Monday, May 3, 2010

National Train Day

May 8th, 2010 marks the third annual celebration of National Train Day, we celebrate the occasion with some great train pictures from Bob Krone on Railpictures.Net ----- ENJOY and RIDE THE TRAIN !!!

The National Train Day celebration, sponsored by AMTRAK and others, will have large-scale, family-friendly events that provide opportunities to explore interactive, educational exhibits that bring to life the rich narrative of how trains have transformed America and will continue to do so in the future.

Delaware, Lackawanna & Western EMD E8 - Lackawanna cutoff - Blairstown, New Jersey, October, 1960 - PHOEBE SNOW is stopped at the Blairstown station behind Lackawanna's first E8 unit. This engine and 811 had been EMD demonstrators in the DL&W color scheme with the GM shield on the nose.

Lehigh Valley - Alco PA-1 - Bethlehem Union Station - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, October, 1960 - Lehigh Valley PA-1 units have been pressed into freight service after the demise of most of the railroad's passenger service. The Lehigh Valley discontinued all passenger trains early the following year.

Reading Company EMD F7 - Klapperthal Curve - Reading, Pennsylvania, September 03, 1960 - A Reading F7 leads an A-B-B-A set with a westbound train of hopper cars and ore jennies just before T-1 2124 showed up with the Iron Horse Ramble. This was during a trainmens' strike on the Pennsy and the Reading seemed especially busy.

Pennsylvania Railroad GG-1 - Elizabeth station - Elizabeth, New Jersey, August, 1960 - The "Midday Congressional" behind GG1 4884 rushes west as a New York bound multiple unit train sits at Elizabeth.

Central Railroad of New Jersey - Baldwin DR 4-4-1500 - Delaware River bridge - Easton, Pennsylvania, April 29, 1960 - Baldwin " Babyface " units in A-B-B formation head a westbound Jersey Central over the bridge between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


Major Pepperidge said...

The train in the next-to-last photo has a certain clunky charm; not as first one, but still appealing!

Major Pepperidge said...

Oops, I meant to say "not as nice as the first one"!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

The Pennsylvania RR hired Raymond Loewy to enhance the GG1's aesthetics.

Lord K said...

Streamlined electric rules!

Debbie V. said...

I came across a video of a 1926 steam train (Santa Fe) coming through Orange County on May 2 - it was very "stirring" to me. I can see why you find trains so interesting.