Posts Tagged ‘Central Ohio 1293’

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.

Remembering When Steam Rocked the Valley

April 24, 2013

Central Ohio No. 1293 storms through Brecksville in September 2012 during a visit to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Central Ohio No. 1293 storms through Brecksville in September 2012 during a visit to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Edward Ribinskas loves steam locomotives. So when Central Ohio No. 1283, a.k.a., Canadian Pacific No. 1293, made an appearance on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad last September, Ed made sure that he was trackside to photograph it.

He had just purchased a Nikon digital single lens reflex camera and what better subject to use it on than a living, breathing steam locomotive.

Presented here is a gallery of some of Ed’s more memorable photographs that he made of the 1293 during the month when it was rockin’ and rollin’ in the Cuyahoga River Valley.

Passing through the Goodyear Complex in East Akron.

Passing through the Goodyear Complex in East Akron.

The iconic scene along the river in Brecksville with the Route 82 bridge in the background.

The iconic scene along the river in Brecksville with the Route 82 bridge in the background.

Where there is a steam locomtive, there will be admiring spectators.

Where there is a steam locomtive, there will be admiring spectators.

Past the backyards on Riverwoods Drive in northwest Akron.

Craig Sanders photographs the train  as it cruises through northwest Akron.

A convoy follows the train along Riverview Road south of Peninsula.

A convoy follows the train along Riverview Road south of Peninsula.

Steaming through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Steaming through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Following Riverview Road and the Towpath trail just north of Bath Road.

Following Riverview Road and the Towpath trail just north of Bath Road.

Passing the backyards on Riverwoods Road in Akron.

Passing the backyards on Riverwoods Road in Akron.

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.

A 1293 Sunday in the Valley

September 17, 2012

Central Ohio Railroad steam locomotive No. 1293 rumbles in reverse past the northernmost Hickory Street grade crossing in Akron on Sunday during the first passenger run of the day.

Steam locomotive No. 1293 spent another day basking in brilliant late summer sunlight and hauling passengers while strutting its stuff for fascinated onlookers on Sunday on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

The 4-6-2 Pacific-type locomotive, lettered for Central Ohio Railroad but originally built for the Canadian Pacific hauled two roundtrip passenger excursions between Akron and Indigo Lake. Each train did a photo runby at Indigo Lake. Passengers enjoyed a two-hour excursion.

The 1293 will be idle the weekend of Sept. 22-23, but will return to action the following weekend (Sept. 29-30).

Photographs by Craig Sanders

Running alongside the towpath trail just north of Bath Road on the first northbound excursion.

Passing by Botzum station during the first southbound passenger excursion.

The 1293 is almost back to Akron Northside Station as it passes over the Ohio & Erie Canal just west of the depot.

FPA4 No. 800 wearing Baltimore & Ohio markings leads the second excursion train of the day over Bath Road.

The 1293 passes milepost 43, which is measured from Mineral City, Ohio, as it chugs into Akron on the point of the second excursion train of the day.

It’s hard to know who had more fun, those who watched the 1293 pass by or the crew operating the locomotive and smiling and waving at the trackside admirers. The train is shown here just beyond milepost 43 in Akron.

1293 Back in Action on CVSR

September 16, 2012

Central Ohio Railroad No. 1293 puts on a show during the second of two photo runbys at Brecksville on Saturday.

Central Ohio Railroad 1293, formerly the Canadian Pacific 1293, returned to service on Saturday by pulling an almost total track tour excursion train on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The 4-6-2 Pacific-type locomotive hauled a special from Brecksville to Canton.

The trip began with a pair of photo runbys at the Brecksville station. After the passengers boarded, the excursion left about 2:45 p.m.

The 1293 had been sidelined after experiencing mechanical problems on Saturday, Sept. 8. Those issues, which involved the throttle mechanism, were fixed during the week and after a test run on Friday the 1293 was cleared to return to service.

Numerous Akron Railroad Club members were trackside to witness the 1293’s performance. Among those who I saw were Dennis Bydash, Edward Ribinskas, Jeff Troutman, Marty Surdyk, John Puda, Dennis Taksar, Don Woods, Dave Shepherd, Paul  Woodring, Bob Farkas, Todd Dillon, Ken Roby and Max Promersberger. Club members Alex Bruchac and Frank Kellogg were paying passengers.

The 1293 will be back in action Sunday pulling trips from Akron at 11:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. The locomotive will have the weekend of Sept. 22-23 off but will be back in action the following weekend (Sept. 29-30).

