Engine 54

 
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Engine 54, the diesel engine that pulled our train Between Honesdale and Hawley, Pennsylvania,was built in 1949. Originally used to work with freight cars in Maine, it traveled to Honesdale, PA a few years ago via Canada.

The engineer told us that when they crossed the border they took their documentation into the customs building to declare it. Glancing at the paperwork, the customs official thought it was a model train and asked why they did not bring it inside with them!!!

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Guest - Jul 08, 2007 06:28 PM EDT
Thank you Tania. I was after the sensation of the engine's massiveness when I captured this one. Vicki
Guest - Jul 08, 2007 12:03 AM EDT
I love the way the train takes up most of the image. Wonderful image and great facts to go with it
Guest - Jul 07, 2007 10:47 AM EDT
Thanks for your comments, Sparkle and Mary. I can understand some of your pain, Sparkle as a friend of mine's dad was also killed by a train. He was the town's fire chief and we could only guess that he was in a hurry to get somewhere and his truck got hung up on the rails. It's more common than people realize. You think you have time to beat the train - but you don't. I share in your loss. My friend's dad was a dear and well-loved man. Mary, the American trains started here in your state - I'm sure you have some great information to share from the Pittsburgh yards. Vicki
Guest - Jul 07, 2007 01:28 AM EDT
This capture is an eye catcher Vicki...wonderful. I like the info you provided too! :)
Guest - Jul 07, 2007 01:00 AM EDT
Great shot of the engine. Wow on Monday is 27 years since my boyfriend got run over by a train. I always wonder how he felt. wow
Guest - Jul 06, 2007 11:36 AM EDT
Thank you for your great comments, Cindy and Steve. There was a Farmer's Market in progress by the station and I was looking at some of the goods when I heard the train whistle and hurried down to the track just in time to get this. Engine 54 is a beautiful engine, lovingly restored and cared for. The Stourbridge Rail Excursion is a family-owned business, sponsored by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce. It only runs on Saturdays. Everyone holds down full-time jobs and still make time for their family project - restoring trains. I thought I had a spare memory stick with me as I knew the one in my camera was nearly full and my computer was still in the shop. Unfortunately this memory stick is one of the aggravating kind with an adapter - and that's what I had . . . so I had to delete some images - which may have been a good thing overall as I do tend to take several of the same to sort through later! Vicki
Guest - Jul 06, 2007 08:35 AM EDT
Great shot, Vicki. This perspective really emphasises the power of this machine.
Guest - Jul 06, 2007 06:12 AM EDT
Great piece of info you have given us Vicki, and I do love the train, being an avid admirer of such big strong machines. Great photography.

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