Travel Photography Photos tagged as railroads
This is one of the train cars on display at the Strasburg Railroad Station.
This steam engine was painted, and used in the movie "Hello Dolly"
Like the other train museums we've seen, this one had several very nice model railroads set up. This one was HO scale
This is a replica of a 'Steam Carriage' built in 1825 by John Stevens on his NJ Estate to demonstrate the capabilities of using a steam engine for a railroad. Notice the geared track in the center.
In 1831, several railroad pioneers including John Stevens, decided to build an operating railroad. They had to import this engine from England as non were made in America at that time.
Freight Yards were used to take trains apart, sort the cars and assemble into new trains by destination - called 'classification'.
This is another example of a self propelled railroad car, similar to the ones we saw in Danbury CT, but this appears to be older.
The state of Pennsylvania runs and supports this museum. This is the largest Railroad Museum building in the US and houses quite a few beautifully restored engines and cars.
This is in Lancaster County, PA. Quite a few of the farms we saw had no cars or trucks, as the Amish don't use them. I didn't get a closer look at this one, but the horses may be an indicator.
Mom enjoyed the Doll Store, but didn't buy very much.
This is used as a museum now, and also for model railroad clubs. It was closed when we came by, but still thought it was cute.
This is how they can turn a train engine around. It is run by electric motors on the track that goes around the inside of the circle.
This gives you some idea how large this Railway Museum is
Cross sections from many different sizes of track are on display. The one on the right is the most common size in use today, 140#. Track size is listed based on how much a three foot section weights, or 140 pounds in this case.
Coal was loaded in the bed of the tender. Water was stored in tanks in the walls of the tender. Enought water and coal was carried for about one day's travel.
Some of the museum train's have very informative signs, such as this one explaining how a steam engine works.
The sign in the center shows the location & names of the controls for this steam engine. Two men worked here, the engineer and fireman - who kept the engine supplied with coal.
The train didn't actually stop at many of the smaller towns, so would slow to about 25 mph. A postal employee would kick off any mail bags to be delivered to that town. Also, someone would open this door, pull down the wood handle, which would raise the hook to grab the mail bag to pick up from mail from the town.
This is a photo of the Post Office car the Museum was given. A great deal of work has gone into it's restoration.
The museum was given two very similar cars in similar condition at the same time. One has been restored, this one had not, obviously.
This was built in 1898 so a Section Foreman could inspect the railroad tracks. I think I just uploaded it so I could type in that name!
This was built in 1953 for use in switching yards. This unit is still operational.
This is the restored train depot as it looks today.