A tripleheader to remember…

No, it has nothing to do with baseball!

This was an unscheduled part of a scheduled railroad excursion between Kittanning and (memory serving me correctly) Brookville, PA on the Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad in October of 1975, with steam power being ex-Reading #2102, repainted as Delaware & Hudson #302.

I had ridden this excursion the day before, and the fun part happened on the trip back. Wet leaves on the rail prevented the steam engine from getting enough traction to ascend the grade out of Brookville. So the P&S added two of their EMD SW-9 engines to help. The associated confusion meant an arrival approximately 2 hours late back at Kittanning.

I chased the trip the day after, and got to witness the excitement of a “2 diesel, 1 steam” triple header, with the diesels again added as a safety precaution. That sound of air horns from the diesels and the steam whistle, with the “roar and chuff” as the power passed, was a symphony never to be forgotten!

Those were the days!

Mandy

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(memory serving me correctly) Brookville, PA on the Pittsburg & Shawmut
Railroad in October of 1975, with steam power being ex-Reading #2102, repainted
as Delaware & Hudson #302.

I had ridden this excursion the day before, and the fun part happened on the
trip back. Wet leaves on the rail prevented the steam engine from getting
enough traction to ascend the grade out of Brookville. So the P&S added two
of their EMD SW-9 engines to help. The associated confusion meant an arrival
approximately 2 hours late back at Kittanning.

I chased the trip the day after, and got to witness the excitement of a
“2 diesel, 1 steam) triple header, with the diesels were added as a safety
precaution. That sound of air horns from the diesels and the steam whistle,
with the “roar and chuff” as the power passed, was a symphony never
to be forgotten!

Those
were the days

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(memory serving me correctly) Brookville, PA on the Pittsburg & Shawmut
Railroad in October of 1975, with steam power being ex-Reading #2102, repainted
as Delaware & Hudson #302.

I had ridden this excursion the day before, and the fun part happened on the
trip back. Wet leaves on the rail prevented the steam engine from getting
enough traction to ascend the grade out of Brookville. So the P&S added two
of their EMD SW-9 engines to help. The associated confusion meant an arrival
approximately 2 hours late back at Kittanning.

I chased the trip the day after, and got to witness the excitement of a
“2 diesel, 1 steam) triple header, with the diesels were added as a safety
precaution. That sound of air horns from the diesels and the steam whistle,
with the “roar and chuff” as the power passed, was a symphony never
to be forgotten!

Those
were the days

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