Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Yesterday I took my dad (an old railroad man) to Portsmouth to see an old Norfolk & Western steam engine and passenger train that's been restored. It was locked behind a fence, which meant we had to offroad his wheelchair across a grassy expanse to get a good look, which was not easy work for yours truly. But it was worth it, because he was thrilled.

Here is an article about the engine, with photos showing what it looked like after sixty years of neglect (very, very rusty!) and what it looks like now. This is a big engine, designed for pulling trains up into the mountains-- its coal tender is very nearly as long as the engine, which is unusual.

Here are additional pictures of the engine, tender, cars and caboose (site takes a while to load due to lots of pictures!).

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