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Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association 7/21/2013

by Chris Guenzler

Dave and I drove from New Freedom to Williams Grove but stopped three times for our reasons.

Stop one was for this depot in Shrewsbury. Stop two was at a Sheets Service Station. Stop three was in Mechanicsburg when we spotted more depots to take pictures of.

The Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania Passenger Station.

The Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania Freighthouse. Thanks to Dave's Garman we found where I came to once before but when we pulled into the grounds we saw the Pennsylvania Railroad 0-6-0 653 backing the train to the boarding area. I got Dave and I tickets for the next trip and got a pair of pictures of an engine I once had photographed before the NRHS Convention in Scranton but in just a few minutes I would finally get to ride behind her.

Two pre-trip pictures before I boarded the back of the two open cars in order to get some pictures of the steam engine on the curves on this line.

A brief history

It was the Winter of 1958-59 when a group of people met to discuss forming a steam association. The basis of this idea came from their memories of using old time farm machinery. They formed the Williams Grove Steam Engine Association with their purpose of preserving steam powered equipment and to educate the public about the history of farming. The association uses steam engines for plowing, harvesting and sawing. It also has early gas engines and tractors plus a Pennsylvania Railroad Steam Engine. In 1959 Roy Richwine, Sr., owner of the 91 acres Williams Grove Amusement Park invited the association to use his land which they then purchased.

The Train

Pennsylvania Railroad 0-6-0 653.

Open Car WGRR 102.

Open Car WGRR 101.

PRR Caboose 477130.

PRR Caboose 980894.

The Trip

The train left the boarding area and headed for the first curve.

The steam engine is climbing the grade and will go by that tank car.

Once past the tank car the train climbed the rest of the grade.

View inside the open cars.

The steam engine took the curve at the road that leads into the grounds.

We left the road behind us.

The steam engine took the last curve to the end of track.

The view from the end of track.

Now we headed back to the boarding area.

Backing up that straight track.

Backing up across the road.

Backing up down the grade.

The train backed us all the way to the boarding area.

The rear of the Pennsylvania Railroad 653. Now it was time to put the engine away.

First the steam engine had to clear the switch. Now I could get pictures of the steam engine in the clear.

Views of the Pennsylvania Railroad steam engine 653. Next the diesel put the train in the siding.

The train has reached the siding.

The steam engine returns to the engine shed.

WGRR 52 returns with the two cabooses then tie down.

PRR Wooden Caboose.

The rear of the steam engine in the engine shed.

MA & PA Wooden Box Car 725.


A steam crane.

A steam tractor.

TWOX Tank Car 149. With that last picture I met Dave and we left Williams Grove two happy people. We drove the Pennsylvania Turnpike west towards Ohio.

What does this cloud look like to you? North of Pittsburgh we drove through more heavy rains before we reached a drier Ohio. We took the Ohio Turnpike to Interstate 76 that took us to Interstate 71 which took us to Ontario where we went to Outback Steak House and I enjoyed a large steak. From there we drove to the Comfort Inn in Marion, Ohio for the night.