Posts Tagged ‘steam locomotives’

Steam Saturday: NKP 767 in the Valley

July 1, 2022

We are at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Steam in the Valley event of 2016.  Here are a couple of photos of Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 on Sept. 24. For that year the locomotive ran with roster number 767.

In the top image the 767 is at Boston Mill before performing a southbound runby. The bottom image was made in Peninsula and the 767 is being towed north past the regular CVSR excursion train.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

UP Big Boy to Visit Denver This Month

July 1, 2022

Union Pacific’s Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 may not be going on tour this year, but it will operate between Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Denver in late July.

As part of that event, the 4-8-8-4 will lead a public excursion back to Cheyenne where it is based.

The locomotive will travel from Cheyenne to Denver on July 28 and be on display in the mile high city on July 29.

The July 30 2022 Museum Special will benefit the Union Pacific Museum. Tickets will go on sale on July 1 for museum members and then to the public on July 5. They can be purchased at

UP had earlier announced a tour for the 4014 that would have taken it to the Pacific Northwest and California, but it was cancelled, the railroad said, due to persistent traffic congestion on its network.

Group Meets Funding Goal for New Firebox

June 29, 2022

A group working to raise money for restoration of a former Pennsylvania Railroad K4s steam locomotive  said it has exceeded its goal.

Trains magazine reported on its website that the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society has raised more than $100,000 to be used to construct a new firebox for ex-PRR 4-6-2 No. 1361, which is owned by the Railroaders Memorial Museum and for years was on static display at Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania after being retired in 1956.

The 1361 is one of just two of the 425 K4s class locomotives built that still survives.

The other survivor is the 3750, which is in the collection of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg.

The Altoona museum restored the 1361 to operating condition in the late 1980s but it has not operated since 1988.

The fundraising efforts by the PRRT&HS are part of a larger campaign by the Altoona museum to raise $2.6 million to bring the 1361 back to operating condition.

The story can be read at

Steam Saturday: Doubleheading on Conrail’s Pittsburgh Line Near Horseshoe Curve

June 25, 2022

An unidentified photographer made this image of a steam doubleheader featuring former Reading 4-8-4 No. 2102 and former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070 pulling a train near Horseshoe Curve in May 1977. To be specific, the location is Milepost 328.5 on Conrail’s Pittsburgh Line. The 2102 is running in Pennsylvania again this summer on the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern. Restoration of the 4070 to operating condition continues to face a long, hard slog.

Collection of Robert Farkas

EBT No. 16 Fired Up This Week

June 25, 2022

Pennsylvania narrow gauge tourist railroad East Broad Top fired up one of its steam locomotives this past week.

On Wednesday 2-8-2 No. 16 was placed on the roundhouse turntable and operated in steam for the first time since 1956.

However, much work remains to be done before the 16, which never pulled any trains during the first tourist train era on the EBT, is ready to move under its own power.

On the “to do” list is installation of the superheater, throttle, cab and a new boiler jacket.

Additional work remains to be done on the locomotive’s tender as well.

For more about the firing up of EBT No. 16 visit

Photo Charter Set for J&L No. 58 in Youngstown

June 15, 2022

The Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum is conducting a photo charter on July 23 feature a narrow gauge saddle tank steam locomotive.

The event will be held at the museum at 2261 Hubbard Road in Youngstown between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $120 per person plus a $3 service fee.

Participants will be able to capture multiple photo runbys and staged scenes with J&L No. 58 and other steel mill equipment in the museum’s collection.

The locomotive will pull a short train around the museum grounds until sunset. After dark, No. 58 will be posed under lights in several locations.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the museum.

To order tickets visit

Steam Saturday: Glorious Fall Day in the Valley

June 11, 2022

The wayback machine has taken us back to Oct. 17, 1981, on the Cuyahoga Valley Line in Brecksville. On this glorious autumn day we witness former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4020 pulling a southbound train beneath the Ohio Route 82 bridge along the Cuyahoga River.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Website Set up for NKP 765 Excursions

June 8, 2022

A website has been established to sell tickets and provide information about the Indiana Rail Experience excursions set for this year to be pulled by Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765.

The Lima-built Berkshire type locomotive will pull a series of excursions in July, August and September that will run in Indiana, with some trips also operating in Ohio and Michigan.

The first of those excursions will be the Indiana Ice Cream Train on July 8 and 9 departing from Angola, Indiana, for 45-minute train rides. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-16).

On those same dates the 765 will pull an adults-only Wine, Whiskey and Spirits train from Angola during the evening.

Tickets are $99 per person for wine and whiskey class seating and $90 per person for beer class seating. That includes two complimentary beverages per passenger, hors d’oeuvres and a dessert.

The longest trips will be the Tri-State Scenic Excursions on Aug. 27 and 28 that will operate between Edon, Ohio, and Hillsdale, Michigan.

Tickets are $79 (open widow coach), $99 (open air car), $139 (deluxe coach), $149 (diner lounge seating), and $249 (first class).

Also available are suites ranging from $499 to $529. An entire car can be chartered for $4,500 and has been dubbed executive class. The car is a restored open platform car.

The American History Train will operate from Angola Sept. 23-25. All tickets for those trips will cost $29 per person.

The site can be reached at

EBT 2-8-2 No. 16 Getting Closer to Running

June 1, 2022

No operating date has yet been set but East Broad Top 2-8-2 No. 16 is nearing completion of its restoration, Trains magazine reported on its website.

The Baldwin-built Mikado type locomotive is one of six on the roster of the historic Pennsylvania narrow gauge railroad.

An EBT official told Trains that work on the boiler is complete and the locomotive successfully passes a Federal Railroad Administration hydrostatic test.

EBT master mechanic Dave Domitrovitch told Trains the next steps include timing the engine and finishing the air-brake work.

That will be followed by reinstalling the locomotive cab and painting the firebox with heat-resistant stove paint.

The tender for No. 16 has been painted with a flat-black base coat but still needs a finish coat and orange “E.B.T.” lettering to be applied.

EBT began its 2022 operating season on May 6 with diesel motive power pulling trains on Wednesday through Sunday.

The story and photographs can be viewed at

Hundreds Welcomed Return of R&N 2102

June 1, 2022

A sold-out train and hundreds of trackside photographers greeted the return of Reading & Northern’s T-1 No. 2102 last weekend.

Railfan and Railroad reported on its website that photographers stood several deep at such popular spots as West Leesport, New Ringgold and Tamaqua in eastern Pennsylvania.

The 4-8-4 pulled the 19-car train without diesel assistance. The 2102 was making its first tourist train outing since the completion of a six-year restoration project.

The R&R report said the T-1 slipped several times at East Mahony on wet rails and steep grades on a cloudy and rainy day but quickly regained its footing.

Billed as a return of the fabled Iron Horse Rambles, excursions pulled by the 2102 also are planned for July 2, Aug. 13, Sept. 3, and Oct. 1, 8 and 29.

The Iron Horse Rambles moniker is a nod to a series of steam excursions of the 1960s hosted by the former Reading Lines. Those trips last ran in 1964.

The article with photographs can be viewed at