Earlier this year, The Low-Tech Times reported that Strasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania reeancted The Virginia Creeper Train out of Strasburg, Pennsylvania.
There’s another lesser known town named Strasburg located in Virginia. Strasburg, Virginia’s town council apparently does not lack creativity in coming up with ideas. They recently considered temporarily renaming the town Stephen Strasburg, VA after the new Nats pitching sensation.
Strasburg, VA is also looking for a steam locomotive or replica to reenact Stonewall Jackson’s Great Train Raid of 1861. Sally Voth of The Northern Virginia Daily reports:
Wednesday marked the Great Train Raid committee’s first public meeting, Strasburg Town Councilwoman Sarah Mauck said. Planned for next Memorial Day weekend, three days of activities will lead into a locomotive procession from Middletown to Strasburg on Sunday, May 29, 2011…
When the Opequon Creek bridge was destroyed by Confederate soldiers, the locomotives, rail cars and train
components had to be dragged by large numbers of horses from Martinsburg, W.Va., also part of Virginia at the time, to Strasburg…
When I saw the headline in the newspaper at a store, I bought the paper. This was the first time I bought a newspaper in some time. It turns out the story is online though.
Other Virginia Rail News
There were a couple of interesting movements on Norfolk Southern’s b-line last week. Unfortunately, I did not see either but pictures are available on line:
- NS 974 Marketing Inspection Train led by restored antique f-units. David B. Davies still has the shots on his news page as of Monday 6/14/10. He frequently updates the site, but this may be a semi-permanent link to one scenic shot.
- Ringling Brothers and Barnham and Bailey is not the only show traveling by rail. Todd’s Train Photos captured shots of the Strates Carnival Train.