|On my way to the NRHS convention in Scranton, PA, I spent part of a day (June 22) at the Strasburg Railroad.|
|On this day Strasburg trains were being pulled by ex-Canadian National 2-6-0 #89 (Canadian Locomotive Company, 1910).|
|The fireman on 89 strikes a classic pose.|
|The Strasburg operates a fleet of beautifully restored wooden passenger cars.|
|In past visits to Strasburg I have stayed at the Red Caboose Motel (seen here from the train). Each caboose contains one or two bedrooms.|
|At the end of the Strasburg line at Leaman Place (near Paradise PA), where the track parallels the Amtrak Philadelphia-Harrisburg main line, 89 runs around the train.|
|The Strasburgs 4 1/2 mile line runs through rolling Pennsylvania Dutch farm country; many of the farmers are Amish.|
|A view of the Strasburgs back lot from the returning train.|
|The Strasburg, like many tourist railroad, hosts a Thomas the Tank Engine event. The Strasburgs Thomas is unusual in being a working steam engine, rebuilt from Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal #15 (Porter 1917).|
|A fairly new addition at Strasburg is this amusement park 4-4-0 (Cagney Bros. 1920), which pulls passengers on a short stretch of track between two turntables.|
|Across the street from the Strasburg station is the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, with a large collection of locomotives and other railroad equipment, most formerly belonging to the Pennsylvania Railroad.|
|A working replica of the John Bull, built for the 1939-40 New York Worlds Fair.|
|A unique streamlined fireless cooker 0-8-0.|
|Far from the Western line where she operated, Ex-V&T #20 Tahoe was built in Pennsylvania by Baldwin in 1875.|
|Postscript: 21st Century steam on the water.
The 56 foot steamboat Sabino, last coal-fired wooden ship in the US, is seen on June 27, 2010, on a short cruise from near-by Mystic Seaport museum. Re-boilered in 1940, Sabino still uses her original (1908) two-cylinder compound steam engine.
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