Above: Club members are interviewed by the local paper, the Review Times, about the railfan park. Photo Credit: Bob MacGregor

Keystone Bound - Club Trip 2013
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Above: Ed Forsthye of the Mifflin County Model Railroad Club shows off the club's model of Rockville Bridge. Photo Credit: Bob MacGregor

Article By: Bob MacGregor

The 2013 edition of the club trip included thirteen club members who had a great railfan trip to some of the club’s usual spots plus several new ones. Fostoria, Deshler and Marion, OH were as good if not better than usual. On our way from Marion to Altoona, PA, we took a side trip to Sugarcreek, OH to get a look at the Age of Steam Roundhouse. Although not allowed into the property, we walked around the perimeter fence and looked in and took pictures. If and when this place is opened to the public it will be "The Place" to visit for steam and older diesel engine lovers!

We saw above average train traffic in the Altoona area to include a quick stop at the Curve, Gallitzin, Cresson, Cassandra Overlook, downtown Altoona, Juniata Shops, Juniata turntable, Rose Yard and Hollidaysburg. On Friday morning we visited Ed's Train Repair and Sales in Lewistown, and Ed took us downtown to where the Mifflin County Model Railroad Club has their HO layout setup in the basement of a former department store, they also have an O scale layout in another room. Our thanks to the Mifflin club for allowing us to view their layout. After having a great lunch at a local diner that Ed recommended, we stopped at the Lewistown Amtrak Station when it started to rain again! We headed to Enola, PA, where Stu's crew was able to finally view two trains on the Buffalo Line which is a rare treat! We spent time at the Rockville Bridge, Enola Yard and the container yard in Harrisburg. My crew wanted to get back home earlier on Saturday so we switched some passengers and Mac and my crew headed home, Stu and his crew stayed longer. A great trip was had by all and we are thinking about a seven day trip for next year! In Fostoria, OH, the construction of the railfan park has started and looks like it will be a great place to watch trains on future trips out to the area.

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