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« Reply #20 on: Oct 14th, 2015, 2:26pm »
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Another sunny Sunday.  August 23, and 2403 is joined by 2452 to head out to Cresco, PA.  

Here comes the train into the boarding platform.


Engineer Tom Shore really likes how smooth this engine runs...  
 

Boarding begins any minute now.

 
Now we have arrived in Cresco

Kendrick Bisset had his live steam and some electric trains running at the depot.

 
Time for some munchies:  

That gate won't be going up anytime soon.

Ted Satterthwaite played some favorite songs during the layover.

Some nice autos were on display, too.

 
After running around the train at Bestway lumber, it is time for the train to return to the station.

 
Ta Da!  I am here!

One more pose before we go.


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« Reply #21 on: Oct 14th, 2015, 2:46pm »
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Another weekend, another excursion.  This time, it is Saturday, August 29.  We are going to go to Tobyhanna, and 2461 is back in the saddle again... along with 414.  This should be good.

 
Might as well take a photo of the Scranton Limited while she passes.  

My favorite spot to get the train.  Beautiful structure in the back.

Tom Wyatt is the engineer this fine day.


Off to another adventure in the Poconos.

On Sunday, August 30, it was another train to Moscow.  I took the day off, and got some photos of the Nay Aug Gorge Limited, but not the excursion. Next up... RailFest Weekend Excursions.


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« Reply #22 on: Oct 14th, 2015, 3:09pm »
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RailFest 2015 featured steam power hitting the high iron around Scranton for the first time since 2012.  Instead of 3254, we hosted Nickel Plate Road 765.  This train was called the Phoebe Snow, and it was the first excursion out for the day.  Leaving around 10:30.  

This move is actually not the excursion, but the loco and support cars coming to the switch and backing down to the passenger cars at the boarding platform.

Here she comes passing the freight that D-L parked on the siding.

 


 
Since this was considered a D-L/765 train instead of a Steamtown train, caboose 4810 was attached to the end of the train.


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« Reply #23 on: Oct 14th, 2015, 3:48pm »
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Now it's 12:30.  Time for the excursion to Moscow.  Lehigh Valley 414 takes the reigns for this trip.  I was at the Mattes Street tower for these views.  
 



off they go.

 
I did not get any shots of 765 returning, since it arrived back in town around 7:00PM.  
But here is the return of the Moscow train around 3:30 PM.


There's that trolley again.  

Time to put those coaches away.  Clear the tracks for the other train.

 
 
On Sunday, September 6, RailFest featured a different locomotive for the run to Moscow.  Andy Ottinger walks the train into the boarding platform.  The consist of 765's excursion is on the siding.
 


 
Now, here is the photo runby at Moscow.

 

 

 
And bringing her back before repositioning the unit to the west end of the cars.



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« Reply #24 on: Oct 14th, 2015, 4:41pm »
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Labor Day.  Monday, September 7.  Nickel Plate Road 765 is under steam next to Nickel Plate Road 759.  The sun is coming up.

Another excursion will cross the Poconos to reach East Stroudsburg today.  No "Phoebe Snow" name for this one.  Sales were low.  Costs were high compared to the mileage.  
 

Nonetheless, it is showtime, and time to really put on a show. The train departs at 9:00, or after the congressman boards. Whichever comes last.
 

Train inspection warrants the blue flag.  All will be under way pretty soon.
 


Watch your step!  Time to explore East Stroudsburg.
 
Get your cameras out!  Perfect sunshine once again.

The Santa Fe style water tank dating back to the DL&W steam years.

 
Get your shots.  She leaves for Slateford and Portland next.

 
Ssssssmoking!

 
Now she is back!  And racing a little girl.



Back in Scranton, just around 6:00.  We had an emergency stop in Pocono Summit.  It turned out not to be bad.  The ambuance arrived, and the patient was conscious enough to refuse treatment.  

 
Parting shot.

765 headed west to Ohio the next day.


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« Reply #25 on: Oct 21st, 2015, 12:44pm »
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We are closing up the excursion season after this upcoming weekend.  November gets too cold to run trains without heat from the steam locomotive.  Catching up with the month of October, the trains headed for the hills once again.  The first trip, on October 3, had low turnout due to threats of Hurricane Julio destroying New Jersey.  At the last moment, the storm headed out to sea, but one of the spinoff rainfalls kept people off the train.  For those who rode to Gouldsboro, it was a nice time. The Train Station people put on a Wizard of Oz program, which was well received.  Characters in costume brought an almost Halloween feel to the day.  Here is what the train looked like:
 

 
Two RS3s in D&H stripes took the train up the hill.  The runaround in Tobyhanna required the two units.

