Posts Tagged ‘Chessie System’

Chessie ‘Heritage’ Unit in Willard

May 22, 2017

Last week Chesapeake & Ohio 8272, which CSX has restored to its Chessie System paint scheme, started its journey to the Lake Shore Railway Museum at Northeast, Pennsylvania.
On Saturday morning it was parked at Willard, where I got these photos. It will arrive at Northeast sometime this week.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Chessie System Locomotive on the Move

May 18, 2017

The cosmetically restored Chessie System GE B30-7 has been reported to be en route to its new home at the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania.

The locomotive was spotted earlier this week dead-in-tow heading for Russell, Kentucky.

From there it was expected to travel via Columbus, Willard and Cleveland to North East.

The locomotive was repainted into the Chessie livery by the CSX locomotive shops in Huntington, West Virginia.

The unit was built in 1980 as C&O No. 8272 and also was CSX No. 5554.

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.

Repainted Chessie Loco Seen by Shop

March 21, 2017

A locomotive pained in Chessie System colors that is thought to be bound for the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania, has emerged from a CSX shop in West Virginia.

Trains magazine reported that B30-7, ex-C&O No. 8272 and ex-CSX No. 5554 was seen outside the Huntington locomotive shop last weekend.

The museum has thus far declined to comment on reports that the repainted unit will be added to its collection.

Given its proximity to the GE Transportation locomotive assembly plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, the museum has sought to preserve several GE-built engines.

Trains said it is the first time that a Chessie locomotive has been painted at the Huntington shops in more than 30 years.

Huntington was once a division headquarters for the C&O.

No. 8272 was built in January 1980 and retired more than six years ago. It was removed from a dead line in Cumberland, Maryland, and transported to Huntington in 2016.

Chessie Locomotive Headed for Museum?

March 11, 2017

The CSX shop in Huntington, West Virginia, has repainted  a GE B30-7 locomotive into Chessie System colors and livery and a Facebook posting said the locomotive is headed for the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania.

Trains magazine reported on Friday that the museum has declined to comment on the report and that CSX has not yet responded to a request for comment.

The engine in question is No. 8272 and a photo of it briefly appeared on a page for workers and former workers at the Huntington shops.

The museum specializes in preserving locomotives assembled at the nearly GE locomotive plant.

Some B&O on the Erie in New York

July 19, 2016

Chessie 4245

I was looking through the latest issue of the Akron Railroad Club eBulletin and saw something on Page 10 that really struck me.

There is a photograph of Baltimore & Ohio No. 4245 in Warwick in 1980.

In the early ‘80s I was in Port Jervis, New York, my favorite Erie Railroad town, and sitting there was Chessie and Seaboard motive power, featuring the B&O 4245.

I don’t know why they were so far from home. Conrail was a few years old and the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad was on the verge of starting Sealand service to New Jersey to compete with Conrail.

Maybe they had something to do with that. Whatever the reason, the fact of the matter is that B&O 4245 had visited Erie territory.

Article and Photograph by Jack Norris

A Busy Akron Engine House in June 1973

July 11, 2016


Sometimes we forget how busy the Chessie System (Ex-B&O) engine facility in Akron was in the early 1970s.

It is June 1973 and this image looks down from the embankment that has the Chessie System mainline tracks.

This is not a railfan photo as much as a piece of Akron history. Not one locomotive is unobstructed, yet the image captures this busy facility in an original way.

There are ALCO switchers, B&O geeps, etc. without a trace of Chessie System yellow.

The yellow would come soon, but for one moment in 1973, this still looks like the B&O of the 1960s.

Without images such as this, Akron’s railroad history would be lost.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Taking the Farkas Challenge: Railroads Helped Make Akron the Rubber Capital of the World

July 11, 2016

Farkas Surdyk

Akron has long described itself as the nation’s rubber capital. That’s no longer true for the rubber industry has all but vanished here.

Even though the rubber plants have closed – and most of them have been razed – and the headquarters of most of the rubber companies have moved elsewhere, the rubber industry will always be a major part of Akron’s identity.

For the Farkas challenge, I have nominated this image by Marty Surdyk because it harkens back to the era when rubber factories were located all over town.

Shown is an eastbound CSX auto rack passing the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company plant in South Akron.

That this is an auto rack train is significant because at one time the vast majority of tires that U.S. automotive makers put on their automobiles at the factory had been manufactured in Akron.

By the time this photograph was made in August 1988, the rubber age in Akron was all but over.

Between the train and the Firestone plant is the remnants of South Akron Yard of the Pennsylvania Railroad. It was used by Conrail at the time, but not for much longer.

To the right of the train is an open space where the Erie Railroad/Erie Lackawanna tracks used to be. Now all that is left is some ballast.

Akron is not as well known for railroads as some places, but they played a key role in the city’s industrial heritage. Akron could not have become was it was without the railroads.

Article by Craig Sanders, Photograph by Marty Surdyk

How Things Have Changed at MACE Tower

July 7, 2016


It is June 3, 1977, in Massillon. Conrail No. 7878 and PNC No. 1506 are westbound helpers on Conrail’s Fort Wayne line.

They are at MACE Tower on the diamonds and are crossing the Chessie System (ex-Baltimore & Ohio) line that goes to Holloway and then to the Ohio River.

MACE Tower is still an active tower. The tracks closest to the viewer are part of the Conrail yard tracks and the line that goes north to Warwick.

If you closely look around the curve, you can see the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad signal bridge and to its right a now-removed factory.

How things have changed. Trees now cover the hillside. MACE Tower, the diamonds for the crossing, one of the two lines that made up the Fort Wayne line at that time, and some of the yard tracks are gone.

The Conrail line is now Norfolk Southern while the ex-B&O line is the single track R.J. Corman line that only goes as far south as Urichsville.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Railroading as it Once Was: The Long Radio Antenna Apparently Wasn’t Doing the Job

June 23, 2016

WM in Akron

In what appears to be an effort to get better radio reception, a crew member leans out the window with his radio.

I guess that long antenna wasn’t doing the job. This is a westbound Chessie freight working Akron in September 1976.

That Western Maryland GP35 still looks pretty good a few years after the Chessie took control of the WM and scattering it’s power to the four corners of the system.

This unit is still with us today as CSX road slug No. 2295.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee