Steam & Diesel Excursions in the 1980s

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The 1980s were an exciting time in the development of the railroads and for railroad preservation. We take a look at a couple of Pennsylvania successes, the Blue Mountain & Reading and Steamtown.

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The 1980s were an exciting time in the development of the railroads and for railroad preservation. We take a look at a couple of Pennsylvania successes, the Blue Mountain & Reading and Steamtown.

Upstart short line railroad Blue Mountain & Reading RR operated on a short 13-mile segment of Pennsylvania RR trackage. While the freight business grew, the railroad put 4-6-2 no 425 and later 4-8-4 no 2102 to use hauling tourist trains in season. Steamtown USA, a tourist operation of the Steamtown Foundation, relocated from Bellows Falls, VT to Scranton, PA in 1984. Steam and diesel locomotives ran on an ever-expanding amount of trackage of the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad in the Pocono Mountains.

Although this volume focuses primarily on the Blue Mountain & Reading and Steamtown USA, we also see brief scenes of Strasburg’s PRR 1223 & 7002 doubleheader on the former PRR mainline and Rail Tours’ CNJ 1554.

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2 reviews for Steam & Diesel Excursions in the 1980s

  1. T.A.R.

    GREAT FILM ABOUT PURE 80’S STEAM. SEE THE BLUE MOUNTAIN AND READING AND STEAM TOWN LINES. LOTS OF IN YOUR FACE ACTION AND GREAT SCENERY IN THIS ONE. 5 STARS AND 50 MINUTES LONG.

  2. Adam Bass

    Great DVD with lots of steam action from the 80s wish I could have been around then

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