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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Riding the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad

We picked up a brochure at the visitors office in Oil City about the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad, checked the schedule and decided we just had to do it. So we added another day to our stay there and arranged to take this 3-hour round trip train ride that takes you through beautiful Oil Creek State Park.

The town of Titusville is also one of the Oil Region Alliance towns that first discovered oil in the 1850s. It's about half an hour's drive from Oil City.

With the fall foliage and lovely weather, riding in the open gondola car for part of the trip was breathtaking in places. The vintage passenger cars themselves - pulled by a 56-year old Alco S-2 engine - are quite comfortable. And we were able to purchase postcards and mail them from the "only operating Railway Postal Car" in the country!

Across the street from the station Bob photographed the Wabash Cannonball

The Perry Street Train Station Sign

Titusville and the railroad station

Going over a bridge

Views of the Allegheny River from the train

Fall Colors - making our way through Oil Creek Valley

Oil Creek

Interior of the train - the seat backs flop back and forth so you are always facing forward regardless of what direction the train is going.

The Conductor, with the yellow Engine coming back to hook up with the rest of the train

Passenger car exterior

The Caboose Motel is located on the tracks next to the Perry Street Station in Titusville. You can stay in one of 21 actual cabooses that has heat and a/c, showers, telephone and TV, May through October. 1-800-827-0690. We think it would have been fun to stay in one if we had known ahead of time!

...more to come on our trip to Michigan

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