Posts Tagged ‘Chesapeak & Ohio Railway’

C&O Motive Power Two for Tuesday

August 16, 2022

Still wearing its Chesapeake & Ohio livery, Chessie System GP35 No. 3524 is working in Akron on June 22, 1980, in the top image. In the bottom image, C&O SD40 No. 7515 is in Warwick on Oct. 18, 1984.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

C&O Society Restoring Business Car

July 20, 2022

Restoration of a business car to operating condition by the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society is underway.

The group said it is restoring “Chessie 29,” which was used by the railroad executives during the mid-20th Century. 

The car is being restored in Clifton Forge, Virginia. It was donated to the society in 2019 by Al Barbour.

Built in 1950, the car was originally named New River Club. It received the Chessie 29 name in 1951 after mechanical work was done on it by C&O shops in Huntington, West Virginia.

The society said the car was used extensively by C&O President Walter Tuohy and hosted such dignitaries as President Dwight Eisenhower. 

Columbus Roundhouse May be Razed

June 21, 2022

CSX is talking about demolishing a former Chesapeake & Ohio roundhouse in Parsons Yard in Columbus.

The structure was built in 1927 and is on a list of facilities that CSX wants to raze.

A CSX spokeswoman told the Columbus Dispatch that no date has been set for the demolition.

In the meantime, the Columbus Landmarks Board is making an effort to save the structure.

Peter Krajnak, president of the Columbus Landmarks Board, said the structure could potentially be reused as a destination gathering place.

He said doing that would require “a splash of creativity,” and noted that a former trolley barn in Columbus was converted into the East Market food site.

The brick roundhouse once had 27 stalls. It was reduced to 15 stalls in the 1950s.

The Landmarks Foundation in 2020 placed the roundhouse on its most endangered list.

Warwick Tower Two for Tuesday

May 23, 2022

If you can’t get enough Western Maryland motive power we have a treat for you on two for Tuesday. In the top image WM No. 7549 leads a westbound train past Warwick Tower in September 1982. Trailing is Baltimore & Ohio No. 4233.

In the bottom image Chesapeake & Ohio No. 4825 leads another westbound. This image was made from inside the open space between the tower and the tracks that today is off limits to railfans. That area can easily be seen in the top photo.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Some C&O in Akron

April 13, 2022

Chesapeake & Ohio SD40 No. 7560 is in Akron in the fall of 1978.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Ingles Slides Donated to C&O Society

November 20, 2021

The estate of the late J. David Ingles, a former editor of Trains magazine, has donated approximately 3,000 slides to the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society.

Trains magazine reported on its website that the C&O group will scan the slides and add them to its digital archive where they will be for sale.

Many of the images show C&O operations in Ohio and Michigan.

Ingles died Oct. 4, 2020, after spending 47 years writing for Kalmbach Media, which owns Trains. During his career, Ingles also served as a senior editor at Classic Trains magazine.

His estate has donated some of his photographs to the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, Illinois Railway Museum, Lake States Railway Historical Association, and Monticello Railway Museum.

Virginia Short Line to Buy part of Cardinal Route

September 24, 2021

A Virginia short line railroad that hosts Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal is seeking to buy track it now leases from CSX.

The Buckingham Branch Railroad wants to buy 164 miles of former Chesapeake & Ohio track in Virginia between Clifton Forge and Doswell.

BBR has leased the track since 2005. It was formed in 1988 and today operates 280 route miles.

In a filing with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, CSX and BBR said they have agreed to convert the lease into an exclusive rail freight operating easement and terminate the existing agreement.

Some C&O in Warwick

July 14, 2021

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway never served Northeast Ohio but its headquarters for several years was in Cleveland. Once the C&O gained control of the Baltimore & Ohio it was common to see motive power of the two railroad mixed together as shown above in Clinton on July 9, 1982.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Indiana Rail Museum Reunites C&O Steamer With its Builders Plate

April 9, 2021

An Indiana railroad museum has acquired the builder’s plate for a former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive decades after the two were separated in the 1950s

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum found the plate for C&O 2-8-4 No. 2789, which the museum based in North Judson is seeking to have placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The locomotive was built by Alco in Schenectady, New York, in 1947.

In a news release, the museum credited its secretary, Kyle Flanigan , with doing much of the work to find the builders plate.

 “Once these kinds of things are gone from a locomotive, they are usually gone forever,” Flanigan said. “To have an opportunity like this, we simply could not let it slip away.”

No. 2789 is the last of 90 C&O Kanawha-type locomotives and the only surviving example of the five constructed with a welded boiler.

C&O Geep on the Wooster Local in Orrville

February 21, 2021

Chesapeake & Ohio GP9 No. 6037 is on the Wooster Local in Orrville on June 11, 1984.

It came from Warwick to Orrville on a now-removed ex-Pennsylvania Railroad line.

In Orrville the train is shown headed west on Conrail to Wooster where it will leave Conrail rails and get onto former Baltimore & Ohio trackage.

Photograph by Robert Farkas