Pulling the grade

Big Iron pulls the gradeKirk Rd. Narrowsburgh, NY 8/20/1972

For me this isn’t just a photo of a steam locomotive.
When visiting my Grandmother, I’d see these engines double heading 300+ car freight trains. Twice a day, passenger trains would come from Buffalo to Syracuse to Binghampton, then down the Lackawana line to Penn Station in NY. Two trains went in the other direction also.
My Grandfather and uncle worked for the Lackawana as conductors, engineers and later as stationmaster in Narrowsburgh.
My greatest memory was riding from Penn Station to Narrowsburgh in the cab of one of those steam engines in 1948. That occurred just before the last of those Big Irons stopped running, about 1950.


About Vermont Woodchuck

Professional Photojournalist since 1969 with a BFA from SUNY Purchase 1979-Visual Arts. I despise advocacy news journalism. Every photojournalist should be prepared to show their camera RAW images of news events. Reason: RAW images cannot be altered no matter what is done to the finished product.
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