steam locomotive on Sunday

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StuInMcCandless
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An authentic 1944 steam locomotive will be running excursions up and down the track along the East Busway on Sunday. Great viewing from any of the bridges over the tracks. I’m not sure how far east it is traveling, but likely at least Homewood.

So, while you’re aht & abaht on your bikes, if you hear a train whistle, yep, it’s for real. It’s been many years since we had a steamer in the city, and many decades since we had hundreds of them a day.

I’m told it might be in town on Saturday, too, coming in from the direction of Conway Yards (along 65, about 15 miles downstream on the Ohio River).

Video. Warning: Loud!


steevo
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Whoah. What is the reason?


Anonymous #

Wow, that is very cool! Any tips on when/where to be to see it?


ejwme
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yeah – why is it here? Is it a passenger one? That is awesome :D


Anonymous #

Well, I’m not sure this is the one Stu is talking about…but how many steam locomotives could be in the area?

(Nearly) live GPS tracking: http://fortwaynerailroad.org/locate.html


Vannevar
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wow. how can we obtain tickets?


StuInMcCandless
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Some background info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickel_Plate_765

I’m still looking for a travel itinerary.


Steven
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The map at Mattjackets’s link shows the train making runs to Homewood, PA, near Elwood City, this weekend, not the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Hope nobody’s confusing the two.

It looks like the train’s Twitter feed is active, so I guess anybody with a Twitter account could just ask them for their schedule.


Anonymous #

I would like to see this train. I don’t do twitter, so if someone has a schedule please post. THanks.


buffalo buffalo
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Per the twitter feed (which you don’t need an account to read, just to talk back, fwiw), they’re at conway now. I didn’t read in depth but it sounds like they’ll be in the area a while; there’s reference to leaving altoona on the 20th.

The map posted at http://www.765.org/locate.html doesn’t seem to work on my phone, unfortunately.


Anonymous #

Once we figure out this thing’s schedule, I think a group ride to see it will be in order.

Mobile tracking link


StuInMcCandless
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I would *so* love to be on a bridge over the tracks when this thing goes past. That’s been on my bucket list since I was a teenager.


Anonymous #

I was thinking exactly the same thing Stu. I imagined watching it roll under the bike bridges on the GAP just past The Waterfront. Then I realized that the thing vents steam and nasty coal-fire exhaust from the top. Steam burns. So….maybe I’ll watch from the side of a bridge!


edmonds59
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I need to rent Trainspotting.


ejwme
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but the big question is if they have a bike car or roll-on service.

I’m in if there’s a ride, please post. I’ll carpool if needed (if it’s not inside the city).


Anonymous #

Tweeted this afternoon: “765 out of Conway this weekend at 9, 12, 3, 6 on Saturday, 9, and 12 Sunday. Trips start east in the mornings and alternate directions.”

Train schedule in 140 characters


StuInMcCandless
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Do we know for sure where it’s going? One source said out along the East Busway, another said just along PA65.


buffalo buffalo
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The map at http://www.765.org/locate.html suggests just along 65 to “CP Bell” in Chateau. It looks as though it’ll go on the bridge to Brunot, then reverse (the drawn line terminates mid-river…)

http://fortwaynerailroad.org/2012-excursion-schedule/ says

August 11th – Conway Yard – OC Bridge (2 trips)

August 12th – Conway Bridge – Homewood Junction (2 trips)

Staff are responding to comments on that page, btw.


StuInMcCandless
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9:20 a.m., it’s headed east!

Follow @nickelplate765 for up-to-the-minute updates.

And the Homewood they’re referring to is north of Beaver Falls, where the Turnpike crosses the Beaver River.

Here, the closest it is getting to the city is the bridge over Brunot’s Island. The McKees Rocks Bridge will be a great vantage point. So will Island and Beaver by the old PAT HQ, or by Alcosan. Apparently it will travel toward the city to that bridge, cross it, reverse, cross it in reverse to the other direction, and then reverse again to head back downstream. (In railroad parlance, that’s called a “wye”.)


StuInMcCandless
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If I am to believe the website, it’s in Manchester RIGHT NOW, 10 a.m.


schmenjamin
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It appeared to make a brief stop by Allegheny Commons around 11am today. Lots of curious people stopped to take pictures. Fair warning, this thing is loud.


