Posts Tagged ‘Chessie System’

Another Chessie System Era Warwick Memory

December 23, 2022

Here is a higher quality redo from an old scan. It is June 1983 in Clinton where Baltimore & Ohio No. 6933 is heading to Massillon. The now-removed track curving to the left was the connecting track to the long-gone ex-Pennsylvania Railroad line that ran from Warwick Tower to Orrville and then down to Columbus. This line often was called the Cleveland, Akron & Columbus, after the name of a predecessor railroad company.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

B&O Intermodal Train in Akron

December 1, 2022

Let’s go back to the Chessie System era. Baltimore & Ohio GP40-2 No. 4342 is westbound in Akron on Sept. 9, 1979, with an intermodal train. Note the trailing unit is still in B&O blue paint.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Chessie System Two for Tuesday in Massillon

November 15, 2022

The wayback machine has landed us in Massillon in the early 1980s. In the top image Western Maryland 5972, albeit in Chessie System colors, is with caboose C2851 in front of the ex-Baltimore & Ohio freight house on July 1, 1981. This was not originally a WM Geep but was transferred to the WM from the B&O or Chesapeake & Ohio.

In the bottom image a B&O geep, No. 6651, is in front of the freight house on Oct. 11, 1980.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Flying Along

October 20, 2022

Baltimore & Ohio GP30 No. 4238 and Chesapeake & Ohio GP40 No. 4099 lead a westbound trailer train on Sept. 29, 1983, in Barberton. At one time these trains were called “Jet” because of their speed.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

A C&O GP15T in Akron

October 12, 2022

Chesapeake & Ohio GP15T No. 1522 is in Akron in February 1983. The unit was built in 1982 and later served on the CSX motive power roster.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

B&O GP40-2 Heading West in Akron

October 6, 2022

Baltimore & Ohio GP40-2 No. 4325 is westbound in Akron in July 1981 with a load of auto racks and boxcars among other things. The image was made near Voris Street. The 4325 was built in February 1979.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Life in the Conrail Era

October 3, 2022

Conrail SD40-2 No. 6479 is on the point of a westbound on the former Erie Lackawanna in Akron on May 3, 1980. Above the second unit is the light tower for the EL’s McCoy Street Yard.

At the same time an eastbound Chessie System freight with a caboose has just passed the 6479.

Note the former EL boxcar behind the motive power. The bridge in the background is Thornton Street. Today there are just two tracks at this location near Voris Street.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Day at Valley Yard in Akron

September 21, 2022

It is April 19, 1980, and former Western Maryland 6418 is switching its train in the former Baltimore & Ohio Valley Yard in Akron, which could be seen west of Arlington Road. The yard was small, but offers much to see. Today this yard is gone and trains rarely operate past here on the ex-B&O Valley Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Barberton Two for Tuesday

September 6, 2022

Here are two similar views taken in Barberton by different cameras and lenses, so the scene is somewhat different.

In the top image, Conrail 3651 is westbound on Chessie System trackage on July 20, 1980. The train is going to Warwick and from there either to Massillon or Orrville and west. This was taken with a 50mm lens, thus giving a wider scene.  

In the bottom image BNSF 7810 leads the Q016 eastbound on the CSX New Castle Subdivision on June 2, 2018. This image was taken with a telephoto zoom lens.

Here are some of the differences. In the newer photo CSX has one set of tracks, there is a different relocated bridge, the Akron & Barberton Belt water tower is gone, and an Akron Barberton Cluster switcher is visible.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

‘Wild Mary’ Two for Tuesday

August 23, 2022

Let’s crank up the wayback machine again and look for locomotives wearing the livery of the Western Maryland. In the top image, WM No. 3797 is westbound in Akron on Oct. 16, 1976, during the Chessie System era. In the bottom image, WM 7548 might be wearing WM paint, but it’s a Chessie System locomotive working in Akron on Dec. 24, 1976.

Photographs by Robert Farkas