Then and Now with W&LE 4602

After finishing its work in the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway yard in Akron, Wheeling & Lake Erie GP9R No. 4602 and its train is heading back to Barberton using the ABC’s own track instead of the more commonly used CSX trackage rights.

The top two images were made on Nov. 27. No. 4602 is the only locomotive of this model on the W&LE motive power roster.

It is equipped with remote control switching capability for yard work.

As can be seen in the bottom image, which was made on March 28, 2011, in Orrville, the 4602 once worked for the Grand Trunk Western and for a time still wore its GTW livery, albeit with the name of is former owner blotted out.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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