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EMDF7John
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Everyone ready for the Holiday Train?
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« on: Nov 30th, 2005, 6:25am »
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CP's Holiday Train will be at Steamtown this afternoon and departs just after sunset.  Will any of you be there?  I will.  I have seen, chased and photographed this train before.  It's tough to photo once it leaves Steamtown because it really cooks.  Once it reaches Nicholson, it stops atop the viaduct for several very photographic minutes .   What a sight.  Hope some of you can experience this!   John....    
 
Here's a crappy shot of last years train on the Viaduct!


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Re: Everyone ready for the Holiday Train?
 
« Reply #1 on: Nov 30th, 2005, 6:52am »
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Hey John i'm going to go, any tips on getting to the viaduct

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« Reply #2 on: Nov 30th, 2005, 4:07pm »
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Todd, if you get this in time.  From Steamtown, make your way to the North Scranton Expressway.(US11)   Follow 11 North through Clarks Summit.  Nicholson is aprox. 15 miles beyond.   You can't possibly miss the Viaduct!   It'll be on your right...   The best shots will be from the side opposite the highway.  Getting to the other side can be achieved easily by following the PA92 North signs beside the viaduct.   Take care and enjoy!  John...

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« Reply #3 on: Dec 1st, 2005, 4:54pm »
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Hey Emd,
 That first shot is beatiful!! The train is very nicely decorated. I didn't have a chance to go see the train at Steamtown but I saw it on the news. CP is really a nice railroad, they gave a check for $1,500 to a local homeless shelter I believe. Why can't all the other rail lines be like that.


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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
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 1st, 2005, 7:20pm »
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Hey NKP, thanks.   CP is a nice road, they created quite a scene last night.  Their Steamtown stop was the busiest one I've seen yet and they virtually shut down the North Scranton Expressway as they came by.  There had to be at least 40 cars parked on the shoulders, not to mention a swarm of chasers that followed to Nicholson and beyond.  Rubbernecks the whole way!  Nicholson was Jammed, as was most of the roadside all the way to Binghamton.  The CP people I encountered were all nice, the most interesting of which was a veteran EL employee!!!!!  
     The whole production was great AND they promote a great charitable cause...   Here I have several shots from last night.  The quality isn't that great since my equipment isn't but it was a blast nonetheless.  John...


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« Reply #5 on: Dec 1st, 2005, 7:29pm »
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Nice train! Ooh.. Aah... pretty lights. LOL! That's the railroad with Christmas spirt!

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« Reply #6 on: Dec 1st, 2005, 7:37pm »
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Here's Steamtown

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EMDF7John
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« Reply #7 on: Dec 1st, 2005, 7:46pm »
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I'm going to post the others over in CP.  It seems they'd be better there.  I also still have to develop film.  John...

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« Reply #8 on: Dec 2nd, 2005, 6:52am »
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John,
 
Thanks for the info about Nicholson, but I didn't get to go. I had the boy with me and going further north just couldn't be done. I'm from near Philly and it was getting kinda late for a school night.  
 
We had a great time.


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« Reply #9 on: Dec 2nd, 2005, 7:22am »
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The engine itself does not look as decorared as it looked in the first picture that you took a few years ago I believe. The Canadian Pacific lettering was lit up and you could see the CP name on the engine all the way on the Nicholson Viaduct.

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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
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« Reply #10 on: Dec 2nd, 2005, 6:15pm »
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NKP, The Side of the loco is still illuminated.  Look, there's Cornelius!    John....

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« Reply #11 on: Dec 2nd, 2005, 10:08pm »
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Hey Emd,
 Nice shot. I meant in the first picture the CP lettering looks like it's all neon lighting for the lettering. It's bluish on the first picture. It looks neat.


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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
EMDF7John
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« Reply #12 on: Dec 3rd, 2005, 9:08pm »
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 NKP, the diiference in the appearance of the 2004 and 2005 locomotive logo is the illumination...  2004 is the result of a camera flash.. (from over 240 feet below)  2005, no flash...   It does look neat though.   I'd love to try covering a train in a glow in the dark solution and cruise though a tunnel of blacklights.   John....

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« Reply #13 on: Nov 17th, 2006, 1:01am »
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It's time to get ready for another appearance of this fantastic train from the North.  2006's CPR Holiday Train will begin once again in Scranton, with a performance at Steamtown on Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 6:00PM.  No tickets required, but remember to bring some cash or food for the less fortunate before you set on the chase.  
 
Last year, by coincidence, I followed this train along the Expressway northbound to Bennigans in Clarks Summit, and could hear Santa Claus on his bull horn wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.  What a memory.


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« Reply #14 on: Nov 18th, 2006, 4:38pm »
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Awsome, last years was really nice
~AnthonyD~


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« Reply #15 on: Sep 17th, 2007, 11:04pm »
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The date is set for the 2007 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, Dec 1.  For the 6th year, this beacon of holiday wishes is starting in the Steamtown yard with a performance and then setting on the chase to Binghamton.  As always, bring your camera, plus a donation for the needy.  And this year, post a photo or two.  
 


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« Reply #16 on: Sep 24th, 2008, 9:41pm »
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Okay, so no photos of the 2007 train posted yet, but that doesn't stop CP from planning their 7th kick-off of the Holiday train.  This year, the train will begin its journey early, on November 28, the day after Thanksgiving.  Perhaps you can bring your bird-day leftovers to donate to the needy.  Then again, maybe not!
 
Anyway, the program will be at 5:30 again, and probably hit the road at 6:30.  Bring your cameras, and a real donation.


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« Reply #17 on: Nov 17th, 2008, 2:27pm »
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From what I hear, the CP Holiday train will arrive in Taylor or Steamtown's yard sometime on Thanksgiving.  Since the park isn't open that day, the best viewing location would be the state employee's parking lot, across the street from the Martz bus station.  Since most of us will be "home for the holiday," I can guess there won't be a huge crowd when the train shows up.  
 
This is actually the 10th year for the train to travel the CP Rail system, and with the recent acquisition of the IC&E in the Mid-West, they are adding a lot of new towns to the Holiday tour.  Wherever you live along the system, enjoy the show.


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« Reply #18 on: Nov 8th, 2009, 9:46pm »
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Same date, different day for the 2009 appearance of the CP Holiday train in Scranton.  Nov. 28 falls on a Saturday, which should mean a good turn-out of viewers for the train.  There isn't as much work related traffic, and people should have more time to enjoy the performance.  Here's to good weather for the show!
 
BTW, the Lackawanna Ave. Bridge is progressing in its replacement, but will probably not be open in time for Thanksgiving.  This means that the "chase" will be re-routed through downtown.  Make sure you have your spot along the line to wish Santa and the performers well, as they travel to Binghamton.
 


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Went down to see the train and boy was the place PACKED with people. Great showing! My nightime photos are not the greatest but I managed to get a few decent shots.
 


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