Archive for April, 2010

Harrisburg Web Page

April 25, 2010

The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society meets in Camp Hill, across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg, next weekend. Todd Sestero has done a great service for visitors and future railfans, a comprehensive guide to rail fanning in the Harrisburg area. It contains a wealth of maps, directions and photographs. Since I grew up hard by the Enola Yard and spent many happy hours at the station in Harrisburg watching Pennsylvania Railroad passenger trains, this is a resource I’m happy to pass along. Thanks to Todd for permission to use these pictures. These three pictures are, in descending order, the south elevation of the station, Harris Tower (restored) and AMTRAK action at Harrisburg. See the rest here.

K4 1361

April 21, 2010

There is controversy and confusion about efforts to restore this famous PRR locomotive. It had a short return to steam in the 1980s but its boiler went cold again after a breakdown in 1988. Unsuccessful efforts to restore it to running condition started in 1996. Various predictions about success and failure have swirled around the railroad community ever since. I don’t know if this is definitive, but here’s an optimistic report from yesterday’s Altoona Mirror.

“Tubular” Coaches on the PRR

April 16, 2010

Pennsy fans may remember the tubular train running on the corridor as “The Keystone.” These cars, built by Budd, were designed with a low center of gravity. As you can see in the picture, the cars conformed to traditional height above the rail at both ends but the center section was a bit above the tops of the rails, making for a noisy ride according to a blog post. There is also a claim that the design was to try to increase track speed. I vaguely knew that the train set had been sold and was somewhere in the Midwest for a time. Well, two coaches have appeared on CN train 382 at Burlington, Ontario, bound for a new home at Canac, St. Laurent, Quebec. I never rode these cars but remember seeing them on the corridor. The image here was captured by Rob Eull who graciously gave our blog permission to post this. You can see more of Rob’s excellent rail photography here.

Pennsy Keystone Coaches

Look at how Budd’s stainless steel and construction methods have kept these coaches in great shape despite their years.