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Old steam train on the Lehigh Line in Pennsylvania

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Voyager1968, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. I know this is a photography forum, but I think old steam locomotives are pretty cool, and I wanted to share this with anyone who might have a bit of railfan in them. :wink:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsLlMWVsE0U

    For the first time since in about 40 years, a steam locomotive will grace the rails of Tunkhannock, PA. The engine having this honor is none other than reciently-restored steam engine #425, a classy ex-GM&N 4-6-2 Pacific-type locomotive. We'll watch the historic event unfold as the engine storms out of Riverside Park in Tunkhannock, as she heads south towards Pittston Yard. Once clear of Pittston, the engine will begin to tackle the west side of the hill going towards Penobscot; the highest point on the RBMN Lehigh Line. Once past the hill, the train will cruise on down through the famous Lehigh Gorge, and arriving in Jim Thorpe. After a 3+ hour layover in the 'Switzerland of America', the train heads back through the gorge, this time tackling the east side (and steeper side) of the grade going towards Pittston. We'll see the train at famous locations such as Tannery, Soloman's Gap, Laurel Run, and even in the Lehigh Gorge! So sit back, and witness this historic event as steam once again, traverses the Lehigh Line.
     
  2. steve
    nice link
    cool thread
    a lot of train lovers around here

    thanks for sharing this with us
     
  3. Very cool stuff! Glad you posted it. Thanks.
     
  4. Dr A

    Dr A

    695
    Feb 2, 2008
    State College, PA
    Wow - when is that going to happen?
     
  5. The video was shot (not by me) this past weekend. Here's the schedule for the rest of the season. Most trips are steam, but there are a few using diesels.

    http://www.readingnorthern.com/passenger.shtml
     
  6. I gotta get up there for that. My sis lives not far from tracks in White Haven. I've seen the train in Jim Thorpe before. I believe there used to be a narrow gauge line up to a "resort" on top of a mountain in Jim Thorpe (nee Mauch Chunk). Lots to do with a camera in those parts.
     
  7. Jarrell

    Jarrell

    Feb 13, 2005
    Macon, Ga.
    Ahhh... to have been there! :) 
    Jarrell
     
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