All photos by Randy Kotuby
Narrative by Carl Perelman
On Saturday, November 4 the Jersey Central Railway Historical Society hosted the Lehigh
& New England Photo Freight excursion on the Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern.
The passenger train, with approximately 60 passengers on board, departed
Kempton at 12:15 PM for a leisurely jaunt over four miles of former Reading Company
trackage . The train, powered by GE 45 ton locomotive 7258, featured a former Lackawanna
Railroad Boonton coach. Upon departure from Kempton the train headed south over rare
mileage to the end of track at New Albany where the first photo stop was held. Upon
arrival at Kempton the photo freight was posed for photos in front of the Kempton Hotel.
This train featured L&NE livery Whitcomb 602, L&NE gondola, L&NE flatcar, and
an L&NE bobber caboose. A locomotive race ensued at the Kempton station, with both the
passenger and freight trains running simultaneously on parallel tracks. Both trains then
departed for Wanamaker with photo stops and runbys held en route. Upon return to Kempton,
there was a dinner break, with most passengers dining at either the Kempton Hotel and
Wanamaker Inn. To wrap up the day; a night photo session was held in Kempton. Steve
Barry, Joe Calisi, Denis Connell, Kermit Geary Jr., Fred Jones, and John Tully provided
the lighting. Thanks go to Carl Perelman and Kermit Geary Jr. for organizing the trip,
Michael Bast for logistics, and WK&S's Robert Piligian and the railroad's dedicated
volunteers for making this trip a reality.
Please check the Trips Page often to find out about the next JCRHS trip. All photos by Randy Kotuby unless otherwise noted.
This page last updated September 15, 2015.
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