Reading & Northern in the Lehigh Gorge, July 2016

For a number of years, the Reading & Northern has operated a round trip from Mountaintop, above Wilkes-Barre, to Jim Thorpe as a fundraiser for the local United Way.  In 2016, it ran on a hot July Saturday, and a friend and I chased the trip.  Due to the inaccessibility of much of the route, along the Lehigh River, we actually did very little chasing, walking deep into the Gorge in the morning to the south portal of Rockport Tunnel for our only photo of the southbound train; in the middle of the day, we rode the cab of a regularly-scheduled Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway train from Jim Thorpe to Old Penn Haven (a GP30 diesel, not the steam locomotive), and for the steam train's northbound run we made photos at the cut at Glen Onoko (just north of Jim Thorpe) and at the White Haven Tunnel.  At the end of the day, we watched the crew servicing the engine at Penobscot Yard in Mountaintop, and I tried a few long-exposure available-light photos of the engine, and of the signal bridge under the spectacularly clear startlit sky.

Rockport Tunnel southbound
View forward from GP39RN
View back from GP39RN
Engineer Chuck Trusdell
Engineer Chuck Trusdell
Glen Onoko cut northbound 1
Glen Onoko cut northbound 2
White Haven Tunnel northbound 1
White Haven Tunnel northbound 2
Bill Riegle with chain
Ryan Bausher 1
Ryan Bausher 2
Ryan Bausher 3
425 face at Penobscot
Valve gear oil
Main driver
Main driver
Brake shoe
Crosshead
Bill Riegle greasing 1
Bill Riegle greasing 2
Bill Riegle and Ian McKeown
Bill Riegle greasing 3
Brian Messinger
Crosshead
Drivers in the dark
425 and obs car in the dark
Cab time exposure
Signal 1552

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