Posts Tagged ‘B&O GP40’

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

A Geep 40 in Akron

February 12, 2021

Baltimore & Ohio GP40 No. 4039 leads a train in Akron on June 21, 1977. The unit was built in October 1971, thus making it just over five years into its working life at the time this image was made. In contrast, the trailing unit, GP40 No. 3691, was built in November 1966 and thus had more than a decade of service. Both locomotives would go on to spend time on the CSX motive power roster.

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

B&O’s Minimalist Look

July 24, 2019

Veteran photographer George W. Hamlin described the Baltimore & Ohio as a relatively “traditional” railroad  largely because of the older equipment that dotted its motive power roster and the carrier’s tendency to use traditional operating practices.

To some degree, Hamlin recently wrote on the Trains magazine website, this stemmed from the B&O’s lack of robust financial success.

One sign of a railroad facing financial tough times is a tendency to give motive power a minimalist appearance, often painting units in a solid color with nothing more than roster numbers and the name of the road as garnishment.

Then again the Norfolk & Western took this approach and it wasn’t done because the coal hauler was losing money or struggling to survive.

The minimalist look was particularly pronounced on B&O passenger locomotives, which at one time sported a livery of royal blue, black and gray with gold stripes and the capitol dome herald on the nose.

In the 1960s the B&O motive power livery was simplified to solid blue with gold lettering and a gold stripe just on the bottom of the car body just above the wheels as seen here in this image made in Barberton on July 24, 1982, at Snyder Avenue on the eastbound mainline.

The white in the background is lime at a nearby PPG plant.

Photograph by Robert Farkas