 
Here they are in Gouldsboro.


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« Reply #26 on: Oct 21st, 2015, 12:52pm »
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Sunday, October 4 was the total opposite.  The sun returned, and even though the temperatures were about the same as the day before, it felt much nicer out.  This train with one RS3 took off for Moscow.  I took these shots from a parking lot near Ridge Row and the University of Scranton.

The train sold well.  In Moscow, there was a gathering of Civil War generals and President and Mrs. Lincoln.  I did not get to Moscow, but did capture these shots.  The guests of the event in civil war garb rode the last coach and the Lehigh Valley 353.  


 
Now for some views of the train returning to Steamtown.


 
Already, there is some color on the hills as the leaves are changing.

Passing the Mall as it approaches the boarding platform.
 


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« Reply #27 on: Oct 21st, 2015, 1:22pm »
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Not only is it neat to have a variety of excursion destinations, but the range of trips means that some leave earlier than others.  To get to  East Stroudsburg or Delaware Water Gap, the train needs to leave at 9:00.  Arrival in those towns is around lunch time, and return to Scranton is around the park closing time.
This means low angle lighting when it is later in the season.

On October 10, Columbus Day weekend, the train prepares to run to East Stroudsburg.  There is a lot more color on the mountain.

 
The train leaves Scranton, and passes the old Lackawanna Railroad Loco Shops and the Mattes Street Tower.

 
2461, as you may already know, is a native to the region.  She was built by ALCO in 1964 for the Erie Lackawanna RR.


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« Reply #28 on: Oct 21st, 2015, 1:30pm »
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The train on October 11 ran to Tobyhanna, but I was not in the area.  So, on to Columbus Day and the return of excursions on this holiday Monday of the peak of the foliage season.

Switching things up a bit, we see RS3 number 1554, from the Central of New Jersey running to Moscow.  This is here first time in excursion service on this line. Although, she also ran a chartered train in September on the Carbondale line.  That was sponsored by the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce to promote wineries in the region.
 

The trolley was also running that day.  What a great day to introduce the family to railroading.  

Here is our train in Moscow, now.  people getting off the train.
 

The freight station before people show up to photograph the run-around.

Almost ready to re-couple and return to Scranton.

Back at home, safe and sound.


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« Reply #29 on: Oct 21st, 2015, 1:55pm »
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Another weekend... Steamtown has been a partnership with the John Heinz Institute in Wilkes-Barre and Allied Services in Scranton for several years.  On a weekend in October, this group treats families of autistic family members, usually children to a ride to Moscow. 319 people showed to ride this train.

We had an early start to the day, with this train departing at 9:30.  With so many who had disabilities, the train took a while to empty and to re-load.  

A change is happening at Moscow.  The freight station is getting its first new coat of paint since 1993.  It is going back to a more historic green color.  This will take some getting used to.

A scene we used to replay over and over with steam is being done with diesel.  
Now some shots from the same angles of the afternoon train.
 

We had a good turnout for this trip.  Just over 200.  


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« Reply #30 on: Oct 21st, 2015, 2:12pm »
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On Sunday, October 18, yet another train got an early start.  This time going to Delaware Water Gap.  Scranton had it's first frost of the season that day, and other towns north of us had snow on the ground when they woke up.

CNJ1554 made yet another appearance on the excursion, paired with our first excursion of 2015 loco, C420 number 405.

It was getting nicer and warmer as the train pulled out shortly after 9:00 I set up my camera to catch the station and the trees of the University of Scranton while they are changing color.


Smoke away, little Alcos!
 

The University keeps building bigger buildings.  The entire campus has changed since Steamtown arrived in 1984.

And heading out of town.  When coming back, the train encountered a number of snow squalls.  One more weekend left!
East Stroudsburg on Saturday, October 24, and Moscow on Sunday, October 25.


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« Reply #31 on: Oct 25th, 2015, 10:00pm »
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The final round-up of Steamtown's season.  This is Saturday, October 24, as the train sits in East Stroudsburg.

RS3 1554 is very popular this month.  She also was the provided power for Sunday, October 25's train to Moscow, which I did not get to shoot.

These berry trees really look nice for the fall.  I am not sure if they keep the fruit into winter.

The occasion this time was the Fine Arts and Crafts festival in town.  About 100 people rode the day-long train.


Conductor Andy Ottinger keeps an eye on the train ahead as he gets it ready to go to Gravel Place for the run-around.

 
During the layover for this and other excursions, the East Stroudsburg Tower Society gave tours / demonstrations of the switch and signal machinery.


All set for the return to Scranton.


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