Posts Tagged ‘Chessie System’

Spotting Remote Control Locomotives

May 12, 2022

Baltimore & Ohio Nos. 7410 and 7408 and a third locomotive are on the point of a westbound in Clinton in August 1982. Notice the lights on the cab roofs of 7410 and 7408. These two locomotives were used in remote control operation at ore docks in (I believe) Toledo.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Perfect Capture

May 7, 2022

Sometimes a scene captures a location and time almost perfectly.

Baltimore & Ohio No. 4309 is westbound in Clinton in April 1986. On the left is the feed store, which is now a hardware store.

Almost invisible is the siding to the feed store. This siding could also serve as a team track. On the right of the tracks is a long-gone house that once was a hotel.

The two-track mainline was single tracked in the early 1990s. The area to the right of the ballast is now a long line of trees which shadows the tracks on a morning like this.

As this is a cropped image, you can’t see the bottom of the photo where the tracks have curved farther to the left and I am not standing as close as this looks.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Sunday: Amazing Memories

April 24, 2022

Sometimes I find a slide and realize there has to be a story to it. Recently I found this slide of Baltimore & Ohio No. 6506 in Willard that I made on Aug. 12, 1978. At first I thought this was simply a switching move by a Geep. Then I noticed the crane behind the hoppers and the hose. Could it be? Yes, it was. The 6506 was waiting for eastbound Chessie System 4-8-4 No. 2101 to appear and take on coal and water. What amazing memories these two images bring.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

An Uncommon C&O U Boat Sighting

March 11, 2022

Baltimore & Ohio GP40-2 No. 4325 and C&O 8205 are westbound in Akron in July 1981. C&O U-Boats were not that common. Also notice the mismatched C&O on the 8205.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Handing Up Orders in Sterling

January 27, 2022

It is mid 1985 in Sterling and the operator from Sterling Tower is about to hand something, probably train orders, to a crewman on Western Maryland 4317.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

It Was Much More Open Then

January 7, 2022

A former Western Maryland locomotive leads a westbound in Clinton in February 1980. For those who know how much the trees have grown at this location today note how open the view was more than four decades ago..The crossover allowed Conrail trains to access the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad line to Columbus.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

When B&O Had That Chessie Look

September 15, 2021

The wayback machine has taken us back to Massillon on March 22, 1989, for another look at a Baltimore & Ohio geep in the Chessie System livery. It looks a little worn but that is to be expected.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Flashback Friday: 37 Years Apart in Clinton

May 14, 2021

These photographs were made in about the same location in Clinton 37 years apart. In the top image Baltimore & Ohio GP40-2 No. 4150 has a westbound in hand in February 1983. In the bottom image, CSX ES44AC-H No. 3134 leads intemodal train Q137 westbound on Feb. 17, 2020.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Rusty Rails in Akron

March 1, 2021

A Chessie System train is on the Baltimore & Ohio mainline running westbound in Akron in June 1981. The two very rusty tracks to the left of the train are what remains of the Erie Lackawanna mainline through Akron. To their left, the empty field was where the EL’s McCoy Street Yard was.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Three Railroad Heritage

January 14, 2021

This GP9 represents three railroads. It was built in September 1955 for the Chesapeake & Ohio. It later became Western Maryland 5971. When captured in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on April 16, 1977, it was working for the Chessie System. It would later receive a Chessie System livery. It appears the C&O markings had been painted out and it received a makeshift WM look.

Photograph by Robert Farkas