Posts Tagged ‘Excursion trains in Pennsylvania’

Rainy Day on the Oil Creek & Titusville

July 13, 2021

Getting ready to depart Titusville, Pennsylvania.
Doing the runaround of the motive power at Rynd Farm.
Arriving at Petroleum Center
About to cross Oil Creek on the return trip.

This past Sunday (July 11), Marty Surdyk and I ventured to Titusville, Pennsylvania to ride the Oil Creek & Titusville.

The weather forecast leading up to Sunday was horrible for our area and for where we were headed.

Marty picked me up about 8:20 a.m. The drive most of the way was cloudy with a few sprinkles. We arrived in Titusville to overcast skies but no rain yet. At the departure time of 11 a.m. we still were OK.

After passing the Drake Well Museum we went out to the open gondola on the rear of the train. About eight minutes later the heavens opened up. The crew sent everybody back to the coaches for safety since the gondola would become very slippery from the rain.

Shorty before arriving at Rynd Farm the rain let up. Upon our departure about 30 minutes later we still were OK and we were welcome in the gondola.

We were good for about 45 minutes then our seats were more inviting for the remainder of the trip. Just before 2 p.m. the train arrived back at Titusville.

Our motive power was ex-Canadian National 3568, an M420W that was built by Montreal Locomotive Works, Canada’s division of Alco, in September 1976.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Pennsy Locos on a Former Pennsy Route

December 30, 2020

Bennett Levin’s former Pennsylvania Railroad E8s powered a rare mileage private car excursion on Aug. 19, 2001, on a former Pennsy route from Harrisburg to Erie, Pennsylvania.

From Emporium, Pennsylvania, to Erie the railroad was operated as the Allegheny & Eastern and since it was a secondary route for the Pennsy the operating speeds were more relaxed.

Marty Surdyk and his brother Robert studied that route and that was where we focused our photography of the excursion.

Listening to the scanner on our trek eastward we set up initially at  St. Marys (top photograph) in pouring rain.

As the day went on the rain let up but the weather mainly remained overcast. We were able to find 12 photo locations. Five of the best are here in this story. 

They included crossing the Allegheny River in Warren, Pennsylvania; Garland, Pennsylvania; and passing a mural of a Climax steam locomotive in Corry, Pennsylvania, the home of Climax Manufacturing, which built the famous logging locomotives.

Our final photo location was in Erie where the excursion train arrived at the Erie Union Station, which today is still used by Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited.  

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

R&N F Unit Excursion Delayed Until Late Summer

March 26, 2020

The first public excursion on the Reading & Northern to be pulled by former Norfolk Southern F units has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two units had been scheduled to pull a 230-mile excursion on April 18.

But the R&N now expects the excursion to run either Aug. 1 or Sept. 5.

Ticket holders should contact the R&N at 610-562-2102 to exchange their tickets or request a refund if they are unable to ride the excursion on either date.

The R&N acquired two of the NS executive fleet F units last year after the Class 1 railroad put them up for sale after deciding to run its office car trains with regular freight locomotives.

NS still has retained its office car fleet.

June Rail Excursion Set in Pennsylvania

April 27, 2017

The Lehigh & New England Railroad Preservation Society is hosting a June train ride, lunch, and slide show at the Pennsylvania-based Allentown & Auburn Railroad.

The society will show off its L&NE Alco S2 No. 611 during the event, which will begin at 9 a.m. with a train ride from Kutztown to Topton.

The train will stop en route for a picnic lunch. After the train ride there will be several slideshows about the L&NE with memorabilia also on display.

Tickets are $35 with the proceeds going toward restoration of No. 611.

In Search of Keystone State Steam: 1

November 1, 2016


First in a series

Over the Columbus Day weekend, Ed and Ursula Ribinskas drove to Pennsylvania in search of steam.

The highlight of the trip would be seeing Reading Blue Mountain & Northern No. 425, a 4-6-2 Pacific-type steam locomotive build by Baldwin in January 1928.

The 425 departs from the R&N headquarters city of Port Clinton, Pennsylvania, and takes passengers on a two-hour trip to Jim Thorpe, where it lays over for three hours.

The locomotive was built in Pennsylvania for the Gulf, Mobile & Northern, later renamed Gulf, Mobile & Ohio.

Retired in 1950, No. 425 had a series of owners until it was purchased by Andrew J. Muller Jr., to pull excursion trains on the RBM&N.

Muller later painted the locomotive dark blue, in part because the Reading once had a dark blue steamer of its own.

The 425 was out of service between 1997 and 2008 during which time it underwent restoration. It also underwent repairs in 2011 and 2012.

Ed and Ursula chased the 425 on one of its trips, getting it at Zehners, Haucks, Atlas, Nesquehoning and the Pennsylvania Route 93 tunnel.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas












Steamtown Announces July Excursions

June 16, 2016

Steamtown National Historic Site has announced its July excursion schedule. All trips will be pulled by diesel locomotives and will operate wholly within Pennsylvania.

  • July 9 excursion from Steamtown to Olyphant and return.
    Park service• July 10, 17, and 31 excursion from Steamtown to Moscow and return.
    • July 16 excursion from Steamtown to Gouldsboro and return.
    • July 23 excursion from Steamtown to Tobyhanna and return.
    • July 24 excursion from Steamtown to Cresco and return.
    • July 30 excursion from Steamtown to East Stroudsburg and return.

All end points are in Pennsylvania. Ticket proceeds for the trips to Moscow will be used to support the restoration of Boston & Maine steam locomotive No. 3713.