Old photo album: A historic train in Avis
LOCK HAVEN — Being able to get to speeds of over 100 miles per hour is seen as an easy task these days with cars and trucks.
However, more than a century ago that was practically impossible.
During the locomotive era, when trains were the biggest source of transportation across the state and the country, it seemed that speeds like that would never happen.
That was until William Buchanan built the 999 locomotive.
It became the fastest land vehicle on May 10, 1893 when it reached a record speed of 112.5 miles per hour and would hold that record for a decade.
The then famous locomotive would tour the country, visiting places such as Chicago, New York and even making a stop in a local shop in Avis.
The Central Shops would see the train’s last major overhaul in the early 1900s before being retired.
You can still see the locomotive to this day at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
We thank former Castanea resident Jon Cassel for calling this historic date to our attention.
At top, pictured is the 999 locomotive in the Avis rail yard. Below that, members of the Avis repair shop stand in front of the 999 locomotive. If anyone recognizes one of these men they’re encouraged to contact Laura Jameson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-748-9761.