OCTOBER 2020: Charles Rothbart takes us on a tour of the former New York Central Auburn Branch, following Finger Lakes Railway Train GS-2 from Geneva to Solvay, N.Y., and return. We celebrate the 60th anniversary of the narrow gauge East Broad Top Railroad as a tourist line, pay a visit to the deteriorating collection at Steamtown, and share the story of a former Reading station to be preserved in a new location. All this and more in the October issue of Railpace Newsmagazine!
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending October 17, 2020. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 518,763 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.2 percent compared with the same week last year.
The primary train over the former New York Central Auburn Road between Geneva and Syracuse is symbol GS-2. This train operates from the Finger Lakes’ Geneva Yard eastward across the line to Solvay Yard just west of Syracuse, where it returns to Geneva.
To mark the 60th anniversary of its opening as a tourist railroad, the East Broad Top Railroad held a three-day celebration August 13-15, 2020. The event also celebrated the purchase of the railroad by the new EBT Foundation.
The Longswamp Historical Society held an open house at the train station in Mertztown, Pa., on Sunday, August 2, 2020. Local residents and railfans visited the station this day to get a glimpse of the past and see what the inside looked like before the society relocates it.