Welcome to Photo Line! The end of June 2010 saw two large rail gatherings celebrating mountain railroading. The National Railway Historical Society held its annual convention in Scranton, Pennsylvania, from June 21-26. Called "Endless Mountain Rails," the convention spotlighted the railroads of the Keystone State's Anthracite region. Meanwhile, the small town of Petersburg hosted "West Virginia Rails" on the South Branch Valley Railroad with steam and heritage diesels. Couldn't make the trip this year? Railfan & Railroad editor Steve Barry shares some highlights from the weekend.
D&H Geeps from Scranton to Sunbury
The first rail event of the NRHS Convention was an excursion from Scranton to Sunbury over Canadian Pacific's Delaware & Hudson on June 22. Led by a pair of lightning-striped GP38-2s, the train crossed the Susquehanna River into Wilkes-Barre on its southward trip..
Stourbridge Line's BL-2 keeps BAR heritage alive
A former Bangor & Aroostook BL2 led Wednesday's NRHS trip over the Stourbridge Line between Honesdale and Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania. The train crossed a new bridge in Hawley as it followed the Lackawaxen River.
Light up the night with historic steam and diesel locomotives
Steamtown National Historic Site was the scene of Wednesday's night photo session. Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 No. 2317 posed on the turntable as Canadian National 2-8-2 No. 3254, Nickel Plate Road GP9 No. 514 and "Lackawanna" F3 No. 664 looked on from the roundhouse.
A fitting debut for a classy paint scheme
The four locomotives then gathered in the roundhouse for a group shot. Lackawanna 664 (actually another former Bangor & Aroostook unit) had just been painted into early DL&W freight colors by the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society. The Lackawanna paint job had a fitting debut here at the former D&LW shops in Scranton.
Alco triple-play at Elmhurst Reservoir
The sound of Alcos filled the air on Thursday morning as a set of RS3s from the Delaware-Lackawanna led a train from Scranton through the Delaware Water Gap to Slateford. The trio passed the Elmhurst Reservoir as it climbed out of Scranton on the way to Moscow. The three units wear a special paint scheme in tribute to their shared Deleware & Hudson heritage.
Alcos and steam power team up for an exciting photo run-by
While the return trip from Slateford was "steam powered," the RS3s assisted Steamtown's Canadian National 3254 up the steep grade to Tobyhanna. Before cutting off the train to leave the Mikado on its own, the four locomotives made a stirring photo runby for the convention attendees.
Chessie heritage under night skies
Meanwhile, down in West Virginia, three locomotives representing the component railroads of the Chessie System posed in Petersburg for a night photo session on Saturday night. The lighting was provided by the Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association's night crew. "B&O" 722 and "C&O" 8016 normally operate on the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, while "Western Maryland" GP30 501 was visiting from the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
Flagg Coal No. 75 visits West Virginia
Flagg Coal No. 75, owned by John and Barney Gramling, was on hand for "student engineer" operations. New Hope Valley 0-4-0T No. 17 was also present and powered hour-long trips throughout each of the three days of the event.
Highballing through West Virginia
Striking a familiar image, "Baltimore & Ohio" 722 trails the northbound trip from Petersburg to Romney on Sunday, ending West Virginia Rails. The F7 is actually a former Bessemer & Lake Erie locomotive.