STEAM TRAIN DIARY - earlier months
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February 2-4 - Nevada Northern, Ely NV - steam photo freights.
For details - Nevada Northern Railway
February 5-7 - Heber Valley UT, steam photo freights.
February 6-8 - New Orleans - ex SP 2-8-2 #745 : February 6 go to the New Orleans KCS yard on Airline Highway. February 7, depart for Baton Rouge at approximately 8 am. Lay over at the KCS yard in Baton Rouge and return home on February 8 at approximately 8 am. The KCS yards are not open to the public. Departure times are subject to change according to KCS traffic etc.
February 9-11 - Nevada Northern, Ely NV - steam photo freights.
February 11 - Los Angeles - LAUPT AT&SF 4-8-4 #3751 will be in steam at LA Union Station adjacent to Track 13 from 12 noon until 5pm. During the following week the locomotive will be on show for a Rail Safety and Commuter Education Fair.
February 18 - Durango CO - Winter photographers special train.
February 19 - Durango CO - Trains Unlimited mixed train round trip to Cascade Canyon.
February 22-23 - Ely NV - Trains Unlimited Nevada Northern two-day event.
March 17-18 - Niles California - Locomotives will be Quincy Railroad No. 2 1924 Alco 2-6-2T; Granite Rock 0-6-0T No. 10 and Robert Dollar Co. 2-6-2T No. 3. The three engines will power a variety of trains on Saturday March 17, with a tripleheaded passenger special in the morning, and a tripleheaded freight in the afternoon. Both the morning and afternoon Saturday trains will depart from Niles. Sunday will be another all-steam day, with the three locomotives assigned to the regularly scheduled trains out of Sunol on a random basis.
For details - For tickets, contact the PLA at 925-944-5883.
April 15 Vancouver BC - ex CPR 4-6-4 #2860 excursion Vancouver BC to White Rock BC.
For details - West Coast Railway Association
April 20-22 San Pedro CA - AT&SF #4-8-4 #3751 will be at San Pedro Yard between Harbor Blvd. and Sampson Way at 6th Street. It will be on display Friday evening 7pm - 10pm for a SBRHS fundraiser event. The 3751 will also be on display on Saturday 21 from 10am to 4pm for the Centennial Rail Festival which is part of the Port of Los Angeles' 100th Anniversary. On Sunday 22 the 3751 will leave San Pedro at 12noon to return to LA via the Alameda Corridor.
May 3 - 31 Cheyenne UP 4-8-4 #844 Cheyenne-Pacific Northwest tour. The UP advise all timings are subject to change and the train can run early. Cheyenne dep 8am to Rock Springs
For details - UP Railroad
May 4 UP 4-8-4 #844 Rock Springs dep 8am to Pocatello.
May 5 and 6 Santa Margarita CA - 1927 Vulcan narrow gauge 2-4-0 train rides.
May 5 and 6 Fullerton CA - AT&SF 4-8-4 #3751 on display at the Fullerton Railroad Days, returning to LA Redondo Jn sometime after 5pm Sunday.
May 6 UP 4-8-4 #844 Layover and display Boise Station 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
May 12-13 - Cass, Elkins West Virginia - Cass Spring Photo Special. The primary purpose of these trips is to recreate the bygone era of a West Virginia logging railroad. The logging train will consist of two (Saturday) or one (Sunday) geared locomotives, four log cars and a caboose. Railfans ride on the "photo" train which will have a Shay locomotive, a caboose, three tourist cars and an "open" car. On Sunday morning, from the rear of the "open" car, one can watch and photograph the log train engine as it pushes a log car up the steep mountain grades. We plan to use both the Heisler and Shay 4 that is completing its multi-year restoration. Trips are limited to about 75 patrons. All photo locations are manicured for quality photography. The log train (some cars with logs!) is free of tourist cars and railfans. The Saturday trip begins with the spectacular "Three train race" (three trains on three parallel tracks). The Sunday trip is on the ex-Western Maryland RR (now the West Virginia Central). The Photo Specials provide many unique opportunities that are not offered by the regular Cass tourist trains or any of the other special trips run at the Cass Scenic Railroad. About 30 photo runbys will be made during the two-day event.
May13-17 UP 4-8-4 #844 Layover and display Fife 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
May 18-20 - Cass, Elkins West Virginia - Cass Railfan Weekend. Three days of steam and historic diesel railroading with many photo-runbys.
May 19 UP 4-8-4 #844 and SP 4-8-4 #4449 Tacoma - Everett - Tacoma (public excursion - tickets via Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation) . Dep Fife 9am, dep Tacoma Amtrak Station 10am, via Auburn, Kent, Seattle, Edmonds arr Everett Amtrak Station 12noon. Dep Everett 2pm, arr Tacoma 4.30pm and arr Fife 5pm.
