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085: Strasburg Rail Road Freight Traffic

How does the Strasburg Rail Road balance its tourist railroading with hauling freight? Steve Weaver, VP of Freight Services, presented at the Heritage Rail Alliance on how the railroad maintains this harmony.

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3 thoughts on “085: Strasburg Rail Road Freight Traffic

  1. Cameron

    I’m not sure it counts because the railroads are now associated with tourist operations, but my favorite short line freight railroad would have to be a tie between East Broad Top and the Rio Grande’s narrow gauge line… it’s easy to forget that those railroads before they were tourist lines, actually served an important job of serving small towns in the mountains in the era before roads and mainlines could connect them, and without their existence, those towns likely could not have survived into the 21st century.

    In a similar vein, the Virginia and Truckee, McCloud River Railway, and Nevada Northern all also served isolated communities in their prime.

  2. Daniel Ahadzadeh

    The Kettle Valley Railway,
    Though the shortline maybe gone since 1989, at least a small section of this shortline is still preserved as part of the Kettle Valley Steam Railway, which runs the famous Royal Hudson’s backup No. 3716

    P.S I got to ride behind the excursions and I’m happy that 3716 is still running flawlessly

  3. Derighteous

    I know that I’m late but my personal favorite is actually the Blue Mountain & Reading, while this line does passenger excursions, it still handles freight and does it well too.

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