On Sunday, July 29, 2018, the Stewartstown Railroad, in Stewartstown, PA, held it's second day of trips using their newly-built open air car. This former Pennsylvania Railroad flatcar was donated early in 2017 to the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad, and since then they have worked on it to restore and build this open-air car onto the flatcar. It's now available for use on the railroad, and we'll see it in action - as well as in-cab and GoPro footage from on front of the locomotive during parts of the two-mile roundtrip. Enjoy this footage from the Inaugural Open Air Car Weekend at the Stewartstown!
Hopefully this video should answer a question that I get frequently in the "Houses Along The Stewartstown" video - do trains still run here? Watch this video of one of the 2018 New Freedom Specials, courtesy of the Stewartstown Railroad, and see for yourself!
Every year for the past few years, the Rotary Club of Mountain Top, PA has chartered a trip behind Reading & Northern 4-6-2 #425 as a fundraising trip for their organization. The trips depart the R&N's yard in Mountain Top, PA and head towards Jim Thorpe, for a long layover. After the layover, where the engine is turned and serviced, the train makes an impressive dash up the grade back to the aptly named town of Mountain Top. This footage captures the second half of the return trip, as the train makes plenty of noise climbing the hills.
A "stealth" steam-powered photo freight charter was held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the Strasburg Rail Road, in Strasburg, PA. The stars of the show of this private/not-publicly-announced charter were former Norfolk & Western 4-8-0 #475 and former Great Western 2-10-0 #90, pulling a mostly day-long mixed photo freight train along the Strasburg's 4.5 miles of track. About half of the trip (give or take) was run as a double-header, while other parts of the day featured either #90 (while #475 was pulling the day's scheduled passenger trains) or #475 (as #90 was put away for the night) in solo action. Included is footage of a meet at Leaman Place/Paradise, PA between #90 and an Amtrak "Keystone Service" train, as well as shots from early morning, early evening, and everywhere in between. Enjoy this look at Steam from Sunrise to Sunset at Strasburg!