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« on: Mar 10th, 2013, 11:42pm »
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No big announcement here yet.  But the dates for this year's RailFest are set.  August 31 and September 1. Excursions to Moscow, whichever locomotives power the train, will still feature a photo runby.  
Because there was a lot of interest in seeing pieces moved about on Friday and Sunday evening last year, the park management and RailFest committee are looking into staying open a few hours longer.  
Let's get the discussion going. Are there any cool ideas that you have in mind that haven't happened yet?  I myself would like it if a few more operations of trains, whether inbound specials or shorter trips around the city took place, would add a new angle to the weekend.  What do you think?  


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« Reply #1 on: Mar 11th, 2013, 6:17pm »
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Personally, I would like to see a little more evening use of the core complex. Hearkening back to the Grand Opening days. Maybe a little entertainment, or refreshments in the core area. Some night or dusk photos at the roundhouse, perhaps? Maybe with those nice floodlights on? Just a thought.

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« Reply #2 on: Mar 13th, 2013, 12:10am »
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That would be great!  It seems such a bother to shoo people out at 5 when so much is still available to see.  The sun stays up until 8 or so in late August, so daylight isn't an issue.  And a few times I have been there when it was dark, either impossibly early in the morning or later at night, the museum complex is surprisingly bright.  A late program, activity or train trip might add a new dimension to the event.  
Then there is the issue of staffing....


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« Reply #3 on: Mar 31st, 2013, 7:47am »
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Maybe a later day event on a Saturday could be a special excursion on those visiting PVs and Amtrak equipment, I'd pay extra in a hearbeat to ride the big dome etc. up to Moscow or beyond.  
 
Many of those cars have a dining/snack area so perhaps in one a full meal for those who want to splurge, and a drink/snack option in others.
 
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« Reply #4 on: May 13th, 2013, 9:53am »
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One decision made is to extend the event a bit to include Friday, Aug 30.  This is dubbed "media day," but it is open for the regular visitors, too.  The reasoning behind it is that the TV and newspaper crews, along with bloggers and the like, comment, or write about the event while it is happening or after it is over.  Casual observers then come to the park on Monday or later expecting the same amount of activity. If the word gets out earlier, then those who hear about it on Saturday or Sunday will experience it as it is happening.


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« Reply #5 on: Jun 3rd, 2013, 11:03am »
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A brochure recently released by the NPS, but is not on the website, promotes some of the activities and the partners involved with the Railfest for this year.  There will be a Civil War theme to the event.  Various reenactors will be set up at the Scranton Iron Furnaces for an encampment of the 1860s.  These folks will be coming in and out of Railfest throughout the weekend.  
 
In addition, there will be some repeat activities, such as tours of the Lehigh Valley RR business car, Big Boy cab tours, live steamers, locomotive shop demonstrations, hand car rides, locomotive cab rides, caboose rides, excursions to Moscow and the Scranton Limited.
 
Many long-standing partners are involved, such as the Delaware- Lackawanna railroad, Amtrak, The Electric City Trolley Station and Museum, Norfolk Southern Railway and the Delaware Valley Lego Users Group.
 
New or returning partners include the Reading & Northern Railroad, the North Shore Railroad, the Western New York & Pennsylvania RR, Mid Atlantic Motor Cars, Scranton's Historic Iron Furnaces and the Confederation of Union Generals.
 
It looks to be another winner.


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« Reply #6 on: Aug 31st, 2013, 6:53am »
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RailFest is underway!  
All the visiting locomotives from Norfolk Southern, North Shore, Delaware-Lackawanna and Reading & Northern are in place.
R&N brought steam engine 425 under steam last night. She will be on display near the trolley museum. The R&N Equipment arrived in the yard around 11 PM.
Now, on with the show! See you there


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« Reply #7 on: Aug 31st, 2013, 7:01am »
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This Saturday is Railfest 2013.  
   Here is the flyer. On this and the next 2 posts.  


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Events  :
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 My son attended the Steamtown's Railfest 2013. A steam engine was there and operating it seems. This is his photo and should not be copied  


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« Reply #11 on: Sep 14th, 2013, 11:29pm »
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Yes!  Toptrain, 425 did not run an excursion, but she was live and steaming.  She even went for a trip in the yard on Sunday to get some water and coal.  It was great to see her join in on the fun.

RailFest for 2013 began a few days early for me as the T-shirts and coffee mugs arrived to announce the event.  I bought the shirt.  The mug is probably in the next paycheck  
Anyway, as the locomotives and cars arrived, they were staged for display in the turntable area.  These photos are from Friday, Aug 30.  

Illinois Central 790 now has a new staircase to allow cab access.  A banner was added to the stairs for RailFest.

A new participating railroad is the North Shore, based out of Northumberland, PA on the old Lackawanna Railroad's Bloomsburg line.  This MP 1500 also came with a friend.

This bay window caboose also came along for the event.  Steamtown's trackmobile is escorting her into the turntable area.

Guiding her through some close clearances.


Now in place, we seek out more gray and maroon trains.  

Amusement park gauge (16 inch) F unit from Scranton's Nay Aug Park, the Lackawanna's Phoebe Snow.

And her tail car.  Not quite as elegant as the full scale Buffet Lounge from the Phoebe Snow, but nice enough for circling the roller coaster at the park.  
 
More photos on the way.


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« Reply #12 on: Oct 6th, 2013, 1:25pm »
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Some more of the Friday Set-up work.
 

