Friday, November 17, 2006 at 7:10 pm

Steamtown and Strasburg

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CPR #2317 at Steamtown While searching Flickr for interesting railroad photos, I kept stumbling across photos taken by Raymond Fudge, particularly those from the Steamtown National Historic Site and the Strasburg Rail Road. The former is a museum set in the yards of the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania (official site; Wikipedia); the latter is a tourist railroad based, naturally, in Strasburg, Pennsylvania (official site, Wikipedia).

More Steamtown links: a list of Steamtown’s steam engines; an unofficial site; photo galleries; one of several pages on Stan’s Railpix. Also a couple of Strasburg photo galleries.

It’s surprising to see so much former Canadian steam in operation at both sites — for example, Canadian Pacific’s G3c-class 4-6-2 Pacific #2317 at Steamtown. (Oi! That’s our steam engine!) Not without controversy, according to Steamtown’s Wikipedia entry, but that can be chalked up to the fact that CP and CN were quite literally the last major railroads in North America to quit using steam.

But it was even more interesting to see this 1995 photo of CPR H1b-class Hudson #2816 in a somewhat rusted and neglected state; it has since been restored and is operated by Canadian Pacific on excursion runs. (I’ll have more about #2816 at some point. I have photos to upload.)

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