Archive for the ‘Railroading as it Once Was’ Category

Still Wearing its Chessie Roster Number

June 29, 2022

Western Maryland No. 7165 has its Chessie System roster number as it sits in the sun in Willard on Sept. 2, 1978.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Ohio Central Two for Tuesday

June 28, 2022

Here are two photos of Youngstown & Austintown GP7 No. 1501, formerly a Pittsburgh & Lake Erie unit, on the Ohio Central in July 1998. The top image shows the 1501 sitting in Sugarcreek,. The bottom image was made of it pulling a southbound train approaching Baltic.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Early in the Conrail Era

June 27, 2022

Erie Lackawanna F7A No. 7121 is westbound in Akron on May 8, 1976. This is about five weeks into the Conrail era.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Another Tale From the Penn Central Scrap Line

June 26, 2022

John Woodworth, Mike Ondecker, and I visited Penn Central’s scrap line in East Altoona, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 14, 1970, where we found Penn Central 6976 (BLH AS616) still in Pennsylvania Railroad paint but with a PC roster number.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Doubleheading on Conrail’s Pittsburgh Line Near Horseshoe Curve

June 25, 2022

An unidentified photographer made this image of a steam doubleheader featuring former Reading 4-8-4 No. 2102 and former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070 pulling a train near Horseshoe Curve in May 1977. To be specific, the location is Milepost 328.5 on Conrail’s Pittsburgh Line. The 2102 is running in Pennsylvania again this summer on the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern. Restoration of the 4070 to operating condition continues to face a long, hard slog.

Collection of Robert Farkas

Chessie Geep in Akron

June 24, 2022

Baltimore & Ohio GP40-2 No. 4114 is in Akron on May 18, 1977. The unit was built in September 1972. It would later become CSX 6014.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Still Says Pennsy

June 23, 2022

It may be the early Penn Central era, but this locomotive still in Pennsylvania Railroad markings is working in what is believed to be Conway Yard near Pittsburgh. The image was made in 1968 or in 1969.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Once A Common Sight

June 20, 2022

Coming or going, this brings back great Erie Lackawana memories. EL F7A No. 6331 is westbound in Akron on Jan. 14, 1973. Lash-ups like this were once common on the EL. Shown are coming and going images.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Wanna Go for a Ride?

June 17, 2022

It is 1967 or 1968 in what looks to be Painesville. New York Central E8A No. 4079 is on the point of this westbound passenger train. Care to take a ride?

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Between Assignments in Massillon

June 16, 2022

Western Maryland 5956 is in Massillon on June 11, 1978. Note that by now it is wearing Chessie system colors. It is parked in front of the long-ago removed ex-Baltimore & Ohio freight house along with a caboose.

Photograph by Robert Farkas