Steam Saturday: Some GTW 6325 Favorites

Throughout the 1990s many witnessed Jerry Jacobson continue to expand his steam locomotive collection.

In 1993 he purchased former Grand Trunk Western 4-8-4 No. 6325 from the City of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Its turn to enter the Ohio Central’s Morgan Run shops to begin its restoration to operating condition came in 1998. Once completed test runs were conducted in September 2001. Shown with this post are favorite photos of mine of the 6325.

In many years the Ohio Central sponsored an excursion for the Akron Railroad Club.

On Oct. 9, 1999, The OC ran an excursion with former Canadian Pacific 2-6-2 No. 1293 from Dennison to Morgan Run (Coshocton).

At Morgan Run passengers had the opportunity to tour the railroad’s shops.

In the top image, No. 6325 is early in its rebuild. I always enjoyed this photo because in the lower right is Bill Surdyk looking over the progress.

To this day I remember his son Robert’s comment to me after he saw this photo. “There’s Pa the ‘inspector.’ ”

Next up is the Oct. 6, 2001, ARRC excursion with the photo runby at Pearl. This trip also ran from Sugar Creek to Morgan Run.

At the throttle is Ross Rowland with OC’s Tim Sposato in the gangway.

Photo 3 was made Oct. 20, 2001, east of Conesville on a Coshocton to Columbus excursion.

That is followed by a June 9, 2002, photo special. I purchased two tickets and Marty Surdyk joined me on the trip.

We see views of the train east of Bowerston and then west of Bowerston. In photo 6 the 6325 is along side an OC F-unit is at the Dennison depot.

During the weekend of Oct. 5 and 6, 2002, OC ran a photo special featuring the 6325 on a freight, the 1293 and the then-recently acquired ex-VIA Rail Canada F units on a passenger train.

Shown are four images from that weekend, which Ursula attended with me.

The trip also featured raffles with winners offered cab rides. Ursula actually won a cab ride in the 6325 and gave me the winning ticket. I think to this day I still have a smile on my face.

Photo 7 is at Port Washington while Photo 8 is at West Lafayette.

The next day, Oct. 6, 2002, Jim Arcaro attended with me. Photo 9 was made just west of Conesville on the former Nickel Plate Road (nee Wheeling & Lake Erie).

Photo 10 is a side by side with the 1293 at West Coshocton. The photo line is on the ex Pennsylvania Railroad mainline. Both lines were operated by the Ohio Central. 

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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