At the time of my visit, Steamtown had three operational steam locomotives. #26, a Baldwin 0-6-0, was used to power a short train ride from the main grounds to the roundhouse and back. 3254, a Canadian National Railways 2-8-2, was under steam waiting on the turntable. It was then turned and driven into the roundhouse for the viewers enjoyment. The third operational steam locomotive is Canadian Pacific Railways class G3c Pacific 2317. The photo shown was recently taken by Stefano Curtarolo. In 1993 most of the roundhouse was new and still under construction. When completed, there will be a skyway connecting the mall on the other side of the yard to the roundhouse!
In 1993, the public was not allowed in the "yard" where about half of the collection of steam locomotives were kept. The first two photographs were taken from a parking lot looking at the yard. In the first photograph you will be able to the one of the three operational locomotives -- the CN S-1-b Mikado 3254 (under steam). You can also see the rear of the UP Big Boy 4012 centipede tender. In the second photograph you will see (from left to right) CN Pacific 5288, CP Hudson 2816, the rear of a snow plow, a passenger car, and CP Pacific 1293. To the left of the yard is the roundhouse. To the right of the yard is the site of a future shopping mall. There are plans to connect the two with a skyway built over the yard. The third photograph shows GTW Mountain (4-8-2) 6039. Notice the Vanderbilt tender.
Here is number 3 (on the left), one of three surviving E.J. Lavino & Co.'s
0-6-0Ts. Also shown is fireless cooker number 6816, former Public Service
Electric & Gas locomotive.
Their Big Boy was moved into the yard the winter of 1992-93 from where it sat at the Lackawanna Station Hotel. The bridges connecting the two areas were replaced about one year before. Contrary to a rumor posted a while back on rec.railroad, they have no plans to partially restore the Big Boy to working order.
After viewing all of the engines in the yard including the rare 4-4-4 (Jubilee) #2929 (it was difficult to get a good photograph of this locomotive because of the equipment around it), the Reading T-1 4-8-4 #2124, and the UP Big Boy 4012 (the last 4012 photo, courtesy Michael Hahn, shows the Big Boy after being cleaned and painted), the ranger ("our tour guide") brought us over to a group of people who were going on the shop tour (which was just starting). I had wanted to sign up to go on the shop tour earlier but it was already filled (15 max). This ranger said "no problem" and added us to the group!