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A Renewed Fascination With Boston Mill: 2

September 14, 2021

Following the 1990 operating season, steam motive power was absent from the Cuyahoga Valley Line until 2007. 

In the interim the CVL renamed itself the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and acquired a fleet of diesel locomotives.

It also opened a station at Boston Mill on the site of a former factory.

September 2007 saw the return of steam operations when former Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 No. 1293, owned by Jerry Jacobson, pulled some excursions.

The 1293 returned returned the next year and again in September 2012.

The top image shows the 1293 passing through Boston Mill on Sept. 18, 2007. The middle image shows the former general store that at the time this image was made on Sept. 29, 2012, had been converted into apartments.

The final image was made by the CVSR station on Sept. 30, 2012.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Guest of the Byesville Scenic

August 21, 2021

Ohio Central steam locomotives made occasional appearances off their home rails. Such was the case on June 16, 2007, when 4-6-2 Pacific-type No. 1293 ran on the Byesville Scenic Railway in Southern Ohio.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Another Canadian In the Valley

May 14, 2021

Here are some of my favorites when Canadian Pacific No. 1293 visited the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in September 2012. The show opens with a pair of images made on back-to-back days of the southbound excursion train along the Cuyahoga River at Brecksville with the iconic Ohio Route 82 bridges in the background.

Next up is a pair of views made at Everett on separate days. That is followed by two views made in Akron at milepost 43 behind the Merriman Woods housing development.

The final three images were made during a trip to Canton and are in southeast Akron near the Goodyear complex.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Some Memories of CP 1293

November 14, 2020

Many remember Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 No. 1293 as one of four Pacific-type locomotives that operated ay Steamtown USA in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

 For the 1976 U.S. bicentennial, No. 1293 operated on the Vermont’’ Bicentennial Steam Exhibition. The 1980 horror movie Terror Train, starred Jamie Lee Curtis and CP No. 1293, which had been renumbered as 1881.

After Steamtown’s relocation to Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1983, the 1293 in not operated.

The top photo shows the 1293 at Steamtown in Scranton during our visit there in 1995.

Little did we know that it would be purchased by Jerry Jacobson the following year and be relocated to the Ohio Central.

After a 13-month restoration, the 1293 debuted on a September 1997 weekend photo special, shown in the top photo below.

Three weeks later it ran on a trip with Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 No. 13 for the Akron Railroad Club on Oct. 11, 1997.

The next two photographs show the 1293 during photo runbys at Barrs Mills.

The last photo shows the steamer doing a runby north of Dundee.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: En Route to the Valley

October 3, 2020

Former Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 No. 1293 was once a mainstay when Ohio Central used to operate steam excursions.

The Pacific-type locomotive sometimes ran as a CP steam and sometimes as an Ohio Central locomotive.

In 2012 it assumed another identity Central Ohio 1293. It is shown above on Sept. 6, 2012 on the Wheeling & Lake Erie Navarre en route to Akron.

The 1293 would pull a series of excursions on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad that year.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Making an Impact With Black and White

June 22, 2019

Back in September 2012 the former Canadian National 1293 operated on the  Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad as Central Ohio 1293.

The locomotive was at that time part of Jerry Jacobson’s Age of Steam Roundhouse and was making an encore performance in the CVSR’s Steam In The Valley program.

In the top image, the 1293 is southbound as it crosses the Ohio and Erie Canal in Akron on Sept. 16.

In the middle image, 1293 is southbound at Jaite on Sept. 29.

The bottom image captures the locomotive and its train in Canton on Sept.  15.

I thought I’d convert these images to black and white for more impact.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Ohio Central Steam Memory on the CVSR

February 28, 2017

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Most photographs that Northeast Ohio railfans made of Ohio Central 4-6-2 No. 1293 were made on its former home rails, which are now operated by Genesee & Wyoming.

By the Pacific-type owned by Jerry Jacobson made three visits to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, that last of which occurred in September 2012.

The first excursion of that visit occurred on Sept. 8 and ran from Rockside Road Station to Indigo Lake.

It carried those passengers attending the CVSR’s 40th anniversary gala held at Hale Farm and Village.

