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Waushakum Live Steamers Take to the Tracks

by Paul Saulnier
July 21, 2017

A ride on the Waushakum train is truly Fun For All Ages.

Take a ride on the Waushakum Steam Line in the video above.

As visitors wait for the next train to return, they can look through the clothes and memorabilia for sale by the Steamers while members answer questions about the ride which is about half a mile long throught the woods, under overpasses and through tunnels.

When you are next in line and certain to get on the next train, it's smiles all around.

"All aboard" shouts the conductor. The engineer blows the steam whistle and we're off. I mentioned that this was just like a real train and he told me in no uncertain terms: "It is a real train". Sorry.

Several engines were running throughout the day so the the next train was never more than a few minutes away.

This young lady was treated to two trips around the track on this member's train because "she had a good camera and looked like a professional" he said. I had a digital camera and a video camera but he didn't offer me a ride.

Above, many members were testing their own engines on a separate track during the day.

Above, Joe from Needham said he was the youngest member ever to join the Steamers and that was 40 years ago. He talks about the hobby and the good old days in the video  https://youtu.be/T_5K-Og3J84

Daniel Temple, above, has been a member for five years. He showed me around the area where members work on their trains between runs. He talks about trains, large and small in this short video: .https://youtu.be/7w7Uuay61WQ

President Jim O'Brien kept busy all day making sure the event ran smoothly, both on and off the track.

 

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Comments (4)

the next open house is: August appears to be August 27, 2017 according to their web site: http://www.waushakumlivesteamers.org/events/

- Paul Saulnier | 7/24/17 7:31 PM

Their website has a calendar of events http://www.waushakumlivesteamers.org/events/

- John Coffey | 7/24/17 7:14 PM

Is there a schedule of when the Waushakum Steamers railroad is open to the public?

- John Losch | 7/24/17 6:04 PM

We did this on New Year's Day a couple of years ago with my grandaughter. She was 3 and loved every minute. All of the members were so kind and attentive to everyone.. It is a great experience for young and older.....

- Terry | 7/21/17 6:27 PM

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