This past Friday , I took Graham to Strasburg Railroad in Strasburg, Pennsylvania for an early birthday present. A hostler tour, train ride and visit to the Pennsylvania railroad museum. I cannot say enough about the two hour long hostler tour. What an educational experience on not only prepping a steam locomotive for a day’s work, but many other facts about steam engine operation and mechanics. Even better was the chance to climb into the cab of my favorite Strasburg locomotive, ex Norfolk and Western 475, a Mollie from 1906. Below are several photographs of many we took.
The highlight of the tour for Graham was climbing into the cab on three different occasions to peer into the firebox as the grates were cleaned, the banked overnight fire was broken and spread and what the fire looked like at various stages as it was prepped and built for the day’s work.
After the tour, we took the 11am train to Paradise , Pennsylvania and back in the lounge car. It’s the fist time we rode in that car and we enjoyed the experience. The chairs were so comfortable that Graham almost feel asleep! We had lunch at the Red Caboose motel’s “Casey Jones restaurant” and then spent several hours at the Pennsylvania railroad museum.
A Trip to Strasburg Railroad@Oct 2018
By: H. Mathews