Sunday, June 18, 2017

1997: RBB&B Red Unit Circus Train @ Hershey

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   The Red Unit Circus Train has been on a two day 455 mile trip from Hartford (CT) to its destination of Hershey (PA) on May 20, 1997. Seen here at Hershey's Derry Street grade crossing, four stocks and sixteen flats of this fifty-three car train are about to be set off. As for the diesels seen in this scene, CR 9164 is an NW2R with its heritage as an ex-IHB 8794, ex-NYC 8794 and ex-PC 8794. It would eventually become Central Soya Co. 9189. There is no knowledge of its current status. CR 6589 is an U36C and ex-EL 3318. It has since been retired by NS. That third diesel behind CR 6589 remains unidentified. RBBX 60004 is a stock car that was used for the elephants with the Red Unit. Built in 1961 by American Car Foundry as UPRR 6300 and acquired by RBB&B in 1972. RBBX 60004 was placed out of service when it was with the Blue Unit in 1999 and is no longer used.

Important update regarding New York Penn Station

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Learn more about the Infrastructure Renewal at New York Penn Station.
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                                                    Renewal Penn
In our efforts to continue providing you with a safe and reliable travel experience, Amtrak® is accelerating work to strengthen and improve operations at New York Penn Station during the summer. The Infrastructure Renewal program will advance several years of already planned work to improve conditions on tracks, switches, and other infrastructure at Penn Station into less than two months.

While some services will be impacted by the renewal work, Acela® Express service will run as scheduled. To account for the majority of the work, the following service adjustments have been made to Amtrak's schedule, in effect from July 10 through September 1:
Northeast RegionalSM: Three weekday roundtrips between New York and Washington have been canceled. Service between New York and Boston will operate as scheduled.
Keystone Service®: Three weekday roundtrips will start and end in Philadelphia, and one weekday roundtrip will start and end in Newark, New Jersey. Service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg will operate as scheduled.
Empire Service®: To be announced shortly
Crescent®: Will operate daily between Washington, DC and New Orleans. If traveling to or from destinations north of Washington, DC, you will be able to connect to other services.
Schedules are up to date, and anyone with a trip already booked on affected routes has been contacted. Additional work will last through approximately June 2018, with most of it occurring on weekends to minimize the impact on service.
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Reminiscing about RBB&B Circus Trains

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I was going through some slides and negatives when I photographed the circus train and wanted to share these scenes with you.  

In the first image RBB&B”S RUCT is seen passing through Belle Mead (NJ) over CSX’s Trenton Line on April 16, 2001. Its symbol is P938 with FURX 3038 and CSX 8628 serving as the power consist. Behind the power is fifty-four cars.

RBX 30 is parked in Carlstadt (NJ) as one of the nineteen elephants that traveled with the Red Unit is guided out of its car. The date was November 15, 1983 as the circus would be playing at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford (NJ).

CP 9023 and CP 5573 has transported the 5,044 foot long BUCT from Wilkes-Barre (PA) and is getting ready to hand it over to NS in Harrisburg (PA) on June 10, 2002. From there the train will be headed to its final destination of Oklahoma City (OK) via NS and BNSF.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Historic Garden Tour / Winery Train June 24th

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Ride the Steam Train with Dad this Fathers Day weekend, and Dad ride free!
Ride The Pohatcong
Historic Garden / Winery Train Tour
June 24th 
Only 60 seats available
Take a private tour of lovely gardens located on historic properties in Pohatcong Township. Start with a train ride ride along the scenic banks of the Delaware River where you will pass quaint hamlets, farms, historic lime kilns and beautiful river views.
The Train Enjoy a ride on our historic passenger coaches.
The Tour Take a private tour of lovely gardens located on historic properties in Pohatcong Township.
Start with a train ride ride along the scenic banks of the Delaware River where you will pass quaint hamlets, farms, historic lime kilns and beautiful river views.

 The Gardens
Our bus will take you to three gardens that will delight your eyes and nose and inspire you with gardening ideas.
The Winery At Villa Milagro Vineyards you will be treated to wine tastings with hot hors d'oeuvres and a tour of the vineyard and winery.

  • Trips run June 24th, 11:00am and 12:30pm
    A box lunch is included.
  • Visit the gardens of three historic homes.
  • A 4 1/2 hour journey
  • Tour of  Villa Milagro Winery & Vineyard
  • Free use of our picnic grove at the Mine Site.


A full day event for only $65.00 

On my way out to Wilson (PA)...

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to drop off a package of slides and negatives for scanning into JPEGs at Fisk Camera, I decided to stop in Phillipsburg to see if NS's H76 would pass through. It wasn't the H76 I saw but Bel-Del 1567 bringing back three boxcars from Hudson Yard. As for this switcher's heritage 1567 was former NS 2220, a long time shop switcher at Juniata before retiring in August 2011 and was formerly Conrail /ex-Penn Central 9560. After retirement, 2220 was sold to CIT (CEFX) & now leased by BDRV. The SW1500 was repainted by Norfolk Southern.

Save the Date: NMRA GSD Summer Meet on July 1

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Save   The   Date!
GSD Summer Meet 
Saturday, July 1, in Staten Island
The GSD's summer event will be held on July 1 

The meet will feature two clinics:  Learning about the structures that comprise an anthracite mine and modeling trash for your layout.  
The event will also feature the ever popular Bring 'n Brag in the morning.  

After a quick lunch on your own at one of the many local eateries in the area,
the afternoon will feature tours of several layouts.
Donuts and coffee will also be served in the morning.  

Maps for the local restaurants and the layout tour will be available at the end of the morning session.
Please join us at 9 AM at the the VFW hall

Additional Information concerning the Summer Meet
will be in the next issue of the Whistle Post Newsletter 
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