Posts Tagged ‘excursion trains’

July RDC Excursion Set on R&N

June 9, 2022

A rail diesel car excursion has been set for July 29 on the Reading & Northern regional railroad in Pennsylvania.

The excursion will depart Outer Station in Reading at 9 a.m. and visit Tremont, Minersville and Port Clinton.

A photo runby is planned in Tremont in the median of Cres Street. Also on the agenda is a visit to the Anthracite Mine Rescue Station.

A lunch stop is planned in Minersville while a tour of the R&N steam shop will be conducted in Port Clinton.

The excursion is being operated in partnership with the National Museum of Industrial History.

It will be the first excursion train to visit Tremont in more than two decades.

Ticket are $112 for museum members and $125 for non-members. An optional lunch ticket is available for $15.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://www.nmih.org/event/2022railroadramble/

Ohio Rail Experience Sets 3 Trips in 2022

May 23, 2022

The Ohio Rail Experience has announced that it will offer three all-day trips this year, all of then running on two weekends in September.

The Spirit of Urbana is set for Sept. 10, operating from Washington Court House to Urbana and return. The next day the Lima Limited will run from Springfield to Lima and return.

On Sept. 17 the Return to the Big Four will operate from Cincinnati to Greensburg, Indiana, and return.

Tickets are expected to go on sale within the next 14 days.

The Ohio Rail Experience is a project of Cincinnati Scenic Railway, which operatives the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon.

More information is available at https://www.ohiorailexperience.com/2022-schedule

R&N Begins 2022 Excursions

January 4, 2022

Pennsylvania regional railroad Reading & Northern has begun operating excursion trains on its Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway.

The trips will depart from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, for 70-minutes rides through Lehigh Gorge State Park in the eastern region of the state.

Departures will be on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. The first trips operated on New Year’s Day.

Seating options include standard coach; crown class coach, with larger, reclining seats; and first class dome seating for $35 per person.

Standard coach seats are $17 per adult and $9 per child ages 3-12; Crown Class Coach seats are $18 for adults and $10 for children 3-12; childen ages 2 and under are free.

Reading Motive Power on an Excursion

December 10, 2021

Paul Woodring and I caught Reading GP30 No. 5513 and RDG Alco C630 No. 5308 on a railfan weekend on the Blue Mountain & Reading at Ontelaunee, Pennsylvania, in late-June 1988. Both locomotives also spent time on the Conrail motive power roster.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: On Day with T&P 610 in Indiana

December 4, 2021

This may appear to be a Southern Railways locomotive, but take a closer look. Despite the Southern insignia and markings a Texas & Pacific logo above the headlight betrays its true origin.

The 2-10-4 Texas type was built in June 1927 by Lima Locomotive Works. It saw heavy duty on the T&P until the late 1950s when it was retired and donated to the city of Fort Worth and placed on static display.

In 1976 it pulled the American Freedom Train within the Lone Star State and a year later was leased by the Southern for its steam program.

The photographer caught up with the 610 on June 17, 1978, in Huntingburg, Indiana, where it was in charge of a roundtrip between Huntingburg and New Albany, Indiana.

That was one of four excursions the 610 pulled that weekend in which Huntingburg was either an origin or turning point on the Southern’s Louisville-St. Louis line.

The 610 would spend four years pulling Southern excursion trains before returning to Texas in 1981 where it is now on static display at the Texas State Railroad in Palestine.

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, No. 610 is the only surviving example of a T&P Texas-type locomotive and the only non-articulated locomotive built by Lima.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

New River Gorge Excursions Canceled

September 24, 2021

COVID-19 pandemic concerns have led to the cancellation of the 2021 Autumn Colors Express excursion trips through the New River Gorge of West Virginia.

Rail Excursion Management, which is sponsoring the excursions, said the trips have been rescheduled for 2022.

 “An overwhelming number of customers have expressed concern about this year’s event,” said Railexco CEO Adam Auxier.

He noted that a surge in COVID-19 cases in West Virginia has local hospitals operating at emergency levels,” making postponement our best and only option this year.

Ticket holders will automatically be transferred to equivalent dates in October 2022. Questions about tickets, credits, or refunds can be directed to info@railexco.com.

The excursions were to be run in cooperation with Amtrak and the cities Huntington, Charleston and Hinton.

Passengers were to board in Huntington or Charleston and travel to Hinton for that city’s Railroad Days festival.

The Autumn Colors Express uses the same route as Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal.

Agawa Canyon Train to Resume in Fall

September 17, 2021

The Agawa Canyon Tour Train in Ontario will operate on a limited schedule this fall.

Officials of Canadian National, which owns the tracks used by the train, said the shorter schedule is due to reduced capacity prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The shortened season runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 11, and all trips are already sold out. 

“It’s obviously really good news for us and the tourism and hospitality industry,” said Travis Anderson, Sault Ste. Marie’s director of tourism and community development. “It was a big gap in our portfolio last year and it presents a really good shot in the arm in terms of economic impact to the community.”

Ohio Rail Experience Sets Fall Excursions

August 12, 2021

The Ohio Rail Experience has announced its slate of fall excursions most of which will run in western and southwestern Ohio with a few venturing into Indiana and Michigan.

Tickets for most trips can be purchased at https://www.ohiorailexperience.com/2021-schedule-fall

Two of the excursions are fund raising events and tickets must be purchased from the sponsoring agency.

Most trips are between six to 10 hours in duration and feature stopovers in the destination city.

Among the trips and their dates are: Blue Ash Flyer, Cincinnati and Blue Ash, Sept. 4; Fireworks train, Norwood and Cincinnati, Sept. 5; Lima Limited, Springfield and Lima, Oct. 9 and 10; South Charleston Rocket, South Charleston and Jeffersonville; Oct. 16; St. Paris Special, St. Paris and Maplewood; Oct. 17; DT&I to the Old Road, Leipsic and Blissfield, Michigan, Oct. 23; Lima and Quincy, Oct. 24; Return to the Big Four, Cincinnati and Greensburg, Indiana, Oct. 30; North Bend Flyer, Cincinnati and Dearborn County, Indiana, Oct. 31.

The Ohio Rail Experience is sponsored by Cincinnati Scenic Railway, which operates the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio.

R&N Acquires 11 Passenger Cars

July 24, 2021

Pennsylvania regional carrier Reading & Northern Railroad has acquired 11 passenger cars to be used in its excursion services.

The cars were most recently operated by Colorado tourist railroad San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad.

The Colorado railroad closed in the wake of the bankrupty of its parent owner, Iowa Pacific Holdings.

R&N now has a fleet of 41 cars to be used for steam and diesel excursions.

Notable cars that R&N acquired from the SL&RG include former Southern Railway steam program open-air coach Lookout Mountain and former Illinois Central streamlined observation-lounge car Mardi Gras.

Also included in the acquisition was a full-length super dome once operated by the Milwaukee Road. That will bring to two the number of ex-Milwaukee Road full-length domes in the R&N fleet.

Other cars acquired include Calumet Club, a former IC streamlined flat-end parlor-observation-lounge car; a former IC heavyweight coach; Chuchara Valley, a former Canadian National heavyweight coach; a former Southern heavyweight coach,; Gila Valley, a former Southern heavyweight coach; San Luis Valley, a former Southern heavyweight coach; Ellerslie, a sformefr CN streamlined sleeper; and a former New York Central diner.

R&N said adding the cars will enable R&N to expand excursion n service to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, region.

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