We were traveling at the peak of the fall foliage season, and it was a beautiful sunny morning, so the views were stunning.
This railroad was built in 1872 to carry coal out of Antrim, Pennsylvania. It no longer carries coal, but regular freight service between Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, and Corning, New York is maintained by the Wellsboro and Corning Railroad.
All along the route, the railroad locations are identified by mileposts located very close to the track. The older ones, which have been in place for nearly a century, are made of concrete, and the newer ones are made of metal. If I pressed my forehead onto the window and looked straight down, I was able to locate a few of these markers along the way.
Our hour and a half trip took us from the outskirts of Wellsboro to the north end of Hammond Lake and back, a 24 mile round trip.
|One of the two dining cars|
|Seating for 48 in our dining car|
Two locomotives, The CANYON CLUB snack bar car, the open observation car, the two dining cars, two passenger seating cars, and a baggage car were the components of our train on this excursion.
Brunch was simple but good. The husband/lover/best friend dined on an egg and cheese casserole with a side of seasoned potatoes. I chose a turkey club sandwich with a garnish of chips and pickles. German chocolate cake was the dessert of the day.
We had pleasant conversation with the young couple that was assigned to our table. They were Penn Staters, just looking for something touristy and fun to do on a pretty Fall day.
|The Gift Shop|
|Interior of restored Gift Shop car|
After returning to our campground, we spent a comfortable few hours outside, sitting and reading by the campfire. We got many chuckles watching a furious little red squirrel constantly defending his territory - the large white pine tree on our site - from all the larger marauding grey squirrels. Such a shrieking and carrying on; it was way too comical. This little red squirrel definitely had the "little man syndrome."
Unfortunately, this was to be our only pleasant outdoor time, as the weather the rest of our week there turned rainy, windy, and cold. Apparently, hints of the approaching storm Sandy were arriving.