 
Smaller power was on display outside the Roundhouse.  The handcar and Berlin Mills no. 7.
 

Norfolk Southern past and present.  Nickel Plate 514 on the right moving past slug no. 601.
 

Three locomotives from the NS roster to show up for RailFest.
 

D-Ls 4118 moves the crane and idler out of the way for some brick cleaning.
 

After that work is done, RS3 no 4068 takes to the turntable for her turn in the spotlight.
 

D-L was a big help for the RailFest weekend, in providing display pieces and one of the RS3s for the Scranton Limiteds.
 

 
Another piece to add color to the turntable plaza is Lehigh Valley 414.
 

 
"Lackawanna 664" out for a spin so she can face the right direction for the caboose experience.
 

 
It's always fun to work on an F unit.
 

 
Not running in the yard for RailFest is Union Pacific Big Boy 4012.
 

This was the consist for the Caboose Experience.  Lackawanna power and Lackawanna caboose.  
 

Another local road represented at the Fest is Central of New Jersey RS3 no 1554, with two Jersey Central coaches.
 

Norfolk Southern Display Car makes a return appearance.  
 
At the close of Friday, it seemed everything was in place.  Except one guest railroad was still on the way to Scranton.  They would make a very late arrival to the park.
More to come.
 


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« Reply #13 on: Oct 6th, 2013, 2:02pm »
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Saturday, August 31.  Showtime!  Early arrivals that morning are two of the six or so motor cars that would be staged at the east side of the locomotive shop.  
And that late arrival from Friday?
 

Steam power did arrive for RailFest.  Reading & Northern brought a short freight train to display during the weekend.  Steam engine 425 was part of that train, and the cab would be open for the duration of her display time.'
 

She showed up in the yard after 11 PM on Friday.  This image is from 7:30 AM.  No crowds, yet.
 

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The Aristocrat of Coal  in a center flow hopper.
 

And an open top hopper.  Freshly painted.
 

Reading Company caboose, refurbished for the current practice, and restored Lehigh Valley caboose in the distance.
 

425's traveling companion, SD40-2 no. 3058.  The greeter of the Fest, right outside the Visitor Center.
 

Before they close the gate, here is a neat angle on the rear of this unit.
 

It won't be long before the potato pancakes are hot and ready for consumption by the thousands of people who will stop by.
 

Some of the line-up of trains that one could watch and ride that day.  Nickel Plate 514 will be on the excursion to Moscow.


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The band introduces itself as the invited guests, and the public assemble at the turntable for the opening ceremony.

Not everyone dressed for the occasion
 

But those who did took their authenticity to the limit.  The temperature and humidity were very high this day.  
 

The Civil War Color guard assembles.

Opening speeches and presentations.  There would also be a lecture / panel discussion in the theater of the Civil War generals.  No decent photos came of that.  
 


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Throughout the Fest, there were many activities and performances.  

Here was a challenge for adults and children.  Building a bridge to see how well it would hold a railroad car full of pennies.
 

Every bridge failed at some point.  But this young lady did a great job in holding the car on the straw-built bridge.

Big Boy.

The Scranton Limited.  A Jersey Central locomotive and the Jersey Central railroad station in the background.  Some D-L units parked for the weekend, too.

12:30... Excursion Time.  View taken from Mattes St. Tower.

Off to Moscow they go.


More still coming.  
 


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The afternoon is rolling on, and 425 is still entertaining the masses.  The crew was welcoming visitors into the cab and even letting them blow the whistle.  Once the first person did it, the whistle ended up being blown the rest of the weekend.
 

Some more of the D-L diversity of motive power.
 

Waiting for the return of the Moscow excursion, I caught the Scranton Limited.
 


 
And here comes 514 back from Moscow.



Even the late visitors in the day had a chance to ride the Limited.  That and the caboose experience ran until nearly 5:00.


 
Let's take a walk to the locomotive shop, which had segments open most of the day.

In the shop, people could see the progress as it were, on Baldwin 26.  The momentum built up early in the year fizzled when the yard trains and excursions took precedent.  


And a special display was placed at the Boston & Maine 3713 drawing attention to the final push for nearly $1 million to have her up and running.
 

Track speeders were offering rides on a short section of track by the locomotive shop.





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« Reply #17 on: Oct 25th, 2013, 10:07pm »
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Starting off on Sunday, September 1 where I left off on August 31.

This is an early morning angle on the track speeders.  The park just opened, and the crowd of visitors will arrive a bit later.  Sundays are like that.

An unusual angle from inside the technology museum stairwell.

One of Steamtown's oldest banners, brought out again.  In 1988, this hung by  the fence at the Hilton at Lackawanna Station.  That was the first location of Steamtown's visitor center.  This building was its second, from 1989 to 1995.

Ready for a replay of Saturday's action.  1554 taking the short distance  
Scranton Limited.

And the 514 crew getting their train in shape for a trip to Moscow, PA.

While we are waiting, why not get some other shots, such as 514 alongside the Long Island snowplow?


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Ray Owen still has his singing voice!

I think he was singing, "I'm My Own Grandpa."

It must be excursion time.  Everyone is seated but the train crew.

That was a quick trip to Moscow.  Now everyone is crossing the track to get in position for the photo runby.

Some of the people getting the perfect location on the hill.

Here comes 514!



After getting the photo shoot out of the way, people watched the run-around, and picked up some more munchies for the return to Scranton. Our layover was altered by this little storm that came through.

The rain affected my camera, so that was the end of my photos for RailFest 2013.  What good shots did you gather?


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