The CH&FR Railroad hosted a “Steam Days” event at the Glover’s Bend station over the weekend. Along with the railroad’s own 2-8-0 “Consolidation” and 2-6-6-2 “Mallet” engines, two more visiting locomotives were on hand: a 4-6-2 “Pacific” and a 2-10-2 “Santa Fe”.
Crowds gathered to enjoy some local Bluegrass music and share the hot dogs and hamburgers while looking over these historic iron horses. The station was filled up with a temporary museum exhibit covering the history of steam on the CH&FR and in the region, and Main Street was full of artists and vendors of all kinds.
The engines were fired up and used for excursion trips, photo run-bys and a whistle blowing contest (the Mallet won). The CH&FR’s newly restored C&O caboose was also on display, in its traditional position at the tail of a coal drag.
Mary Lou Harrison went home with the prize for the chili cook-off, and little Bobby Weismueller won the “fastest kid” race.
Here are a few more photos captured during the event: