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StuInMcCandless

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Aug 20 2012 at 9:59am #

Top! The steamer is making its trip back west today, Monday 8/20. As of 6 a.m. it’s in Harrisburg, so likely later in the day.

GPS tracking here: http://www.765.org/locate.html

Twitter feed: @NickelPlate765


Swalfoort

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Aug 20 2012 at 12:53pm #

I am hoping to catch it later today. will try to remember to post updates as it approaches the City.


Anonymous

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Aug 20 2012 at 1:58pm #

I’m thinking about trying to catch it on the Centre Ave bridge in Shadyside. Anyone have an opinion of that location? I’m trying to find a spot close to Oakland.


Swalfoort

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Aug 20 2012 at 2:40pm #

@Matt — That looks to be about as good a location as any, although the Millvale Street Bridge, Bloomfield Bridge or the small Herron Avenue Bridge near Iron City Brewery are all also convenient to Oakland.

Bloomfield bridge is higher, and might give a more panoramic view. Millvale or Centre Avenue Bridges might give you a more “up close and personal” look.


Swalfoort

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Aug 20 2012 at 2:42pm #

Oh, and I meant to add:

It left Harrisburg just before 6 a.m. today.

It’s now just west of Altoona.

You can follow the precise location (or mostly precise location) at http://765.org/locate.html

They have a mobile app too.


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 20 2012 at 2:48pm #

8:03a – Lewistown

9:32a – Tyrone

10:37 – Altoona

Limited to 40 mph. Spending night in Conway.

Another good vantage point is the pedestrian bridge in Point Breeze/Homewood. Lang? Murtland? melange396 and I picked up a tag there a month or so ago.

I don’t recommend East Busway stations, as the tracks are walled off. You can hear it well enough, but not see it.


Swalfoort

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Aug 20 2012 at 3:25pm #

@Stu;

Where’d you get those timepoints? I’ve been following the locator, but haven’t seen that sort of detail on actual timepoints.

Sara


Mick

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Aug 20 2012 at 3:39pm #

@mattjackets – I would recommend the Graham St pedestrian bridge.

Slightly farther from Oakland, but one of the best places to see the train. You could see the train both coming and going and run up and down the steps to get both the top view and a side view.

Left off Ellsworth two blocks past Aiken.


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 20 2012 at 3:47pm #

https://twitter.com/Nickelplate765

Then in the lower left corner of each tweet, click “Expand”.

11:17a – Departing Altoona.


Swalfoort

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Aug 20 2012 at 5:01pm #

Thanks, Stu. Tracker seems to put it halfway between Altoona and Johnstown at the moment, heading west at 35 mph.

Looks like a late afternoon arrival in the ‘burgh.


Anonymous

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Aug 20 2012 at 6:13pm #

If your familiar with North Side, right where Beaver ave splits and merges from one to two ways, there is easy access to the tracks. Got some awesome up close and personal views there last time.


Swalfoort

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Aug 20 2012 at 6:20pm #

@Jungle Dave – not sure where you mean in reference to Beaver Avenue…. can you pinpoint it better?

Also, currently located in Latrobe area, heading east at 31 mph.


Anonymous

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Aug 20 2012 at 6:26pm #

I am trying to think, the manchester Port Authority building is right there. It’s literally where 65 overhead forces the road to split. Beaver ave is 2 way from alcosan to the bus garage. There Beaver ave becomes one way heading inbound, and I forget what the name of the outbound street is. One of the few traffic lights that I am aware of on the road.


Anonymous

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Aug 20 2012 at 6:28pm #

It would be the corner of Island Ave / Beaver ave. Thank you google maps! :D


Willie

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Aug 20 2012 at 6:31pm #

Is it possible to get onto island ave from the bike trail? From the map it looks like you can.


Anonymous

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Aug 20 2012 at 6:55pm #

Here is another place to get right up close and personal on the north side. Nobody was around when it went by a week ago.

EDIT: thanks for the location advice everyone! Decisions decisions…


Anonymous

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Aug 20 2012 at 7:00pm #

There’s also the Washington Street Bridge in Swissvale, and nearby Edgewood Avenue parallels the line, and is higher than the line at several points, which allows you to see over the Jersey barriers of the Busway. I took this photo last week:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/417432_487174014645658_1028299278_n.jpg</img&gt;


Swalfoort

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Aug 20 2012 at 7:05pm #

@ Matt – thanks for that tip. I was thinking Osborne, then a chase to Leetsdale, but I was worried about getting stuck on the wrong side of the tracks in Obsborne.

