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alco9809
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Auburn Heights Preservation
 
« on: Sep 24th, 2008, 3:49pm »
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Even though this is kinda off the W&W topic, we've just gotta have a forum about the Auburn Heights perservation, owned and operated by HRCV founder Tom Marshal and located just up from the NVF plant. Post any pictures and info about this here.
 
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 24th, 2008, 4:16pm »
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Is this that old brick mill up there in Yorklyn?

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wwrrvolunteer
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 24th, 2008, 4:24pm »
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No,  
That was owned by the Marshalls, this is where he made his wealth NVF(National Volcanized Fibre Co.  
 
Auburn Heights is up off of Rt. 82 in Yourklyn. The property was owned by Tom's father, and then passed along to him. Marshall just donated the property along with his 7 1/4 live steam railroad, several Stanley Steamers, largest collection in the world, lots of electric trains, and the mansion on the property. They run for the public during the warmer months, and it is a really neat place.  
 
Here is their web page:  
www.auburnheights.org/
 
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 25th, 2008, 9:55am »
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I went to one of the Auburn Heights Open Houses last year and plan to go the one being held this Sunday, 9/28.  
 
For anyone interested, it's from 1:00 pm to 4:30pm and the cost to get in is $10 for Adults and $7 for Children.  It's right on Rt 82 on the north end of Yorklyn.  Parking is in a field on the right side of 82 with the Marshall Estate directly across the road.
 
For the railfan the estate has a 1.5 inch scale 7.25 inch gauge ride-on live-steam railroad, the Auburn Valley.  It's a large loop that is partly double-tracked with large bridge and a tunnel.  Two trains run behind a pair of coal-fired 4-8-4's.  Inside the museum there are several more live-steam locomotives including a Cagney 4-4-0 similar to the one at Strasburg.  Also there is a large vintage Lionel "tinplate" toy train layout in the museum.
 
If you are like me and like all kinds of steam power, you will enjoy the Marshall's Stanley Steamer automoblie collection.  Besides riding the trains you can ride around the grounds on a 1915 Stanley 15-passenger "mountain wagon" (basically an open-sided small tour bus).  This thing is really cool with its "chuffy" exhaust and deep-throated whistle.  You can also ride on a 1916 battery-electric car that is steered with a boat-like tiller arm instead of a steering wheel.  There is also a demonstration on how to fire up a Stanley Steamer which is very interesting.  Folks used to lower operating boiler pressures on most steam locomotives (say 150 to 200 psi) might be surprised at a Stanley's working pressure of 600 psi!  A Stanley's boiler is wrapped with piano wire for extra strength.  Cut-a-ways of the boilers and engines can be seen in the museum.
 
There is even a vintage steam engine-powered popcorn maker of the type used at fairs and carnivals many years ago.  Bet many of you never heard of THAT use of steam power before!!  They fire it up and make free popcorn for all.
 
The Marshall's beautiful Victorian Era mansion and estate grounds make a nice backdrop to all of the activity.  The last time I was there, the non-profit "Friends of Auburn Heights" group were taking memberships and selling souvenirs including DVDs and books about the Stanley cars.
 
As noted, the Marshalls, Tom and his late father Clarence, were the leaders in founding the HRCV Inc. and the W&W RR.  Tom once owned 98 and he gave it to railroad around 1977.
 
For something a little different, but still steam, I definitely recommend taking in one of the Auburn Heights Open Houses, if not this Sunday, then in the future.
 
Regards,
Jim Robinson


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alco9809
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 19th, 2008, 7:52am »
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Be sure to visit Auburn Heights next weekend. We're open fridany 11/28& saturday 11/29 1:00-4:30. I will be there, wwrrvolunteer will be there, and I think LandenburgRRs will be there.
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« Reply #5 on: Nov 19th, 2008, 10:57am »
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You shouldn't have said we will be there, it will just scare everyone away!  
 
Just kidding  
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alco9809
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 19th, 2008, 11:47am »
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That's why I said Mother Mary was coming, she keeps us in order and from scaring people away . Just don't bring your Frankenstein costum .

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« Reply #7 on: Nov 20th, 2008, 7:35pm »
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You mean I have to keep you guys in line there too?  This job doesn't pay enough...

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« Reply #8 on: Nov 20th, 2008, 9:31pm »
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What a good mother you are. Not a bad tour guide to.
 
on Nov 20th, 2008, 7:35pm, LandenbergRRs wrote:       (Click here for original message)
You mean I have to keep you guys in line there too?  This job doesn't pay enough...



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« Reply #9 on: Jan 28th, 2009, 9:05pm »
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on Sep 24th, 2008, 3:49pm, alco9809 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Even though this is kinda off the W&W topic, we've just gotta have a forum about the Auburn Heights perservation, owned and operated by HRCV founder Tom Marshal and located just up from the NVF plant. Post any pictures and info about this here.
 
Steve



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on Sep 24th, 2008, 3:49pm, alco9809 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Even though this is kinda off the W&W topic, we've just gotta have a forum about the Auburn Heights perservation, owned and operated by HRCV founder Tom Marshal and located just up from the NVF plant. Post any pictures and info about this here.
 
Steve



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on Sep 24th, 2008, 3:49pm, alco9809 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Even though this is kinda off the W&W topic, we've just gotta have a forum about the Auburn Heights perservation, owned and operated by HRCV founder Tom Marshal and located just up from the NVF plant. Post any pictures and info about this here.
 
Steve

 
 
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 28th, 2009, 9:08pm »
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Victorian Mansion at Alburn Hights

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« Reply #13 on: Feb 2nd, 2009, 6:40pm »
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Great pics, thanks for sharing. Stevie, don't forget to post those from November.  
 
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« Reply #14 on: Mar 2nd, 2009, 4:56pm »
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After 3 months, I have finally got my Auburn Heights pics up. Here, #401 simmers in the station.


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« Reply #15 on: Mar 2nd, 2009, 5:00pm »
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Both trains crossing the bridge just outside the station.


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402 passes by the lake.


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401 passing the same location in the opposite direction.


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401 exiting Steam Hill Tunnel.

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