Posts Tagged ‘Balitmore & Ohio passenger trains’

Shuffling a C&O Business Car

January 8, 2022

In an unusual move, Baltimore & Ohio S2 switcher No. 9062 is removing Chesapeake & Ohio business car No. 2 from or adding it to the westbound Diplomat in Akron in the late 1960s. The business car would have been kept as long as it was in town on a set out track next to the platform at Akron Union Depot.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

B&O Passengers Two for Tuesday

March 9, 2021

If you know your Baltimore & Ohio passenger train history then you recognize the Diplomat was for several decades the name of a Washington/Baltimore-St. Louis train.

But as part of a restructuring of B&O passenger service in 1964, the Chicago-Washington Shenandoah was renamed the Diplomat.

Four years after that renaming occurred, the westbound Diplomat is shown in the top image at Akron Union Depot.

Some switching of head end cars also occurred here. Note that the train has a railway post office car behind its two locomotives.

The bottom image shows the Diplomat stopped at the station in Kent. If you look carefully along the right edge of the frame you’ll see a caboose from an eastbound freight

By the time these images were made, the B&O passenger department was in retreat. In November 1967, the eastbound Diplomat had been discontinued within Ohio.

The consist of the westbound Diplomat by 1969 had shrunk to a coach, a food bar coach and two or three head end cars.

It was discontinued west of Akron in early January 1970, leaving the Capitol Limited as the B&O’s lone Chicago-Washington train.

The Shenandoah name was revived for use on the surviving Akron-Washington train, which continued to operate until the coming of Amtrak on May 1, 1971.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

One Day at Cincinnati Union Terminal

February 3, 2021


It is August 1970 at Cincinnati Union Terminal. A pair of Chesapeake & Ohio passenger locomotives are being moved in the terminal. perhaps for servicing or perhaps to be put onto a train.

At the time, C&O passenger service to Cincinnati was just one trains, the George Washington to Washington and Newport News.

However, C&O passenger equipment was sometimes assigned to Baltimore & Ohio trains of which there were three out of Cincinnati at the time.

Those included the Metropolitan to Washingon, the Cincinnatian to Detroit and a section of the George Washington to St. Louis.

These locomotives could have handled any of those trains. In less than a year, all of them except the George Washington to Washington and Newport News would be discontinued with the coming of Amtrak

Photograph by Robert Farkas