Shown in the cab are Mark Perri (left) and engineer Tim Sposato.

AOS Roundhouse Summarizes Recent Work

August 18, 2016

The Age of Steam Roundhouse has posted its latest progress report and here are highlights of what the shop has been working on during the past six months.

Former 0-6-0 No. 12 of the Morehead & North Fork continued to undergo restoration.

Age of SteamThe former Southern Railway engine has a new tender tank that was placed on a rebuilt tender frame and refurbished trucks.

Wood decking was applied to the frame. The tender’s air brake system—including piping, brackets and brake cylinder—was overhauled and the back headlight put into place.

Although now painted in primer, the tender will be painted later in gloss back.

No. 12 also underwent an ultra sound examination that found the need for some minor boiler repairs. Shop forces are planning to install 300 new boiler tubes later this year.

Canadian Pacific No. 1293 passed a Federal Railroad Administration annual inspection last April.

Repairs undertaken on the 4-6-2 include adjusting several of appliances, including the Nathan mechanical lubricator and 8-1/2-inch Westinghouse cross-compound air compressor.

The roundhouse has received components needed to repair the boiler of Lake Shore & Ishpeming 2-8-0 No. 33.

This work will include fabrication of the locomotive’s new crown sheet and Nicholson Thermic Syphons.

Major work has begun to restore Alabama, Tennessee & Northern No. 401. The locomotive, which most recently was Woodward Iron No. 41, was in rough condition after being stored in the elements for more than 50 years.

Work completed thus far includes removing a heavy accumulation of rust and layers of dried grease, particularly in the cylinders and smokebox. New wood plans were places on the footboard pilot and the rear of the tender.

A headlight has been put into place along with a bell, class lights, lubricators and other appliances that have improved the “front-end” look of the locomotive. Additional cosmetic work is planned for No. 401

Locomotive No. 1, an 0-4-0 that operates on compressed air, has received a cosmetic overhaul that included repainting it gloss black and installing new cab windows. The AOS workforce is still seeking two sand boxes to place on No. 1

AOS acquired from the Wheeling & Lake Erie a small sand tower that is thought to have been built by the Akron Canton & Youngstown at Brittain Yard in Akron.

The tower had stood unused for more than 25 years and AOS management decided that it had a correct steam-era appearance. The tower is being rebuilt at the AOS back shop.

Another new addition to the AOS property is the addition of a pair of rebuilt Baltimore & Ohio color position light signals that now stand at the front entrance of the AOS complex.

The CPLs now have steam engine-era masts, signal lights and finials.  They have been wired to automatically cycle into all four indications—clear (vertical green), approach (diagonal yellow), stop (horizontal red) and restricting (diagonal lunar white).

Minor repairs have been completed on two F40M-2Cs, No. 452 and No. 460, which have been leased to Ohi-Rail Corporation for use in freight service.

Sometimes a Photograph is as Much About the Photographer as it is the Scene Being Potrayed

March 15, 2016

CP 1293 at Pearl

Sometimes you see in a photograph something you didn’t see and/or understand at the time that you made the image. That something may tell you something about yourself.

That happened to me recently as I reviewed slides that I had made during an Akron Railroad Club steam excursion on the Ohio Central on Oct. 4, 2003. The trip featured former Canadian Pacific No. 1293 pulling the train from Sugarcreek to Morgan Run.

The train had halted at Pearl and many of the passengers disembarked to watch and/or photograph the photo runby.

Unloading had occurred at the crossing of a driveway that led to a cheese company store. A photo line then formed on that road.

There is an open grass field between the tracks and the cheese store and some folks stood in various places in that field behind the photo line.

On Photography Logo-xI walked to the far end of the field and stood in some brush just beyond the edge of that field where the property owner had stopped mowing the grass.

I don’t clearly remember why I did that. I had been at photo runbys involving steam locomotives before and was aware of the common practice of establishing a photo line.

I had stood in photo lines myself. I had also stood apart from photo lines because I wanted to get my “own” angle on the image.

But on this day I seemed oblivious to the existence of the photo line.

I have a vague recollection of having walked far from the photo line in an effort to create some open space.

