CP Executive train in Albany

CP Executive train in Albany

Monday, June 13, 2022

Steamtown-bound engines (1986)

Steamtown National Historic Site is a national park dedicated to the role that steam locomotives played in the American industrial revolution. It started off as a collection of railroad equipment owned by F. Nelson Blount, who in 1964 established the Steamtown Foundation to operate Steamtown USA in Bellows Falls, Vermont. By 1984, the venture couldn't financially sustain itself and it closed. 

Part of the collection of steam engines stored in Vermont were moved to Scranton in 1986, via the Delaware and Hudson. Here is a shot from June 1986 taken in Oneonta showing a freight train passing by some of the engines destined for Steamtown. The steamers are separated by gondolas, probably to spread out the weight of the train. Also, the first car of the freight train looks like a high-wide load (possibly from Schenectady's General Electric Plant?). 

Who knew that 35+ years later Blount's collection would live on (and sadly, neither the D&H nor Guilford as railroads would)? Here are some pictures from when I visited Steamtown N.H.S. in 2019.

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