October, and a lot of the tourist railroads are offering
fall foliage rides for anyone wanting to see the leaves.
Some of the railroads that are an easy drive from the
Pittsburgh area are the Cass railroad in Cass, WV, the
Potomac Eagle in Romney, WV, and the Durbin &
Greenbrier Valley R.R. in Elkins, WV . There are four
different trains to chose from: the Cheat Mountain
Salamander, New Tygart Flyer, Durbin Rocket (steam) and
the Mountain Explorer.
haven’t ridden the New River Train Excursions thru the
gorge, a 300 mile long round trip excursion out of
Huntington, WV. The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad out
of Cumberland, Maryland, is one of my favorites. We'll
have to plan a trip to see the massive articulated steam
locomotive, the Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2, Number 1309
scheduled for operation by 2016. In Ohio the Cuyahoga
Scenic Railroad that runs through The Cuyahoga Valley
National Park is one of the longest and oldest tourist
excursion railways in the U.S. You can also ride the
Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad in Titusville, Pa, and
the Kiski Junction Railroad in Schenley, Pa. I know that
there are more trains out there you can ride but I think
this is a good start for the fall.
September meeting was a bus trip out to Lancaster to see
“Moses”, the Railroad Museum of Pa, and a ride on the
Strasburg Railroad. This was an action packed trip that
started at the Carnegie United Methodist Church with the
bus picking us up and departing at
8AM Friday, September
12. On our ride out to Lancaster we had a 50/50 to give
some lucky person some extra spending money to use on
their trip. Congratulations to Sandra Robbins of the
Carnegie United Methodist Church, the lucky winner of
$72. The balance of the money from the 50/50 was used to
buy souvenirs and gifts of our trip, and they were given
away as door prizes on the bus trip home.
first stop was at Sidling Hill for a rest stop and then
on to the Kitchen Kettle Village for shopping & lunch.
Before you knew it we were off to Country Inn of
Lancaster to freshen-up and get ready for dinner at the
Hometown Kitchen for a family style meal. The food was
great. The beef pot roast was out of this world. We
also had turkey, filling and gravy, mashed potatoes,
buttered noodles, peas and carrots, homemade rolls,
tossed salad, and choice of dessert and beverage. After
getting our stomach full, we went to the Sight & Sound
Millennium Theatre to see the play “Moses”. The play was
fantastic, very moving. I highly recommend going and
seeing this play. At the end of the first day of the
trip I don’t think anyone was looking for anything but
their bed that night.
second day started with a continental breakfast at the
7:30 AM. The breakfast
included assorted bagels, donuts, toast, apple, coffee
cake, hot & cold cereals, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit,
yogurt, juices, milk, coffee, and tea.
breakfast it was off to the Railroad Museum of
Pennsylvania. I’ve been to the museum many times and
every time I go I learn something new. This time I got
an up close look at the engine used as a prototype for
LGB's new engine OLOMANA that just came out this
August. If you take the time looking around the museum
and the Strasburg Railroad you can see the prototypes of
a lot of the engines and cars that we have running on
our garden railroads.
the railroad museum it was across the highway to ride
the Strasburg Railroad to Paradise, Pa, and back. We
enjoyed a ride in the two first class parlor cars, and
had cheese & crackers, grapes, pretzels, potato chips,
and drinks. I didn’t care for the beer, it was too
bitter for me.
the train ride we had some time for shopping at the
railroad store and gift shop before starting the bus
Strasburg Railroad is American's oldest short line,
founded in 1832, during the first term of President
Andrew Jackson; it literally grew with America. Like
most short lines, the trolley car, improved highways,
the trucks, the loss of freight business, dwindling
revenues and mounting cost, left the owners with little
alternative but to petition for abandonment in 1957.
back in 1958 one man was determined to try and save the
short line, Henry K. Long a Pennsylvania industrialist
and railroad enthusiast of nearby Lancaster. His
idea was to organize a group of interested individuals
to invest in buying a share in the railroad.
Each investor in the railroad got to be a vice president
of a working rail road, and the right to work on it.
Each investor was required to volunteer so many hours of
work per year. The group goal was to preserve the
Strasburg railroad first as a hobby, and secondary as a
tourist railroad. If they failed, and couldn’t get
the line on a paying basis in five years they still
could get some of their investment money back by selling
it as scrap. The rest of the story of the Strasburg
railroad is history. Not only did Henry Long's
idea work and the group of investor got the railroad
back on a paying basis, it is one of the most successful
tourist railroad in the country. I know some of our club
member remember Mr. Charles of A.B. Charles Hobby Shop
in Mt. Lebanon. He was one of the investors who
had gambled on Long idea. He was the first person
who told me about the Strasburg railroad. My first trip
out to the railroad was back in 1968. Looking back
at old photos it is hard to believe all the changes over
the years. All of us who enjoy seeing and riding on the
Strasburg railroad owe Mr. Long and his group of
investors a big thanks for saving this little railroad
for all to enjoy.
Strasburg railroad has also gone Hollywood as a way to
generate revenues. The first movie that the railroad
equipment stared in was the newly restored car Willow
Brook was used by MGM in the motion picture “Raintree
County". Later they were asked if they could build
an open car to be used in the movie “Hello Dolly”? This
was the car Barbara Streisand rode in to New York in the
movie, they also repainted somr of their cars yellow to
make up the balance of the train. The biggest request
the Strasburg railroad got from Hollywood was to
transform an H.K. Porter saddle tank engine into the
famed Thomas the Tank engine, and now the newest
addition of Percy. (Please look that the photo from the
attendance for the trip were Gene & Caryll Linck,
Alycefaye Stewart and her daughter Susan Bayne, Donald &
Debra Goodwin, Clark Kemmerer, Alice Angelo, Jim & Carol
Schwarz, and Keith Baggus. Big thanks you to all our
members from the club and from the church that helped
make our trip to Lancaster so successful.
next meeting will be hosted by John & Tina Weimer and is
Saturday, October 11, 1PM
to??? It will be a fun meeting. On the agenda is a
wine & cheese tasting. John and Tina are asking everyone
to bring a bottle of their favorite wine and cheese for
the meeting. Alycefaye Stewart will be giving a talk
and demonstration the using a 3D pen. And just enjoy
watching the trains run and the company of each other.
Magri just heard from the Greenburg train people
September 25, and she is faxing our application today to
avoid any delay. All I can say is keep your fingers
crossed and hope we get the approval. I would like to
thank Jackie for all her hard work trying to get
approval for us to do the November Greenburg train show.
I will let everyone know as soon as we hear one way or
don’t forget about our Wanted/ for Sale column. Club
members can advertise items for free in the newsletter.
Just send the information on any items to Dave Bodnar
firstname.lastname@example.org at least a few days before the
end of the month to be included in the next newsletter.
If you have a good recipe that we can use in the
“Dinning Car‘ column I’m always looking for something to
put in the newsletter, and if you have some little trick
or tricks you use in your garden, and have been
successful with, and would like to share with the group
that would be great too.