"Official" STEAMTOWN Thread

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Re: Official STEAMTOWN Thread 2010/2011

Postby loekie » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:18 pm

I am thinking about visiting Steamtown around the holidays this year. I've looked around the internet and cannot confirm if the yard area is open to the public; I am interested in seeing the LIRR Rotary and snapping some photos up close.

I am thinking that the yard area is probably not open to the public to just walk around but perhaps someone can confirm if the rotary can be viewed from any of the public spaces.

Thanks in advance for any info!
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Re: Official STEAMTOWN Thread 2010/2011

Postby Ken W2KB » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:24 pm

While it has been a couple of years since I have last visited, I was never challenged when walking in the yard area, and I don't recall any signs indicating that it is prohibited. Entering the shops unescorted is prohibited as I recall. Someone else may be able to provide more specific info. Take a look at: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Steamtown ... n,+PA&z=21 which has good resolution on zooms to help plan your visit. A quick call to the museum staff might be in order.
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Re: Official STEAMTOWN Thread 2010/2011

Postby toolmaker » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:23 am

I just finished reading a great article in Trains about The Age of Steam, Inside America's Newest Roundhouse, Trains magazine, Feb-2013. Private money and management has out done Steamtown in much less time. I am very disappointed in how the money is used to keep 1 steam locomotive running. If it wasn't for the volunteers the place would be a ghost town. I see more local excitement following the DL operations on Yahoo.

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Re: Official STEAMTOWN Thread 2010/2011

Postby ricebrianrice » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:26 am

Does anyone have an update on Baldwin #26
Earlier this summer there was talk about it being steamed up late summer

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Re: Official STEAMTOWN Thread 2010/2011

Postby lexon » Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:44 pm

No idea if anyone comes here anymore.
I was at Steamtown a few days ago. Major restoration going on. No steam running. TT being rebuilt. They are getting ready for Steamfest 2014 sometime in July.

Google steamtown for more info.

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Re: Official STEAMTOWN Thread 2010/2011

Postby tellu_whut » Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:17 pm

Steamtown's RailFest for 2014 is August 30 and 31. Minor repairs to the turntable have become major engineering issues. The pedestal of the table is either bent or cracked, and is being replaced. The concrete is beginning to fail, and contractors are cutting through it to find where it is still in good condition. This work may be finished by the fall. With no turntable, the focus of RailFest location is shifting to the railroad yard for this season.
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Re: Official STEAMTOWN Thread 2010/2011

Postby RiverMP21 » Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:15 pm

If you are planning on being in Scranton for Railfest this year, the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society will be hosting a Dinner on the Diner Event on Saturday, August 30, 2014 onboard DL&W "Phoebe Snow" Diner 469. Featuring food from City Cafe of Scranton, enjoy a delicious meal in the unique setting of a 1949-vintage Budd dining car. Proceeds from the dinner will go towards the continued restoration and operation of the car.

For more information, visit the ELDCPS website at http://www.eldcps.org/pages/events.html
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Re: Official STEAMTOWN Thread 2010/2011

Postby tellu_whut » Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:04 pm

Regardless of how this thread began, with tales of doom, and accusations of larceny, Steamtown is still plugging away, and the park has made it through another operating season. From April 18 through this coming Saturday, F3 664 has led almost every Scranton Limited and Nay Aug Gorge Limited train on weekends, and every single day in July and August. The only times another locomotive ran this train was during RailFest, when CNJ RS3 1554 led the way. This is an old thread, so a lot of newly restored locomotives have come on line, and Scranton is a very interesting rail preservation hub.
Each of the excursions this year had a Delaware-Lackawanna ALCO on the point, so it was a chaser's paradise. Nearly every destination had a different mix of power.
For RailFest, the D-L took the EMC switcher off display, and in a few weeks had her up and running for the first time since 2001 or so. She led the Caboose Experience trains during the RailFest. RailFest also saw a gathering of track vehicles as the Mid Atlantic Motor Car club brought about a dozen powered vehicles, and you could ride all day if you so chose. Two musical stages in the park and steam engines including a calliope operated off air power for both days of the fest.
Shop machinery ran for anyone who requested it. All you had to do was ask and wait for one machine to shut down before another was started up.
Baldwin 26 was open for inspection. Many people jumped at the chance to get in the cab.
The big steam star for the year was Nickel Plate Road 765, visiting as part of the Norfolk Southern 21st Century steam program. She made two runs over the Pocono Mountain line of the DL&W, one time going to Delaware Water Gap, and another to East Stroudsburg. She spent about 2 weeks in Scranton.
Very popular Santa trains were run to Moscow in conjunction with the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society's cars, D-L locos and the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society.
The year ended up with Baldwin 26 finally under real steam on December 10. Everything is falling into place to get the park back where it belongs. Live steam on most days in the railroad yard, and eventually steam on the mainline.
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Re: Official STEAMTOWN Thread 2010/2011

Postby highgreen215 » Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:19 am

With a little luck B&M 3713 MAY be running before I die.
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