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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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Vince LiBrizzi – 50 Years in the Making

 “There’s something magic about trains, they have soul; they’re alive”. In my time of writing this blog, I’ve come to notice that nearly everyone who railroads agrees on one thing: Trains are magical. There’s something about a train that inspires a childlike innocence in us

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Jean Kloha: From Switchman to Fireman

“I enjoy the excursion part because you can see the awe on people’s faces for the first time” Steam locomotives are much more than machines. Ask anyone that works with these iron horses and they all say that it’s like they have a mind of

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Drayton Blackgrove: A Modern Day Rail Historian

“This is my only chance to see some things, because in a few years it will change” There’s no doubt that railroading in America has seen its fair share of changes over the past few years. As more railroads adopt systems of cutting operations to

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