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VolsOut4Harambe
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How many of you baws have ever ridden behind or seen a working steam locomotive?

Up in PA this weekend and had the privilege to ride behind the newly restored Reading 2102. Great experience and a nice scenic ride to Jim Thorpe, PA, which is a cool spot in the Poconos. Some of the weirdo railfans are annoying, but everything else has been great.



Steam locomotives are some of the most fascinating and beautiful machines ever built. If you ever have the chance to see or ride behind one I highly encourage it.


brgfather129
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Yep...Huckleberry Railroad (near Flint, MI) during the Christmas season for most of my years growing up.

It really is an amazing experience.


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LSUAlum2001
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Yep.

I drew the Take a Ride on the Reading card last night paying Monopoly.


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jamboybarry
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Saw the steam train that came through NOLA last year. Amazing how massive that thing is


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Oates Mustache
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Disney sucks, but a cool thing about the parks is that they have legit steam locomotives. And they're pretty cool.


Butch Baum
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Durango - Silverton narrow gauge steam engine multiple times


johnnydrama
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I rode the Georgetown Loop in Colorado a couple of weeks ago. Fun trip.


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H2O Tiger
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Texas State Railroad in Rusk, TX and Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock, NC


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Purple77
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There is a nice narrow gauge steam train in Durango, Colorado that goes to Silverton and back.


BuckyCheese
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Have been in the engineer's seat of both of these.

Being an engineer has it's perks now and then.

eta-video taken from back on the train of one of the trips I was up front. Locomotive 2816 pictured above.
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RogerTheShrubber
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White Pass and Yukon

They have a steam engine (narrow gauge) that runs between the Port of Skagway and Fraser BC



Its really cool to watch the rotary plow in action.



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TackySweater
Member since Dec 2020
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quote:

Some of the weirdo railfans are annoying


Says this as he geeks out about a train lol


Froman
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Disney sucks, but a cool thing about the parks is that they have legit steam locomotives. And they're pretty cool.


I’ll give you another reason to hate Disney. The trains have been out of commission since 2018 and there is still no announcement of when it will open back up. They did a TON of refurbishments, though, so maybe it’ll be even better.


BuckyCheese
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Some of the weirdo railfans are annoying, but everything else has been great.


Saw a dude jumping up and down screaming his head off like a teen girl at an Elvis concert when he saw me come by with a rare 6000HP locomotive.

Yes, some are.... odd.

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VolsOut4Harambe
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Member since Sep 2017
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quote:

Says this as he geeks out about a train lol


There are folks like me who appreciate the history railroading and unique equipment as well as scenic routes.

Then there are kids on the spectrum who go ape shite over a heritage unit and absolutely have to film it and/or grab 100’s of pictures, in the process blocking traffic and/or putting themselves at risk of being hit on the mainline.


Tiger Ryno
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Ride behind? What does this mean?


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real turf fan
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Durango to Silverton Colorado is a spectacular ride with enough curves you can see the front of the train (and they do have a water stop to refill the engine reservoir.)


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BuckyCheese
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(and they do have a water stop to refill the engine reservoir.)



That's called a tender.



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johnnyrocket
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Ridden on a few.
Grandson, is into model trains and riding on steam trains.
Use to have one in Roundrock, TX.


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