Posts Tagged ‘Scranton Pennsylvania’

Steamtown’s Big Boy Goes on Static Display

May 6, 2021

A Union Pacific Big Boy locomotive has returned to static display following a two-year cosmetic restoration at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The museum is home to 4-8-8-4 No. 4012 and has located it near the park entrance.

The display site highlights the engine’s articulation because it is on a section of curved track.

No. 4012 is one of 25 Big Boys built UP between 1941 and 1944 and used primarily in Wyoming and Utah.

Eight Big Boys has survived and are at museums throughout the Southwest, Midwest, and West. No. 4014 was restored by UP to operating condition in 2019.

The restoration of No. 4012 included replacement of rusted parts, remediation of hazardous materials, and repainting the locomotive to UP specifications.

There is a timer-controlled illumination of the headlight, numberboards, and marker lights.

In conjunction with National Train Day on May 8 Steamtown plans to display Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 759, Grand Trunk Western 4-8-2 No. 6039, and Groveton Paper Works 2-4-2T No. 7.

Steam Saturday: A Hudson on the ex-New York Central

February 6, 2021

During Steamtown’s Grand Opening celebration in July 1995 I photographed Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 No. 2816, which had been part of the Steamtown collection since the 1960s.

Years earlier I had seen CP Royal Hudson’s 2839 and 2860. I always regretted never having a chance to see the famous New York Central Hudsons.

If I did see any I would have been 1 or 2 years old, and obviously would not remember.

However, in September 1998, the Canadian Pacific purchased the 2816 from Steamtown in order to restore it to operation by a team headed by Doyle McCormack.

In May 2004 the restored 2816 pulled the railroad’s Trans Canadian Steam Express across Canada from Vancouver to Montreal.

On its return west on June 13, 2004, the train crossed into the United States at Buffalo, New York, for a routing on CSX to Chicago.

This meant that from Buffalo to Greenwich this was the former New York Central home to its famous Hudsons.

In the top photo above and the first one below, No. 2816 is on stactic dislay at Steamtown in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1995.

The third photo was made as the train cruised westbound at Westfield, New York

The next three images were made during  a service stop at Conneaut.

Word was the service stop was initially scheduled for Ashtabula, but Doyle McCormack, a Conneaut native, was running the locomotive and must have made some suggestion to change the service stop to Conneaut which happened to be his boyhood hometown.

Next up the train is at Schaaf Road in Cleveland on the former Big Four following by an image made in Grafton.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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.

Steamtown Sets Summer, Fall Excursions

July 21, 2017

Steamtown National Historic Site has announced its slate of summer and autumn excursions, the first of which will run on July 22.

Among the destinations are the Pennsylvania cities of Moscow, Tobyhanna, Gouldsboro, Cresco, East Stroudsburg, and Delaware Water Gap Township.

The calendar also included Railfest 2017 on Sept. 2 and 3 with train rides to Moscow on both days.

All excursions include light snacks and refreshments and some excursions will feature local music and entertainment options.

The park will continue to offer shorter Scranton Limited  train rides that operate daily except Sunday.

Those depart four times a day from the museum’s main area for a trip through the rail yards of the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad in Scranton.

Shorter excursions are typically pulled by Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0 No. 26, while longer excursions are assigned Delaware, Lackawanna & Western cab units.

The entrance fee to Steamtown is $7 for adults. Children ages 15 and under when accompanied by an adult receive free admission.

Railroading as it Once Was: Erie Lackawanna Winter View in Scranton Felt Like a Railroad

January 5, 2017
el-units-in-pennsylvania
Even on a dull day a fresh-painted Erie Lackawanna unit stood out. This is Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the winter of 1975. Typical of a locomotive service area back then, oil and sand were all over. White snow didn’t stay white very long. Goodies abound with not only the shiny Geep but other GP-7s, an Alco C-425, and transfer caboose T-14. Places like this just reeked railroad with the sights, sounds, and smells of an everyday working railroad. I feel blessed to have been able to visit places like this on the EL back then, to experience the “real deal.”

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

Steamtown Plans Holiday Trains

October 6, 2016

Holiday trains will be operated by Steamtown National Historic Site and the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railroad Historical Society.

Park serviceThe diesel-powered trains will run Nov. 25 through the 27 from Scranton to Moscow, Pennsylvania.

There will be five round-trip excursions named the Holiday Express. All trips will feature a visit from Santa Claus and other holiday-themed festivities.

Tickets will go on Oct. 11 at 9 a.m.

Railroading as it Once Was: EL and PC Soulmates

September 28, 2016

EL geep and PC unit

Here is another one from an October 1976 visit that I made to Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Erie Lackawanna units are no strangers to this former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western shop, but that Penn Central (ex New York Central) GP35 is there courtesy of the Conrail merger a few months earlier. Those non-dynamic braking GP7s looked sharp in the Erie Lackawanna colors with those silver spark arrestors topping it off.

Photograph by Roger Durfee

Railroading as it Once Was: Waiting in the Weeds in Scranton to be Rescued, Sold or Scrapped

September 16, 2016

EL 7091

An October 1976 trip to Scranton, Pennsylvania, yielded this photo of some stored former Erie Lackawanna F units.

Although the new Conrail was only a few months old, many former EL units had already been renumbered.

Unused junkers tucked away on some weed-infested siding didn’t rate the attention active units did, so here they sat still “untouched.”

Some of these units would get put back into service and renumbered into the Conrail system, but from what I can see the 7091 got shipped off to Altoona in ‘77 and never ran again.

She more than likely went to the scrapper proudly carrying the EL diamond on her nose.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

Where ex-EL 2461 is Today

September 3, 2016

DL 2461

The article you posted of the image made by Roger Durfee showing Erie Lackawanna No. 2461 at Binghamton, New York, in 1975, was interesting.  I thought you might like to see the engine now for comparison. Here is the same the Alco C425 locomotive, now Delaware-Lackawanna No. 2461, 40 years later on Dec. 26, 2014, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, 56 miles from where Roger’s picture was taken.

Photograph by Jack Norris

Steamtown to Kick Off 2015 With Free Weekend

March 22, 2015

Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pa., will open its 2015 season with free admission on April 18 and 19.The Scranton Limited train rides will begin on April 18, with departures on Thursdays through Saturdays at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m..

On Sundays, the trains will travel a short distance further to the Nay Aug Gorge and become the Nay Aug Limited.

The Scranton Limited features a three-mile, 30-minute round trip through the rail yards, crosses the Lackawanna River and passes the historic Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel before stopping near the University of Scranton to begin its return to the roundhouse boarding area. Tickets cost $5.

On April 25, the museum will kick off its excursion season with a trip to help mark the Scranton Tomorrow celebration, a year-long effort to note the city’s sesquicentennial.

The train will run from Scranton to Dickson City. There also will be trips to Carbondale, Moscow, Tobyhanna, Tunkhannock Viaduct, Gouldsboro, Cresco, East Stoudsburg and the Delaware Water Gap through October.

The entrance fee to the grounds at Steamtown is $7 for adults (age 16 and older). Children ages 15 and younger who are accompanied by an adult are admitted to the park at no cost. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/stea.