Santa Trains with Central Railroad of New Jersey Steam at Minersville .

Restored Central Railroad of New Jersey 0-6-0 number 113 worked Reading & Northern Santa Trains between Minersville and Schuylkill Haven on December 20th, 2015.

Approaching Minersville, Pennsylvania. Exposed with my FujiFilm X-T1 digital camera.
Approaching Minersville, Pennsylvania. Exposed with my FujiFilm X-T1 digital camera.

Pat Yough and I made the most of this photographic opportunity, including exposing images of R&N GP30 2532 that worked the Schuylkill Haven-end of the train.

At Minersville, I focused on the locomotive’s details.

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Last year, (see: Happy Christmas from Tracking the Light: Doubleheaded Steam) we’d photographed double-headed trains with CNJ’s 113 trailing behind Reading & Northern’s Pacific number 425. Where last year we had overcast weather, this year we had a mix of bright sun and high cloud.

Another change was that 113 recently had had its boiler jacketing restored. While a subtle improvement for the casual observer, it really made for more authentic looking photographs.

Central Railroad of New Jersey 0-6-0 113 charges through Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania on December 20, 2015.
Central Railroad of New Jersey 0-6-0 113 charges through Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania on December 20, 2015.
Trailing view at Cressona Yard on December 20, 2015.
Trailing view at Cressona Yard on December 20, 2015.

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Tracking the Light posts looks close!

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On the roll at Schuylkill Haven. Panned using my FujiFilm X-T1 with 27mm pancake lens.