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NS, R.J Corman Locals on ex-PRR, ex-B&O Routes

June 17, 2010

NS local C27 passes the 1868 Orrville Union Depot, home of the ORHS, at 8:15 PM on June 1, 2010. (Photographs by Richard Jacobs)

On Tuesday June 1, 2010, as I was leaving the Orrville depot I heard the NS C27 local approaching. I caught it at sunset leaving Orrville on the former Cleveland, Akron & Columbus (CA&C), which is now the Norfolk Southern Orrville secondary. It was passing the former Pennsylvania Railroad Union depot, built in 1868, and now the home of the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society. The local is based in Mansfield and comes to Orrville on five weekday afternoons to service Smuckers and Scotts.

The following Tuesday I was able to catch the RJ Corman Genset No. 5400 in Wooster. It was idling at the end of a string of cars, including a covered hopper whose contents were being off-loaded into a semi-trailer. The Corman local comes to Wooster, usually on Tuesdays, to service Frito-Lay and other industries along a former Baltimore & Ohio line. That route went to Millersburg from Lodi, passing through Wooster on the way. Only the remnant in Wooster remains.

The RJ Corman local travels on its own rails from Dover to Massillon, where it accesses the NS Pittsburgh to Crestline (former PRR Fort Wayne line) to Wooster. At Wooster it switches onto the former B&O line to do its service work. Stull’s Hair Clinic at the Columbus Road crossing is the former B&O freight house.

Richard Jacobs

R.J. Corman “Railpower” Genset No. 5400 at Wooster on June 8, 2010.

Another view of the R.J. Corman 5400 at Wooster


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