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470 Club Special Approaching Fabyans | by Dave Blaze Rail Photography
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470 Club Special Approaching Fabyans

This was the the last location on the chase where I shot the classic high nosed geep in the lead. GP7 573 (blt. Sep. 1950), an original MEC unit once equipped with a steam generator for passenger service, is very much on home rails leading a long string of coaches west down grade from the summit of the route at Crawford Notch about four miles behind them. The train is passing an old Maine Central section men's shanty as they approach the US Route 302 crossing just east of MP 89 on the old Mountain Subdivision.

 

573 has called the Conway Scenic home for over a quarter century now since being purchased from Guilford Transportation, the successor to the Maine Central, in 1995. Trailing is Boston and Maine 4266 owned by the 470 Railroad Club of Portland, ME. It was saved by the group and restored to operation in 1984, and is used periodically on specials and even revenue service on the CSRR. Built by EMD in Mar. 1949 it is soon to be joined by sister 4268 in matching maroon Minuteman dress, and if all goes to plan the duo may lead this very train this time next year.

 

As for this train, it is the 470 Club's annual fall excursion. This is the regular Mountaineer train to Fabyan with extra coaches on an elongated 8 1/2 hour trip that this year included the little used mileage another 10 miles west to Quebec Jct. Trailing the two New England veterans are 9 cars with GP35 216 bringing up the rear. Just ahead at the siding beside the old MEC Fabyans Station the 216 will be swapped the the west end of the train on the westbound trip with 4266/573 positioned to lead east.

 

Fabyans

Town of Carroll, New Hampshire

Saturday October 23, 2021

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Taken on October 23, 2021