Lower Birmingham looks great!

Train currently approaching Greensburg, heading west at 36 mph


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 20 2012 at 7:44pm #

In Braddock a few minutes ago!


RoadKillen

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Aug 20 2012 at 8:07pm #

Just went behind my office in East Liberty. Sweet!


Anonymous

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Aug 20 2012 at 8:11pm #

I got to hear it go past. Was unable to make it down unfortunately. Small fire in my basement made that moderately impossible. hahaha. Phew.


Anonymous

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Aug 20 2012 at 8:15pm #

Just got back from the Graham St. pedestrian bridge (thanks for the tip @Mick). Looked awesome, sounded awesome!


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 20 2012 at 8:18pm #

Rolled through the Amtrak station Downtown at precisely 4:00p.


RoadKillen

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Aug 20 2012 at 8:39pm #

Got a photo


reddan

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Aug 20 2012 at 8:41pm #

Got a few pics as it passed through Brighton Heights/Bellevue:


Anonymous

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Aug 20 2012 at 9:03pm #

@Roadkillen! Nice pic!!!!!


Mick

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Aug 21 2012 at 3:20pm #

Boy, the first PostGazette pic shows how really dirty coal-fired trains were.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/locomotive-steams-through-downtown-pittsburgh-649807/


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 21 2012 at 5:19pm #

Now imagine a couple hundred of those rolling through town every day, on top of 24/7 steel making, and you get an idea what life here was like over 65 years ago, and why you sometimes couldn’t see across the street.

Also, a lot of your electricity still comes from coal-fired steam boilers, one place or another.


Anonymous

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Aug 21 2012 at 5:52pm #

Well, efficiency of coal burning power plants are much higher then steam locomotive or steam ship. In addition power plants have special filters installed in those “big pipes”. But I would agree that nuclear power is much cleaner. :)


StuInMcCandless

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Feb 4 2013 at 7:44pm #

Top! The steamer will make an appearance in Pittsburgh sometime this May.

http://www.nscorp.com/nscportal/nscorp/Media/News%20Releases/2013/ns_steam_2013.html


edmonds59

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Feb 4 2013 at 7:48pm #

Will it be on its way to Cleveland, by any chance? Thus making it the…


StuInMcCandless

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May 12 2013 at 7:02pm #

Top! This same steamer will be rolling eastward through the city sometime Monday, May 13. As before, follow its Twitter stream for updates.

Also:

Swalfoort wrote:You can follow the precise location (or mostly precise location) at http://765.org/locate.html
They have a mobile app too.


salty

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May 12 2013 at 7:29pm #

I’m usually dismayed to see zombie threads but this one was worth it since I missed edmonds’ post the first time around.

Stu, looks like your link is broken, but this one works: http://fortwaynerailroad.org/locate/locate.html

Serendipity: “Steam locomotive 765 last reported at Cleveland, OH, USA about 2 hours ago.”


StuInMcCandless

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May 13 2013 at 10:30am #

11:15 Columbiana, OH. Will take on water in Conway, PA (up PA65 past Ambridge). Later afternoon here.


RoadKillen

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May 13 2013 at 3:28pm #

Just went past my office. That thing is massive.
Stu, thanks for the heads up!


StuInMcCandless

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May 13 2013 at 3:36pm #

I wish I had a better camera. From 20 floors above downtown, I saw it approach on the North Side, then across the bridge through the Amtrak station. The cloud of thick black smoke it generated drifted southeast, and was still discernible as it passed Mercy Hospital three minutes later. Imagine 20 of those an hour rolling through town in 1948, plus steel plants, and it’s easy to understand why we were called the “smoky city”.


StuInMcCandless

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May 13 2013 at 8:41pm #

A snippet of video on Facebook of the steamer chugging along the East Busway.

It will be rolling back through here on Memorial Day weekend.


gg

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May 13 2013 at 11:23pm #

Thank you for the heads up. I love that train, but had to work and couldn’t see it this time around. Hope it comes back threw. Please let us know.


StuInMcCandless

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May 27 2013 at 1:26am #

The steamer will be back through here on Wednesday, May 29. If you have a Twitter account, follow @NickelPlate765. If you don’t, you can always refresh the page http://www.twitter.com/NickelPlate765

Specifically what they told me is that they will be overnighting in Conway Yard, so I take from that that it will be a late-day appearance through town.


StuInMcCandless

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May 29 2013 at 5:00am #

Today!
It spent last night in Harrisburg. It will spend tonight in Conway. So, probably late afternoon.

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