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RailFest 2015
 
« on: Feb 23rd, 2015, 3:38pm »
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The planning is in place for the 2015 edition of RailFest.  The dates are once again on Labor Day weekend which is September 5 and 6.  You could possibly say it will extend another week into September 13.  Steamtown's partners in the Nicholson Historical Society will be having their annual Bridge Days event on Saturday and Sunday, the 12th and 13th, plus the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society will have their 40th anniversary convention in Scranton.  A lot of railroad heritage will be celebrated this year.   The Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct in Nicholson, along with the Martin's Creek Viaduct in Kingsley will be turning 100 years old this year.  
Keep these dates in mind, even if you can't make all of them, a day here or there should make it all worthwhile.


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« Reply #1 on: Aug 21st, 2015, 2:43pm »
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RailFest is quickly approaching.  This coming Monday, August 24, we will see the arrival of Nickel Plate Road 765 onto Steamtown's grounds.  Most of the activities are posted on Facebook, along with photos of past events.  Here is what is happening for the 3-day event.  A 765 excursion on Monday, September 7 helps to extend the fun in the region.
Ron Lea's Big Band will perform for the opening ceremony, and another performance later on Saturday.
Ride the Caboose Experience on Sunday.  Lackawanna 889 will be the featured caboose.
David Stone as Johnny Cash.  He is a certified Johnny Cash experience performer. Saturday and Sunday.
Seth Corwin's live steam train near the Maintenance of Way building.
Tours of Lehigh Valley RR business car 353.
Open access to the Locomotive shop, with demonstrations of the wheel lathe, sweating a tire, drop table and cranes.  Other machines may also be operated.
Sunday tours of the cab of Nickel Plate Road 765.
Tours of the cab of Big Boy, Union Pacific 4012.
Railroad songs by Ray Owen, Saturday and Sunday.
Train tours on the "Scranton Limited."
Tours of the Mattes Street Tower and the DL&W Office & Storage Building.
Free trolley bus shuttles to and from the Scranton Iron Furnaces and La Festa Italiana.  
Tours of the Scranton Iron Furnaces.
The Reading Company Technical & Historical Society will have a "camelback" truck on display and possibly offering tours of the railroad yard.
Diesel Excursion on Saturday and Sunday to Moscow, PA at 12:30.  Photo runby to take place in Moscow.  
Nickel Plate Steam excursion to Delaware Water Gap on Saturday at 10:30.  Expected return at 7:00PM.
Nickel Plate Steam excursion to East Stroudsburg on Monday at 9:00. Expected return at 5:30PM.
There will be live steam engines, different types of steam machinery brought in from Bethlehem's National Museum of Industrial History.  Display and actual performance of a steam calliope outside the Office & Storage Building.
Mike Passaro will have set up a model train display in the technology museum. The Mid Atlantic Motor Car Association will have about a dozen track speeders on display and available for short rides by the locomotive shop.  
Norfolk Southern Railway and Amtrak will have locomotives on display.  
Delaware Lackawanna Railroad will provide motive power for the Scranton Limited.
Power for the Moscow train and the Caboose Experience will be determined soon.
The Reading Company FP7s are still on display, and a few pieces of Anthracite Railroads Historical Society locomotives will also be on display.  
The Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society will have Diner 469 and Sleeper 211 open for viewing also.  
Come one, come all for the railroad show of the year!


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« Reply #2 on: Sep 4th, 2015, 9:59pm »
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RailFest is nearly upon us!  While sometimes in the past, we are waiting until dark for Amtrak or some other special guest to arrive, we have many early arrivals.  We waited until nearly sunset to see something that has always been at Steamtown for a view of her in motion... and in the sun!  
 
To begin with, Nickel Plate Road 765 arrived a couple weeks ago, and after repairs to broken fire tubes and one superheater, she is getting back in racing form.
Lackawanna EMC number 426 left display at Steamtown on July 18, and returned under her own power on Tuesday, September 1!.  The D-L shops were able to bring her back to life, and spruce her up for another life, along with some work done to their heritage freight fleet!  
Today, September 4, we find a few guests in the yard getting put in place for display.  Fridays of RailFest weekend are usually very busy.  

Here we see Illinois Central with festive bunting, and joined by a Canadian Pacific GP20 of sorts.  Nothing like the TYCO models we were used to.  
 
Then it became time to place some Amtrak units where they would be displayed for the weekend.  We see electric unit 642 on the approach to the turntable and RS3 1554 outside the roundhouse getting ready to put 642 where she belongs.

Now on the turntable, 642 will be lined up for the entrance track by the turntable.

Number 642 is the first all - electric unit to be displayed at Steamtown, much less turned on the table.  
More to follow. ..


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