May 20 - Mineral WA. Mt Ranier Scenic Railroad. Special train will depart the Mineral Restoration Facility at 10:30 AM, and last approximately two to three hours, depending on the number of photo runbys. Motive power for the trip will be either Heisler #91 or Alco 2-8-2T #17. Tickets are $30 per person. Shop tour included at no extra cost.
May20 and 21 UP 4-8-4 #844 and SP 4449 Layover and display Tacoma Fife Yard 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
May 23 UP 4-8-4 #844 Portland Kenton dep 8am to Hinkle.
May 26 - Oct 14 - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - daily service in each direction between Chama and Antonito.
Commencing May 26 Alamosa CO - ex SP 2-6-0 #1744 to work Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays only on the Alamosa to La Veta passenger excursion trips from May 26 until mid October (date to be confirmed) on San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad .
Commencing May 26 Boone IA - 2-8-2 Chinese JS class #8418 will operate every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 4:00 PM. Trips
will continue until the last weekend of October.
May 27 UP 4-8-4 #844 Nampa dep 8am to Pocatello.
May 29 UP 4-8-4 #844 Pocatello dep 8am to Montpelier.
Daily - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - daily service in each direction between Chama and Antonito.
For details - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Each Sat and Sun Alamosa CO - ex SP 2-6-0 #1744 to work Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays only on the Alamosa to La Veta passenger excursion trips from May 26 until mid October (date to be confirmed) on San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad .
Each Sat and Sun Boone IA - 2-8-2 Chinese JS class #8418 will operate every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 4:00 PM. Trips
will continue until the last weekend of October.
June 2 - Chattanooga TN - Tennessee Valley Railroad 2-8-0 #610 on Chattanooga to Summerville 100 mile round-trip.
June 2-3 - Milwaukee Road #261 4-8-4 two day trip from Minneapolis to Duluth. The destination will be the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. This will include a Duluth to Two Harbors and return optional journey over the North Shore Scenic Railroad on June 2.
June 9 Sherwood OR. NOW to be GN F7 diesel. appearing at the 'Crusin Sherwood' event.
June 13 Alamosa CO - ex SP 2-6-0 #1744 to work special train to Antonito to commemorate the historic San Juan passenger train which last ran in 1951. Alamosa dep 2.45pm to rendezvous with the afternoon narrow gauge arrival from Chama at Antonito. A rare chance to photo standard and narrow gauge steam together. The 1744 will dep Antonito at 5.45 back to Alamosa.
June 14-17 - Skagway Alaska - Trains Unlimited four day steam train event on White Pass and Yukon.
June 15-17 - Byesville, Ohio. Byesville Scenic Railroad holds their Spring Steam Weekend. Ex- CPR 4-6-2 No.1293 will be the power. On June 15, departures will be at 5 and 7:30 p.m.; on June 16 at 11 a.m.; and 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. On June 17 steam trains will run at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m.
June 17 Redmond OR - Mount Emily Shay #1 steam excursion from Redmond.
June 16 and 17 New Haven Kentucky - L&N 4-6-2 #152 will operate on the Kentucky Railway Museum branch line. Saturday depart 11am and 2pm. Sunday depart 1pm and 3.30pm.
June 20 - 24 Chama NM and Antonito CO - (I know its not steam!!) Trips have been cancelled owing to mechanical problems. - 'Galloping Goose' rail motor #5 visiting the Cumbres & Toltec.
June 22 Cheyenne UP 4-8-4 #844 Cheyenne to North Platte - start of #844 'Corn Belt Rocket' tour.
June 23 UP 4-8-4 #844 North Platte to Grand Island arr 1030.
June 23 Prineville OR - Mount Emily Shay #1 steam excursion from Prineville.
June 24 UP 4-8-4 #844 Grand Island dep 8am to Fremont arr 10.30.
June 25 UP 4-8-4 #844 Fremont layover and display 8am to 5pm.
June 25-26 - Ely Nevada - Trains Unlimited special trains on Nevada Northern. Chartered mixed train with #93 on the Keystone Line on June 25, and chartered passenger train with #40 on the Adverse Line on June 26.
June 26 UP 4-8-4 #844 Fremont dep 8am to Boone arr 1.30pm.
June 27 UP 4-8-4 #844 Boone layover and display 8am to 5pm.
June 28 UP 4-8-4 #844 Boone dep 8am to Trenton arr 1pm.
June 29 - July 1 UP 4-8-4 #844 Boone layover and display 8am to 5pm.
June 30 Chama NM - Moonlight special dep Chama 4.45pm to Osier, arr Chama midnight.
Updated July 1 2007
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