Posts Tagged ‘Chessie System’

B&O Interloper

September 30, 2020

It’s an all Chessie System motive power consist aside from an interloper that is still wearing Baltimore & Ohio colors.

To be correct, the lead locomotive, a GP40-2, is a B&O unit that has received the Chessie livery.

The train is eastbound in Akron on May 28, 1978, on former B&O track.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Yes, Chessie Had Stack Trains in Akron

September 6, 2020

A pair of Chessie System units lead a westbound in Akron on May 8, 1987. Yes, Chessie System did run double stacks back then. However, they were not as tall as stack trains are today.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Its Chessie, Oops, CSX in Akron

August 14, 2020

You’re forgiven if you thought at first glance this was a Chessie System train. It does have a Chessie leader and four Chessie boxcars behind the motive power.

But a closer look shows the trailing locomotives are lettered for CSX. The train is westbound in Akron on April 9, 1983.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Sunday: Chessie 614 in Akron

August 9, 2020

Chessie System 614 is in Akron on June 23, 1981. The 4-8-4 locomotive pulled two Chessie Safety Express excursions that the photographer recalls as having operated to Pittsburgh.

The Greenbrier-type locomotive was built in Lima, Ohio, in June 1948 for the Chesapeake & Ohio.

It is shown on the connecting track from the Valley Line to the Chicago-Pittsburgh mainline.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Some More ‘Wild Mary’ in Ohio

July 29, 2020

Here is another round of former Western Maryland motive power still in its red and white paint roaming the Chessie System in Northeast Ohio.

WM GP40 No. 3799 and a train consisting mostly of coiled steel is shown in Sterling on Oct. 31, 1981.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

‘Wild Mary’ Was Still Living in Brewster

July 23, 2020

The Western Maryland was part of the Chessie System, but for a time some of its locomotives continued to sport the colorful “wild Mary” red and white livery.

Chessie System 3797 still wears WM paint as it sits on an eastbound Norfolk & Western train at the east end of Brewster Yard on May 5, 1974.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Chessie Two for Tuesday

July 14, 2020

It’s a two for Tuesday and our feature attraction is a pair of trains with Chessie System painted locomotives.

In the top image Chessie System SD50 No. 8588 leads a train east of Ravenna on May 12, 1986.

This was actually a Baltimore & Ohio unit although it sported Chessie colors.

In the bottom image, there is no mistaking GP35 No. 3541 as a B&O unit. It is leading an eastbound train at Boughtonville on March 13, 1982.

The trailing unit in this train, though, is wearing Chessie colors.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Smiling Chessie Cat

June 19, 2020

It is 1986 and westbound Chessie System (Western Maryland) GP40-2 No. 4314 is sitting in Warwick on what is called the scale track where coal trains were once weighed. Perhaps her crew ran out of time and this train isĀ  awaiting a replacement crew. If you look closely at the locomotive nose you’ll see that some wag has given Chessie eyes, a nose and a smile.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

On the Road to Roanoke in July 1987

June 16, 2020

In late July 1987, I met up with the Surdyk family (William, Marty, Robert and John) in Parma Heights on the first step of a Rails to Roanoke trip for the 1987 National Railway Historical Society convention.

It would be a week long adventure. Our first stop was Cass, West Virginia, to ride and photograph the Cass Scenic Railroad.

We then spent the next two days photographing the Chesapeake & Ohio mainline in West Virginia and Virginia while working our way to the Shenandoah line to catch the inbound convention trip from Alexandria, Virginia, to Roanoke.

We met up with it at Delaplane, Virginia, and were able to photograph it at least 12 locations. We rode the Thursday July 30 trip behind Norfolk & Western Class A No. 1218 from Roanoke to Bluefield, West Virginia.

N&W Class J No. 611 would power our return to Roanoke. We did some photography east of Roanoke prior to the equipment display on July 31, which will start the second part of this series.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Amtrak’s Cardinal at Fort Spring, West Virginia, on July 26, 1987.

Big Bend Tunnel in West Virginia , on the C&O on July 27, 1987.

At Alleghany Tunnel in West Virginia on July 27, 1987. The locomotive engineer doing a roll by inspection is wearing a Chief Wahoo hat.

Southern FP7s on the Shenandoah line on July 29, 1987.

Southern FP7s at Buchanan, Virginia.

At Bedford, Virginia on July 31.

Chessie High Hood in Massillon

May 28, 2020

It looks battered and bruised and some might note that the long hood is in front.

But the photographer said the light “looks so good this way.”

We’re looking at Baltimore & Ohio GP9 in Massillon on March 22, 1986.

Today the former B&O line in Massillon on which this image was made is operated by R.J. Corman Railroad group.

Built in May 1955 as B&O No. 687 the 6437 would later go to work on the Indiana Rail Road where it carried roster number 300.

Photograph by Robert Farkas