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Steamtown National Historic Site Reading Lines 902 and 903

I recently had to make an unplanned trip for a  funeral  Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, I stayed an extra night to keep my buddy company and we decided to take the afternoon and visit Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton Pennsylvania, part of the National Park Service. It’s a great place loaded with both operating and non-operating displays. Unfortunately, the 7 operational locomotives and Steam locomotives do not operate in the winter months.

This was a great place to explore and if you’re in the area it is definitely worth a stop. There were some really great old relics inside and out, the fun part is the whole outside of the museum is an actual working railroad yard, with many great old locomotives, and all kinds of cars and railroad stuff everywhere in all states of renovation and some in disrepair. The whole yard is open to the public upon entrance to the museum, you can wander around the place freely with the warning that any car can move at any time.

We were lucky enough to have a bit warmer weather, and we got there about an hour or so before it closed so we pretty much had the place to ourselves which was a bonus in itself. I am not sure of the tripod policy, I would say on the day we were there it would not have been an issue but I shot hand-held anyway due to having a long day and just did not feel like the hassle of a tripod. This place gets packed in the summer from what I hear so we really lucked out with our stop that Friday.

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These two Reading Lines Locomotives were actually on display in the parking lot of the museum, I have more to come from this location so stay tuned and thanks for Stopping.

Have a great weekend!


This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. There’s a great sense of motion in the first image, with the clouds playing off the locomotive. Looks like a great site!

  2. Couple of beauties here, Mike. I like the low POV and use of the use of the wide angle on the second shot. Really brings out the sense of power in the locomotive.

  3. These are terrific Mike. I paricularly love the first one with all the reflection coming off the train.

  4. Oh man, these look amazing. Great images, Mike!
    Who doesn’t love trains and you’ve really captured these nicely.

  5. Super image Mike. I love trains and your processing is spot on. I stayed overnight in Scranton in September on the last stop of my cross country trip. Wish I had known about this place.

  6. I love the rust and fallen leaves on the second one, so awesome!

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