Autumn Steam in 1988

Autumn 1988 featured mainline and tourist line steam in Northeast Ohio. On the Cuyahoga Vally Line, former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070 pulled trains between Independence and Akron.

On Conrail’s Fort Wayne Line, Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 pulled excursions sponsored by the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society.

This gallery includes the photographer’s favorite from September and October.

In the photograph above, the 765 passes the former Pennsylvania Railroad interlocking tower in Leetonia, Ohio, on Sept. 24

In the top and next image of the series below, NKP 765 is arriving at Conway Yard near Pittsburgh on Sept. 24.

The excursion was bound for Pittsburgh from Orrville.

In the next image the 4070 is at Hillside Road in Independence on Sept. 11 while the series rounds out with the locomotive being turned on the wye at Wi;llow in Independence on Oct. 8.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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