Posts Tagged ‘Railroad museums’

Steamtown Stops Charging Admission

November 17, 2017

Steamtown National Historic site has ceased charging admission.

The park in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has scrapped its fee of $7 a day for those 16 and older after a National Park Service study concluded that visitation would increase and costs would diminish by not collecting admissions.

The museum will continue to charge $5 for the short train rides that it offers and longer excursions to destinations outside the park will continue to have a fee.

Fees may also be charged for special exhibits and the annual Railfest. Park Superintendent Debbie Conway said the fees for Railfest have not yet been determined.


Ed’s Trip to Pennsylvania (Part 3)

September 23, 2017

Sunday morning found us back in downtown Altoona, Pennsylvania, to get a few more images of Norfolk Southern and Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian as they passed Alto Tower.

We ate breakfast and attended church that morning and also made a visit to the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum.

At the museum we saw the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 and the Pennsy K4 1361 before heading home to Ohio.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Easier than Trying to Herd Cats

July 26, 2017

Since former Chesapeake & Ohio No. 8272 showed up at the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North Pennsylvania, wearing its sparkling new Chessie System livery, I’ve managed to photograph it three times in about a month’s time.

First I got it during a night photo shoot, then in less than favorable lighting conditions en route home from a day on the Arcade & Attica, and finally on a recent late Sunday afternoon in the best lighting of all.

And I almost missed that. I was with a group of guys from the Cleveland-based Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts who were doing a double museum tour.

The first stop was in Conneaut and then it was on to North East.

CSX had been dead while we were in Conneaut. It finally sprang to life shortly after we reached North East, putting through town a steady flow of three westbound intermodal trains and five consecutive eastbounds.

There was a work gang in New York State and it was single-track east of North East.

After the fifth eastbound passed by, we decided to head out to Bort Road, which is, surprisingly, a good place to photograph in late day.

As we were ready to move on I remembered we had yet to photograph No. 8272. We soon remedied that while the light was still good.

Having only photographed two Chessie System locomotives in my life, I’m going to be all over the 8272 even if it isn’t going anywhere.

As seen from the front porch of New York Central No. 2500, which is mid July was still lettered for the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie and numbered 2800.

Getting down low. For some reason I like having the locomotive off kilter.

Looking the kitty right in the eyes. Real cats don’t like it when you do that but this Chessie doesn’t mind.

ITM Plans to Move to Logansport

July 16, 2017

The Indiana Transportation Museum is moving to another city. The museum said last week that it has reached an agreement with the mayor of Logansport to set up shop there.

ITM is currently located in Noblesville in the far reaches of suburban Indianapolis.

No date was set for the move, which appears to be have been prompted in part by the museum’s on-going battle to be able to use a former Nickel Plate Road branch line that some want to convert into a hiking and biking trail.

Logansport was a hub city for the Pennsylvania Railroad with several lines radiating from it.

“Our mission preserves the great legacy of railroading tracks perfectly with Logansport’s history as an early Hoosier rail center,” ITM Board Chair John McNichols said in a statement. “Together we can not only preserve our shared history, but find ways to expand the vision of historic railroads in Indiana. The Logansport museum will be an expansion of our state-wide vision.”

For several years ITM has hosted excursion train service on the former NKP line, which at one time ran from Indianapolis to Michigan City.

The remnants of the line between Indianapolis and Tipton, Indiana, are owned by the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority, which has refused to allow ITM to use the line, citing safety concerns and the lack of adequate maintenance.

Harris Tower Gets Additions, Makeover

April 29, 2017

The Harris Tower Railroad Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will have a slightly new look when it reopens on May 27.

The structure has been rehabilitated and expanded displays created.

The Harrisburg Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, which owns the tower, has restored 40 windows, power-washed the interior, upgraded one bathroom with period-appropriate fixtures, re-painted the second floor, and installed replica lighting fixtures. The tower’s electro-pneumatic switching machine is to have its covers sand blasted and re-painted.

On the tower’s ground floor are three new display cases showing recently-acquired memorabilia pertinent to the structure’s history.

The museum is open on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Chessie Loco Going to Lake Shore Museum

March 27, 2017

The Lake Shore Railway Museum has acknowledged that it will be receiving a locomotive painted at a CSX shop in the Chessie System colors.

