Friday, June 10, 2011

Railfanning - F unit weekend, Part - 2

Hi, Sunday, June 5, was the reason Jim and I went to Scranton, PA. A short trip was operated that morning by the Anthracite Railroad Historical Society behind a pair of F3s just repainted from a tangerine and blue Central RR of New Jersey paint scheme into a Delaware Lackawanna & Western freight paint scheme. Number 664 is owned by the ARHS while number 663 is owned by the Tri-State Chaper of the NRHS. During the early afternoon the ARHS's RS-3, freshly painted in CNJ green, operated on the Steamtown shuttle.

There were may opportunities to photograph the F3s at a number of different locations. The train was stopped for awhile at each photo stop so still photographers could get multiple angles and photo runs were made at some of them for the videographers.

The first photo is at Tower 6 as our train heads for the Steamtown loading platform.

We had a brief amount of time at the loading platform.

After boarding our train we headed east about a 1/4 mile. We then unloaded at our first photo stop, a tower just east of the former Lackawanna station, now a Radisson Hotel.

From there we headed to the east portal of Nay Aug tunnel.

Winton siding, between Elmhurst and Dunmore, PA was as far as the train went. A signal bridge just west of the siding provided a photo prop for the train headed both east and west. The photo below shows the train headed east.

After the locomotives ran around the train a photo run was made headed east.

Finally the train posed under the signal bridge. The highway in the background is I-380.

On our way back to Steamtown we once again stopped at the tower west of Lackawanna station.

Our train spent awhile at the Steamtown platform allowing a variety of shots,

including this one of both our train and the Steamtown shuttle.

While the shuttle was waiting for its second run of the day the F3s were put away. The Reading FP7s rest in the background.

As the weather was not very good we only photographed 2 runs of the shuttle. It is shown here at its loading area,

from the foot bridge from Steamtown into the mall, and

at Tower 60.

Finally, a shot of the Reading FP7s and the DL&W F3s side by side.

I hope you enjoyed the photos. I had a great time with Jim on the trip.

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