Frisco #1621 and Burlington Route #9908 “Silver Charger”

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St. Louis-San Francisco 2-10-0 #1621 and Chicago, Burlington & Quincy #9908 at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri. Fun fact: #1621 was originally built as a 5′ broad gauge locomotive for Imperial Russia during World War I. After the Imperial government was toppled in the Russian Revolution, however, its delivery to Russia was cancelled and it was converted to the standard gauge of 4′ 8-1/2″.  It was then put to work on several American railroads, eventually making its way to the Frisco.


Wabash #573

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Wabash 2-6-0 Mogul #573 at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri.  This locomotive recently underwent a cosmetic restoration and is finally back on display.

My Visit To Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

Hey y’all!  Looking back, it’s been three years to the day that I rode the Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  To commemorate that day, I am going to post pictures of my most recent train ride: the Cass Scenic Railroad.  Once a logging line, this 14-mile railroad has since been turned into a West Virginia state park, with old logging locomotives (mostly Shays) being used for power.  Starting at the Cass, West Virginia, railroad depot, your ride will take you up the nearby mountains, with several overlooks of the Appalachians.  The climb is a tough one, with grades that can reach 9-10%, and even then, two switchbacks are employed on the route.  Along the way, you will pass the recreated logging camp at Whitaker, where you can get a feel of what the area was like during the logging operations.  The summit of Bald Knob is the end of the line for the Cass Scenic Railroad, and here you get sweeping views of the Appalachians, as well as the National Radio Observatory in the valley below.  After a twenty-minute stop, you begin your journey back to Cass.  If you ever visit West Virginia, I would highly recommend a visit to Cass, where you can either take the train to Bald Knob, or the train to Whitaker.  Both are well worth the time.

Here are the pictures I took while I was visiting.  Enjoy!


Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, and this is in no way a paid advertisement.  These are just my thoughts and descriptions of the ride.




Union Pacific Business Special

Here’s a video I took of the Union Pacific Business Special.  It came eastbound from Jefferson City, Missouri, with top UP officials (including the president of the railroad) as well as Missouri’s governor and his staff.  Enjoy!

Blog recommendation

If you’ve enjoyed this blog so far, then I am going to recommend another blog for you to follow.  The man who owns the blog is a friend of mine and is an avid model railroader.  He is currently building an HO layout called the Paducah and Lake Erie, a modern, coal-hauling bridge line set in southwestern Pennsylvania.  I’ll post the link below. Enjoy!


Paducah & Lake Erie Model Railroad

National Train Day 2015 and Norfolk and Western 2156’s move to Roanoke


This year’s National Train Day had a pleasant occurrence.  I spent most of the day at the Kirkwood Missouri Pacific train station in Kirkwood, MO, which now serves Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner.  There were several displays set up inside the station, but most everyone was on the train platform to catch some action on Union Pacific’s Jefferson City Subdivision, in the form of a CSX autorack, a UP train, and Amtrak.  The main attraction to the station today, though, was a local freight towing a steam legend: Norfolk and Western 2156.  Two UP diesels were on the point, with a Norfolk Southern unit tucked in behind.  The train included a few NS coaches, a baggage car, and, of course, N&W 2156.  This was just the beginning of her journey, which started at the National Museum of Transportation, and will end at the Virginia Transportation Museum in Roanoke.  This is a homecoming for the mammoth 2-8-8-2 Y6a, because she was build in the Roanoke Shops of the Norfolk & Western for use on the railroad’s coal routes.  At Roanoke, she will be reunited with her cousin, N&W 2-6-6-4 1218, as well as N&W Class J 611, which has recently been returned to steam.  Together, they make up the remnant of the glory days of the Norfolk and Western, which kept steam much long after the rest of the major railroads had converted to diesels.  She will stay at the VTM for the next five years, and will receive a cosmetic restoration while there.  So here’s to you, 2156, to your stay in Roanoke with your family, and your return in 2020 to St. Louis.