Reading & Northern 425 leads an Autumn Leaf Excursion over the 1000 foot long, 168 foot tall Hometown High Bridge on its way to Jim Thorpe.
On a gorgeous fall evening, Reading & Northern 425 leads the first autumn leaf excursion of the year at Miller's Crossing, bound for Port Clinton and the new Outer Station.
The 425 is nearing the summit with 14 cars and an assist from EMD, with the signal beckoning her toward Nesquehoning Junction. The branch to the left leads to Delano Junction.
The 425 pauses while the trainman bends the iron from the Tremont Branch to the Minersville Branch.
A PRR cabin car sits patiently in the background as the Hogger watches for signals from his brakeman while making switching movements in the east end of the CNJ yard at Jim Thorpe.
Splitting EardrumsReading & Northern's ex-GM&O Pacific has a bit of a reputation for being one really loud locomotive. It doesn't help that the narrow walls of the Lehigh Gorge only... (more)
As the final passengers board the train towards the end of the platform, the fireman gives 425 a full head of steam for departure, as proven by the popping safety valve. In a few minutes, the 3:00... (more)
Departing Jim Thorpe with cylinder cocks wide open, 425 surrounds itself with exhaust while giving the nearby cars a pressurized steam cleaning.
Thunder in the GorgeFour and a Quarter charges unassisted thru the rock cut at Glen Onoko, splitting my ear drums with the sound of her exhaust at 40 mph echoing off the rock walls.... (more)
In the blink of an eye, R&N #425 races across the bridge at Glen Onoko falls carrying eager passengers towards Old Penn Haven during July 4th weekend festivities. This bridge is shared between the... (more)
Blast off in 3...2...1... R&N #425 has the highball and with 210 pounds of steam quickly accelerates up through the Lehigh Gorge State Park putting on a show for railfans and passengers alike.
The master and the apprentice: Engineer Chris Bost, a veteran of the Reading & Northern steam team for over 30 years, speaks with Tim Haefner about the ins and outs of former GM&O #425. Passing on... (more)
Man and his Machine: Engineer Shane Frederickson in a backlit morning scene monitors the steam gauge as he prepares to unleash 210 lbs of steam on the Lehigh Gorge State Park.
Middle of winter steam charter in PA? Done!
R&N #425, with her throttle to the roof and the nation's colors waving in the wind, makes the grade at Glen Onoko with a train full of railfans for Memorial Day weekend 2017.