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Sun May 10, 2020, 11:34 AM

By Steam Train over Letchworth Park - Grand Canyon of the East. A Rare-Mileage trip on the Erie Ltd.

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Happy Sunday Morning, DU'ers,

For those interested in taking a scenic land cruise through Upstate New York from the comfort of your computer or smartphone, in 2015 my wife & I were passengers on the "Erie Limited": a one-time specially-chartered train recreating the original Erie Railroad train of the same name and pulled by Nickel Plate Road Steam Locomotive #765 on a rare-mileage trip over the former Erie Railroad's now freight-only line between Buffalo and Corning, NY.

The route runs over the Genesee River at Letchworth State Park, sometimes known as the 'Grand Canyon of the East', and along the scenic Canisteo River Valley.

For this railfan, it was a treat to ride not only on track that hasn't seen regular passenger train service in nearly half a century, but to do so behind a steam locomotive as well.

The pics are from my website, https://northamericabyrail.info/

Hope you enjoy!

NICKEL PLATE ROAD 2-8-4 BERKSHIRE CLASS STEAM LOCOMOTIVE #765 ON THE POINT OF THE 'ERIE LIMITED', BUFFALO, NY


GREAT NORTHERN DOME CAR 'PRAIRIE VIEW' ON THE ‘ERIE LIMITED’


IN GREAT NORTHERN DOME CAR 'PRAIRIE VIEW' ON THE ‘ERIE LIMITED’, NORFOLK SOUTHERN BISON YARD, BUFFALO, NY


DEPARTING BISON YARD, BUFFALO, NY


VINTAGE CAR, GRISWOLDS, NY


RAILFANS AT THE STATION IN ATTICA, NY


CROSSING TONAWANDA CREEK, ATTICA, NY


RAILFAN ON ROOF OF HOUSE


CROSSING PORTAGEVILLE BRIDGE, LETCHWORTH STATE PARK, PORTAGEVILLE, NY


OVER THE GENESEE RIVER, LETCHWORTH STATE PARK - 'GRAND CANYON OF THE EAST'


HORDES OF RAILFANS AT PORTAGEVILLE, NY


HORNELL DEPOT


VIEW FROM REAR OF GREAT NORTHERN DOME CAR 'PRAIRIE VIEW', HORNELL, NY


CROSSING A CULVERT, HORNELL, NY


FORMER ERIE RAILROAD, NOW ALSTOM, ERECTING SHOPS AT HORNELL, NY


NORFOLK SOUTHERN BAY-WINDOW CABOOSE, HORNELL, NY


FORMER ERIE RR TRI-LIGHT SIGNAL MAST IN THE CANISTEO RIVER VALLEY


NKP #765 PULLS THE ‘ERIE LIMITED’ THROUGH THE CANISTEO RIVER VALLEY


STEAM IN THE CANISTEO RIVER VALLEY


RAILFANS SHOOTING OUR TRAIN, CANISTEO RIVER VALLEY, NY


REMAINS OF FORMER ERIE RAILROAD WATER TOWER, ADDISON, NY


STATION, ADDISON, NY


PERSON IN CHERRY PICKER WATCHING OUR TRAIN, CORNING, NY


CROSSING THE CANISTEO RIVER, CORNING, NY


NORFOLK SOUTHERN LOCOMOTIVE SHOPS, CORNING NY


NORFOLK SOUTHERN SD40-2 #3491, NORFOLK SOUTHERN SHOPS, CORNING NY


CROSSING A CREEK AT CORNING, NY


ON BOARD THE ‘ERIE LIMITED’, ENTERING CORNING, NY


CORNING, NY


NKP #765 PULLS THE ‘ERIE LIMITED’ FORWARD THROUGH THE WYE AT CORNING, NY


BACKING THROUGH THE WYE AT CORNING, NY


PASSING COAL TRUCK THAT WILL REFUEL NKP#765


FORMER ERIE RR DEPOT, CORNING, NY


IN THE LOUNGE OF SEABOARD LINE SLEEPER-LOUNGE CAR 'HOLLYWOOD BEACH', CORNING, NY


VIEW FROM REAR VESTIBULE OF PULLMAN CAR 'DOVER HARBOR', CORNING, NY

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Reply By Steam Train over Letchworth Park - Grand Canyon of the East. A Rare-Mileage trip on the Erie Ltd. (Original post)
Hiawatha Pete May 10 OP
AJT May 10 #1
Hiawatha Pete May 10 #4
gristy May 10 #2
Hiawatha Pete May 10 #6
bobbieinok May 10 #3
Hiawatha Pete May 10 #7
bobbieinok May 10 #9
Hiawatha Pete May 10 #10
bobbieinok May 10 #11
Mosby May 10 #5
Hiawatha Pete May 10 #8
CaliforniaPeggy May 10 #12
Hiawatha Pete May 10 #13

Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun May 10, 2020, 12:05 PM

1. I have a friend who is a huge rail fan. He's going to be so jealous.

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Response to AJT (Reply #1)

Sun May 10, 2020, 12:16 PM

4. Thanks for sharing & checking out my post!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun May 10, 2020, 12:08 PM

2. Fabulous. Thanks for putting that together with all the captions.

I imagine it added to the excitement with everyone coming out to see the train.

My favorite caption: "PERSON IN CHERRY PICKER WATCHING OUR TRAIN, CORNING, NY"

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Response to gristy (Reply #2)

Sun May 10, 2020, 12:25 PM

6. It was really something to see all those people lining the tracks...

Made us feel like President Jimmy Carter during his whistle-stop campaign tour...

...Did get a real kick out of seeing the guy in the cherry picker too...

Thanks for the compliment and for checking out my pics!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun May 10, 2020, 12:13 PM

3. Thanks for posting these great photos! And link! Am sending to ex, big railfan

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Response to bobbieinok (Reply #3)

Sun May 10, 2020, 12:27 PM

7. My pleasure,

Thanks for the compliment and for sharing my link!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #7)

Sun May 10, 2020, 12:33 PM

9. In early 70s we took train ride up to resort in Northern Scandinavia

It was in a book he had about the world's 20 greatest train rides

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Response to bobbieinok (Reply #9)

Sun May 10, 2020, 12:49 PM

10. Cool!

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In my college years during summer break I rode the train in Norway from Trondheim to Oslo...

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #10)

Sun May 10, 2020, 12:55 PM

11. IIRC I rode that train summer of 62 at end of my study in Hamburg

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun May 10, 2020, 12:17 PM

5. K and R

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Response to Mosby (Reply #5)

Sun May 10, 2020, 12:27 PM

8. Thanks for checking out my pics!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sun May 10, 2020, 01:59 PM

12. Wow, love your travel photos!

These are truly special.

What a fun trip that must have been.

Thanks for sharing them, my dear Hiawatha Pete!



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #12)

Sun May 10, 2020, 03:08 PM

13. Thanks for the compliments and for checking out my pics, California Peggy!

My pleasure - as always I enjoy showing them off.

Thought I'd post some pics from the Eastern half of the continent...It was a really great trip.

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