Posts Tagged ‘NYC Hickory Creek’

Hickory Creek to Ride Rear of LSL

June 14, 2017

Here is a heads up for Akron Railroad Club members. The Hickory Creek, the ex-Twentieth Century Limited tail car will be traveling to Chicago for the Nickel Plate Road 765 trips. It will leave New York City on the Lake Shore Limited on June 14. It will head back to NYC on the Lake Shore on June 19. I don’t know how many members can be trackside at the ungodly hour that the Lake Shore goes through Berea, but I just wanted to let you know that a treat is heading your way.

Article and Photograph by Jack Norris

Hickory Creek to run on NKP 765 Excursions

April 29, 2017

Former New York Central observation car Hickory Creek will be part of the consist of the Joliet Rocket, the excursion train to be pulled by Nickel Plate Road No. 765  on June 17 and 18 between Joliet and Chicago.

Tickets to ride in the Hickory Creek are limited and are priced at $219.

The Hickory Creek once operated on the Chicago-New York 20th Century Limited.

The car is being made available through a special charter by Headwaters Junction, Inc.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society said some tickets remain in economy coach, deluxe coach and first class on select dates and times for the excursions.

Toys for Tots Train in NJ, NY Brings Together Several Railroad Heritages for a Good Cause

December 7, 2016

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The annual Toys For Tots Train, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, travels through northern New Jersey and lower New York State on various short lines, making stops to pick up toys.

This year’s train featured a Conrail caboose, a U.S. Marines boxcar, a restored Pennsylvania Railroad express-baggage car, restored New York Central lounge car No. 43, and former 20th Century Limited tail car Hickory Creek.

The host short line provided the motive power. Shown is the train operating on the New York, Susquehanna & Western with SD33ECO No. 3012.

It was a cold, but beautiful day for a chase. I chased the train for about 20 miles and I caught it in several spots along the Susquehanna, including the train leaving the yard at Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, and passing the Marcal Paper Plant in Elmwood Park, New Jersey.

I waited for the train at its scheduled stop in Wortendyke, New Jersey, and visited with Santa and the crew, many of whom I have known for years from my 30 years of volunteering.

A car from one of the world’s greatest trains carrying Santa Claus on a short line that has outlived the mighty New York Central might seem like an unlikely, but unforgettable, combination on a beautiful fall day.

Article and Photographs by Jack Norris

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‘Century’ and ‘Broadway’ Still Live

May 26, 2013

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I caught the westbound Pennsylvanian on Saturday after riding behind the Nickel Plate Road No. 765. Trailing was New York Central’s Hickory Creek.

That was quite a nice surprise.

Earlier I had seen the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Mountain View on display at the Altoona railroad museum. What are the odds of catching two signature cars of the famous Broadway Limited and Twentieth Century Limited on the same afternoon?

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon