Posts Tagged ‘Baldwin locomotives’

At the Engine Facility in Brownsville

July 7, 2021

It’s early 1969 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. The Monongahela engine facility has two Baldwin switchers, including recently-purchased ex-New York Central 1210, a Baldwin RF16A. Also visible are small portions of two more Sharks.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

N&W Days in Bellevue

February 24, 2021

Norfolk & Western Alco RS36 No. 2871 and Baldwin AS16 No. 7903 are moving four cabooses in Bellevue in late 1973. No. 7903 had by this time been repowered by EMD. Not ethe Bessemer & Lake Erie locomotive behind the cabooses. Both N&W units were originally built for the Nickel Plate Road.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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

Something to be Thankful For

November 29, 2019

Sometimes we forget local railfan history, or how blessed we are to have been a part of it.

It is the late 1960s/early 1970s in Barberton at the Akron & Barberton Belt engine facility. A&BB No. 28 (Baldwin S12) is at the front left with A&BB No, 5408 (Alco RS-3) behind it.

On the right is Norfolk & Western 2547 (Alco RS-3). Whatever day I took this around 50 years ago, I never realized how thankful I can be for having photographed these fallen-flag builders’ locomotives on a fallen-flag railroad. Even the engine facility as seen here is gone.

Yes, we have the Akron Barberton Cluster here with a different engine facility, but it just isn’t the same. On Thanksgiving Day, also count your railfan blessings. You might be surprised.

Article and 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.

Some Penn Central Memories

February 6, 2018

At the beginning of the Penn Central era — around 1968/1969, former New York Central No. 8073 (a Baldwin road switcher) worked out of Canton Yard on the former Pennsylvania Railroad. Here she is with one of Canton’s steel mills for a background.

Photograph by Robert Farkas