On a beautiful Labor Day which was anything but laborious, a gathering of train affection ados and others filled the grounds adjacent to The Historic Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg, PA (known as The Miller Park) on Monday September 7th to await the arrival of a Nickel Plate Road (NKP) #765 steam powered locomotive as part of The Steamtown National Historic Site and the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society Summer Steam Excursions. Those who rode the train from Scranton, PA to the depot were greeted with a variety of vendors, delicious foods, and music.
I was lucky enough to arrive at the depot just minutes before the train did. The spectacle of the huge locomotive and its long line of cars overwhelmed the senses through the sheer massiveness of it all. Excitement was shared by all onlookers as the iron horse galloped along the tracks until changing its pace into a slowed strut as it came closer to the station. The stillness of the machine was echoed within the heart of the gathering as they thoughtfully eyed the mechanical details of the engine and the elegance of the passenger cars that could be seen through the windows that populated each segment of the train before it left to continue on its journey until its return to pick up its departing passengers.