Amherst Railway Society - meeting - January, 2020Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
2019 - A Big Year for Big Steam
Steam-powered railroading attracted some big audiences in 2019. Nationally, Union Pacific’s meticulously choreographed restoration roadshow starring 4-8-8-4 #4014 and 4-8-4 #844 gave millions a first-hand look at the awesome power, majesty, and beauty of big-time steam. In the Northeast, Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 #611 spent four weekends on the Strasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania. There, #611 teamed up with Strasburg 2-8-0 #382 for a number of historic steam railroading events.The two engines share a common heritage - #382 worked on the Norfolk & Western until 1962. Doug Scott was there to record the memorable journey of the UP engines across Wyoming, as well as the key role the locomotives played at the celebration of the Golden Spike ceremony in Utah. Doug was also in Strasburg to record the reunion of the two N&W locomotives.
On Wednesday, January 8, Doug will present photos and a narrative of his 2019 steam adventures, as well as some contemporary railroading in Wyoming and Salt Lake City. The program will also include a visit to the Heber Valley Historic Railroad. Doug Scott’s railroad life began in 1977 with a cross-country Amtrak trip. Since then, Doug has ridden most of Amtrak, a good portion of VIA Rail Canada, as well as mileage in Japan, Costa Rica, St. Kitts, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Yukon. Doug’s photos have been published by the Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Trains, Railroad & Railfan, Passenger Tain Journal (front cover), the National Railroad Historical Society, the Cape Cod Central Railroad, and the Cape Flyer. A Doug Scott photo is the first slide on the home page of the Amherst Railway Society web site. Doug is also a railroad modeler and regular participant at Amherst Belt Lines shows.Amherst Railway Society meetings are open to the public.