Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore & Ohio’

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 Depot Gets New Home in Dayton Park

November 4, 2021

A former Baltimore & Ohio depot once located in Bowling Green, Ohio, has a new home in Dayton.

The depot was moved on Oct. 27 to another location within Carillon Park to serve as the boarding site for a 3-foot gauge railroad being built around the park.

Built in 1894, the depot was located on a B&O line that ran from North Baltimore to Tontogany. The line’s primary purpose was to host B&O passenger trains between Detroit and Toledo to the Washington and Baltimore.

The last passenger train to use the line was the Detroit section of the Capitol Limited, which ran for the last time on Aug. 11, 1966.

Carillon Park acquired the station in 1977 and situated it at the far end of the park where it served the Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society.

In its new location, the station is closer to the park’s entrance.

The new railroad being built in the park will have a locomotive powered by batteries and capable of pulling 100 passengers in two open air coaches.

The locomotive is designed to resemble a steam locomotive used in the 1850s by the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton.

The train and locomotive will be stored and maintained in a former horse barn that was moved from the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

B&O GP30 in Akron

October 11, 2021

Baltimore & Ohio GP30 No. 6939 is in Akron on June 20, 1978. The unit was built in November 1962 and later was on the CSX motive power roster as a GP30M.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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.”