Throughout the United States, Memorial Day weekend is typically one of the first times of the year that tourist railroads will bring out their steam locomotives to run for the holiday weekend. The Black River & Western Railroad, in Hunterdon County, NJ is no exception. On Sunday, May 26, 2019, the railroad trotted out it's 2-8-0 once again to run between the shops and station in Ringoes and the station in Flemington, NJ. Also added on this date for the ALCO locomotive is a short trip over the Alexauken Division to Bowne Station (and just beyond), as the Black River Railroad Historical Trust continues restoration of the line to Lambertville, NJ.
Enjoy views of the crew setting up and switching with the locomotive in the morning in Ringoes, and then trackside views throughout the day!
For the first time in many, many years, a pair of Norfolk & Western steam locomotives were fired up and breathing side-by-side - in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, of all places. A joint event held by the Strasburg Rail Road and the Virginia Museum of Transportation brought together Strasburg's M-class 4-8-0, #475 and the VMT's J-class 4-8-4, #611, for a nearly month-long set of celebrations, excursions, and on the weekend of October 5 and 6, a series of photo charters. Operated by the world class folks at Lerro Photography, the Saturday sessions featured #611 and #475 in their respective liveries. The Sunday sessions, however, featured not #475, but 4-8-0 #382, the "Virginia Creeper" (really #475 with some cosmetic alterations). While the sun was out in force for the Saturday afternoon session, the clouds rolled in on Sunday for the morning session. Regardless, a pair of fantastic photo charters were held - so please enjoy this look at the "Norfolk & Western Steam Reunion: The Photo Charters"!
For the Fourth of July weekend in 2019, the Wilmington & Western Railroad trotted out their 0-6-0 steam locomotive, #58, for a series of Mt. Cuba Meteor trips as well as a fireworks train on the evening of the Fourth itself. On this particular day, the Baldwin-built locomotive pulled a pair of Mt. Cuba Meteor trips along the Red Clay Creek.
Adding on top of the existing heat provided by both the locomotive and the July air, a passing shower provided an extremely high amount of humidity in the air - making just about every movement turn into a hot and sweaty mess.
Nonetheless, a great time was had both onboard and trackside - enjoy this look at A Muggy Day on the Wilmington & Western!
On Sunday, July 21, 2019, one of the hottest days of the summer, Big Jim Video Productions made a quick visit to the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association - owners and operators of the (currently) only operating Pennsylvania Railroad steam locomotive. In action today was PRR class B4a 0-6-0 #643, operating on about a mile of track around the Association's complex in Williams Grove, PA - less than 15 miles from the state capitol of Harrisburg. Not only can you ride the train, but you can also purchase an extremely affordable cab ride as well! The railroad operates on select days throughout the summer, visit their Facebook page for the latest updates - and enjoy!