Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore & Ohio’

B&O Two for Tuesday

January 31, 2023

Today’s two for Tuesday focuses on the Baltimore & Ohio in the 1970s. In the top image, B&O GP35 No. 3559 leads an eastbound near Kent. The bottom image was made in Youngstown. Leading a train through the area is B&O GP40-2 No. 4161. The unit has already received Chessie System paint unlike its two running mates in this gritty industrial scene that captures well railroading in the Mahoning Valley when steelmaking was still king.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Beach to Present at January RRE Meeting

January 16, 2023

The January of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will feature a program by Dave Beach.

Titled The South End of the CT&V, the program will consist of image of a former Baltimore & Ohio line that once ran from Cleveland to Mineral City, Ohio. Known as the Cleveland Terminal & Valley, the north end of that line is today used by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

The meeting will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 20) at the Church of the Redeemer, 23500 Center Ridge Road in Westlake.

Train Time at Akron Union Depot

January 14, 2023

It was the late 1960s when Mike Ondecker and I found westbound Baltimore & Ohio E8A No. 1447 with The Diplomat at the Akron Union Depot. The train on the left is an eastbound Erie Lackawanna freight. No. 1447 was built by EMD in October 1953 as B&O 26A. It would later work for Amtrak wearing roster numbers 203 and 353.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

B&O Two for Tuesday

January 3, 2023

It is time for a Baltimore & Ohio two for Tuesday so let’s set the wayback machine and off we go. In the top image, made by Robert Farkas, GP30 No. 6972 is sitting on the point of a train in Clinton on Sept. 21, 1984. The unit was built in December 1962 and later was on the CSX motive power roster.

The bottom image was made by Mike Ondecker and shows F7A No. 4502 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 8, 1968.

One Winter Day in Nova

December 2, 2022

We are in Nova on the former Baltimore & Ohio mainline that runs between Chicago and Pittsburgh via Akron.

Nova may be best known to some railfans for once having been the home of a tower that lasted for many years into the CSX era before being dismantled.

In the image above B&O SD40 No. 7591 leads an eastbound through town on Nov. 27, 1982. The unit was built in May 1967 and would later become CSX4620.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

B&O Alco Switcher in New Castle

November 5, 2022

 Baltimore & Ohio Alco S2 No. 9145 is in New Castle, Pennsylvania in February 1973.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Morning in 1968 at Akron Union Depot

November 2, 2022

It is the summer of 1968 in Akron. The westbound Baltimore & Ohio Diplomat with E8A No. 1452 leading is at Akron Union Depot. Across the tracks the westbound Erie Lackawanna Lake Cities is sitting at the EL station, which is partly visible in the background.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker

Rare Find on the B&O in Akron

October 27, 2022

In 1968, my friend Mike Ondecker had his aunt’s 120 roll film (2-by-1/4 inch square negatives) camera when he made this image.

It took him around four or five seconds to take a photo, wind the film manually to the next number while looking through a red window on the back of the camera to check the film’s advance, cock the shutter, and then take the next photo.

I was blessed to have a 120 roll film camera that was more modern and took about three seconds to take a photo, manually turn a crank on the side of the camera, cock the shutter, and take the next photo.

Needless to say, sometimes you had to make a choice as to what to photograph since you often got only one shot.

Mike could have taken a shot of the whole eastbound Baltimore & Ohio lash-up as it came under the bridge in Akron that day.

He would have had at least one of the trailing F units in dark shadows under the bridge. Instead, he chose this shot.

Even then, capturing an F-unit in the old paint scheme was uncommon. Finding two together was really rare.

Mike made the right decision taking the last three units this way. Here we have B&O 3818 (GP38), 5442 (F7B), and an F7A with an unreadable number.

Article by Robert Farkas, Photograph by Mike Ondecker

B&O GP40-2 Heading West in Akron

October 6, 2022

Baltimore & Ohio GP40-2 No. 4325 is westbound in Akron in July 1981 with a load of auto racks and boxcars among other things. The image was made near Voris Street. The 4325 was built in February 1979.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Day at Valley Yard in Akron

September 21, 2022

It is April 19, 1980, and former Western Maryland 6418 is switching its train in the former Baltimore & Ohio Valley Yard in Akron, which could be seen west of Arlington Road. The yard was small, but offers much to see. Today this yard is gone and trains rarely operate past here on the ex-B&O Valley Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas