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Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern light Pacific #425 sporting new paint and RBMN SD40-2 #3056 on the point of a charity passenger train benefiting the Greater Pittston YMCA, the Pittston Library and the are and Concern Free Clinic shortly before departing from Duryea, PA. The train would back down the Scranton branch from here until arriving at Coxton Yard where it would then switch to the mainline to Jim Thorpe, PA and begin the 1.4% grade climb out of the Lackawanna Valley over remaining portions of the Lehigh Valley and Central RR of New Jersey lines in Northeastern Pennsylvania
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I agree, it was a shame the diesel was behind #425. It was there to provide head end power and was necessary to help this particularly heavy train climb out of the Lackawanna valley. Another steam trip on the Norfolk Southern was supposed to happen on the same day but was canceled due to insurance reasons and this train filled up fast. There were few if any open seats.
Thank you! I rode in the car directly behind the diesel (#211) a former Reading MU car. I only spend about 25% of the trip in my seat spending the majority of my time in the front vestibule with my head and camera out the side of the train.