Gramling Locomotive Works has four small steam locomotives, two of which they truck to various locations around the country. Today they were running the Lehigh Valley Coal Company #126 0-6-0 at the Walkersville Southern Railroad. The locomotive was built by Vulcan Iron Works for the Lehigh Valley Coal Company in 1931.
Our first run-by for the Railfan Special event was a little wet. Mother nature decided to have a show of her own with a nice thunderstorm.
By the time we made it to the second photo location it had stopped raining. We tied up traffic for a little while at this location. The stop was at a street crossing so the people in the cars received a bonus viewing for free.
Once back on the tracks we had to squeeze onto a siding to allow the dinner train, powered by a 1943 GE 45-ton locomotive, to pass. This gave Byron “Barney” Gramling time to relax.
The Southern Walkersville Railroad museum occupies the former Ice Plant of the Glade Valley Milling Company. There are a few items in the museum related to the former Pennsylvania Railroad Fredrick Secondary. One very interesting item in the museum is the Buda No. 4 Velocipede.
Besides the museum there are a few old railcars and locomotive switchers around the station.
The Walkersville Southern Railroad is a good way to spend a couple of hours. Check out more photos over on our photo site. BG Customs Photography.