StuInMcCandless
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So it takes off again for the city at 3, here around 3:40 to 4:00.

Excellent vantage points: Rox Bridge, Island & Beaver, California & Marshall, Columbus Ave bridge by Calif Ave, Eckert at Beaver near Alcosan & the jail.

If you have a car, go out by Emsworth Lock & Dam.


edmonds59
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Are you able to get near the Emsworth Lock & dam? Last time I tried to get near there to show the kids it was all razor wired off due to some Home land security rationale.


StuInMcCandless
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Close enough to see a train real easy. There’s a point beyond which you cannot go, but getting to the tracks is easy. Park about 200 yards away on the level approaching street.

I was there about two hours ago and got a couple of pics for the Wheelset game.


Anonymous #

Any good recommendations on where to catch this VIA bike on North Side? I know the tracks it is in is elevated along the bike trail there. Not really trying to make my preggo wife adventure too much.


StuInMcCandless
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I mentioned a couple of spots about four posts up. River trail to old jail, then over to Beaver & Eckert, is close to level and traffic free.

Train will climb up to the bridge to cross Beaver Ave and over the river, then will reverse over that same bridge to over on the N Side. If you are on NSide (like at Brighton & North) expect to see the back end of the train first. Once it is clear of the switch from the bridge (I’m not sure where that is), it will go back north/west/downstream/away from the city. At that point, it will be at street level at Island at Beaver.


wassat
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heard this this morning ~10am in manchester, was all WTF??

thanks stu, A+ reporting job.


StuInMcCandless
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!!!

Steam locomotive at Emsworth lock & dam


StuInMcCandless
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Video! With me in it, too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56cy2jhCwo0

This was a bit earlier, up at Osborne (just toward the city from Sewickley).

I didn’t realize the train was going to be on the track I was sitting right next to. I ducked out of the way when I realized I was going to get a blast of cinders from about five feet away. Which is why I’m 10 feet away in the Emsworth pic.


edmonds59
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Holy crap. I knew it would be a train, and trains are cool. But as a gearhead who has WD40 mixed in with his red blood cells, HOLY CRAP IS THAT BADASS. Thanks Stu.


StuInMcCandless
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One more chance to see this Sunday morning! About the same schedule as on Saturday. It leaves Conway at 9, will reverse into the North Side about 9:45, then head back to Conway.

I’d say your best vantage point is along Beaver between Eckert (Alcosan, jail) and the elevated bridge. Try to be down there as soon after 9:30 as you can.

If you want to be above it, go to the McKees Rocks Bridge; the sidewalks are open on both sides (despite the “sidewalk closed” signs that have been sitting there since they completed the reconstruction job in 2009). Best access is river trail to the old jail, Beaver, Eckert, L McClure, L Antrim, R Fleming, L Davis, cross California, to end of street, staircase to corner of PA65 at McKees Rocks Bridge, cross 65, get on a sidewalk and look down.


Anonymous #

Yes. Stu, thanks you very much for the info. I will have some pics and video to share. I thought it was really neat the distinctly different sounds it made in reverse as compared to moving forward. Pretty cool.


StuInMcCandless
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It will be headed for Harrisburg Monday morning. There is no other way to get there other than straight through Pittsburgh and along the East Busway.

The plan, as I know it, is to leave Conway around 8 a.m., which would put it across the Allegheny and into the city between 8:30 and 9.


edmonds59
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The boy and I timed it perfectly on the way to the tryabike. We drove right along side it going down 65! Then we stood on California or something and watched it go back by. Spectacular.


StuInMcCandless
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10:38, the steamer is headed for town, will be through by 11!


Anonymous #

I just heard it roll through up on Troy Hill here. Wish I had a better vantage point to see the tracks from up here. Again, many thanks for the info Stu, made my Wife, kid, and myself’s day checking out that awesome machinery.


StuInMcCandless
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They’ll be rolling back through here on Monday, 8/20, per their tweets (@NickelPlate765).


rice rocket
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First useful use of Twitter I’ve ever encountered.


Erica
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From the front window of my work, I was able to see it roll through the strip this morning


Anonymous #

I timed our tandem ride today so we were on Edgewood Avenue (which parallels the tracks and Busway) when 765 came through. Got some great photos. Thank you for posting the info and links about this.

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