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Published on Feb 13, 2011
In August 1994, I embarked on a railfanning trip that covered several locations in Pennsylvania. Part 1 of the trip was two days at Horseshoe Curve and Gallitzin on August 4-5, clips of which I uploaded here a few years ago. Part 2, a visit to Steamtown on August 6, has never been uploaded - until now, that is.
This was actually the second of two visits I have made to Steamtown. The first was very early in its existence in Scranton, and not much had been done to the site. By the time I returned for the visit seen here, the walkway for access from the nearby shopping mall had been completed, but the new boarding area for the excursions and the roundhouse display area were still under construction. Also in the time between visits, the site had snapped out of their 'slap-new-paint-on-everything-and-call-it-Lackawanna' phase, so the running engines had been repainted into more historically accurate livery.
Three engines were running this day - short rides were available behind Baldwin 0-6-0 switcher 26, paired with a single coach lettered for Jersey Central, while Canadian National S-1-b 2-8-2 3254 and Canadian Pacific G-3-c 4-6-2 2317 handled the longer excursions. My first target was Baldwin 26 and its coach, puttering back and forth on one of the yard tracks. The 26 was built in 1929 and served for some time as a shop switcher at Baldwin's plant in Eddystone, PA, before going to Jackson Iron & Steel in Jackson, Ohio as its #3. Finally, it changed hands to a private owner and the Mad River & NKP Museum before it wound up in the Steamtown collection. More information on 26 and the other locomotives can be found at the Steamtown website, www.nps.gov/stea.