Mark D wrote:Kevin, I'd heard something about N.S. bringing steam back, in a limited way.
Isn't Ross Rowland involved in that?
If you go see the train run, would you be willing to post some photo's?
Whose engine are they running? Where do they get cars from?
Not Ross. Head guy in charge for NS is Bob Saxtan, who was an engineer with the old NS Steam Program. Ross Rowland isn't part of this at all. They will be using SR 630 from the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and the NKP 765. Heard they are leasing some Midwest cars for the 765.
Here's the schedule that's online, although Rich Melvin of the 765 group says some things have already been changed. Either way, most of the excursions (employee-only) are just 10 miles or so. The ferry moves are where the fun stuff happens.
June 2-3: Inman to Austell (Atlanta, GA area)
June 9-10: Salisbury to Barber, NC
June 30-July 1: Roanoke to Walton, VA
July 14-15: Knoxville to Coster, TN
September 15-16: Irondale to Downtown Birmingham, AL (14th Street)
July 21-22: Bellevue to Colsan/Bucyrus, OH
July 28-29: Homestead to Airline (Detroit, Michigan)
August 4-5: Williamson to Naugatuck, WV
August 11-12: Conway to CP Wood (Pittsburgh, PA)
August 18-19: Enola to CP Capital (Harrisburg, PA)
September 15-16: Luther to Robertson (St. Louis, IL)
4 months of scheduled steam on NS Main Lines. Who would have believed that a couple of years ago??? First mainline steam in the southeast since 1994 since the original steam program ended--aka when 261 ran the New River Train for you midwestern folks! It's been a while.
Mark D wrote:On that fire damaged 2-8-2, does it still show fire damage? I ask because you call it a fire damaged SY.
I believe the majority of the fire damage was cosmetic with the exception of the cab--which had to be replaced. Then, Valley decided to make it into a New Haven engine and changed some more stuff.
Here was the original out-of-the-box engine at Knox & Kane--probably taken within a year or so of being built in '89http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... ilroad.jpg
then, a bit later....http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2872273
(note diesel behind steam engine....K&K trains often exceeded 14 cars during the fall color season)
the fire...http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.p ... 92&nseq=20
current day...came back into service last fall just a few days before this pic was takenhttp://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.p ... 729&nseq=1
too bad about the Knox and Kane as it was a really cool place. Where else do you get a 96-mile roundtrip behind steam with a wye on each end running about 5 days a week? Roughest track I've ever seen though. Good to know at least the steam engines found a home.
Will post pics when I can...