The doubleheaded Rambler poses for photos southbound at Stockbridge|
Photo by Doug Scott
The Berkshire County Rambler
At Stockbridge, we held a brief memorial service for Peter Lynch, a retired railroader and loyal supporter of the Berkshire Museum. 3601 whistled a farewell salute to Peter at the exact time of his funeral in Old Lyme, CT. We then staged a fourth runby, and a few riders detrained to explore the quaint town.
South of Stockbridge, we rolled slowly down Glendale Hill, the ruling grade northbound on this section, and passed the Monument
Mills complex in Housatonic village. Beyond Rising Jct., we saw the Guthrie Center – desanctified Trinity Church, made
famous in folksinger Arlo Guthrie’s song, “Alice’s Restaurant.” In Great Barrington, we had our fifth runby near the station, after
the crew repositioned our locomotives on the north end of the train. 8619 finally was in the lead, long hood forward!
After an uneventful trip north, the Rambler returned to Lenox about 5:10 PM.