2012 National Train Day

Now in its 5th year, National Train Day is back to celebrate train travel and the ways trains touch the lives of people with events across America. This year, festivities will highlight the unique perspective passengers enjoy as they take in the vastness and beauty of the American landscape, from cities big and small, to country vistas and everything in between, when traveling by rail.
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Union Pacific 844 July Steam Excursion

Tickets are now on sale at the Cheyenne Depot Museum  for a one way Union Pacific 844 steam excursion on July 22. The trip will be to ferry the locomotive and cars from Denver to Cheyenne following the Denver Post Frontier Days Train the day before. Buses will be available to shuttle passengers from Cheyenne for the return trip to Denver and Denver area residents south after arrival in Cheyenne.

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Great Locomotive Chase 150th Anniversary

Kennesaw, Georgia museum to celebrate Great Locomotive Chase‘s 150th anniversary.

The General  locomotive, one of the largest artifacts of the Civil War, is a prized piece in the collection at the Kennesaw Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. The steam engine will be the centerpiece of an April celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Great Locomotive Chase.
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Riding the Orange Blossom Cannonball Florida Steam Train

This was my first chance to ride the Orange Blossom Cannonball, the new 1907 Florida steam train ride departing out of Tavares, Florida near Orlando.  My father was spending the winter in the area and this would be a great way to celebrate both of our upcoming birthdays, riding  the rails on an early American steam train traveling through the backwoods of Central Florida.

Birthday wishes going out to my dad.

Birthday wishes going out to my dad on the Orange Blossom Cannonball, March 17,2012

We were going to be stepping back in time, traveling aboard the Orange Blossom Cannonball, that currently departs the Tavares Depot on Saturdays and Sundays.  This  leisurely trip riding in wooden passenger cars, originally built  for the Memphis, Dallas & Gulf Railroad in 1915, turned out to be a very relaxing and fun.  The MD&G was a predecessor of the Kansas City Southern Railroad. Just listening  to that  steam engine’s whistle at each road crossing brought back memories of long ago as we  rolled along the Florida country side.
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Santa Fe 3751 Grand Canyon Limited Steam Excursion

The Arizona Centennial Commission has declared that the “Grand Canyon Limited” is now an Official Event of the 2012 Arizona Celebrations and the Santa Fe 3751  steam locomotive will run a 6 day steam train ride May 14-19 to the Grand Canyon.

GCR 4960 ATSF 2751

Double heading with Santa Fe 3751, Grand Canyon Railway 4960 is leading the way back from the Grand Canyon as part of the 2002 NRHS Convention. Photo by Drew Jacksich

Operating plans call for the Grand Canyon Limited to be pulled by ATSF 3751, the first of 65 BLW 4-8-4 steam locomotives delivered to the Santa Fe beginning in 1927, from Los Angeles to Arizona via Parker and return.

Additional operating plans call for a round-trip doubleheader operation with the former  BLW CB&Q No.4960, a 1923 2-8-2 steam locomotive, on the Grand Canyon Railroad between Williams and the Grand Canyon South Rim.
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NKP 765 Celebrates Norfolk Southern’s 30th Anniversary

NKP 765 set to pull steam excursions

for employees celebrating Norfolk Southern’s 30 years of service.

Nickel Plate 765 Photo by Mitch Goldman

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society is proud to announce that the 1944 restored Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive No. 765 has been selected to help celebrate Norfolk Southern’s 30th Anniversary.The locomotive will pull  special business trains  operating out of the railroad’s terminals in Fort Wayne, Elkhart, and Muncie, Indiana as well as in Bellevue and Toledo, Ohio.
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At the Throttle Cab Rides Return to N.C. Transportation Museum

North Carolina Transportation Museum
Spencer, North Carolina

At the Throttle cab rides are back at the N.C. Transportation Museum and this is your chance to be the engineer on the  Lehigh Valley Coal #126  steam engine.

This is the original builders photo taken in 1931 when the engine was ready for delivery. It was obtained from the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware.

This is a unique opportunity to live your dream of running a steam locomotive, and taking a trip back in time to the golden age of railroading.  Take the throttle for a  full half hour cab ride while operating the former  Lehigh Valley Coal Company No. 126 steam engine.  You will be accompanied be a qualified engineer that will be in the cab with you at all times.
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Railfest 2012 at the Texas State Railroad

The Texas State Railroad will be holding it’s 2012 Railfest at the Rusk Depot over May 5 and 6.

Texas State Railroad's Engine 300

Texas State Railroad's Engine 300 returns its train to the Rusk depot on a sunny spring afternoon. Photo by Jonathan Gerland

Saturday, May 5

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Soo 2719 Pulls Minnesota Steam Excursions

The Northshore Scenic Railroad  will be running  six-hour round trip steam excursions from Duluth to Two Harbors, Minnesota  behind the 1923 4-6-2  Alco built Soo 2719 steam locomotive. The 2012 steam train rides will run  on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays  during the months of August and September.

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Soo 2719 comes back into town from a day excursion along the north shore of Lake Superior to Two Harbors and back originating at the Depot in downtown Duluth. Photo by Missabefan

Sit back and enjoy the changing countryside as you  parallel the shoreline of Lake Superior to historic Two Harbors, Minnesota, pulled by the Pacific class Soo Line 2719  steam locomotive.
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Operate a Steam Locomotive in Pennsylvania

Although the last of the Pennsy steamers only operates on a mile or so of track, she's a great take for photographers because she makes much more frequent runs than a typical tourist line....often, 3-4 per hour. Photo by Kevin Madore

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to operate a steam locomotive and be the engineer on a century old vintage steam engine?  Now you can experience the excitement of being able to feel the power of the mighty Iron Horse at your fingertips as you blow the whistle, ring the bell and wave to the passing crowds. Experience this for yourself by signing up for the Locomotive Engineer Experience at Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association. This unique program has been offered for many years  with the 1901 Steam Locomotive #643. 
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