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Old 10-04-2016, 04:32 PM   #1
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Default Steamtown USA Locomotive #127 at Lake Winnipesaukee, 1968

Steamtown USA - Locomotive #127 at Lake Winnipesaukee, 1968

Some familiar scenes of the Lake and Laconia from 1968 for those that can remember that far back. Not terribly exciting footage, but a few scenes of the train passing over the different bridges in the area in between Pagus Bay an Winnisquam



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Old 10-04-2016, 05:33 PM   #2
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Very cool clip. I remember riding the train at Steamtown.
I wonder where 'ol #127 is today.

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Old 10-04-2016, 05:55 PM   #3
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Great video. We rode this train from Laconia to Meredith during this special week. We still have the commemorative wooden nickels from this event in 1968. This was our first full season at our cottage on East Bear Island. 🐻
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Wow, a few folks remember this.

I never rode the train myself, this would have been about the second year for me in the lakes region after my parents made the transition from vacationing at Northwood Lake and then later settling here as permanent residents.


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I wonder where 'ol #127 is today.
Surprisingly there is a fair amount of information about it on Wikipedia it was originally numbered 1278

Canadian Pacific Railway No. 1278, like her sister, CPR 1293, CPR 1278 was also built by Canadian Locomotive Company in 1948, and is a type 4-6-2, class G5d light-weight "Pacific" locomotive. It was purchased by Blount in May 1965, and renumbered 127. Blount had planned to renumber all three of the series 1200 CRP locomotives in his collection from 1246, 1278, and 1293 to 124, 127 and 129 respectively, but 1278 was the only one of the three that underwent the change. The new number remained on the locomotive from 1966 until 1973, when its former number was restored. The locomotive was leased to the Cadillac and Lake City Railroad in Michigan from 1970 to 1971. After some repair work, the locomotive was returned to Bellows Falls where it served on excursion runs. After moving to Scranton, CPR 1278 was traded to the Gettysburg Steam Railroad in Pennsylvania.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, June 16, 1995, an explosion in the firebox of CPR 1278 burned three members of its crew. One man, James Cornell, the son of the owner of the engine, was critically injured. The train that the locomotive was pulling had 310 passengers on board. None of the passengers, who were taking the "Summer Eve Dinner Excursion" to Mount Holly Springs, were hurt. An investigation done by the National Transportation Safety Board determined that the accident was caused by poor maintenance and operator training. The board also pointed out that the Canadian design of the firebox may have prevented further injuries and perhaps deaths. Jerry Jacobson, the owner of the Ohio Central Railroad, (OCR) bought the engine at an auction in 1998. After Jacobson sold the OCR, in 2008, he maintained ownership of the locomotive. As of 2009, it is stored at Jacobson's facility, the Age of Steam Roundhouse, in Sugarcreek, Ohio.
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Here is the wiki...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadi...ilway_No._1278

here it is currently...

http://ageofsteamroundhouse.com/inde...-4-6-2-no-1278

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I use to walk to the Laconia station to watch the locomotives. As you can see they have the ability to switch locomotives without a turntable. An amazing display! Watch carefully the Lakeport footage and you will see the old Lakeshore Railroad switch is there. At the time Texwood and Grossman Lumber would use the old track.
I think the last passenger train was in 1973. Freight trains were common in the later years.
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That is very cool footage! Thank you for posting.
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As of 2009, it is stored at Jacobson's facility, the Age of Steam Roundhouse, in Sugarcreek, Ohio.
Looks like its still there.http://www.ageofsteamroundhouse.com/...-4-6-2-no-1278
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I took a school trip at Steam Town when it was in Rockingham Vt. I've driven past its current location in Pennsylvania many times but did not have time to stop.

A lot of my high school classmates got summer jobs there. Only the pro's (retired RR people) got to work on the train trips but it was considered a fun place to work even though it was frequently arduous.
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