As for Caden, he was most impressed with the H. & B.T. 316 red caboose that we visited. We climbed the stairs to the rear of the caboose and when we entered we saw a small stove that was used to keep the train crew warm in the winter as well used for cooking. Next to the stove was a place to store coal which was used as fuel for the stove. In the center of the caboose was a cupola with windows where the crew could sit in order to see both directions when the train was in motion. The seats were padded and there were wooden shutters on the windows.
|Caden changing the signal lights. It is set to STOP at present|
with up and down meaning PROCEED and the three lights on
a diagonal meaning PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
|Entrance to underneath Engine #1187 was on the other side.|
|The belly of #1187|
|Engineer Caden in the 1963 General Electric engine #4465.|
A few of my favorite moments at the museum were viewing some of the displays that were interspersed among the engines and cars. The following photos will show you some of the displays:
|How they made repairs to the tracks.|
|Transporting perishables and cold goods.|
|This was one of two horse-drawn hearse's that were on display.|
|Extremely well-restored horse-drawn Dairy wagon.|
The final two engines that I enjoyed were the Baldwin Locomotive Works #20 which was made in Philadelphia and the 1939 replica John Bull engine which was made for the 1940 World's Fair in New York. The Pennsylvania Railroad constructed the John Bull in the Juniata, PA shops and it also made an appearance at the 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair before finally arrived in Strasburg in 1970 for restoration. It since then has appeared at rail gatherings from California to British Columbia. The original John Bull is housed in the Museum of American History in Washington, DC and was last operated 35 years ago. Both engines remind me of the glory days of railroading in the United States. Can't you just see either one of them puffing along the tracks in the countryside? It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.
|The Baldwin Locomotive Works #20.|
|The replica of the John Bull.|