Back under steam for only two years, in 2003 the 6325 pulled a “photo freight special” which operated out of Sugar Creek, Ohio on the Ohio Central Railroad. Using only vintage equipment behind 6325, we get to imagine we are seeing a steam train of days long gone. The consist behind GTW 6325 is kept pure, as the photographers rode in a special escort diesel train behind the steam special. (We’ll see a couple shots of it as well, since it had vintage FP9 power.) After the runbys north of Sugar Creek we see some shots at the depot with orders being handed up to the crews with the order hoop.
In the afternoon, we begin with a cab ride in the 6325 before seeing more runbys south of town as we head south. We then board the caboose and shoot some out of the cupola and later off the rear of the caboose as we speed southward to a new runby location. In the late afternoon sun we do several runpasts near Pearl in the fall colors of October in eastern Ohio. The 6325 put on a fine show with everything from start-up shots to fast runbys. Former Grand Trunk Western railroad 4-8-4 number 6325 was rebuilt and first operated in 2001(See “6325 Return to Steam”).