Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Strasbourg, PA, Railroad time, and a surprise!

A short drive from Gettysburg is the Amish country of Pennsylvania. This is a beautiful area with amazing farms, horse drawn buggies, and some great museums. In Rick's opinion, one of the best is the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum! This amazing collection of locomotives and related cars and items, is housed indoors as well as in the outdoor holding area. There are all kinds of locomotives such as this steam locomotive.

Here is one of Rick's favorite locomotives -- the famous GG1 Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive. This electric powered engine set the standard for several decades for fast, powerful freight and passenger transportation.

Engine #20 is a 4-4-0 "American" engine that was popular in the early years of railroading. Right behind it is a huge PRR steam locomotive -- it is amazing to note that these both run on the same standard track!

Here is a famous locomotive -- #7002 (actually a sister locomotive re-numbered to 7002) that set a speed record in 1905 at a speed of 127 mph! Can you imagine riding this engine at that speed? This was set during a normal passenger run -- apparently, these powerful engines routinely pulled trains at over 100 mph. Too bad that our trains today don't come close to these speeds routinely!

As Rick was leaving the museum, what a surprise -- an antique car club was parking in the lot to take in the museum! WOW -- these cars were driven from several states and were beautiful! This is a Paige auto from the 1911 era and ran wonderfully.

There were about 15 cars coming and going with several Model T cars in attendance. I suspect these looked better today than they did when they were new.

The cars ran well, but it was certainly a different way to travel when compared to today! As you can see, the passengers were right "out there" in the elements. At least it was easy to get out and manually crank the engine (as these folks had just done before driving away!).

Anyway, a great day -- antique Trains and Cars!

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