Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore & Ohio motive power’

At the Akron B&O Engine House

October 2, 2020

The Baltimore & Ohio engine facility in Akron on Feb. 25, 1973, was crowded. From left to right the identifiable locomotives are B&O 9054, 6518, 9048, 6423, and 6426 while at the above right the nose of Penn Central 3738 can be seen going southbound on a trip from Hudson to Akron.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Snowy Day in Akron on the B&O

September 11, 2020

It’s snowing in downtown Akron as Baltimore & Ohio GP30 No. 6915 leads an eastbound past the Erie Lackawanna station in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

Trailing is another GP30 along with an F7B, F7B, and F7B.

As this image was posted in mid July a snow storm might be a welcome relief from temperatures in the 90s and a heat index in triple digits.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Backing Onto the Diplomat

August 21, 2020

Akron was a station where some Baltimore & Ohio passenger trains made set offs and pickups.

It might be a sleeping car or it could be head end cars carrying mail and express.

By the time this image was made the Akron set off sleepers were thing of the past but head end cars carrying mail were still interchanged.

B&O E8A No. 1444 and E8B No. 2415 are backing onto their train after picking up a mail car at Akron Union Depot.

It’s a morning in mid-1968 and this is the Diplomat bound from Washington to Chicago.

Model railroad building Walthers sells HO scale replicas of the 2415 so its memory continues to live on model railroad layouts even if the Diplomat has been gone for 50 years now.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Way Back When in Willard

August 4, 2020

The wayback machine continues to need calibration as we’ve landed out of bounds again. But we don’t mind, any place in Ohio is fine.

Today we’re looking at Baltimore & Ohio GP40 No. 4021 and two other units in the yard in Willard in late 1972.

Willard was the home of a B&O classification yard and named after a former B&O president, Daniel Willard.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Chessie Two for Tuesday

July 14, 2020

It’s a two for Tuesday and our feature attraction is a pair of trains with Chessie System painted locomotives.

In the top image Chessie System SD50 No. 8588 leads a train east of Ravenna on May 12, 1986.

This was actually a Baltimore & Ohio unit although it sported Chessie colors.

In the bottom image, there is no mistaking GP35 No. 3541 as a B&O unit. It is leading an eastbound train at Boughtonville on March 13, 1982.

The trailing unit in this train, though, is wearing Chessie colors.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Chessie High Hood in Massillon

May 28, 2020

It looks battered and bruised and some might note that the long hood is in front.

But the photographer said the light “looks so good this way.”

We’re looking at Baltimore & Ohio GP9 in Massillon on March 22, 1986.

Today the former B&O line in Massillon on which this image was made is operated by R.J. Corman Railroad group.

Built in May 1955 as B&O No. 687 the 6437 would later go to work on the Indiana Rail Road where it carried roster number 300.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Another Lost Akron Memory

May 26, 2020

Although the Chicago-Pittsburgh line was the busiest Baltimore & Ohio route in Akron, the B&O engine terminal was alongside the Valley Line.

It was situated just west of Eastwood Avenue south of where Eastwood ducked below the Chicago-Pittsburgh line in an area known as Akron Junction.

The engine house has long since been razed and the tracks that connected the Valley Line and the Chicago-Pittsburgh Line, which today is the New Castle Subdivision of CSX, also are gone.

The site of the engine facility is now used by CSX for storage.

Shown above are three B&O Alco switchers at the engine facility in late 1960s/early 1970s.

Of course the B&O and these Alcos are gone today as well.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

B&O in Akron in 1967

April 25, 2020

As you requested, we’ve set the wayback machine to December 1967, Akron, Ohio, Baltimore & Ohio mainline, Akron Union Depot.

And what pops up but an eastbound train about to pass the station, led by GP38 No. 836.

A couple of things are of interest in this image. The second unit is a Reading Lines GP30.

There is also construction work going north of the tracks. Note the concourse of Union Depot is no longer connected on the north side to the bus station.

But there are buses still parked there as a new building is being constructed nearby.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

B&O in Kent

March 31, 2020

The controls of the wayback machine are set to the period of the late 1960s to early 1970s. The railroad selected is Baltimore & Ohio. The location selected is Kent.

And that is how we wound up finding this B&O train headed eastbound. On the point is GP30 No. 6902.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Almost Everything

March 27, 2020

There’s quite a variety of Chessie System heritage motive power in this image made on Sept. 20, 1980, in Cumberland, Maryland.

There are units of the Baltimore & Ohio and Western Maryland along with a locomotive wearing Chessie colors and markings.

Paul Woodring was with me on the day that I made this image of this four-unit lash up.

Photograph by Robert Farkas