1293 Back in Action on CVSR

Central Ohio Railroad No. 1293 puts on a show during the second of two photo runbys at Brecksville on Saturday.

Central Ohio Railroad 1293, formerly the Canadian Pacific 1293, returned to service on Saturday by pulling an almost total track tour excursion train on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The 4-6-2 Pacific-type locomotive hauled a special from Brecksville to Canton.

The trip began with a pair of photo runbys at the Brecksville station. After the passengers boarded, the excursion left about 2:45 p.m.

The 1293 had been sidelined after experiencing mechanical problems on Saturday, Sept. 8. Those issues, which involved the throttle mechanism, were fixed during the week and after a test run on Friday the 1293 was cleared to return to service.

Numerous Akron Railroad Club members were trackside to witness the 1293’s performance. Among those who I saw were Dennis Bydash, Edward Ribinskas, Jeff Troutman, Marty Surdyk, John Puda, Dennis Taksar, Don Woods, Dave Shepherd, Paul  Woodring, Bob Farkas, Todd Dillon, Ken Roby and Max Promersberger. Club members Alex Bruchac and Frank Kellogg were paying passengers.

The 1293 will be back in action Sunday pulling trips from Akron at 11:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. The locomotive will have the weekend of Sept. 22-23 off but will be back in action the following weekend (Sept. 29-30).

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Putting on a smoke show as the train is about to cross Riverview Road.

Approaching Ira Road.

Passing through the Goodyear Complex on the east side of Akron.

Cruising along the west edge of Akron Fulton International Airport.

No chase of a steam train to Canton on the CVSR would be complete without photographing the train passing the air dock at Akron Fulton International Airport.

The willow trees inspect the train near East Turkeyfoot Lake Road in Myersville.

Skirting a pond at an industry on Mayfair Road in Green.

The journey is almost complete. As the train approaches the Canton station it passes Waterworks Park.

The 1293 and Saint Lucie Sound pose side by side in Canton. It was a rare opportunity to catch the former Florida East Coast observation-lounge uncovered by a locomotive on its observation end.

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