Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore & Ohio’

First Generation Diesel Power

August 20, 2021

A motive power consist of all first generation diesel motive power passes a boarding platform of Akron Union Depot and the Erie passenger station in mid 1968. The lead is Baltimore & Ohio GP9 No. 6467 would work for a number of other railroads in later years and be converted to a GP10.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Morning 53 Years Ago in Akron

August 19, 2021

The wayback machine is set for Aug. 18, 1968, in Akron at Union Depot.

In the top image, Baltimore & Ohio E9A No. 1455 has cut off from the westbound Diplomat in order to, most likely, add or remove a mail car.

Across the tracks the Erie Lackawanna’s westbound Lake Cities is sitting at its station.

In the middle image the Lake Cities can be seen pulling away from its station platform. It was not unusual for both passenger trains to be in Akron at the same time.

In the bottom image notice the family standing and watching trains on the EL platform.

Can you imagine joining this family and watching trains? I said “watching” because that is the dark side for morning photography.

Yet if you look carefully, the man appears to have a camera around his neck.

If you decide to use your own wayback machine and join me for taking pictures on this day, tell me seeing my photos 53 ahead in the future inspired you to join me to photograph Akron. I’ll believe you.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

B&O Geep in Kent

August 5, 2021

Baltimore & Ohio GP9 No. 6454 is westbound in Kent in the late 1960s. The Geep was built in August 1956 and would later join the roster of the Maryland Midland. The photograph was just able to get beneath the pole line.

Photography by Robert Farkas

B&O in Warwick in 1983

June 19, 2021

Baltimore & Ohio GP40 No. 4023 is westbound with an intermodal train in Warwick in September 1983. 

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Erstwhile Capitol Limited Comes Through

June 11, 2021

The CSX office car special ran between Cleveland and Indianapolis on Thursday. I was able to catch it at Greenwich.

It has recently been repainted into Baltimore & Ohio colors along with a pair of F40PH units to match. 

Unfortunately the F40s had technical issues and a pair of tier 4 GEVOs were added to the head end. This was a bit disappointing but it was still a sharp looking train reminiscent of the B&O Capitol Limited.

Of interest is Moonlight Dome a former B&O dome car which CSX purchased last year for the OCS train.

The car was built for the Chesapeake & Ohio for use on its ill-fated Chessie streamliner. But after that train was cancelled before it began operations,

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Hamilton Accepts Donation of B&O Depot

June 11, 2021

The city council of Hamilton, Ohio, voted 5-2 this week to take possession of the former Baltimore & Ohio passenger station.

But the building’s fate is far from decided and some council members are opposed to spending city funds to move and preserve the depot that is more than a century old.

Preservation supporters have urged the city to move the building 500 feet away and renovate it into a community and business center.

However, moving the building is estimated to cost $600,000 and the cost of renovating the station and the site on which it would sit has been put at $1.5 million.

“I struggle with the cost to relocate the historic depot,” Hamilton mayor Pat Moeller said. “I really, really struggle with the loss of a historic building that connects Hamilton to Lincoln, Truman and Eisenhower.”

Council member Susan Vaughn argued against spending city funds to move and preserve the building, but seemed open to some sort of city matching donation.

 “We received thousands of signatures on petitions,” she said. “Maybe if each one of those came with a $100 commitment, maybe we would’ve raised $200,000. Maybe that would help with the moving.”

Another council member, Carla Fieher, said the money that might be spent on saving the depot would be better used for other purposes.

Yet mayor Moeller countered that no other building in town has the history the depot has. “We seem to get more and more convenience stores, but less and less historic buildings.”

The council ultimately voted to accept the depot as a donation from owner CSX, which no longer uses the structure located along the Toledo Subdivision.

The council will discuss at its next meeting what to do with the depot it has now agreed to accept.

CSX Paints F40 Into B&O Inspired Livery

May 21, 2021

Railfan and Railroad magazine reported on its Facebook page that CSX has repainted one of its executive fleet F40PH locomotives into a Baltimore & Ohio-inspired livery.

A photograph accompanying the report showed the unit has been named CSX1.

CSX will reportedly repaint other F40s into the same blue, gray and black livery as they are cycled through the shop.

The image posted online shows a gold spot on the nose where the B&O herald would have been applied. The words “CSX Transportation” appear on the flanks rather than “Baltimore & Ohio.”

Group Presses to Preserve Hamilton Depot

May 20, 2021

The former Baltimore & Ohio station in Hamilton is no longer used by owner CSX.

Effort to preserve the former Baltimore & Ohio passenger station in Hamilton, Ohio, were pushed this week by a local preservation group.

The Citizens for Historic And Preservation Services group asked the Hamilton City Council to spend $600,000 to move the depot two blocks onto city-owned property.

The group also wants the city to buy the structure, which was constructed by the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton.

The station, the group said, “can be the catalyst for extending the revitalization of downtown” into the area with the station.

The station, which is owned by CSX, is actually two buildings, one of which was built in the 1860s and another in the 1880s.

The preservation group said both are worth preserving due to their “unique architectural qualities.” Although council members have expressed support for the project some also have expressed concerns about not knowing how much more it would cost to renovate the structure for a yet-to-be-determined purpose.

Back When Holloway Still a Railroad

May 15, 2021

Holloway, Ohio, was once home to a major Baltimore & Ohio terminal due to its proximity to the southeast Ohio coal fields. Steam power lasted here well into the 1950s and the last B&O steam operation was an excursion to Holloway from Cleveland on May 17, 1958.

B&O Steam locomotives were just a memory in late 1972 when this image was made of GP38 No. 3820 sitting at the engine service facility.

This photograph was made during the photographer’s first year of mainly using slide film. That year he chose Agfachrome or High Speed Ektachrome for his color photography.

Today the yard and all of its service facilities in Holloway are gone.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Savoring the Rich Detail of the Past

May 6, 2021

There is much to linger over and savor in this image made in Akron in September 1972. In fact much, but all, of what you see isn’t around anymore.

Baltimore & Ohio GP40 No. 3714 and two other geeps is leading a westbound manifest freight past the former Erie Lackawanna passenger station.

That depot was opened by the Erie Railroad in 1947. It was last used in January 1970 when the EL;s Lake Cities was discontinued and has since been razed.

Of course you can no longer see three B&O units in their dress blues as you see here. Look back in the consist and not an auto rack car without coverings all around it.

No railroad would consider shipping vehicle by rail this way today.

Photograph by Robert Farkas