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Welcome once again to Wednesday. It is Midweek Photo time again, so let’s get on to the pictures. 
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A week and a half ago, I took a trip to the Strasburg Rail Road. It was my first post-quarantine rail trip, and I was impressed by how they are making do in these unique times. Their antique autos were displayed at the station,  which I have not seen before. 
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A number of new signs are at the boarding platform, which helps if I’m you have never been there before. I had a couple of rides aboard the caboose in the late afternoon.5545EC28-45F0-44AA-8046-15909179DE15

One thing that is not different is the practice of steam railroading. 
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Once again, I’ll pass this thread over to you to add any photos of the real world of railroading. I hope you are having a good Summer. #staysafe.

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A look at what has changed at the White Sulphur Springs Amtrak station since its heydey as a C&O property in the first half of the twentieth century. 

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At the west end of the station, a switch comes off the still double-tracked mainline. Amtrak's Cardinal is seen slowing for the station stop. 

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The spur above leads to this switch that has been removed from service (the points are bolted down and the stand removed). At one point there was only a gravel parking lot on the right, but a second lot has since been added on the side, primarily for use by Greenbrier Resort employees. 

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The line to the right remains infrequently active as a runaround track, while the left line has been removed from service fairly recently (note the paving that leaves no room for flanges, and the relative recency. The station house has been converted to a Christmas Shop. 

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The end of the out-of-service track. At least through the late 1940s, there would have been another track that branched off into the current parking lot area; all would have been used for private car and passenger storage. Not shown are the still extant electricity and steam? receptacles embedded throughout the lot. 

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On the other side of the station are more former passenger stub tracks. The line in the background is the run-around, and as is apparent, only one of the stub tracks still connects to the main. 

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The run-around rejoins the main at an interlocking a quarter-mile east of the station. 

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An eastbound coal train passes under the bridge that used to lead to the Greenbrier's employee housing. 

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The Cardinal prepares to depart from the same location where a famous publicity shot of C&O 614 was taken. 

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Thank you to all of the contributors, this week, and over the past several years.  In gratitude, I am posting this "throwback" photo from long ago, when I was taking photos, and not knowing what to do with them.  LOL

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This is one of my early photos, taken not long after I bought my first SLR camera in 1999.  The train is Steamtown's "YE-1" yard train, led by 0-6-0 no 26, built by Baldwin 70 years earlier.  The steam locomotive began a very long restoration the following year, and since 2016, she has sported a light olive green coat.  

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