For the first time in over 30 years, New Hope Railroad's 2-8-0 #40 left the former New Hope Branch of the Reading Railroad for a series of mainline excursions. In concordance with the town of North Wales, PA celebrating their 150th birthday, SEPTA and the New Hope crew teamed up to bring the first set of steam excursions on this line in over two decades. These four trips were operated in pull-pull fashion between North Wales and Gwynedd Valley, PA. Also seen are the ferry moves passing by the Pennbrook SEPTA station. Enjoy this look at New Hope's #40 for North Wales 150!
There was a surprise in store for any railfans who ventured out to Stewartstown, PA and the Stewartstown Railroad for their 2019 Easter trips. Running on home rails for the first time since 2004 was GE 44-tonner diesel locomotive #10. Friday, April 19, 2019 started her second weekend of trips along the line, and the rides are getting increasingly longer, as you'll see, shopping a bit shy of the Iron Bridge. Soon, those bridge timbers will be replaced on the Iron Bridge, some tie replacement will be done, and very soon, full-sized trains will be travelling over the bridge for the first time in 15 years. For more: http://www.stewartstownfriends.org/friends-of-stewartstown-rr-seeking-to-raise-funds-to-resume-rail-service-over-historic-bridge/
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 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.