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Old 04-16-2007, 12:47 PM   #1
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Steam train - a different kind of travel

I am sure many on this forum can appreciate the age of the steam trains. On April th the City of White Rock, BC, a small community situated on the Ocean to the west and the south borders on the US border at Blaine,WA and the Peace Arch border crossing, celebrated it's 50th birthday.

To commemorate this event a vintage steam engine, the Royal Hudson, made a 2 hour trip from Vancouver to White Rock, touring through parts of Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, Delta, Crescent Beach (part of south Surrey) and finally ended up in White Rock. We were fortunate enough to be on the train with several hundred others. People were here from all over North America for the ride, and all along the route people were out taking pictures of the train and waving and applauding. This train was lovingly restored by mostly retired railroad employees over the past many years. This is probably the only time this train will make this trip. I thought you may enjoy a few pictures - for some of you this will potentially bring back your own memories of rail travel with a steam engine. There is also a second train in the line up - one of the first series of diesel trains, that was in the line-up in case there were problems with the steam engine - this being it's first trip out since it's rebuild.

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Old 04-16-2007, 12:53 PM   #2
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Great photos. Steams are so great. We have a steam line here in Connecticut that runs along the Connecticut River and they have a very nice dinner train that runs every weekend. A really nice trip and the food is pretty good too. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 04-16-2007, 01:07 PM   #3
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I live in Blaine and watched the train from my deck across Boundry Bay. I'm a Model Railroader and really enjoyed the chance to see a full size steamer again.
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Despite the tragedy happening today at Virginia Tech, they have an outstanding archive of old steam engine photos.

In fact, they have the entire corporate collection of the Norfolk & Western.
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Old 04-16-2007, 02:46 PM   #5
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For those of us who like to dine on the rails, I can envision a vacation where someone could drive to a location, have a meal served to them on board a dinner train, and spend the night in a local RV or state park with their Airstream. Repeat this daily for the duration of your vacation. All the fun of Airstreaming, without the dirty dishes. Win-win.
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Something about steam that just gets builds makes things seem better. Out here in hill country TX we are patiently waiting for the return of the Hill Country Flyers locomotive. THe flter still runs with a vintage diesel, but the steam engine is being completely refit and maybe next year we hope.

Love the pictures!

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