Old 10-07-2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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Default First steam engine you ever saw in action?

Interesting topic I saw on another forum and it had me pondering my own memories which were surprisingly fuzzy -

What was the first running steam engine you ever saw, and first one you ever photographed in steam?


Where are my photos from before the late 90's with Ross Rowling's C&O #614!?!? Probably unlevel (not just RP unlevel, but really unlevel, lol) and covered in shadows - I've had little luck finding any of my own images earlier then October 1996 with C&O #614. I'll have to route through negatives to see what didn't make it to the photo album - likely some New Hope, Strasburg and Steamtown, all within 2 hours from me, then and now.

I know I have a photo of 614 at New Hope before restoration, so I can assume I saw 2-8-0 #40 in action prior 1995 when 614 arrived.

I vaguely remember a surprise glimpse of RDG 2102 in Landsale, PA back in 1991- no camera and can barely even visualize it now (how's that possible).



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Old 10-07-2013, 08:52 PM   #2
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My dad brought me to see them ever since I was born. I recall the Freedom Train in 1975. I was four and scared out of my mind from all the noise and smoke. I thought it was some sort of monster. Almost choked my mom to death holding on so tight.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:12 PM   #3
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Nickel Plate 759 running through Glen Rock NJ in March 1970 would be my earliest that I remember (I have both my dad's barely okay and my terrible pictures of it).

It is possible I saw steam before that, but the only thing I can say for sure was the fake steam, propane powered, engines that they used on the park train in Van Saun Park (that I rode again and again and again as a kid).
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:03 AM   #4
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Seen: Steam in Poland, I vaguely recall southern Poland on the way to Krakow or perhaps past, 1969 or 1972. Seen from the window of a passing passenger train.

Photo: I have a photo of me with the AFT when it visited Pittsburgh, probably 1975. I can't say whether I took a shot of it myself. I did ride or chase various excursions of the Chessie Steam Special out of Pittsburgh; call that 1978.
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:13 PM   #5
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C&O 614 as the "Family Lines safety express" or SP 4449 pulling the freedom train about the same time, I cant remember which was first. Dont have pictures of either.
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C&O 614 in 85. My first steam photographed was big six at Cass.

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Old 10-09-2013, 12:47 AM   #7
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First working steam engine I ever saw was Bath & Hammondsport #11 back in the mid-1960s at Rail City in Sandy Pond, NY. The place no longer exists at all. Fortunately, the engine still exists and is currently at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, awaiting completion of a restoration for the Everett Railroad in Pennsylvania. I may actually get to see her run again.

First steam photographed....probably one of the Valley Railroad engines in CT. Most likely #97 back in the 1990s. Before that, I only took pictures of airplanes. Now, I fly airplanes and only take pictures of trains. Go figure!
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:56 AM   #8
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Why is mine the longest ago???????????? (well unless J's 1969 is a correct date).

I am not that old.
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:49 AM   #9
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For me it was NKP 765 masquerading as C&O 2765 in the early 90s.

C&O 614 passed next to my house when I was 1. My mother told me I was napping and the whistle woke me up!
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:48 PM   #11
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Seen: My usernamesake, the GSMR 1702. I was about 3-4 and something blew on it and steam went flying everywhere. Luckily, it did not ruin me from steam engines.

Photo'd: Hmm.....maybe the East Broad Top? That's what I'm thinking. It wasn't with my new camera so the pics kind of sucked but fun nonetheless.
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Probably the Tweetsie railroad in Western North Carolina, in 1962.

Anyone know if Tweetsie is still in business?
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I was totally unaware of the steam NS was running in the 80s and 90s in my area. First steam I saw was the Shayy 1925 in Spencer. First steam I shot was in New Hope when they relettered the #40 for the L&C in 2006. I was 36 then. A 2-8-0 is still the biggest steam engine I have seen. Lord help those around me if and when they get the #611 running again.
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They are still running strong A neat little operation.

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A 4-8-4 going 60 mph is a sight to behold!
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A 4-8-4 going 60 mph is a sight to behold!
The closest I have to that is NKP 765 going track speed thru Tiskilwa, IL during Trainfest 2011

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Cedar Point in the 70s.
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:03 AM   #18
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At the extreme risk of being called out for answering an "old" thread:

My first living, breathing steam engine was Reading No. 2124 on June 6th, 1961 in Port Reading NJ. My Dad Herb and I ultimately did two Reading Rambles.

Here is No. 2124 today. I get to see her every time I work at Steamtown. And that was about 24 times this year.

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First steam locomotive...Strasburg Railroad in the mid '60s. First one every photographed...American Freedom Train 1976. To bad it was a crappy instamatic. I bought my first 35mm a few months later.
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I think you're safe with generic, non-time-sensitive thread topics like this one.
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At least this one is from this year.
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Ah, so that is the rule.

So many rules, so few brain cells.
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