Steam Saturday: A Fondness for GTW Steam

During my years of volunteering at the former Baltimore & Ohio West Third Street roundhouse in Cleveland with former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070, I had the opportunity to work on train and engine crews during the operation on the Cuyahoga Valley Line in the 1980s.

Because of this I’ve gained a special fondness for Grand Trunk Western steam locomotives.

Posted here are some of the surviving GTW steam locomotives that I’ve seen and some that operated after being retired by the Grand Trunk.

In the top image is GTW 0-8-0 No. 8380 at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois.

It is one of seven survivors that was sold by GTW in 1960 to Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling, Illinois, for scrapping.

The company actually used them at the mill because they were in good condition. The final day of use was Dec. 3, 1980. Seven survive today. This image made in Union on Sept. 2, 1985.

GTW 4-6-2 No. 5632 is shown at Durand, Michigan. More noteworthy was the horrible ending for sister 5629 in 1987.

GTW 5629 was owned by Richard Jensen through the 1960s until 1987 when it was scrapped.

The first of the images of the 5632 was made on May 5, 1985. The next image, made on Aug. 14, 2005, shows years of weathering

GTW 2-8-2 No. 4070 is shown at the Cleveland B&O yard on July 17, 1977, and then crossing Portage Path north of Akron returning to Independence on Aug. 6, 1989.

GTW 4-8-4 No. 6323 is shown at the Illinois Railway Museum. It ran fan trips on the Grand Trunk until 1961. This photo was made Sept. 2, 1985.

GTW 4-8-4 No. 6325 was restored by Jerry Jacobson’s Ohio Central steam crew. It currently resides at the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek.

It is shown on June 8, 2002 during a photo charter I rode with Marty Surdyk. We see the 6325 at Dennison and near Jewett.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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