Posts Tagged ‘Baldwin Locomotive Works’

It Had a Long Life on the A&BB

November 5, 2020

Baldwin Locomotive Works built S12 No. 27 new for the Akron & Barberton Belt in May 1951. The switcher would toil for the belt line railroad for two decades before being scraped in March 1972. It is shown working in Barberton in late 1967 or January 1968.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Rover Winning Name for Steamtown Locomotive

November 13, 2019

The winner of a locomotive naming contest conducted by Steamtown National Historic Site is Rover.

That name will be applied to a Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0 switcher that the museum uses to pull its Scranton Limited excursion train on short trips on select days.

The winning entry was submitted by 3-year-old Gracee Straut, of Old Forge, Pennsylvania.

The contest was limited to contestant age 6 and younger.

The Rover name will be used through the 2020 railroad operating season.

In a news release, Steamtown said several dozen youngsters offered names during Railfest 2019, the park’s annual celebration of railroads.

This year’s themes commemorated the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad  and the 60th anniversary of the first Reading Company’s Iron Horse Rambles that operated in eastern and central Pennsylvania.

The winner was chosen by a panel of three Steamtown employees with the longest park tenure: Preservation Specialist John Melliand, Supervisory Park Ranger John Mucha, and Trainmaster Willard Sturdevant.

Steamtown said the judges thought Rover best fit the personality of BLW No. 26.

Gracee received a certificate, tickets for her family to ride behind Rover on the Scranton Limited, and several of the site’s collectable trading cards showcasing some of the park’s locomotives and rolling stock.

No. 26 was built in 1929 at Baldwin’s assembly plant south of Philadelphia and was used by the builder in its own railroad yard.

It can carry nearly seven tons of coal and 1,750 gallons of water. It is capable of producing 29,375 pounds of tractive effort.

Madison RR Dedicates Tribute Locomotives

May 30, 2018

The Indiana-based Madison Railroad held a ceremony on Memorial Day to dedicate its “Memorial Fleet” of three locomotives painted in liveries that honor the U.S. Armed Forces and NASA.

The three locomotives painted for the fleet were placed at the stub end of a track once used to bring coal into the power plant at the Madison State Hospital.

The special units include two engines built by Baldwin Locomotive Works.

No. 4 was built for the Atlantic Coast Line as its No. 15, was rebuilt in the 1980s for the Crane Naval Weapons Support Center and is now known as Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, No. 65-00620.

No. 5 was built for the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis as its No. 30 and rebuilt in the 1980s for the Navy as No. 65-00530.

Nos. 4 and 5 have been designated as model VO-1000M units after being rebuilt with EMD 567-type prime movers. Both kept their Baldwin operating cabs.

Also present at the ceremony was former NASA Railroad SW1500 No. 3, built for the Toledo, Peoria & Western as its No. 306. It served NASA for decades at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Each locomotive was given emblems along with a quotation beneath its cab.

The 22.7-mile Madison Railroad operates between Madison and North Vernon, Indiana, and has seven employees.

A former Pennsylvania Railroad line that is now owned by the City of Madison, it is best known for its hill from the Ohio River in Madison to North Madison, a distance of 7,012 feet with a grade of 5.89 percent.

The railroad no longer operates over the grade, but the tracks are still in place.

Steamer Moves Under Own Power at Steamtown

December 14, 2015

Former Jackson Iron & Steel Company 0-6-0 No. 26 moved under steam last week at Steamtown National Historic Site, thus giving the park an operable steam locomotive.

It was the first time in 15 years that the Baldwin-built engine has moved under its own power.

Built in 1926, the locomotive was test fired in December 2014. Steamtown acquired it in January 1990. Steamtown last had an operable steam locomotive in 2012.

No. 26 backed out onto the turntable in Scranton and ran back and forth through the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad yard for much of the afternoon.

Crews had fired up the locomotive earlier in the week and fixed a few minor problems that they encountered.

Mechanic and preservation specialist Bruce Mowbray told Trains magazine that most of the issues stemmed from a troublesome air compressor.

Steamtown officials expect No. 26 to be ready to pull yard excursions in 2016.

Next up on the restoration list at Steamtown will be Boston & Maine 4-6-2 No. 3713.

Steamtown Superintendent Deborah Conway has said that the park hopes to eventually have three or four operating steam within the next 10 years.

Steamtown May Have Operating Steamer in 2015

December 6, 2014

Steamtown this week fired up a steam locomotive and plans to offer steam-powered excursions next year.

A steam locomotive has not been operational at Steamtown National Historic Site in Pennsylvania for the past two years.

Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0 No. 26 was fired up on Dec. 2. A test revealed a few condensation issues, but otherwise the engine steamed flawlessly the following day.

The locomotive was built by Baldwin in 1926 and was used as a shop switcher there and for the Jackson Iron & Steel Co. No. 26 has been on the Steamtown roster since January 1990.

“The staff at Steamtown National Historic Site are excited that the Baldwin No. 26 is nearing completion,” Steamtown Superintendent Deborah Conway told Trains magazine. “The engine is back in the shop for final assembly and adjustments, painting and finishing work. We look forward to having the engine operating next summer on our yard shuttles.”

The last operating steam locomotive at Steamtown was Canadian National 2-8-2 No. 3254, which operated in 2012 until being taken out of service for its 15-year overhaul.

For more information about Steamtown National Historic Site, go to www.nps.gov/stea.