On Saturday, May 18th, I had the opportunity to meet up with a group of YouTubers at the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA. There were 74 of us in attendance! Sparky107107 organized the meet up. See my YouTube video here. I will put links to the other channels at the bottom of this post. If I’ve missed anyone, please leave a comment and I will add them.
I don’t consider myself a train buff, but I do enjoy visiting all types of historic sites. I learned quite a lot about the trains that I didn’t know before. It makes them even more interesting to me now, having made these “new to me” discoveries.
The largest train at Steamtown is a Union Pacific “Big Boy”, 4012, one of eight Big Boy’s left of 25 that were built 1941 to 1944.
This Big Boy at Steamtown will be cosmetically restored, but not restored to operation since the Steamtown tracks, turntable and yard aren’t able to support such a large locomotive.
Here are some other locomotives at Steamtown. If you can help me identify any of these, please leave a comment and I will add captions. Thanks!
The turntable at Steamtown can be rotated to move trains to different locations of the yard.
The Long Island Railroad
Rotary Snowplow, No. 193 was built at Cooke Locomotive and Machine Works,
Paterson, November 1898.
My favorites were the restored mail car and business passenger car. The interiors are far more interesting to me than the exteriors!
The Louisville and Nashville Railway Post Office (RPO) Car, No. 1100 was built by American Car and Foundary Company, 1914.
In the United States, a railway post office, commonly abbreviated as RPO, was a railroad car that was normally operated in passenger service as a means to sort mail en route, in order to speed delivery. The RPO was staffed by highly trained Railway Mail Service postal clerks, and was off-limits to the passengers on the train.
RPO cars were equipped and staffed to handle most back-end postal processing functions. First class mail, magazines and newspapers were all sorted, cancelled when necessary, and dispatched to post offices in towns along the route. Registered mail was also handled, and the foreman in charge was required to carry a regulation pistol while on duty to discourage theft of the mail.
The Erie Railroad Business Car #3 was built by Pullman Car and Manufacturing Corp., 1923.
The car contains two staterooms, two bedrooms, crew quarters, galley, dining room, and observation end. It is a heavyweight railroad car, featuring 6-wheel trucks.
The Rutland Railroad Caboose, No. 28 was built in the Rutland Shops around 1920 to a New York Central design of wood, with cupola off set towards one end.
The caboose provided the train crew with a shelter at the rear of the train. The crew could exit the train for switching or to protect the rear of the train when stopped. They also inspected the train for problems such as shifting loads, broken or dragging equipment, and hot boxes (overheated axle bearings, a serious fire and derailment threat). The conductor kept records and handled business from a table or desk in the caboose. For longer trips, the caboose provided minimal living quarters, and was frequently personalized and decorated with pictures and posters.
More cabooses at Steamtown:
I also found these statues of the types of people involved with the locomotives to be very interesting. I missed a few of their titles, so if anyone can help me out, please leave a comment. Thanks!
I had a great time visiting Steamtown National Historic Site! I’m glad I went and I would definitely recommend it! Thank you Sparky for organizing the event!