Our Stories

Chris Campbell – Thinking Outside the Firebox

 “We have to be mindful of the past but aware of the future” Chris breaks to bottle on the Chesapeake and Ohio 2716, to christen the beginning of his organization’s restoration.  With so many figureheads within the world of railroad preservation, it’s easy to get

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Jason Shron – Role Model (Railroader)

“You have to have fun in this hobby. If you don’t have fun, what’s the point?” Jason Shron embraces the former VIA Rail “Edmundston” sleeping car, now in preservation thanks to his efforts.  Like most hobbies, trains are a spectrum, where the involvement in the

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Brock Kerchner – Persistance and Passion

“Those [railroaders] need their stories told” In 2009, Brock is giving cab tours of a former Conrail SD60I locomotive at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, in Strasburg, PA. Photo by Kris Klemick. This week’s narrative called upon a memory from a time when I started

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Max Harris – A Boy and His Trains

“Trains have this certain indescribable characteristic of personability, and to be the voice of this trait is the greatest honor I could have ever asked for.” Max poses for a photo as Strasburg 475 eases into the engine house. Photo by Logan Dahir.  Preface I

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Linn Moedinger – Preservation Heavyweight

“[Trains are] an important teaching tool of a time before drones brought packages to your door” Linn Moedinger enjoying the comfort of his namesake car at The Strasburg Rail Road. Photo by Chris Pollock. The year is 2020. It’s been just about 70 years since

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Fran Phillips – Cooking with Steam

“I can make a difference here” In the heyday of passenger railroading, riding the train was just a part of multisensory experience. In their time onboard, the passengers were entertained by performers in the lounge car, awestruck by the views from a skytop dome or

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Andre Barry – On a Path to Greatness

“This dream is finally a reality for me” Through my time of working in both a hobby shop and at the Strasburg Rail Road, I’ve met thousands of people who all share a love for trains. However, without the slightest bit of doubt, I can

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Kelly Lynch – The Voice of The Past

 “If you can get someone to care, you can open the door and enlighten them” Kelly pacing the 765, masquerading as 767, in 2016 during a visit to the Cuyahoga Valley. (Courtesy Photo) Nothing brings people together like a good story. Tales of a time

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Shelley Hall – Blood, Sweat and Steam

“Trains aren’t just for boys” Shelly tops off the steam oil on Strasburg No. 89 before a day of firing. Photo by Chris Pollock. Railroading is undeniably a boys’ club. Our society has branded the dirty and vigorous work of running and maintaining locomotives as

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Logan Dahir – The New Kid In Town

“I realize that that guy in the window is now me”. Logan in the fireman’s seat of the Green Train at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Photo by Nathan Brown. Our stories here at Behind the Throttle have mostly focused on seasoned veterans of the railroad industry,

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