Rail Fan Friday #1: Our Visit to Hagerstown
Welcome to our very first installment of Rail Fan Friday. Every Friday I will be talking about our adventures and share Train Photography and Videos. Starting at the beginning is appropriate.
This post is the tale of our first intentional railroad trip ever. Back on May 8th, 2016, we traveled to Hagerstown, Maryland. We planned to visit the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, but saw much more than we expected!
First of all, I was aware that CSX has a yard next door, but I was amazed by the amount of activity going on there. In fact, Hagerstown carries the nickname "Hub City" because of the amount of railroad activity there. Today it is an important location for CSX, Norfolk Southern, and the Winchester and Western Railroads.
Here was our first upon parking:
However, that was just the beginning! Next, we entered the Roundhouse Museum and learned a significant amount of history from the various displays. The staff was really friendly, and we enjoyed every moment of it. They also have 3 model layouts inside the museum. Naturally, I was drawn to the HO Scale layout the most, but they were all excellent. I definitely appreciate the work that went into all of them. Another perk was their preserved Locomotive and Rolling Stock on display outside!
That passenger car really made me feel small!
Seeing these restored prototypes was awesome! And, if this wasn't enough we caught some awesome train activity at the CSX Yard right behind this row of Cars. I was pretty pumped to get to see some CSX Locomotives next.
I learned so much from researching these 4 locomotives. This research also helped me to see the difference between, "Hey, there is a train," and taking note of the history and the technology at hand. Being a rail fan is so much fun!
And at last, a picture of a CSX Train headed our way. Next week I am going to show this yard in action with our first video installment!
Thanks for reading about our first railfan adventure!
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Corey is the owner of Trains in the Valley and enjoys helping people build bigger and better model railroads. He enjoys going on railfan adventures with his wife, Victoria. When not chasing trains, Corey is designing websites, composing music, or writing fictional stories for Mytron Studios, his creative full-time business.
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