But, as you can see in the image above, that plan was foiled when three folks stepped up close to the edge of the ballast of the tracks with the apparent same idea that I had.

I wasn’t pleased, but not necessarily upset. The behavior of people at photo runbys can be an interesting study in itself.

The guy wearing the hat must have seen me for he kneeled down in order to become less of an obstruction.

It wasn’t until I was reviewing this image that I realized that my standing far away from the photo line says something about me that transcended my desire for a good image.

At the time of this trip, I had been a member of the ARRC for less than two months.

I knew just one person in the club, the late David McKay, and recognized a few other faces I had seen at other railroad related events. But I didn’t know those people at the time.

I still felt like an outsider and my walking to the far end of the photo runby site probably reflected a subconscious lack of level of comfort with this group.

It was for that same reason that I skipped the dinner after the trip at the Swiss Hat restaurant in Sugarcreek.

I’ve also never been one to enjoy being in a crowd so that might have played a role in where I chose to stand.

Throughout the trip I mostly kept to myself and this photograph is a reminder of that.

The image also reminds me of why I’m glad that I now have a digital camera.

You may have noticed that the train is quite some distance from my location. “Best practices” composition techniques say that I should have waited a second or two longer before tripping the shutter.

But if you look at images that I made during this era, I was notorious for making photographs too soon. It is a common error made by novice photographers.

The train looks larger and closer in the viewfinder than it actually is. I have a lot of photographs with tons of “empty space” between me and the front of an oncoming train.

My Canon Rebel G camera could only expose one frame of film per second. My digital Canon 60D can expose five frames per second.

In a way, though, the presence of those bystanders who initially annoyed me saved the photograph.

Another way of looking at the image is that it is about what people do when they watch trains. It is not so much about the train itself even if that was my primary subject matter. In this image the train turned out to be secondary.

I still think this would be a better image if I had waited a little longer for the train to come to me. But if I had, it would not have the dramatic smoke action of this image.

I did make a photo of the locomotive much closer to where I was standing and the amount of smoke coming from the stack had greatly diminished.

By the time the 1293 got to the end of the field, the train had started to slow in preparation for a stop and back-up move.

In 2004, the ARRC had another steam trip on the Ohio Central with the 1293. By then I had gotten to know some people in the club and in fact had been approached about running for president because Dave planned to retire after 12 years in that position.

During the 2004 trip, I stood on the photo line with everyone else. I also went to dinner after the trip at the Swiss Hat and enjoyed talking with those at my table.

My comfort zone had greatly expanded to include even those in the ARRC I didn’t yet know.

Steamin’ the Northern End of the CVSR

September 29, 2012

Central Ohio Railroad No 1293 passes the Brecksville station on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad on Saturday afternoon. It was the second of two trips between Rockside Road station and Boston Mill.

Central Ohio Railroad No. 1293 powered two roundtrips on Saturday between Rockside Road Station and Boston Mill on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Photo runbys were performed during both trips at Boston Mill.

The trips replaced a murder-mystery trip that was originally scheduled to run late Saturday afternoon but which was canceled due to, reportedly, poor ticket sales.

Mostly sunny skies greeted the 4-6-2, which was built as Canadian Pacific 1293. The locomotive was making its first public trips since pulling excursions between Akron and Indigo Lake two weeks ago.

The 1293 will have its finale on Sunday when it pulls two roundtrips out of Akron to Indigo Lake and back. The steamer will reportedly return to its home in Sugar Creek on Monday.

Sunday’s trips will cap a month of steam on the CVSR. The first of those was conducted on Sept. 8 as part of a CVSR 40th anniversary celebration.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The Ohio Route 82 bridge looms in the background as the 1293 steams southward en route to Boston Mill.

Soaking up some mid-day sunlight between runs at Boston Mill.

An admiring crowd snaps photographs and looks over the 1293 at Boston Mill.

Clouds put a damper on the first photo runby at Boston Mill Saturday afternoon. But sunshine returned in time for the second as the 1293 builds up a head of steam as it approaches Boston Mill.

Putting on a smoke show while charging past the crowd.

It’s not October yet but some trees have already begin to show off their fall color. The 1293 is backing up toward Rockside as it passes an early turning maple tree at Jaite.