Steam Saturday: Cruising Through Lowellville

It’s the morning of June 27, 1981, in Lowellville, Ohio, on the Baltimore & Ohio mainline. The Chessie Safety Express is running today from Akron to Pittsburgh and return.

On the point is former Chesapeake & Ohio 4-8-4 No. 614. The Greenbrier-type locomotive was the mainstay for the Safety Express trains in 1980 and 1981.

If you didn’t get enough of the 614 on this date, it pulled another Akron-Pittsburgh roundtrip the next day.

To the left of the 614 are the tracks of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie. Today those tracks are no longer here.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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