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In the late summer of 1991, Steamtown was still struggling
to get a major site dedicated to steam going. This excursion and night
photo session were the last to be held by the park before it was to undergo
its major construction and total re-shaping to downtown Scranton.
Early morning finds Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 2317 shuffling around the
The morning fog had burned off to create a picture perfect day for
photography. The 2317 is waiting for the signal to start the excursion
towards Binghamton on the old Lackawanna mainline.
There would be only one photo stop on the route, because it was a heavily
used mainline. Here the 2317 accelerates the train toward the crowd leaving
behind a massive cloud of smoke.
The 2317 is now up to track speed as it passed the photo line, the
power of steam is just emitting from the photo.
Entering Binghamton yard by train provided a great view of the New
York Susquehanna and Western engine facility. The 3000 is an Alco C430
and notice the boarded business car behind it.
While the 2317 was running around the train, NYSW SD45 3634 leads on
of the run-through stack trains passed the engine facility.
Taken from the bridge in the center of town, the 2317 is about to enter
the wye so it can be turned for the return trip. The station to the right
is ex-Erie, the local to the left is Conrail and the NYSW locomotive facility
is at the back left.
Once back on the grounds of Steamtown, there was a night photo session
featuring the 2317 and Lackawanna painted passenger cars.
The 2317 poses for the last set of pictures from a great day of railfanning.
The buildings directly behind the locomotive would be demolished to make
room for the Steamtown mall.
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