On the Ohio Central Near Baltic

We’re standing in Baltic on Oct. 13, 2006, enjoying a passing northbound Ohio Central freight. On the point is former Conrail B23-7 No. 4096. Trailing is another “super 7,” the 4099.

A former OC operating employee said these units were rebuilt from U23B models for the Monongahela Railway just before Conrail took it over.

The locomotives were rebuilt to something just short of Dash 8 specifications, hence the “super 7” moniker.

“This is a very rare example of a good GE design that has stood the test of time and wear,” he said.  

“While they are expensive to maintain, as most early GE’s were and still are, these have proven to be somewhat cost effective for the G&W so they are still around. They are actually nice to run as well.”

The 4096 was once Conrail 2035 and would later wear the Ohio Central and Genesee & Wyoming liveries.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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