Stop At Glen Rock #15226
Pulling up beside the Krebs store, the Northern Central Railway passenger train with two coaches stops at Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, and sits across the road going into town. The engineer has just set the brakes and passengers are about to disembark and walk up into the small Pennsylvania town. As the steam engine idles, the diamond funnel smokestack rolls wide black smoke into the sky. With the Civil War having just ended a few months before, it’s mid-summer 1865, and the locomotive has patriotic American flags flying off the front.
Steam Into History operates this steam locomotive for tourists over ten miles of restored railroad right of way as the Northern Central Railway of York. If you’re a biking or hiking enthusiast, there is also a rail trail beside the ten miles of track comprising Heritage Rail Trail County Park. You can enjoy the beautiful southern Pennsylvania scenery by train or bike, the choice is yours.
History abounds at this location as this building and others nearby are actually part of the Glen Rock Historic District. The Krebs store in Glen Rock is also part of the Seitzland Project too, which extensively rebuilt the structure not long ago. Their website features some interesting before and after pictures of this place too.
At one time in the heyday of Glen Rock, the historic Northern Central Railway had two very busy tracks here that sometimes had up to 72 trains a day going past. There were extensive mills, farms, and a considerable population at the time in the area too. But highways replaced the railroad over time and manufacturing moved elsewhere.
This is a replica period photograph created from a color picture taken with a modern digital camera. To add aging, the picture was run through various digital filters, then special digital overlays were added to simulate a glass plate photograph. Those old glass plates were often poorly stored and handled through time, so the markings and defects are part of that wear.
If you’d like to see a similar train photograph, I’ve created another aged photograph of this train as Casey Jones #15228.
Location: the Northern Central Railway at Glen Rock, York County, Pennsylvania.
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