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Early Steamtown

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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 yard.

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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