posted on May, 25 2015 @ 02:28 AM
After a long and busy weekend, I have returned once again!!
Went up to Pennsylvania on Saturday like I said I was going to do earlier in the week. Myself and a friend of mine made the little under four hour
trip Saturday morning. First, we were going to hit up the Chickentown, yes that's the actual name, Steam Association's annual gathering just south
of Somerset Township. We had hoped to make it there before noon, but we got a little bit side tracked so to speak.
This is the sole reason that we got side tracked in the first place. Here we see eastbound Ford train Q226 (Louisville, KY - Baltimore, MD) dragging
its way east as it makes its way up Sandpatch at Fort Hill, Pennsylvania.
After spending about two hours roaming around the fairgrounds looking at what tractors were operating and the classic cars and trucks on display. We
decided to go spend the rest of the day doing what we were doing earlier and go catch some trains. After punching in one of the locations that I had
in mind on the GPS that we had brought with us. We had made it to our next stop just east of the summit of Sandpatch at Mance, PA. Here we see
eastbound manifest Q368-22 rounding the S curve at Mance just after it dropped off the helpers at Manila.
Seeing as to how nothing was going to be running for a bit coming out of Cumberland, Maryland. We headed off to our final stop at Confluence, PA to
see what we could catch before we had to start back on the four hour trip towards home. Once we got to Confluence, we looked around the area to see if
we could find any interest spots that we would like to try. After a few minutes had came along and gone by. We were greeted by helper set B243-23 as
it rolled west towards Connellsville to go shove another eastbound over the grade.
Once the light we had started to fade away and give way to the night that was about to fall. We made sure that we caught one last train before we left
and we didn't have to wait long for it either. After the helper set and an empty Q217 (Philadelphia, PA - Connellsville, PA) had went by. A train
that we heard the dispatcher talking to as it was leaving Cumberland, Maryland in the form of an L353-23 (Cumberland, MD - Willard, OH) showed up just
before the sun ducked behind the hill and shrouded everything in shadows.
Took several videos as well with the photos that I took. I may throw all of them into one video just to make it easier instead of uploading several
separate ones. For this being my first time on a grade like Sandpatch and only my second time being on the Keystone Subdivision. I didn't do too bad
traffic wise this time!!