Posts Tagged ‘Chesapeake & Ohio Railway’

CSX Repaints Locomotive to C&O Livery

June 7, 2017

CSX shop workers in Huntington, West Virginia, have repainted another diesel into heritage colors.

The Huntington Locomotive Shops has adored former Chesapeake & Ohio SD40 No. 7534 into the livery it wore when it left the Electro-Motive diesel assembly plant.

The locomotive was repainted on behalf of the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, which plans to display it at its museum in Clifton Forge, Virginia.

The unit was previously CSX No. 4617 and was the last locomotive in the CSX fleet to wear C&O colors.

The C&O group might use the locomotive to pull trains on the Buckingham Branch Railroad.

Rob Catlin, project manager at the C&O Historical Society, told Trains magazine that although the locomotive is serviceable, it is missing six traction motors.

Earlier this year, the Huntington shops repainted a locomotive in Chessie System colors. That unit is currently in Erie, Pennsylvania, waiting to be moved to the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania.

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An Original Van Sweringens’ ‘Bible’

April 21, 2017

Once upon a time two brothers named Van Sweringen controlled the Erie, Chesapeake & Ohio, Nickel Plate Road and Pere Marquette.

They wanted to standardize things on their railroads so they set up a committee to come up with specific standards on everything from mixing concrete to cloth rubber lined fire hoses. You name it, they standardized it.

My girlfriend was in a junk shop near her home in Suffern, New York, and found this book, which is the “bible” of the Van Sweringens’ standards.

There can’t be too many of these 80-year-old books around. There probably weren’t many too many to begin with.

As you can see from the bottom right hand corner of the cover, this copy was used by the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad, which during this time period was controlled by the Erie.

I think it is neat that each standard is signed off by officials of all the railroads involved. I think you have to agree it is a neat gift for a railroad historian.

Article and photographs by Jack Norris

Chessie Loco Going to Lake Shore Museum

March 27, 2017

The Lake Shore Railway Museum has acknowledged that it will be receiving a locomotive painted at a CSX shop in the Chessie System colors.

Former Chesapeake & Ohio No. 8272 received the treatment in Huntington, West Virginia, so that is now resembles the appearance it had when the B30-7 was delivered by GE Transportation  in 1980

The Lake Shore museum in North East, Pennsylvania, specializes in collecting retired locomotives that were built at the nearby GE assembly plant in Erie.

No. 8272 will be the eighth locomotive to join that collection.

In a news release, the Lake Shore Railway Historical Society, which operates the museum, said  the locomotive is being donated by CSX to the museum. It was retired by CSX in 2009 as No. 5554.

The museum said that GE and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum assisted in the restoration of No. 8272 by contributing historic paint records, logo/lettering information and paint chips.

The museum said that plans to move No. 8272 to the museum are still being worked out.

Cass Season Extended to December

November 15, 2016

The operating season of the Cass Scenic Railroad will be extended into December with at least one steam locomotive remaining operational.

Cass ScenicOfficials with the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, which oversees Cass, said they have formed a partnership with a theater group in Elkin, West Virginia, to operate a new train, the Elf Limited, on a route that last saw a train in 1985.

The Elf Limited will use passenger cars from the Cheat Mountain Salamander. The holiday theme trains will operate between Nov. 25 and Dec. 11.

The Elf Limited will use a former Chesapeake & Ohio line from Cass to Durbin that has been undergoing rebuilding for nearly two years.

CSX Mothballing 60 Miles of EK Subdivision

October 20, 2016

CSX has closed a 60-mile portion of the EK Subdivision in Kentucky. The former Louisville & Nashville route was idled due to falling Appalachian coal traffic.

CSX logo 1The affected track extends from Calla to Jackson. Existing rail traffic on the route will be diverted to a former Chesapeake & Ohio line at Martin, Kentucky, Trains magazine reported.

The EK Subdivision remains in service from Jackson Yard to Hazard, where CSX serves a coal customer at Typo.

Trains bound for Hazard will use the Big Sandy Subdivision from near Ashland to Martin Yard.

Trains will use the Elkhorn and Beaver Valley and Rockhouse subdivisions to reach remaining customers that remain on EK Subdivision.

Inbound and outbound traffic will use these routes rather than the western edge of the EK Subdivision.

The EK Subdivision connects to the CC Subdivision near Winchester, Kentucky, and runs east toward Ravenna and Hazard and into former C&O territory.

The closed section has block signals, a few double-tracked sections and several passing sidings.

C&O Steamer to Stand in as L&N Engine

October 5, 2016

A former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive has been retrofitted to resemble a Louisville & Nashville engine.

lnThe work was done by the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation on C&O 2-8-4 No. 2716 so that it will have the appearance of an extinct class of L&N locomotives.

No. 2716 was renumbered 1992 in honor of the Baldwin-built M-1 class of steam locomotives that were known informally on the L&N as Big Emmas.

