The ‘Other’ Black Loco in the Valley

LTEX No. 1420 leads the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad scenic train past the south edge of Jaite siding on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

Like many Akron Railroad Club members, I’ve spent the past two weekends on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad chasing after and photographing Central Ohio steam locomotive 1293. It is rare to have the chance to photograph a steamer in action and I’ve felt compelled to take advantage of that chance because it is in my backyard.

I’ve also made it a point to photograph the CVSR scenic train when I was out chasing the 1293. Those hoping for a colorful locomotive on the south end of the scenic have been no doubt disappointed.

LTEX wears a utilitarian black livery. It’s only CVSR marking is a small logo below the cab window on the engineer’s side.

This GP 15-1 was built by EMD in November 1979 for Conrail, where it wore number 1643. It is now owned by LTEX and online photographs of it indicate that it has seen quite a few locales during its service over the past few years.

It has reportedly been on the CVSR for the past 10 months and before that was working for the Cleveland Commercial Railroad.

The 1420 is not likely to be something that will show up much in railfan photography programs or be printed, framed and hung on den or office walls. There are thousands of locomotives like the 1420 that get some notice but not a lot of love.

The 1293 may be the glamor locomotive on the Valley these days, but the 1420 has simply gone about its business. Perhaps some day it will wear CVSR colors or maybe it will be sent back after its lease expires. Then again, maybe the lease will be renewed and the 1420 will soldier on in its basic black dress.

Whatever the case may be, here is a tribute to the 1420 even if this month it is the “other” black locomotive running around on the CVSR.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Motoring past the Jaite depot on Saturday ahead of the steam train to Canton. At this point, I was the only railfan here.

Coming into Everett on the point of Train No. 53 on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. A few trees here are showing early signs of fall color.

A northbound scenic train is making its station stop at Botzum. The image was recorded at a private crossing south of the depot.

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One Response to “The ‘Other’ Black Loco in the Valley”

  1. Paul Woodring Says:

    1420 has been a very reliable locomotive for the CVSR since last Fall. It has a engine block heater that enables it to be left outside shut down during cold weather, a major plus operationally. I would expect to see it around awhile longer.

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