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the Cabin Fever Expo
GPS Coordinates: 40.302736, -76.412227
The Cabin Fever Expo is held about two miles or so south of Lebanon. For many years, it was held at the fairgrounds in York PA, but in 2015, they returned to having it at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center, off Rocherty Road and PA72. 2017 was the 21st year for the show!
If you are even mildly interested in models of any kind, this is the show to attend. People come from as far away as Michigan to attend, many from Ohio even make a (long) day trip out of it. It is billed as the largest show of it's kind in the United States.
You will see almost anything here, be it trains, steam engines, diesel trains, electric trains, parts for them, track for them, 1/4" scale live steam, stationary steam engines, planes, boats, ships, submarines, R/C trucks and cranes, wood models, even operating Lego "steam powered" models, carousels and other amusement park equipment, miniature tools for 1/12 scale dollhouses, operating miniature Gatling guns that shoot 22's, operating gasoline powered V8's that are 10" long with custom made spark plugs and distributors, miniature stuff, sub-miniature stuff, full size stuff, machining equipment, CNC stuff, and especially tools! Tools rule! Several auctions are held on Saturday and Friday. The folks from Village Press in Traverse City MI are always set up in a prominent place too - they print most of the magazines that support this hobby!
BE FORWARNED THO, if you are coming ONLY on Sunday.... Come early, and be prepared to either wiz thru the place at a really quick pace, or miss half the show. If you come on a Saturday, getting thru the whole event is still a demanding day because of the variety of things to do and see. I don't know when exhibitors and vendors start to pack-up on Sunday, but if you get there at 2:30, and expect to see anything, you will be severely disappointed, because there is NOTHING left to see except for very, very few vendors and a pile of dirt!
Personally, I preferred the show back in York, mainly because it was closer and quicker to get to, but after listening to many a fellow that travelled from Ohio, I stopped complaining! :-) However, most of them also preferred having the show in York.
Below is part of their homepage. Pictures are off their website from the 2010 show.
Probably one of my favorite was this model of a (better than Smithsonian quality) 1928 (I think) Packard!!! Everything operates.
the Union Canal Tunnel Park
GPS Coordinates: 40.350855, -76.463179
The Union Canal was begun in 1792, but not completed until 1828 and required a tunnel to connect Quittapahilla Creek to Clarks Run. The tunnel required two years to build, for a tunnel that was only 792ft long - that's about 15ft a week! More on the Wikipedia page.
A Building with Possible Railroad Heritage
GPS Coordinates: 40.337120, -76.433064
This building sits on an angle along the former C&L right-of-way on Chestnut St by 12th St. Other than the fact that it sits right next to the tracks, and is on an angle matching that of a former interchange track, I don't know anymore about the building: who owned it, it's purpose, when it was built, etc.
How did I find this building. Down in the postcard section, there is a diner called Pushnik's. So I Googled it. It came up, but so did another restaurant, Marabelle's, that replaced it, and it was on Chestnut St. So I went to see if it was still around, and I came across this building where the restaurant was supposed to be. Maybe......
There are two sets of wayside signals in town, one is at the 16th Street crossing, and the other is off of West St and Leslie Ave on the east side of town, looks like parking and accessibility is good, but I didn't have the time while here the other day.... I stopped in town after visiting the Cabin Fever Expo.
EB/WB Colorlight Signals at 16th St
GPS Coordinates: 40.342206, -76.441084
EB/WB Colorlight Signals
GPS Coordinates: 40.348594, -76.375904
Pictures are needed!!!
Most of the grade crossings are as shown in the first two pictures at 12th St & Scull St, standard cantilever installations.....
Most of the other grade crossings are protected by standard crossing gates, with the addition of pedestrian gates. Some are mounted by themselves, others are mounted to the main crossing arm.
And last but not least, one of the many hand-man signals around town, LED style, with those annoying beepers.
The Cornwall & Lebanon roundhouse
From the Hagley collection listed above, picture from sometime between 1890 and 1910.
Interesting power towers (poles) adjacent to the P&R depot.
South of town, on PA72 heading south towards Mt Hope, is this decorative use for a rock, probably unearthed during digging for a foundation.......
These were found on EBay.....
I love trains, and I love signals. I am not an expert. I do these pages because I love spending my time doing them - although I do a reasonable amount of research to make sure the information presented is accurate! :-) :-)
Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, myindexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while, an error may creep in, oooooooops, oh well! :-)
My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented. Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them. If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads. Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
BTW, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.
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