It is currently Sat Aug 13, 2022 11:27 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 13 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: What are the coolest excursions to happen in Preservation?
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2022 4:28 pm 

Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2014 3:15 pm
Posts: 552
I’ve been on a retro kick recently. For a while I’ve owned a few pentrex DVD’s showing some truly amazing footage, and it’s been a while since I’ve seen them all: from Canada’s Steam Expo 86, to Frisco 1522’s last run, to UP 3985 running as Clinchfield 676, and even the triple header between Northern Pacific 328, Soo Line 2719 and Soo Line 1003.

Perhaps the coolest one I watched was in this disc called “Santa Fe 3751, Route of the Chiefs”, about an hour and 30 minutes of showing Santa Fe 3751’s epic journey from Los Angeles to Chicago and return in 1992. Questions about why 3751 only stayed in Chicago for 1 night aside, it was truly fantastic to see the world’s oldest surviving northern make the trek of nearly 5,000 round trip miles. Especially when it was wearing its superb 5 chime whistle, and hauling a matching fleet of Santa Fe stainless cars behind it.

So I come to ask you another question. What was your favorite excursion? Can be for any reason, no matter how short or long, how recent or distant in the past, or how ambitious or simple. What’s your favorite?


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What are the coolest excursions to happen in Preservatio
PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2022 12:13 am 

Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:47 pm
Posts: 1134
Location: Philadelphia, PA
I'd say the trip to East Strasburg behind RDG FP7's 902 and 903 with a SEPTA Bombardier consist. As far as I know it's the only excursion to come onto the SRC from outside.

Phil Mulligan


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What are the coolest excursions to happen in Preservatio
PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2022 9:25 am 

Joined: Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:52 am
Posts: 2214
Location: Strasburg, PA
EJ Berry wrote:
As far as I know it's the only excursion to come onto the SRC from outside.
There used to be annual chartered trips to Strasburg and back, run by someone (Washington DC NRHS chapter?). But they changed trains from Amtrak to SRC at Leaman Place.

My vote regarding the original question would be the #844 trip over Tennessee Pass circa 1996. Talk about rare mileage.

_________________
How many Americans have to die before we as a society decide to do something about falling pianos?


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What are the coolest excursions to happen in Preservatio
PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2022 2:51 pm 

Joined: Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:47 pm
Posts: 151
Location: Arizona
Kelly Anderson wrote:
EJ Berry wrote:
As far as I know it's the only excursion to come onto the SRC from outside.
There used to be annual chartered trips to Strasburg and back, run by someone (Washington DC NRHS chapter?). But they changed trains from Amtrak to SRC at Leaman Place.

My vote regarding the original question would be the #844 trip over Tennessee Pass circa 1996. Talk about rare mileage.



The trips from Strasburg (to Harrisburg?) on the mainline behind the 1223 and 7002 would be way up on the list.....


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What are the coolest excursions to happen in Preservatio
PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2022 9:52 am 

Joined: Sun Aug 22, 2004 7:25 pm
Posts: 2216
AFT/SP 4449 from Charlottesville, VA to Alexandria in 1976.

Wesley


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What are the coolest excursions to happen in Preservatio
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2022 4:26 pm 

Joined: Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:17 pm
Posts: 48
Either the 2102 from reading to philly Reading terminal (which I barely recall), or the RDC trip around the three lines from impossible challenge.


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What are the coolest excursions to happen in Preservatio
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2022 11:02 pm 

Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:47 pm
Posts: 1134
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Kelly's trips were from Washington sponsored by the DC NHRS. Trains ran with (usually) GG1 4935, power car and Amfleet. Routing was Port Road, York Haven Line and CV Bridge to Harrisburg, PRR Main to Leaman Place where pax changed trains and AmTrain backed to Lancaster, then return to Leaman Place and reboard AmTrain back to Wash via "ZOO" and Phila. DS had the option of routing train over the "High Line" if the crew were qualified and the DS could justify it (congestion at 30th St.?)

Strasburg trains using the steel cars they had for a while could run beyond Leaman Place and had 7002 and 1223 doubleheading. They ran to multiple destinations including Phila.

SEPTA train was a Phila NHRS production with a SEPTA crew and was unique in that the FP7's, SEPTA HEP diesel and "Bomber" (Bombardier) commuter cars ran through from 30th St. Upper Level all the way to East Strasburg. SEPTA train had to go back to Groff's Siding so SRC engine could run around its train. Then back to East Strasburg to reboard for Phila. FP7's pulled Westward and both ways on SRC; then cab car led back to Phila.

It's interesting to note that RDG FP7's 902-903 and N&W J 611 were all built in 1950.

Phil Mulligan


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What are the coolest excursions to happen in Preservatio
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2022 12:18 pm 

Joined: Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:32 am
Posts: 184
Does anyone know the mechanical status of the Reading FP7s? I know they were operable somewhat recently but are now on display at Steamtown.


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What are the coolest excursions to happen in Preservatio
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2022 6:56 pm 

Joined: Mon Dec 06, 2021 4:36 pm
Posts: 118
rem1028 wrote:
Does anyone know the mechanical status of the Reading FP7s? I know they were operable somewhat recently but are now on display at Steamtown.


This site says they are out of service. No further explanation or reason why listed.

http://www.nrhsphiladelphia.org/fp7


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What are the coolest excursions to happen in Preservatio
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2022 7:06 pm 

Joined: Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:32 am
Posts: 184
Thanks, I wonder if it's anything major.

John


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What are the coolest excursions to happen in Preservatio
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 5:14 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 01, 2004 2:46 pm
Posts: 2521
Location: Pac NW, via North Florida
I'd say 611/1218 at the 1987 Roanoke NRHS convention was nothing short of epic, side-by-side running with 1218 on a loaded coal train pacing 611 with a matched N&W train set (diesels helpers? what diesels? Not on this run, son!)
Click this and then tell me that's not amazing:
https://www.railpictures.net/showimage.php?id=432802&key=6773471

_________________
Lee Bishop


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What are the coolest excursions to happen in Preservatio
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:44 pm 

Joined: Sun Aug 22, 2004 9:05 am
Posts: 112
Lee
The link is not working here.
Al


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: What are the coolest excursions to happen in Preservatio
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 10:11 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 01, 2004 2:46 pm
Posts: 2521
Location: Pac NW, via North Florida
alzubal wrote:
Lee
The link is not working here.
Al
sorry, just Google "1218 611 nrhs Roanoke" and you'll see lots of photos and video.

_________________
Lee Bishop


Offline
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 13 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


 Who is online

Users browsing this forum: timboshart and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to: