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NRHS Lehigh Rambler Part 2 6/26/2010

by Chris Guenzler

We all detrained at Jim Thorpe and I headed to lunch at the Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse with Yoshitaka Matsuo, our NRHS member from Tokyo, Japan. I had a hamburger and enjoyed his company. After lunch I took him for a railfan tour of Jim Thorpe.

The Jim Thorpe Station.

Reading and Northern SW-8 800 at Jim Thorpe.

All the cabooses were still there from my last visit in May.

Reading and Northern 425.

Reading and Northern 425 coming back out onto the mainline.

Reading and Northern 425 backing to get water before we continued our trip to Port Clinton.

The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railroad train returns to Jim Thorpe.

Reading and Northern 2000.

The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railroad train heads to the Jim Thorpe Station.

Reading and Northern 425 and Reading and Northern SW-8 800.

The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railroad train waiting for its 1:00 PM departure. I walked over to my favorite tree in Jim Thorpe and called Lets Talk Trains.

The Jim Thorpe Station.

Two views of me under my tree. At 1:45 PM they allowed us to reboard the train for the trip to Port Clinton. They moved the open air car to the other end of the train and the first class cars to our end. It caused passengers nothing but confusion. The train left right at 2:15 PM.

The train left Jim Thorpe.

The train went under the main road bridge in Jim Thorpe.

We went by the turntable which turned the Reading and Northern 425. The train took us to Nesquehoning Jct and we went up the line towards Port Clinton and then unloaded for a pair of Photo Runbys. The first would be on the bridge we came on this morning into Jim Thorpe over the Lehigh River.

Photo Runby 3. We all moved over to our new route for the next photo runby.

Photo Runby 4. After that we all reboarded the train for the rest of the trip to Port Clinton. The train went west through the town of Nesquehoning.

The train passed Lake Hauto and Greenwood Lake before running through Hometown.

View on the way to the Hometown Trestle.

The train crossed the Hometown Trestle, a 981 foot long span which was constructed in 1931 and crosses the Little Schuylkill.

Two views of the countryside on the way to Haucks where our route would start a 180 degree turn in direction from going west to heading east in a short distance.

An interesting building along our route.

The train making its way to the Tamaqua Tunnel.

The train entered the Tamaqua Tunnel.

The train exiting the Tamaqua Tunnel before we headed to Tamaqua.

Interesting crossing protection in Tamaqua.

There is this railroad display in Tamaqua.

The former Reading Station in Tamaqua.

A tower in Tamaqua.

Curving out of the Tamaqua yard as we head to Port Clinton.

The train chasers were out in force along PA 343. I relaxed the rest of the way to Port Clinton.

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad 4-8-4 614.

Reading 4-8-4 2102. The train arrived into Port Clinton and I got on the first bus back to Scranton. Once we were filled we left heading down US 19 then east on Interstate 78 then north on Penn Turnpike 475 north to Interstate 81 which took us back to Scranton. Once off the bus the NRHS 2010 Convention was done. I got my rental car out of the parking structure for free then drove Interstate 81 south through Harrisburg and gassed up at Shippensburg. Back on Interstate 81 I had to cross the panhandles of Maryland and West Virginia into Virginia where I got off in Winchester and stayed the night at the Best Western Lee Jackson Inn.