Languishing E Units to Get New Life in Cleveland

The lineup of all four Es and four cars at Hazel Street in Akron.

The lineup of all four Es and four cars at Hazel Street in Akron.

Four E8 units that have languished in Minerva, Ohio, are finally moving on to a new home at the West Third Street roundhouse in Cleveland that is operated by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society in Cleveland.

The Wheeling & Lake Erie had picked them up and moved them to Akron where they were placed on the W&LE/Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad interchange track near Hazel Street.

Along with the four Es were four passenger cars, two of which had seen circus train service with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

I got lucky with having the No. 61 head out as it is the best looking of the group. The 61 and 62 are former Pennsylvania Railroad units while the 60 and the 4258 are former Illinois Central. (4023 and 4033).

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

Former MARC 60 is the last one to actually see any service.

Former MARC 60 is the last one to actually see any service.

Nose to nose 60 and 62.

Nose to nose 60 and 62.

Former NJDOT 4258 was to be MARC 63 but was never renumbered or used.

Former NJDOT 4258 was to be MARC 63 but was never renumbered or used.

CTVX 61 nose greeting the morning sun. Hopefully, a new day will dawn for these old veterans.

CTVX 61 nose greeting the morning sun. Hopefully, a new day will dawn for these old veterans.

A badly faded circus logo.

A badly faded circus logo.

CTVX 461, one of the circus cars, ex New Haven maybe?

CTVX 461, one of the circus cars, ex New Haven maybe?

Baggage car, heritage unknown, CTVX 1357.

Baggage car, heritage unknown, CTVX 1357.

CTVX 5704. You can see the "United States Mail" and "Storage car" lettering on this ex Union Pacific car.

CTVX 5704. You can see the “United States Mail” and “Storage car” lettering on this ex Union Pacific car.

 

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3 Responses to “Languishing E Units to Get New Life in Cleveland”

  1. Jim H Says:

    Information from the Railway Preservation News website:

    “88 is a former NYC 13 DBRM car – this is the hallway side. RBX 87 was also a former NYC 13 DBRM car, so this follows, and the trucks are 15” wide pedestal NYC variety. NYC #10503 Port of Boston; #88 is the former NYC Port of Boston, a 12 bedroom car built by PS in 1949; Note also that the Port of Boston is still relatively intact inside, since it is from the era when the Circus did not gut their cars down to the frame and install completely new interiors like they do today; CTVX #88-formerly Ringling Brothers: https://www.flickr.com/photos/n8myc/13519867294/sizes/l (Bob McGilvray, Jr. photo)

    461 appears to be a New Haven/B&M/BAR “Beach” series 6 roomette, 4 double bedroom, 6 section sleeper; NYNH&H #536 Monument Beach; 461 is the former NH 6-4-6 Monument Beach, built by PS in 1954. Sold to the Long Island RR and named Sagtikos. Purchased by Ringling Bros from the Long Island RR circa 1976;

    1367 (StLCC, Lot #1773, 1953) built as USAX kitchen #89650 sold in 1973 to Amtrak baggage #1367 converted in 1976 to dual steam-HEP sold (when??) to Omni Midwest-OhiRail (OMNI) #1367 to CTVX #1367: https://www.flickr.com/photos/n8myc/13519871244/sizes/l (Bob McGilvray, Jr. photo)

    5704 (AC&F, Lot #3026, 1949) built as UP postal storage #5704 redesignated/renumbered in 1969 as express #24435 transferred to MofW department in 1970 as tool car #904235 sold (when??) to Ringling Brothers as parts source sold (when??) to Omni Midwest-OhiRail (OMNI) #5704 to CTVX #5704: https://www.flickr.com/photos/n8myc/13519869534/sizes/l (Bob McGilvray, Jr. photo)”

  2. Robert Petit Says:

    CVTX 1357 looks like an ex-Amtrak, NEE-USAX , Baggage car. Originally used with the hospital cars.

  3. Andy Swanson Says:

    I was happy to see this information last night albeit a few years from posting thank you for doing so. Any updates of the E-8’s move? I think one of them may have pulled the only regular passenger train I ever got to ride when I was a kid before the advent of AMTRACK

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