Blue Pacific at Zehners, Pennsylvania—October 17, 2015.

Saturday morning, Pat Yough and I photographed Reading & Northern’s handsome Pacific, number 425, on a fall foliage excursion from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

The weather was perfect; clear and cool.

I exposed this image on the old Reading Company at Zehners, Pennsylvania on the line from Port Clinton to Tamaqua.

Reading & Northern 425 on October 17, 2015. FujiFilm X-T1 photo.
Reading & Northern 425 on October 17, 2015. FujiFilm X-T1 photo.

My intent was to show that the locomotive is a Pacific type (4-6-2). What better way to do this than with a nicely lit broad-side view?

All told, it was an excellent morning!

What I can’t convey in still images is the sound of the whistle echoing up the valleys, and the bark of the exhaust as the engine worked upgrade, complete with the occasional burst of beats that results from the drivers slipping on wet rail.

Kudos to the Reading & Northern’s operating department for a job well done.

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3 comments on “Blue Pacific at Zehners, Pennsylvania—October 17, 2015.

  1. Oooooooo ! Beauteous ! Is that a second water tender off to the left ? And the ODOR of a coal-fired engine can also only be imagined. Great day and the train crew do look like Happy Campers.

  2. Yes, its slight deeper than GNR. The 425 was recently repainted. It’s old shade appeared a little lighter.
    (Take a look at my Majesty of Big Steam demo copy at the IRRS Library in Dublin for views of the engine as it looked last December.) Brian

  3. Michael Walsh on said:

    Nice blue – deeper than GNR(I)? Or is that the coloration of the image.

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