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
During WWI, trains were the most common form of transportation to get troops to and from home. Communities would turn out to see their men off or welcome them home.
Sperry Rail Service Detector Car (1928). This was initially built as a self propelled baggage/passenger car. In 1945, Sperry modified it to use to find faults in RR tracks. It remained in service until 2003, finding over 20,000 defects in tracks.
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.
This is just a model, but demonstrates how a town would hang their mail pouch for the Post Office car to catch on their hook.
Post Office Employee's worked on the train and actually sorted mail between stops.
This is a view of the interior of the Post Office car after restoration. It was quite a job as they had to fabricate parts that were beyond salvage, like many of the light fixtures.
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.
These were from an experiment in self-propelled passenger cars from 1957. The cab was supposed to look 'modern' like an airliner.
In 1955, there was a very high flood that pretty much doomed the already ailing train depot. This is a photo of what it looked like before it was restored.
This is what the Post Office car looks like today, after extensive restoration.