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FAVORITE LOCATIONS

PERRYVILLE, MARYLAND - CSX crosses the Susquehanna on a long, high bridge, with a big
truss brige section near the eastern side.  Sometimes trains will be waiting for clearance at the
siding a half mile east.  The old PRR Port Road runs along the river, goes under the CSX bridge,
and meets the Northeast Corridor on a wye.  Train action starts around 9 PM at the wye.  At the
wye is a station with plenty of parking.  There is a model railroad in the station but I don't know
the hours it's open.  You can also watch the action on the Corridor as MARC trains stop at the
station and Amtrak trains slow for the bridge.

READING, PENNSYLVANIA - There is a nice place to watch trains at
Belt Line Junction, at
the parking lot of the Reading Family Restaurant on Route 61 jsut north of Rt 12.  NS trains come
off the Belt Line and from Reading Yard headed for Allentown, plus Reading and Northern trains
run to Reading Yard.  A few miles north is
Temple Station, where R&N and RT&HS have some
RDG train equipment stored. A few miles south is
Valley Junction, a few blocks off Pennsylvania
Avenue, where a wye sees trains running in four directions: Philadelphia, Rutherford, Reading
Yard, and Allentown.  Further up Rt. 61 is
Leesport (RCT&HS collection) and Port Clinton
(Reading & Northern shops and offices).

ALLENTOWN, PA -
Allentown Yard is a big hump yard off River Road.  You can see the
hump operations easily here, right up close.  The remnants of the Reading's Saucon Yard are in
nearby
Hellertown, behind the Wendy's.  The roundhouse, power house, and coal bunker are still
standing.

HORSESHOE CURVE -  At
Gallitzin, you can see the trains from an overpass as they come out
of the tunnels.  At
Cressona you can see the main line plus the engine terminal.  At Cassandra is
a nice overpass to watch the action.  
Horseshoe Curve itself is nice, but the trees have grown too
high to get a good view until the trains are right in front of you.  At
Altoona Station, there is a nice
pedestrian overpass at the foot of the grade and the PRR museum is right next door.

CUMBERLAND, MD - Lots of CSX action here. Big yard, loco shops, working turntable just
off the road.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad runs out of the WM station (see below).  The
westbound Capital Limited stops around 6:15 PM at the downtown station, and from there you
can pace it all the way up the Narrows and beyond.  Further up the hill is
Sandpatch Grade.
Tunnel is just off PA 160.  
MUSEUMS AND TOURIST RAILROADS
           These are a few of my favorites:

B&O Railroad Museum - Great collection of equipment, mostly B&O, C&O, and WM, much
of it outside, with older pieces housed in a unique roundhouse. Recent snowstorm caused major
damage to roundhouse roof and several classic pieces of the collection.
Wilmington and Western - trains run along scenic B&O branch from Prices Corner to
Hockessin. Occasionally you'll see a PRR doodlebug.
Strasburg Rail Road - even if you're not riding, there is plenty of action to see.  Across the street
is the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Nearby is the TCA's Toy Train Museum.
Pennsylvania Live Steamers - On Rt 23, 3 miles north of Collegeville.  Public open-house days
on the last Sundays of June, July, and August.  Lots of large model trains to watch and ride, from
G gauge to 1 1/2 inch scale.
Leesport, PA - Reading Company Technical and Historical Society has lots of Reading
equipment here: C630, GP30, U33, FP7, RS3, SW1, several other engines, Blueliners, and lots of
cabooses.
Wanamaker Kempton and Southern - located north of Reading, this is a nice little tourist line
out in the country, with several nice Reading pieces, a little 0-6-0, and a 45-ton siderod switcher.
East Broad Top - captures aura of steam-era short line like no other.  Runs on summer
weekends. Fall Spectacular every October.  Nearby is Rockhill Trolley Museum.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad - Trains run up the grade to Frostburg at 11:30 and return
around 3.  Diesel on Thursday, steam on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  
www.wmsr.com
At Perryville, MD, southbound CSX unit
passes high above our vantage point on
the Port Road.
Western Maryland Scenic #734 takes a
spin on the Frostburg turntable.
Close Clearance!  Maryland Midland 301
pulls a train along street trackage in
Union Bridge, MD.
East Broad Top hoppers rest in the
overgrown dual-gauge yard at Mount
Union.
A sea of freight cars....The covered hopper
has just rolled off the hump at Allentown
Yard.
A smooth-running GE siderod 45 tonner
covers the WK&S schedule on a mild Sept.
29, 2002.
The East Broad Top awakens to a chilly
October morning during the 1997 Fall
Spectacular.
The prototype kitbashes too!  What's left of a
Reading and Northern hopper at Port Clinton.
9/27/02