Ghosts of Railroaders Past

While all eyes are on the Nickel Plate Road No. 765 and Viscose Company No. 6 over the next couple of weeks, let’s not forget those who make it all happen so that we can enjoy the glory days of railroading.

As I figured, there will be ample photographs—an understatement if there ever was one—of both steamers.

I took the time to photograph one of the 765’s crew cleaning the engine using a steam cleaner and some good old fashioned elbow grease.

Having a bit of time to kill before some family commitments later in the day this past Sunday (September 12, 2010), I paid the man at Brecksville and took the short ride to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Fitzwater shops to have a look around. Along with the “usual” type of photos I took these.

The steam from the cleaning gun would surround the worker giving him a ghostly appearance at times, a scene that could have been seen back when steam was king of the rails along the former Nickel Plate. The last photo is really what it’s all about today, a family outing to both marvel at and celebrate railroading’s past.

Photographs and story by Roger Durfee

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