Posts Tagged ‘Chessie System’

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

Time for Another Chessie Two for Tuesday

December 22, 2020

We can never get enough Chessie System motive power photographs so let’s double our pleasure with a Chessie two for Tuesday.

In the top image, Chessie System GP40-2 No. 4435 is westbound in Warwick on Sept. 27, 1983. No. 4435 would later become CSX 6449.

In the bottom image, a trio of units wearing Chessie colors and markings leads a westboud through Akron in August 1979.

In the lead is B&O GP38 No. 3836. Notice the decrepit condition of the tracks next to the train.

Photographs by Robert Farkas


A Barberton Two for Tuesday

December 15, 2020

This week’s two for Tuesday finds us trackside in Barberton in two distinct eras in CSX history.

In the top image, Five CSX locomotives of varying liveries team up to pull a westbound auto rack train through Barberton on the New Castle Subdivision on Sept. 5, 2010. Lead unit 7589 is a GE C40-8 that was built in September 1989.

In the bottom image, we’ve gone back in time more than 22 years to March 11, 1988. This is a CSX train but the motive power all wears liveries of CSX predecessor railroads.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Some Chessie Memories From Cumberland

November 18, 2020

Cumberland, Maryland, was a key terminal on the mainline of the Baltimore & Ohio, a role that continued into the Chessie System and CSX eras.

In the image above Chessie System GP38 No. 3810 (ex-B&O) is on the point of a freight in Cumberland on Sept. 20, 1980.

Similiar images to this reside in the collections of Paul Woodring, Mark Perri, Roger Durfee, and another unidentified railfan who were with the photographer on the day this photograph was created.

Note that the motive power consist also includes a Western Maryland unit and another unit in the B&O livery.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Chessie System Motive Power Two for Tuesday

November 2, 2020

They are both CSX trains, but are running with lead locomotives still wearing Chessie System colors and markings.

The top image is an eastbound in Easton during what looks to be hunting season in fall 1987.

The top image shows a westbound in Akron on Feb. 28, 1988.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Richard Allan Dies, Oversaw Merger that Led to CSX, Worked as Chessie Attorney in Cleveland

October 19, 2020

A retired CSX attorney who once worked in Cleveland and was instrumental in overseeing the creation of CSX has died.

Richard B. Allen, 92, died on Oct. 5 in hospice care in Maryland. He was an attorney for the Chessie System when it merged with the Seaboard System in 1980.

Allen is credited with playing a key role in winning Interstate Commerce Commission approval of the merger that paved the way for the creation of CSX Transportation.

Former CSX CEO John Snow told the Baltimore Sun that Allen was one of the most respected members of the ICC bar.

“It was the first merger of large Eastern, Midwestern and Southern railroads into one system. It was groundbreaking, and Richard was its legal architect,” Snow said. “He was such a gifted lawyer, a wonderful human being, and a gentleman of the old school and a man who never called attention to himself.”

Allen was born in Galena, Illinois, and worked part-time for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy while attending law school at the University of Chicago.

After a stint as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago, Allen joined the Baltimore & Ohio as an attorney in 1956 and was assigned to work in Cleveland in 1974 for the Chesapeake & Ohio/Baltimore & Ohio.

He returned to Baltimore in 1986 and spent the rest of his career there, specializing in mergers, acquisitions and abandonments.

He retired as a vice president and general counsel of CSX in 1992.

Generational Lineup

October 9, 2020

The railroad probably didn’t intend it this way, but the motive power consist of this CSX train is in perfect order.

On the lead is a CSX GP15-1 No. 1523 followed by units in the liveries of Chessie System and Baltimore & Ohio.

What’s perfect here is that the ordering of the locomotives mirrors their historic evolution from B&O to Chessie to CSX.

The train is  west of Ravenna in June 1988.

Photograph by Robert Farkas