Here's some pictures from Steamtown in Scranton, PA. This place really felt like driving through the wilderness to get to , very nice forest mountain drive though with the Autumn colours. The collection at Scranton is very interesting, whilst the PA RR musuem focused on PA railroads (correctly so), this one was more focused on the collections of several lines, plus a number of Canadian locomotives. Insteam was Canadian National 2-8-2 3254, the running here was different to the other lines in that the location is based on a shed, yard, works and station. The loco therefore pulls out of the shed into the yard area, and sets back through the yard to the viaduct at the west end. From there it switches tracks again, goes forwards once more this time onto the mainline up quite some gradient past the old railroad workshops (and the Mall on the opposite side) upto to the station (which is now a Radisson hotel). After pulling through the station it changes lines and precedes in reverse back to the viaduct, forwards again through the yard and finally reverses back to the shed. The ride takes around 30 minutes, but does give a combination of yard, works, shed and a gradient, so is certainly different to a regular railroad line. (Its great for yard / shed photo oppourtunties and there is a long footbridge running the entire length of the yard and crosses over the mainline to the mall, giving a great overview of the whole site and operations around it). Everything is open to mooch about the shed, yard, sidings the lot..(no orange jackets or fencing here) The feel was a bit like a BR 1980's open day with locos and stock arranged on display all over the place, including a pair of Reading FP7's and 2124, a local and very popular locomotive 4-6-4. and of course Union Pacific Big Boy 4012... my what a big fire box you have.. An SD9 did some shunting and rearrange locos as well as turning some Lackawanna F3's to face the entrance. Of interest was this Canadian 4-6-4 tank engine, apparently the only 4-6-4T preserved in America (certainlly big tank engines is not something ive seen commonly referrred to in the US), this particular one was built for commuter operations around Montreal and must be of interest to Canadian railfans ? Next summer should see Canadian Pacific 2317 return to steam.