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US rail tour to cover Northeast landmarks

Published: October 4, 2013
Cass Shay Wrinn
Cass Scenic Railroad three-truck Shay No. 5 rolls near Spruce, W.Va.
Photo by Jim Wrinn
NEW YORK – An extensive tour of east coast steam and museums operations, including a tour of Jerry Jacobsen’s Age of Steam Roundhouse, will be conducted next September to as a fundraiser for the “The Wolsztyn Experience,” a British-based organization that runs the “Your Hand on The Throttle” Steam Program in Wolsztyn, Poland. The program allows members of the public to operate a main line steam locomotive in Poland.

Organizers say the primary tour objective is to enable participants to do things they cannot do on their own. It will offer exclusive access, behind-the scenes tours, and charter trains with photo run-bys. The nine-day bus tour starts at Grand Central Terminal in New York on Sept. 13, 2014, and ends in Baltimore on Sept. 21 Participants can then return to New York using Amtrak. The tour features:
  • Nearly 100 Steam Locomotives representing a great range of eras and wheel arrangements,
  • Eight Private Steam Charters (many with freight cars); including New Hope & Ivyland, Black River & Western, Strasburg Rail Road, Wilmington & Western, Durbin & Greenbrier Valley, Cass Scenic, Age Of Steam (former Ohio Central), and Steam Into History in New Freedom, Pa.,
  • Three Regularly Scheduled Steam Trains; including: Steamtown, Strasburg and Western Maryland Scenic,
  • All Three Types of geared Logging locomotives in operation: Shay, Heisler, and Climax,
  • The tour will be the first public group to see Jerry Jacobson’s new “Age Of Steam” roundhouse and photograph one of his locomotives pulling a photo freight.
  • Visits to four major steam museums and two trolley museums including: Steamtown, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Age Of Steam Roundhouse, B&O Railroad Museum, Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton, Pa. and the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington, Pa.
The tour cost, based on double occupancy, is $3,375.00. For a private room, the single supplement is $375.00. A $750.00 deposit is required within two weeks of making a reservation. Organizers say 50 percent of the space is already sold. For an illustrated 10-page brochure, e-mail Carl Franz at cmfrr@aol.com, or call him at 240-720-8686. His mailing address is: Carl Franz, 16620 Shea Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.
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CARL FRANZ from MARYLAND said:
The email address for additional information on this Eastern US Steam Tour is correct as stated in the posting: "cmfrr@aol.com" Several people have called saying that "cmfrrr@aol.com" didn't work. I guess they all misread the address.

We are now about 75% sold. Thank you, Trains Newswire. As per other posts: Our clients all seem to be serious railfans. And, yes, we will insist on proper photoline etiquette.
EDWARD H MILLER from OHIO said:
I tried the cmfrrr@aol.com email address and it came back as no good.
5 stars
JOHN V WEBER from NEW YORK said:
Do TRAINS readers think that a comprehensive railroad tour like the one described could be designed to attract the non-railfanning public just like any other historic/cultural tour, to instill a knowledge and appreciation of the role that railroads played in U.S. development? (Of course, photo runby discipline would have to be laid down and enforced!!)
JAMES E FREEMAN from TEXAS said:
All big time railroading tours seem to take place in THE EASTERN UNITED STATES. Visit that part of the U.S. OR LIVE THERE, You will understand why..In the southern U.S. where train travel is sparse, people laugh at you if you tell them you are riding AMTRAK..While in DALLAS, TX. on business, when it was time to return home, I ask to be taken to the AMTRAK station....They could not believe me, even laughed..No one traveled by train. Therefore, there will never be a tour
JOHN V WEBER from New York said:
This looks like major competition with the annual NRHS convention. But competition is a good thing and serves to elevate the quality and/or lower the price of the product offered. My railfan cap is off to the organizers! offeredthe
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