Posts Tagged ‘B&O motive power’

EL Monday: Once a Common Sight

April 18, 2022

Erie Lackawanna Nos. 819 and 818 are on the point of the approaching Lake Cities while Baltimore & Ohio No. 1440 is on the point of the Diplomat, which is already at the Akron Union Depot. It is the late 1960s, and it was not uncommon to have both westbound trains at their respective stations at the same time.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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

B&O F7A in Kent

June 25, 2021

Baltimore & Ohio F7A No. 4580 is eastbound in Kent in the late 1960s. On the left side, a small portion of the B&O passenger station can be seen.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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

B&O GP30 Leading Through Akron

April 29, 2021

Baltimore & Ohio GP30 No. 6942 leads an eastbound through downtown Akron in the late 1960s. That the Erie Lackawanna passenger station off to the right and the Exchange Street bridge in the background.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Do You Know Where These Images Were Made?

April 21, 2021

The wayback machine is malfunctioning. It has taken use back in time but the apparatus that shows where we’ve landed isn’t working.

Do you recognize where these images were made? If so, send us an email or reply via the comment function below this post.

The images are part of the collection of David Oroszi and were made by the late Mike Bowden.

Bowden grew up in Akron but later lived in Cincinnati. He died about 10 years ago.

Photographs by Mike Bowden

Up From the Coal Mines

April 4, 2021

Baltimore & Ohio F7A No. 4553 is passing Warwick Tower in Clinton in the late 1960s. It looks like it is hauling coal from Holloway, Ohio.

Coal was a major commodity once handled by the B&O on that line but the mines have since closed and the former B&O lines in that mining region of Ohio have been abandoned.

No. 4553 would later be transformed into a locomotive that pulled Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains. It has been saved and is now in the collection of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

For more background on No. 4553, see this earlier post on this site: https://akronrrclub.wordpress.com/tag/bo-4553/

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

Some Chessie Memories From Cumberland

November 18, 2020

Cumberland, Maryland, was a key terminal on the mainline of the Baltimore & Ohio, a role that continued into the Chessie System and CSX eras.

In the image above Chessie System GP38 No. 3810 (ex-B&O) is on the point of a freight in Cumberland on Sept. 20, 1980.

Similiar images to this reside in the collections of Paul Woodring, Mark Perri, Roger Durfee, and another unidentified railfan who were with the photographer on the day this photograph was created.

Note that the motive power consist also includes a Western Maryland unit and another unit in the B&O livery.

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