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RARE mileage excursion May 3. Be there

Postby timom615 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:26 pm

8) For those who don't ride many passenger trains, all mileage is your first time or "rare." I have also heard that rare mileage is any set of rails that hasn't seen a passenger train in 5 years. The question with this upcoming excursion in Northeastern Pennsylvania is "How rare do you like it?"

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley chapter of the NRHS and the Reading & Northern Railroad are sponsoring a diesel powered train on some of the rarest track around. The train boards at the VFW hall in Duryea, PA, near Pittston to head north on the Delaware Lackawanna & Western Bloomsburg Branch to Taylor, then head to the Keyser Valley section of Scranton. From Taylor to the end of track location (about near Clearfield St.) this rail line was freight only. It may have been used to get employees to work at the Keyser Valley car shops, but no public passenger train ever took this route. VERY RARE
This line is about 5 miles long, and after a runby, the train will be back in Duryea to pick up lunches.
From Duryea, the train heads NorthWest on the former Lehigh Valley mainline following the Susquehanna River to Tunkhannock and then the Vosburg tunnel. The last five miles of this route has not seen a passenger train since the Black Diamond stopped running in 1961. Even the route from Pittston to Tunkhannock only saw occasional excursions since 2008. RARE
When this train returns to Pittston yard, it will then take the Lehigh Valley's Mountain Cutoff, which was built as a freight only line. It will head to Crestwood, which was originally Central RR of New Jersey. Near Mountaintop, PA, the Central of New Jersey and the Lehigh Valley took meandering routes to reach Wilkes-Barre. This cutoff was to avoid the indirect lines as the freights headed to New York City by taking a different path over the Poconos. SOMEWHAT RARE

The trip is planned to be led by 2 rare locomotives, SD38s originally from the Grand Trunk. Coach seating for children and adults, sightseer seating for children and adults, ex-Milwaukee SuperDome seating, and caboose space is available. Prices, times and terms for this excursion are at http://www.laurellinesspecials.org I hope to see you there.

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Re: RARE mileage excursion May 3. Be there

Postby Mark D » Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:38 am

Hey, Tim, nice to hear from you. You've been absent a while.
I'd love to ride those trips, but it's just too far away. Maybe someday in the future I could do things like that, but not presently.
That Milwaukee Road Superdome; It wouldn't happen to be painted in a stylized maroon and orange, would it?
I hope you can post some pic's here, it's as close as I'll ever get. But I'm hoping it sells out completely.
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Re: RARE mileage excursion May 3. Be there

Postby Wowak » Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:51 pm

The R&N's dome car is painted an approximation of LV Cornell Red to match the rest of the corporate passenger fleet.
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Re: RARE mileage excursion May 3. Be there

Postby Mark D » Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:53 pm

(Whining groan)
But I understand.
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Re: RARE mileage excursion May 3. Be there

Postby Wowak » Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:21 pm

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Re: RARE mileage excursion May 3. Be there

Postby Mark D » Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:44 pm

Eeeeuuuuwww! Looks like it's in shiny primer. Sure is shiny though.
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Re: RARE mileage excursion May 3. Be there

Postby Brent A » Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:49 pm

Wow. That truck sitting really threw me for a loop.
Very nice looking dome.
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Re: RARE mileage excursion May 3. Be there

Postby Mark D » Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:21 pm

Brent, that's barn red! It looks like a barn to me. Sorry if I offend anyone, but I call it like I see it.
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Re: RARE mileage excursion May 3. Be there

Postby Robert T » Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:52 pm

Does anyone have any pictures to share of the inside of the red dome car?

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Re: RARE mileage excursion May 3. Be there

Postby Wowak » Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:51 pm

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Re: RARE mileage excursion May 3. Be there

Postby Mark D » Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:31 pm

So, why doesn't that car have any markings of any kind on it? That seems to be unusual, at least.
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Re: RARE mileage excursion May 3. Be there

Postby Wowak » Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:39 am

I couldn't give you a reason, but it is a bit unsettling.
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