Steam en­gine ar­rives in Kutz­town

Al­len­town & Auburn Rail­road of­fers steam pow­ered train trips in Oc­to­ber

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

A steam en­gine ar­rived in Kutz­town on the morn­ing of Oct. 4.

The Gram­ling fam­ily de­liv­ered a newly re­stored Jeddo Coal #85 to the Kutz­town Train Sta­tion.

Al­len­town & Auburn Rail­road will be run­ning steam pow­ered train trips in Oc­to­ber, opening with the Oct. 6 Steam Un­der the Stars moon­lit steam pow­ered ride at 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Rides will be held Oct. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Al­len­town & Auburn Rail­road runs steam en­gine pow­ered events once a year.

“This year we are us­ing Jeddo Coal Com­pany #85, which be­longs to Gram­ling Lo­co­mo­tive Works. It is the na­tion’s most re­cently re­stored steam en­gine,” ac­cord­ing to a Al­len­town & Auburn Rail­road re­lease. “The Gram­ling fam­ily has been restor­ing steam en­gines for sev­eral years.”

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, the Gram­ling fam­ily stars in a se­ries called “Have Steam En­gine, Will Travel” on se­lect PBS sta­tions.

“The se­ries chron­i­cles the fam­ily’s trav­els as they travel the coun­try with their steam­ers. The bring their en­gines to dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions on mod­i­fied flat bed trail­ers,” writes Al­len­town & Auburn Rail­road in the re­lease. “It is a very unique sight, see­ing a steam en­gine head­ing down the high­way, and a fas­ci­nat­ing process to watch when they un­load.”

Kutz­town is the sec­ond stop on #85’s in­au­gu­ral tour.

“This is also the clos­est that this en­gine has been to it’s original home in Ha­zle­ton for more than half a life­time. We are very ex­cited to be wel­com­ing them to Kutz­town,” writes Al­len­town & Auburn Rail­road.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Face­book page w w w.face­book.com/al­len­tow­nan­dauburn­rail­road. Make reser­va­tions on­line at www.squareup.com/store/al­len­town-and-auburn-rail­r­road. Call or text 570-778-7531.

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Steam en­gine ar­riv­ing in Kutz­town Wednesday morn­ing.

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