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565fan
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Steamtown on the D&H
 
« on: Sep 25th, 2006, 7:28pm »
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While it's been 3 years since steam has run on this Scranton to Carbondale line, several trains have made the trip, either the full length or to stops in Olyphant.  A scheduled run to Jessup was pulled off the line-up this year due to sluggish sales, but next year may bring Baldwin 26 under steam back to this line.  
 
Does anyone here have comments or favorite parts of the line?
 
I would say among my favorite parts would be the crossing of Lackawanna Ave in Downtown, and the steep drop of the Strawberry Hill line.  Also the truss bridges we travel on along the way.  If the speed was 10 mph faster, it would be a perfect alternative to the Pocono line.


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Re: Steamtown on the D&H
 
« Reply #1 on: Jun 28th, 2009, 10:59pm »
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What a shame. The only responder to this thread, who added a photo of the Scranton Lace Factory from the train, took down his response.  
 
I rode the train to Archbald, Pa today (NKP 514 hauling 4 coaches), and realized that this is the first time I've been on this line in 5 years.  For all the people who regularly chase the Pocono Main trains, only a man on a bicycle "paced" this train.  No photographers.  Lots of neat locations, and a leisurely pace to get ahead of the train.  Around 160 people took the ride today, and had a great time at St. Thomas Aquinas' church Picnic.


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Re: Steamtown on the D&H
 
« Reply #2 on: Jun 30th, 2009, 4:52pm »
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I missed capturing a photo last weekend because I had to work. I came home just 5 min too late to get the train returning from Carbondale. The tracks run right by my house.  
 
I rode the Carbondale trip back in 2004.  
 
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Re: Steamtown on the D&H
 
« Reply #3 on: Jul 7th, 2009, 12:24pm »
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While it isn't steam, here are a few photos I took from the Archbald excursion on Jun 28th.

This one is of the arrival.  There is a path through the trees, with a bridge crossing a brook just behind me, leading to the church festival.  NKP 514 and four coaches, with 165 or so people on board.

After running around the train at tredegar siding in Carbondale, the train returns south to Archbald.  

These houses are right next to the church, which is out of view.  As always, the sun disappears when the train arrives.  
 


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Re: Steamtown on the D&H
 
« Reply #4 on: Aug 18th, 2009, 5:05pm »
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This coming Saturday, August 22, will see the 514 making a run up to Carbondale for the Pioneer Days (nights?) Special.  Whether you ride or not, keep photography in mind.  There are some good photos to be had on this line.  

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Re: Steamtown on the D&H
 
« Reply #5 on: Aug 19th, 2011, 9:23am »
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It is again time for a chartered run from the Steamtown yard to Carbondale. This train will leave Saturday, Aug. 20 to run to the Pioneer Days festival.
This year's special surprise is the running of the Lackawanna F3 pair with 4 coaches. This is their first time on the old D&H! For anyone tired of Alcos, here is a chance to chase some older EMDs!
I believe the train leaves Scranton at 10 AM, with arrival in C-Dale at 11:45


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Re: Steamtown on the D&H
 
« Reply #6 on: Aug 23rd, 2011, 8:04am »
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I did not get a chance to ride or chase the excursion to Carbondale on Saturday, but did grab these two shots of the F3 pair leaving the old D&H mainline to head up Strawberry Hill on the return to Steamtown.  The train has just crossed Olive St. in Scranton.

 
... and a few seconds later  


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Re: Steamtown on the D&H
 
« Reply #7 on: Nov 13th, 2011, 10:01pm »
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Lackawanna on the D&H? hahaha looking good!

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Re: Steamtown on the D&H
 
« Reply #8 on: Nov 14th, 2011, 8:31pm »
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It's actually faux-DL&W, since no Lackawanna cab units survive.

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Re: Steamtown on the D&H
 
« Reply #9 on: Nov 15th, 2011, 12:02am »
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I am aware sir  , I believe these units were the blue and orange CNJ colors prior to being repainted

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 15th, 2012, 8:35am »
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* Yes they were blue and orange, The F3b still is. It will be repainted also to Lackawanna. It will be number 665. Originally they were Bangor and Aroostook. Here is the B unit a few weeks ago. Alot of work has gone into it already to clean it up and rewire it. Alot more to do.  
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Re: Steamtown on the D&H
 
« Reply #11 on: Jul 18th, 2012, 7:59am »
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Last weekend there was to be another longer run out of Steamtown using the 2 Lackawanna F3a's for power. I hope it happened and all went Ok.
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Re: Steamtown on the D&H
 
« Reply #12 on: Jul 18th, 2012, 10:51am »
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Yes, the F3 pair ran a special train to Gouldsboro and Tobyhanna on Saturday July 14.  Their next appearance on the rails will be the return to Carbondale's Pioneer Festival in August.  Here is the link to the tickets.  http://www.lclshome.org/member_libraries.php  
The D&H route is pretty good for a chase, but not many people chase those trains.  If you have any good shots, post them.


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« Reply #13 on: Jul 22nd, 2012, 11:52am »
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Loco Lackawanna RR #663.  
  * Photo is from 06-16-2012. A date I worked on this engine.
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loco Lackawanna RR #664
 photo dated 06-16-2012, also work on this loco on this day.
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« Reply #15 on: Jul 22nd, 2012, 8:47pm »
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Thanks for sharing- those F3s look great!

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« Reply #16 on: Oct 15th, 2014, 7:25am »
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  The Penn Division lost a conductor today, Steve Loomis passed away. Steve and I owned the Steamtown job when it ran on The D&H. Our seniority allowed us both to own this job for two season's running from Scranton to Kingsley and return. Steve was the conductor and i was the trainman, due to union rules and the fact the train was running on a active railroad, the D&H crews actually did the train operations. When not on this job Steve worked in regular freight service.  
 
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« Reply #17 on: Oct 15th, 2014, 9:05pm »
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Sorry for you loss, TJ.

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« Reply #18 on: Oct 15th, 2014, 10:12pm »
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on Oct 15th, 2014, 7:25am, TJ_1867 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
  The Penn Division lost a conductor today, Steve Loomis passed away. Steve and I owned the Steamtown job when it ran on The D&H. Our seniority allowed us both to own this job for two season's running from Scranton to Kingsley and return. Steve was the conductor and i was the trainman, due to union rules and the fact the train was running on a active railroad, the D&H crews actually did the train operations. When not on this job Steve worked in regular freight service.  
 
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« Reply #19 on: Oct 15th, 2014, 10:22pm »
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This is really sad news. He was great to work with, both Steve and you TJ were exceptional people as was the whole D&H crew. Not sure if you remember me but I was assigned as one of the steamtown trainmen(Jim Fransen).

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