Once a Staple of the ORHS

If you chased and/or rode Orrville Heritage Society excursion trains in the early 2000s you no doubt saw GP7u No. 471. It was the society’s primary motive power during that era. Built by EMD in September 1950 as a GP7 for the Maine Central, it was later rebuilt, hence the letter “u” in the model designation. ORHS purchased the 471 on April 28, 2000, from the Ohio Central System for $121,000. It is shown in Orrville on Nov. 8, 2009.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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