|Over the past few years, the James E. Strates Shows
has made Danbury, Connecticut a stop in their busy schedule. The Strates
Show is unique because it is one of the few remaining amusement shows
that still travels by rail. For the railfan with all it's racked rides, it is probably the most
colorful train to chase. For more information about the Strates Show
you can visit their home
page. Because of the special requirements (oversized carloads)
of the Strates Carnival Train, in order to get to Danbury, the train
must travel along the Housatonic River on the Berkshire Line. The
Berkshire Line actually got it's name during the era of the New York,
New Haven & Hartford Railroad, but since then has become once
again the main line for the Housatonic Railroad. The following is
a collection of some of the pictures that I have taken.
The images below are just
a sample of what is available. Select the link below the picture to
see the whole collection.
2006 Update - Pictures for the 2006 version of the Strates chase have been taken, but there has been a bit of a delay in posting them due to some family emergencies. Despite these problems, I was able to get southbound as well as northbound shots (Shots to and from Danbury) . I will be working on the 2006 pages as time permits, please be patient (thanks). Video clips of the Strates Shows
Train are available in the Downloads
Section of this site.
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The complete schedule for the James E Strates Shows can be