Monday, September 21, 2015

South Simcoe Steam Train

Engine 136, the second oldest steam locomotive in Canada

My husband and I visited Tottenham yesterday to check out historical steam locomotive #136.  Since August 2011 during summer and early fall, #136 has hauled an excursion train along four miles of track between Tottenham and Beeton. But in 1883, #136 worked for Canadian Pacific Railway when CPR became a Canadian transcontinental reality.

Flagman at one of several road crossings

What fun to hear the old engine - running on coal - chugging along in the distance! The engine's horn gradually grew louder and a flagman appeared to stop cars and trucks from crossing the tracks.

Engine 136 crossing a road

South Simcoe Railway has run excursions since 1993. South Simcoe Railway is run by volunteers, all of whom have operational qualifications and must regularly re-qualify.

Locomotive engineer

South Simcoe Railway is the oldest operating heritage railway in Ontario.

At another railway crossing

We didn't ride the train yesterday but plan to do so soon!

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54 comments:

Blogoratti said...

Really interesting to read about trains, thanks for sharing!

genie said...

What a treat to get to see the engineer and the flagman up so close. Love the locomotive. We have a number of these here in our area and in the fall they all make special runs when the leaves are in full color. Every year we say we are going to make the trip. Maybe this will be the year. What a fun group of pictures to get my day off to a good start.

ADRIAN said...

It's a wonderful sight. Have you any video of it?

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh I love this post. That is a beautiful train and I would take a ride on that one. Hug. B

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Uma bela máquina, uma maquina de museu.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Anvilcloud said...

I don't know why we love trains, but we do.

Revrunner said...

What a great blast from the past! :-)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

What phun

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, awesome series on the historical train. They are cool. Great shots. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

Tanya Breese said...

how fun!

Darla said...

I'd love to get on that train and go almost anywhere.

Darla

Sandra said...

we have engine 75 here and i have ridden it three times and plan to ride again in November. i love the sound and the feel...

Aimeecakes said...

There's just something so appealing about old trains... great shots and interesting info!

Kathy said...

Sounds like fun! When I return to Arizona I hope to take the train from Williams AZ in the northern part of the state to the Grand Canyon. We also have a small excursion train here in Texas where you can ride the train for a 30-mile ride through the pine forests of East Texas.

llandudnopictures said...

What a sight this must have been, it looks fantastic!

VP said...

I would like to ride this wonder!

RedPat said...

That is so cool, EG!

Karen said...

Love these old trains!

William Kendall said...

I think my parents have been on this one.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what fun!! I love the old trains and such wonderful captures for the day!! Thanks for sharing the history and the fun!! Wish I could take a ride on that one!! Hope you have a great new week!! Enjoy!!

Nefertiti said...

ca devait etre a voir j aurais adoree ;o)

Jeevan said...

Hope you get to ride on this train sometime, and it must be more fun than watching! Love this locomotive and road crossing. Here we have stream trains for mountain rides and mostly used for tourism.

Lowell said...

I feel very deprived, not having ridden a train (any kind of train) for hundreds of years! Sheesh! They are aways great fun. Well, the engineer and other workers may not think so, but...

Rose said...

Oh, I love these old trains...I don't know why, but trains fascinate me.

Ruth Hiebert said...

There is a special beauty about an old steam engine.The new trains may be more powerful but these old boys were very impressive.

TexWisGirl said...

very cool to keep history alive.

carol l mckenna said...

Now that is what I call a 'train' ~ Wonderful photos! What a fun time too!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

mick said...

Great photos - it looks like a fun trip!

jeannettestgermain said...

Forgot the open ID - ti's amazing how appearances and feeling change with time - then an event of anticipation and style is now hurry, hurry at a train station!

Photo Cache said...

This reminds me of the time we rode the Skunk Train through the forest of Northern California. I love trains; I wish I get to ride on them more often.

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Beth from VA, . . ."E" said...

always a fan of trains ... anything trains. awesome shots! fun, fun, fun!!! ( :

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Hubby so loves trains, too!

Leora said...

For a while I loved drawing trains (probably when my boys were little). Yours is a beauty!

Kay said...

There's nothing quite like a steam train and they're becoming so rare.

Rajesh said...

Great shots of steam locomotive.

Stephanie said...

Love trains and these are wonderful shots of them.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

The new locomotives with the their diesel electric engines and huge batteries for braking are technological marvels but nothing beats the old steam powered locomotives.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots of the steam train!

Cloudia said...

wow to dream on!

orvokki said...

Wonderful old train.
Hugs

Katarina said...

Good old days! Great shots of the old trains!

Halcyon said...

This looks like so much fun! I do hope you get back... with your camera of course!

ak-ut said...

great shots !!!

Birgitta said...

So interesting to read and so great photos! Thanks for sharing!

Tomoko said...

Great photos and an interesting story! I really enjoy your post!!!

Amy Franks said...

gorgeous old train, so glad it's still being used :-)

Fun60 said...

I can hear the sound of that train passing by. How exciting to step back in time.

Margaret Adamson said...

Love the old steam trains. there is something very romantic about them.

NC Sue said...

Come on by http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/09/steam-powered-whatchamacallits.html to see some more steam-powered machinery (although no longer in working order). I hope you'll link up there.
These are great shots.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Wow- I love old trains- you were so lucky to get to see the flagman, too! Have a super day!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

What an old beauty EG and how marvelous that it's still in use. Bet you're looking forward to that trip, I would be!

Debbie said...

history, so exciting!!! people coming and going, i love the thought of it!!!!

GreenComotion said...

Very nice scenery and such a majestic steam locomotive!
Love those things - great find Tina!!
Have a Great Day!
Peace :)

June Caedmon said...

Big fan of trains! These are nicely captured!

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