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"Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later"

Postby SOO2719 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:35 pm

From Railfan & Railroad:

http://railfan.com/steamtowns-grand-opening-25-years-later/

The article has a couple pictures of good old Milwaukee Road 261, including this one of her emerging from Nay Aug Tunnel with an excursion:

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Those were the days. (Sigh)
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Re: "Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later"

Postby Fitz » Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:24 pm

That was a colossal event for those of us who love steam. My wife and I attended and got our first ride behind the 261. More would occur later. Also rode behind the Canadian locomotives. I have been blessed by being able to attend some of these great steam happenings, including this one and many others. Unfortunately all of my photos and videos are boxed up for our recent move. Two Railfairs in Sacramento, worked two NRHS conventions,done lots with the 4449 and 700 here in the Pacific Northwest, also 3751 from the beginning of her restoration. It has been a wonderful experience after becoming a "born again" railfan back in the late 1980s.
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Re: "Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later"

Postby SOO2719 » Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:08 pm

What is it like at Steamtown NHS, Fitz? I have read a lot about that site, both pro and con, but i have yet to go there myself.
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Re: "Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later"

Postby Fitz » Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:07 pm

Tony, I can't speak for what it is like today as the only time I attended was at the Grand Opening 25 years ago. I saw something on the net but don't remember where, showing a lot of freight cars in the turntable area and as far as I know none of the steamers are operational except for the switch engine. I did find some re-scans of my photos from back then.
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Re: "Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later"

Postby Fitz » Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:39 pm

Here are a couple from the Grand Opening.

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Re: "Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later"

Postby SOO2719 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:38 pm

Great photos, but I'm afraid I was not clear in my question. I meant, what was Steamtown NHS like when you went there in 1995? What did you think of their railroading exhibits? I read mixed reviews about those, so I'm curious what you, as a visitor, thought of those.
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Re: "Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later"

Postby tom c » Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:05 am

I went there in 2007 and enjoyed the place. I thought they had good displays and it was neat to see the turntable move and go into the roundhouse. If I was out that way i would stop again.

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Re: "Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later"

Postby Fitz » Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:17 am

Tony, the experience of the Grand Opening was great. A few problems with which steam engine would lead each excursion were quickly resolved and it was non stop steam. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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