Among the cosmetic changes made to the 2716 to give it an L&N look was changing the locomotive’s boiler-tube pilot and center-mount headlight bracket.

Parts for the changes were donated by Tom Stephens, the former chief mechanical officer for the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society. Stephens donated a boiler tube pilot and headlight.

“When Tom donated the pilot and headlight bracket, it made this possible,” says Chris Campbell, president of the Kentucky group. “The timing was perfect to allow us enough time to work on the transformation in time for the L&N convention.”

Campbell said it was a “temporary cosmetic alteration,” but his organization isn’t ruling out taking the locomotive out on the road as “L&N 1992.”

L&N owned more than 2-8-4 M-1s, with most of them assigned to coal service in eastern Kentucky.

L&N historian Ron Flanary said most  M-1 engines were retired from the active roster in January 1957. The last known existence M-1 listed as active was retired in 1959.

B&O Action in Kent in the 1960s

September 29, 2016

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Here are the first of a series of black and white images from Northeast Ohio taken during the late 1960s to early 1970s. Often ex-Akron Railroad Club member Mike Ondecker was with me when these images were taken.

In the top image, Chesapeake & Ohio No. 4011 is stopping at the Kent B&O passenger station in the late 1960s.

She is pulling the westbound Diplomat more than likely around Christmas because of the three E-units needed to power the train. After leaving Kent, her next stop is B&O’s Akron Union Station.

In the second image, eastbound B&O 6411 heads toward Kent on a winter day. This was taken from east of the B&O passenger station.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

Some Warwick Memories

July 23, 2016

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When the Akron Railroad Club holds its annual picnic on Sunday at Warwick Park, the conversation at some point might turn to what used to be.

To give you a sample of that, we present four images from the collection of ARRC member Robert Farkas, who has been documenting railroad operations in Warwick since the 1960s.

In the top photograph, Bob caught a moment when nothing was moving and nothing could be seen, as though the railroad lines had been abandoned.

The view is looking westward toward the yard. The track in the foreground is the connection from the joint Baltimore & Ohio/Pennsylvania Railroad line from Akron that leads to the joint B&O/PRR route to Massillon.

Along the pole line by the house in the center left hand edge of the image is the former Cleveland, Lorain & Wheeling line from Massillon. The bridge in the background carries Ohio Route 21 over Warwick Yard.

The photo shows a varied motive power consist that includes a B&O geep, a B&O B unit, and a Chesapeake & Ohio F7A. During the 1960s, such lash-ups were not necessarily unusual as B&O and C&O motive power frequently intermingled.

In the third photo, B&O 6972 is westbound approaching Second Avenue on Sept. 21, 1984. The line diverging to the right is the now-removed east side of the wye that let trains go to Massillon. Warwick Park is to right of the pole line.

Finally, we throw in an image of a steam visitor to Warwick, Milwaukee Road steam locomotive No. 261. The 4-8-4 is headed west on June 16, 1996, after having spent time in Pennsylvania to help celebrate the opening of Steamtown National Historic Site and to pull excursion trains.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Storm Damage has CSX Still Recovering in W.Va.

June 28, 2016

The flooding from a severe storm that struck CSX hard in West Virginia late last week still had rail operations stymied on Monday.

CSX was particularly hit hard on its former Chesapeake & Ohio mainline between Hinton, West Virginia, and Clifton Forge, Virginia.

CSX logo 1Washouts and debris on the tracks of the Alleghany Subdivision have halted rail traffic in the wake of the storm, which dumped up to 7 inches of rain in some areas.

Trains magazine reported on Monday that much of the track infrastructure near Caldwell, West Virginia, had been washed out.

Similar, although less severe, damage was reported on the New River Subdivision.

A railroad spokesperson said CSX continues to assess the damage and make repairs. Where feasible, traffic has been re-routed around the hard-hit areas.

CSX expected to resume limited operations on Monday. Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal, which uses the affected tracks, will not resume running over its regular route until Wednesday.

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad operated its weekend tourist trains and other all attractions.

It had canceled last Friday its Cheat Mountain Salamander train.

Indiana Tourist RR Can go to LaCrosse

May 16, 2016

An Indiana tourist railroad has been given approval to resume excursions to LaCrosse, Indiana, but must comply with several conditions to do so.

The museum will be allowed two runs to LaCrosse, but must give freight operator Chesapeake & Indiana 30 days notice of plans for the trips.

IndianaThe trips must also be approved by the town of North Judson, which owns the 33-mile former Chesapeake & Ohio rail line.

Trains magazine reported that the C&I  apparently wants to use the tracks between English Lake and LaCrosse, which the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has used in the past for its excursions, to store out-of-service freight cars.

The museum will continue to operate excursions between North Judson and English Lake.
The C&I has said it will no longer be maintaining the track between English Lake and North Judson.

An attorney representing North Judson said the operating contract with the C&I was to expire last December, but it was extended to Aug. 15 to give city officials time to seek operating proposals from other parties.

Freight traffic on the line includes outbound grain shipments and inbound fertilizer.