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STEAIV_031008_24.JPG: Louisville & Nashville #1100RPO
Railroad Mail Server grew quickly after the introduction of Railway Post Office (RPO) cars during the Civil War. Railroads entered into contracts with the Post Office to carry mail cars over a designated route. Postal clerks, experts in the geography of the country, traveled in crews aboard these cars to sort and pouch mail.
In 1914, the American Car and Foundry Company built the all-steel Railroad Post Office Car #1100 for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.
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Wikipedia Description: Steamtown National Historic Site
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Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) is a railroad museum and heritage railroad located on 62 acres (0.25 kmē) in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, at the site of the former Scranton yards of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (DL&W). The museum is built around and incorporates a working replica turntable and roundhouse, which includes two original roundhouse sections built in 1902 and 1937.
Established by an act of the United States Congress on October 30, 1986, Steamtown officially opened to the public in the summer of 1995, and celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2005. Congress established Steamtown to interpret the story of main line steam railroading between 1850 and 1950.
Much of the collection of steam (and a few diesel) locomotives and freight and passenger cars was originally part of 'Steamtown USA'. That collection was originally assembled by the late F. Nelson Blount and was located in several places in the northeast United States before moving from Bellows Falls, Vermont, to Scranton in 1984. Blount's death in an airplane accident in 1967 had cut off the main financial support for 'Steamtown USA', but much of his original dream to have a museum in a working railroad yard with excursions on steam trains and a functional locomotive shop has been realized at Steamtown NHS.
Museum and collection:
Steamtown NHS is located within a working railroad yard and incorporates the surviving elements of the DL&W Scranton roundhouse and locomotive repair shops. The new Visitor Center, Theater, Technology and History Museums are built in the style of and on the site of the missing portions of the original roundhouse, giving the impression of what the complete structure was like. (The 1902 roundhouse was originally a complete circle).
Visitors can see museum exhibits about the history and technology of steam railroads in the United States and Pennsylvania, as ...More...
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2003 photos: Equipment this year: I decided my Epson digital camera wasn't quite enough for what I wanted. Since I already had Compact Flash chips for it, I had to find another camera which used CF chips. That brought me to buy the Fujifilm S602 Zoom in March 2003. A great digital camera, I used it exclusively for an entire year.
Trips this year: Three-week trip this year out west, mostly in Utah.
Number of photos taken this year: 68,000.
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