More than that has changed on the Strasburg, though. Cherry Hill, the small station on the line, has a sign listing the population as "17 More Or Less." As the narrator has explained on the Strasburg trains for the past 50 years, that means more when the train arrives, less when it leaves. Today, however, there are seldom fewer than 17 people already at Cherry Hill when the train gets there. A huge corn maize/petting zoo/pumpkin patch has sprouted on the hillside and in the field on either side of the tracks. Our first Cool Chrome goes back to a gentler, less commercial time in August 1982 -- No. 90 is sporting the "Strasburg" look, and the hill at Cherry Hill is still a farm.
|Strasburg Rail Road; Cherry Hill, Penn.; August 1982|
|Cotton Belt 819; Somewhere in Missouri; June 1990|
|Morristown & Erie; Lake Junction, N.J.; April 21, 1998|
|Amtrak; Delmar, Calif.; March 2002|