Former Chesapeake & Ohio No. 8272 received the treatment in Huntington, West Virginia, so that is now resembles the appearance it had when the B30-7 was delivered by GE Transportation  in 1980

The Lake Shore museum in North East, Pennsylvania, specializes in collecting retired locomotives that were built at the nearby GE assembly plant in Erie.

No. 8272 will be the eighth locomotive to join that collection.

In a news release, the Lake Shore Railway Historical Society, which operates the museum, said  the locomotive is being donated by CSX to the museum. It was retired by CSX in 2009 as No. 5554.

The museum said that GE and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum assisted in the restoration of No. 8272 by contributing historic paint records, logo/lettering information and paint chips.

The museum said that plans to move No. 8272 to the museum are still being worked out.

B&O Museum to Have Railfan Event

September 27, 2016

The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore plans to conduct a Railroad Society Days event on Oct. 1 and 2 that will feature a close look at some of the rail equipment at the museum.

B&O logoAmong the equipment that will be on display are B&O slumbercoach Dreamland, B&O office car John T. Collinson and various first-generation diesel equipment.

There will be a train ride to the museum’s new restoration shop. Admission will be $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $12 for children.

Planned for the event are interactions with tourist railroads, railroad historical societies, model train groups, and other organizations from across the Mid-Atlantic region.

North East, Pa., Museum Gets GE Switcher

July 27, 2016

The Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania, has received a GE 80-ton switcher that was built in 1944 for the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad and also has an Ohio connection.

Lake Shore Railway MuseumThe locomotive was transported to the museum by flat car.

Once owned by a Lordstown steel company, the locomotive was later given to the Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation.

The Youngstown museum traded it to the Pennsylvania museum.

It was the first diesel-electric locomotive owned by G&W and also served as an industrial switcher for the Kinzua Dam project on the Allegheny River near Warren, Pennsylvania.

3 Ohio RR Museums Get Dailey Foundation Grants

February 10, 2016

Three Ohio railroad museums have been awarded railroad heritage grants by the Tom E. Dailey Foundation.

They were among seven grants totaling $16,000 that were awarded in the first quarter of 2016.

Dailey FoundationThe Painesville Railroad Museum will receive $2,500 to restore and remodel its 1893 depot and museum. Built by the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern, the station will receive running water, restrooms and heat.

The grant will also help pay for installing insulation in the roof, a project expected to take three months.

The Massillon Museum will receive $3,000 to develop a rail history exhibit on railroad moniker art.

The grant will be used to fund research for the exhibit. In its application, the 83-year museum noted that moniker art is a little studied and ephemeral art form of creating unique visual signatures, or monikers, on the sides of rail cars.

It has been perpetuated by a group of largely anonymous artists since the late 1800s.

The museum also plans to create an archive of oral histories and research.

The Bradford Railroad Museum was awarded $1,000 to help fund a permanent exhibit and video titled “Railway Y.M.C.A.”

Bradford was home to a 75-room YMCA that served railroaders and travelers in the early 1900s. It provided meals, lectures, entertainment and religious education for railroaders.

The exhibit will include sketches of the YMCA drawn by Columbus Dispatch cartoonist Billy Ireland. The exhibit also will feature illustrations, paintings, photographs, period newspapers, ephemera and artifacts.

The Dailey Foundation also awarded a grant of $7,500 to the Franklin County Historical Society in Columbus and a grant of $5,000 to the Jubilee Museum and Catholic Cultural Center of Columbus.

Those grants were not part of the railroad heritage grant program.

NYC Museum Building to Get Renovations

November 12, 2015

The city of Elkhart, Indiana, is about to embark on a nearly half-million renovation of the site of the National New York Central Museum.

The city owns the museum, which is housed in a freight house built in 1907 by Lake Shore & Michigan Southern. The site is across the tracks from the Amtrak station and adjacent to the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern.

The first phase of renovation work will cost $244,020 and involve repairs to the building’s rafters, trusses, lateral supports improvements and brick work.

Subsequent work will involve repairs to the doors, windows, roof as well as insulation work.

The work is budgeted at $462,220, but could bump up to $500,000 if the museum receives a new entrance.

Funding is coming from a bond issue being used to improve downtown Elkhart. No construction schedule has yet been established.