Saturday, April 16, 2022

Railroad Photography! The New York Central System Steam 4-8-2 L-3a Mohawk No. 3001

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
"New York Central 4-8-2 L-3a Mohawk, No. 3001,
North facing Side View"

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

Last October, my wife and I took our annual trip to Shipshewana, IN, to attend the Booth Brothers Retreat which is a few days of devotions, a few nights of Southern Gospel Music concerts, and some "meet and greet" time with the artists. 

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
"New York Central 4-8-2 L-3a Mohawk, No. 3001  Front View"
(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
Since I began renewing my interest in watching trains, whenever we go traveling, I enjoy finding places where I can spend a few minutes watching them. This year, we went to Elkhart, IN, to watch trains for an afternoon. We visited the National New York Central Museum too. 

Founded in 1987, the Museum recaptures the days when America's railroads were symbols of progress. It is constantly growing in the area of preservation of the New York Central System heritage.

At one point in railroad history, the New York Central System was the second-largest railroad in the United States. It had 11,000 route miles of track in eleven states and two Canadian provinces.

Elkhart is the perfect location for the museum. The New York Central System's Robert R. Young Yard, now Norfolk Southern's Elkhart, is the second-largest railroad freight classification yard east of the Mississippi River. It is an important link connecting the Atlantic Seaboard with the Midwest and beyond. 

At the museum's stockyard, there are several pieces of rolling stock that represent many years of the railroad's operation. For me, it was a fascinating walk back in time seeing rolling stock that, in some cases, I'd only seen in photos. 

The most interesting piece in the yard was the New York Central steam locomotive, which was dual-service passenger and freight, 4-8-2 L-3a Mohawk No. 3001. It was built by the American Locomotive Company of Schenectady, NY in 1940. Its first assignment was in Elkhart where it retired in 1984.

If you are in the northern Indiana area, it's worth your time to stop by The National New York Central Museum


(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography
"New York Central 4-8-2 L-3a Mohawk, No. 3001,
South Facing Side View"

(C) 2022, Allen Pearson Photography

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