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By Jill Brubaker Reigh
Hollidaysburg Correspondent 

Steam Fans Go Hunting for EGGSpress in Hollidaysburg

 

April 18, 2019

Jill Brubaker Reigh

Rail Fanners snap photos of the Everett Railroad EGGSpress Steam Train as it approaches Kladder Station on Saturday, April 13, for an Easter Egg Hunt.

As the Everett Railroad Easter EGGSpress Steam Train approached Kladder Station on a spectacular Saturday morning, April 13, the families aboard were brimming with excitement. They weren't the only ones waiting for this train to arrive.

Rail Fanners – including Penn State Altoona students Kevin Ackley from Lock Haven, a communications major, Andrew York from (state of) Indiana, rail security major, and Shawn Bickel from Kentucky, rail transportation major – like to take pictures of trains. With tripods ready as Everett Rail's Engine 11 rounded the bend, these Rail Fanners, or Steamers as they are also called, captured the rare sight of an operating steam engine. Steam plumed into the blue sky as the whistle blew to alert motorists.

With approximately 53 operating steam engines remaining in the United States, sightings are truly rare. Thanks to Alan Maples, Everett Railroad owner, and his dedicated staff, Easter tradition for families both locally and from hundreds of miles away, now includes a ride aboard the steam engine-driven EGGSpress.

Departing from the Everett Railroad Train Station in Hollidaysburg, four Saturday excursions aboard the steam engine-driven passenger train traveled to Kladder Station. The Easter bunny greets passengers as they arrive for their Easter egg hunt. While at Kladder Station, children will enjoy some friendly competition with an Easter egg hunt.

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Children spot the Easter Bunny, who is awaiting their arrival for the egg hunt.

In contrast to the green grass at Kladder Station, brightly colored eggs shimmer in the sun, waiting to be collected. Hidden, according to railroad employee Caleb Christe, were also six Golden Eggs. Anyone finding a Golden Egg will exchange it for a special treat upon arrival back at the Everett Depot. Every child gets to fill their treat bag with their choice of Easter treats at the Candy Bar Buffet.

"People are excited, the kids are festive," Sophia Jones, manager of Passenger Excursions & Public Affairs for the Everett Railroad, said. "They are dressed in pastel colors and bunny ears. Lots of candy at the Candy Bar Buffet. We have our Easter Bunny who is hopping all around the patch today and ready to go."

For details on EGGSpress trains Saturday, April 20th, visit https://everettrailroad.com/easter-eggspress/.

 

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