre is coming along in its restoration. 

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This is perhaps the oldest steel car in the museum, which is getting touch up work.  It is in pretty good condition. 

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As locomotives are being prepared for paint and other stabilization, parts are taken off and stored.  They will return.  We see the sand dome of the M1B 4-8-2 on the right side of this photo. 

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Some unique pieces in the collection.  This E60 is the only one I know of that is preserved.  And this museum might be the only place preserving Amtrak equipment. 

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Another outbuilding is storing the 0-6-0 while some work is going on.  This is in a corner of the yard by the turntable. 

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The K4s steamer 3750.  This will go for a paint job in the restoration shop one day. It will be stored in the roundhouse once it is built. 

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It was Reading Days at the museum, so  much of the floor space was occupied by some vendors and this large modular railroad depicting parts of the Reading Lines. 

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A cool new interactive game is now in the museum.  "Col" is shoveled into a play firebox.  Can you clear out your tender?

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The boys like to pose for each other,  Not so much for me.  We had access to the cab of the E7 diesel for cab photos.  I took pictures mainly outside the loco. 

That is my start of the week.  I hope you have a few photos to share from rail trips or just standing trackside.  Talk to you later.  

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Tim O'Malley posted:

New at the Museum is this open gathering spot.  It had been an HO train layout of Pennsylvania Railroad operations. 

I thought that's what I had remembered being there during my first visit.  I noticed it seemed like something was missing from the lobby when I visited a couple weeks ago.  I believe it's the same layout, but it's now upstairs at the far end of the mezzanine overlook in its own room.

 

Here are my photos for the week, also from the RR Museum of PA a couple weeks ago.

Two generations of Northeast Corridor passenger power on display outside.

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A famous 4-4-0, PRR 1223.

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                          more from Marci in Maumee,   around the Anderson's...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                 like this one,  perfect timing with the X bucks...

 

                                                engines framing the X bucks...

 

 

 

 

 

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I did make it down to Columbus, Nebraska last week along the UP transcon.  Spent the night in Columbus and was up at 0600 to catch the 4014 at the intersection of Hwy 92 & US 30.  (The only overpass on that stretch.)  Train came about 1000.  I was the first one there by about 3 & half hours, then about a dozen or so foamers pulled in.  I had the prime spot out on the point though.   It was the only place I could find that would have me off the track a ways and give me some altitude for a clear shot.  I think it worked OK.  I got in line on US 30 and bypassed the train's stop in Columbus and went to a corn field I had noted the week before a bit west of Schulyer.  It was planted late and the corn was only knee high.  I carefully walked out into it and set up again with my Nikon D850 & Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR on a tripod and waited.  It was hot under the Nebraska sun and corn fields are always extra humid.  Train eventually came (can see the smoke from miles away,) and I popped a couple of shots.  I was the only human in that square mile.  Once again my scouting trip had paid off.   I wanted some shots of the crowd with the train so I went on in to Fremont.  I took only my Chamonix 4x5 and about six film holders loaded with Ilford FP4+ (ISO 125).  I actually like these images the best.  The people give a sense of scale and even my D850 can't match the clarity of a good 4x5 negative.  B&W film gives a very classic look you just don't get from digital.  The crowd was surprisingly small.  I've seen bigger at Fremont for the UP 3985.  I do like the way most people are raising their arms in the air holding their cell phones.  It almost looks like some sort of weird ritual!  Looking over the shots at home that evening I slapped myself upside the head for earlier considering not going at all!  What was I thinking?

 

I plan on being there when it heads back west and have a couple of other shots in mind.  I might also spend a second night out to catch it further west.   My only disappointment was the train was unexpectedly short since it picked up the passenger coaches in Council Bluffs and likely won't have them again west of Omaha.  Oh well.  I don't think any of these will be candidates for my best shot of the year, but at least they are decent, aren't they?

 

 

Kent in SD

 

 

Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris,

Miserere nobis.

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Looks great to me Kent!

I enjoy this post every week from everyone. I'm also fond of seeing the black Alaska GP #3001 as we have a MTH version right here.

Probably the one I don't like is that rusty hopper pic. Not because of the picture, because it's in such rough looking shape on the outside. I bet it's much better inside though.

" on Sour mash and cheap wine " ??

Why go back to DCC when I have DCS!

Here's one I just received in the mail today (well the negative anyway).  The locomotive is the Calumet & Hecla Mining Co. #3 "Torch Lake," an 1873 Mason 0-6-4T.  The photo was taken on October 4, 1956 in Ahmeek, MI, where the "Torch Lake" resided between the time it was retired in the 1930's until it arrived at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI in 1969 where it currently operates today. Excuse the not so great quality scan.  It's the best I can do with my flatbed scanner that was never intended to scan photo negatives.  When I have some time I'll have it professionally scanned.

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I got in line on US 30 and bypassed the train's stop in Columbus and went to a corn field I had noted the week before a bit west of Schulyer.  It was planted late and the corn was only knee high.  I carefully walked out into it and set up again with my Nikon D850 & Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR on a tripod and waited.  It was hot under the Nebraska sun and corn fields are always extra humid.  Train eventually came (can see the smoke from miles away,) and I popped a couple of shots.  I was the only human in that square mile.  Once again my scouting trip had paid off.   

Kent in SD

Scouting always pays off.  I am amazed at the number of people who follow special trains through territory totally unfamiliar to them, and start looking for photo vantage points as they go.  Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.  Nice photos, Kent.

Tom

 

Superintendent, High Plains Division (O Gauge) 

The Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway Co.

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