We moved to Loysville, PA, the beginning of October 2015 to begin a season of interim pastoral ministry. Since this assignment is part time, we have three days each week to do some exploring around Pennsylvania and vicinity.
Our first excusion was Satruday, October 16. We drove eartly to Port Clinton, PA, where we boarded the Fall Foliage Excursion on the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad for a 9 AM departure.
This Baldwin Locomotive Works light Pacific 4-6-2, RBM&N #425, headed our train.
This turn-table was moved to Port Clinton to turn the 425 for her Jim Thorpe round trips.
The scenery along the 45 mile route was beautiful hilly and farmland Pennsylvania.
Steam chasers and rail-fans met us at every crossing along the way.
Here, one of Pennsylvania's largest Christmas tree farms.
We crossed the Schuylkill River a number of times.
Much of the line was through wooded areas with trees closing in along the tracks...
...with breaks now and then to reveal a corn field or pumpkin patch.
We crossed the 161 foot high and 981 foot long Hometown Trestle 14 miles from Jim Thorpe.
The closer we got to Jim Thorpe, the brighter the fall colors were.
The oaks and maples around Greenwook Lake were in full fall splendor.
We arrived at Jim Thorpe just before noon...
...where we had until our 3 PM boarding call to grab a cup of joe, wander the streets, admire the architecture, and have lunch.
The 425 sat by providing a good many photo-op.