Chasing Trains

I told you last week that we were going off for a little adventure, and now I will tell you about it; we went off chasing trains. Of course this isn’t the sort of thing that She Who Must Be Obeyed would normally volunteer for, but she decided to be a good sport for this one… and bless her for it!

We headed off Thursday morning in the direction of York, PA to a small town called New Freedom, the home of Steam Into History, the home of Number 17, the “York”. Β “York” is a 4-4-0 American type locomotive built by Rogers in the late 1850’s that worked on this line during the Civil War Era. Β This particular line was the route that Abraham Lincoln took to nearby Gettysburg in November 1863 to make his famous Address, and was a key supply line for the Union. Upon arrival, we took the early ride to Glen Rock…

After our return to New Freedom, we took a lunch break, and then set off to catch the train on its Hannover Junction run that afternoon.

Oh yes, that is the really fun part. First you need to guess where it is, then you need to get there…

…and then you can get up close and personal (well, sort of) with the train. Obviously you don’t get in the way, that would be a loosing encounter… but then you don’t need to be all that close to feel the engine. The ground vibrates, and then the sight, sound and fury of the locomotive as is passes by…

…followed by the rattle of the cars… no wonder I revert to being a 10-year-old on such occasions.

This little sequence took place when the train passed through Glen Rock on its way home to New Freedom.

The next day, we chased a different train… but we’ll save that one for another time. If you ever get the chance to do this, be sure to take your camera; it’s a blast!

Here’s a little video, courtesy of SWMBO; I’m the one taking pictures in the distance…

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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12 Responses to Chasing Trains

  1. paulfg says:

    SWMBO got some very flirty toots as the train came by! Whereas you the enthusiast … came straight by you without a sound! πŸ™‚

    Lovely, Don – thank you!! πŸ˜‰

  2. Bette Cox says:

    Lovely train – did you actually ride on / in it? Never have gone train chasing but I live in a railroad town so have seen lots of trains through the years. We actually have an old locomotive as a museum exhibit… but where is the caboose? I love cabooses almost as much as steam engines. Look forward to your next train chase! πŸ™‚

  3. robsblogname says:

    Awesome pictures!

  4. That was so nice! I thoroughly enjoyed it Don. Thanks for that historical stroll, complete with video! Loved it.
    Katie 🌻

  5. What beauties, Don! Bet you had an amazing time!

  6. Kristi Ann says:

    Wonderful Pictures and I love this old Train Video!! πŸ˜€

    Love ❀ Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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