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Putting on a smoke show as the train is about to cross Riverview Road.

Approaching Ira Road.

Passing through the Goodyear Complex on the east side of Akron.

Cruising along the west edge of Akron Fulton International Airport.

No chase of a steam train to Canton on the CVSR would be complete without photographing the train passing the air dock at Akron Fulton International Airport.

The willow trees inspect the train near East Turkeyfoot Lake Road in Myersville.

Skirting a pond at an industry on Mayfair Road in Green.

The journey is almost complete. As the train approaches the Canton station it passes Waterworks Park.

The 1293 and Saint Lucie Sound pose side by side in Canton. It was a rare opportunity to catch the former Florida East Coast observation-lounge uncovered by a locomotive on its observation end.

Steam Returns to the CVSR

September 9, 2012

Central Ohio Railroad steam locomotive No. 1293 steams and smokes its way south as it approaches the overpass on Pleasant Valley Road on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Central Ohio Railroad No. 1293, formerly the Ohio Central 1293 and before that Canadian Pacific 1293, made a return appearance to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad on Saturday (Sept. 8, 2012).

The 4-6-2 Pacific-type steam locomotive led a 40th anniversary excursion special on the CVSR from Rockside Road station in Independence to Indigo Lake.

However, the 1293 developed mechanical problems while doing an apparent runby at Indigo Lake. The locomotive’s throttle stuck open and the drivers began spinning wildly. Engineer Tim Sposato had to open the cylinder cocks, center the reverse gear and dump the fire.

For safety reasons, CVSR crew members cleared onlookers from the vicinity of the locomotive as the engine crew was working on it.

The 1293 and its train — which had a CVSR diesel locomotive on the north end — then departed for Fitzwater Yard. The passengers had already disembarked and begun making their way to a gala celebration at Hale Farm that was scheduled to last well into the evening.

A second special train also operated from Akron to Indigo Lake with passengers bound for the anniversary event. The CVSR website on Saturday morning listed the event as sold out. The least expensive ticket was $95.

It was an unexpected development in what to that point had been an apparent flawless run of the 1293 on the first of what is scheduled to be several excursions during September on the CVSR.

A brunch train will still operate on Sunday (Sept. 9) but without the 1293. That train, scheduled to leave from Brecksville, will be all diesel.

The 1293 is not expected to cool down completely until Sunday at which time crew members can inspect it to determine what happened and what needs to be done to fix it.

The 1293 and its train, which included the dome car Emerson and the observation-lounge Saint Lucie Sound, had departed Rockside Road at 5:15 p.m.

It moved along at a deliberate pace and a number of fans were trackside with cameras to record the journey. Lighting conditions presented some challenges due to the partly cloudy conditions. Although there was good late day sunlight at Pleasant Valley Road, we got skunked by clouds just south of Jaite and again at Everett.

We were rewarded, though, with good sun light most of the time at Indigo Lake. What we expected to be a few static shots there turned into quite something else.

Among the other Akron Railroad Club members who turned out to photograph the 1293 were Dennis Taksar, Alex Bruchac, Don Woods, Dave Shepherd and David Mangold.

The 1293 is scheduled to operate again on the CVSR next Saturday (Sept. 15) on an almost total track tour trip from Brecksville to Canton and return.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The 1293 and its train steams along southbound just south of Jaite.

The 1293 backs up at the Indigo Lake station as passengers and crews watch.

 

The 1293 and its train began a runby of sorts. Shortly after this image was made, the locomotive experienced mechanical problems that would sideline it the next day.

 

The cylinder cocks of the 1293 are open as the crew tries to determine why the engine began to experience mechanical problems. The scene is reflected in the still water of Indigo Lake.

All of the equipment used by the 1293, which is owned by ARRC life member Jerry Joe Jacobson, has been relettered as the Central Ohio Railroad. Shown is tool car “Conneaut.” at Indigo Lake.

Engineer Tim Sposato strikes a pose for the photographers shortly after the 1293 arrived at Indigo Lake.

A crew member dumps some more of the fire during a brief stop at Boston Mill after the train had departed Indigo Lake en route to the Fitzwater shops.

Having dumped some more of the 1293’s fire, the train is now proceeding northward as the 1293 is shrouded a bit in steam at Boston Mill.

Remains of the fire from the 1293 cool on the CVSR tracks at Boston Mill. The train can be seen in the distance heading north.