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1978 AHW Excursion

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Photos from a special passenger excursion trip from Algoma to Casco Junction.

On Sunday, September 24, 1978, I took an excursion trip over the Ahnapee & Western Railroad. The trip went from Algoma (formerly known as Ahnapee) to Casco Junction, and returned back to Algoma after a brief layover at Casco Junction. There were a few "firsts" for me that day: it was my first ride ever on a train (I was sixteen years old at the time), and these four photos were the first pictures I ever took with my new 35mm SLR camera. If the excursion had been a week earlier you would be looking at 110 format photos on this page!

Compare these photos to one taken during a similar 1976 excursion.

Enjoy the photos...

Engine #988 - The excursion was powered by engine #988, an ex-Milwaukee Road RSC-2, as is obvious by its paint scheme. Here it is at the layover at Casco Junction. It looks like someone's baby is getting a close-up view of the engine.

Here are some enlarged details from the photo:

  • Short Hood - Details of the front of the loco.
  • Cab Area - Cab roof, door, and horn details.
  • Rear Truck - This picture is for anyone hoping to build a model of this loco.

Passenger Cars - There were two cars in tow, coach number #68 and an unidentified baggage car. Here are the two cars at Casco Junction. These are ex-CB&Q equipment.

Here is an enlarged detail from the photo:

Coach #68 - In contrast to the faded paint of loco #988, the passenger cars were freshly painted. Both cars had a similar paint scheme.

Here is an enlarged detail from the photo:

  • A L G O M A - The word ALGOMA above the windows and the car number on the side.

Eastbound to Algoma - Engine #988 leads the excursion back to Algoma. This photo was taken near Rio Creek.

Here is an enlarged detail from the photo:


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