Posts Tagged ‘C&O 614’

Steam Saturday: Chessie Steam Special in Pa.

October 15, 2022

This image of a Chessie Steam Special in Pennsylvania was created by John Woodworth using an extra camera being carried by Robert Farkas. The location is not known. After the image was posted on, Ross Rowland commented, “Great reminder. That was my 41st. birthday and I was privileged to spend part of the day running her. IIRC she ran very well that day and everyone had a great time. Thanks for the memories.”

Photograph by John Woodworth

Steam Saturday: Chessie Safety Express

January 29, 2022

Chessie System 4-8-4 Greenbrier type No. 614 is heading west out of Pittsburgh on June 27, 1981, with the Chessie Safety Express. The locomotive was built for the Chesapeake & Ohio. The trip had originated in Akron and was trip 17 of the 1981 season. The next day the train made a one way ferry move from Akron to Pittsburgh to get into position for two weekends of trips out of Pittsburgh in mid July.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Cruising Through Lowellville

October 9, 2021

It’s the morning of June 27, 1981, in Lowellville, Ohio, on the Baltimore & Ohio mainline. The Chessie Safety Express is running today from Akron to Pittsburgh and return.

On the point is former Chesapeake & Ohio 4-8-4 No. 614. The Greenbrier-type locomotive was the mainstay for the Safety Express trains in 1980 and 1981.

If you didn’t get enough of the 614 on this date, it pulled another Akron-Pittsburgh roundtrip the next day.

To the left of the 614 are the tracks of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie. Today those tracks are no longer here.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: A Chessie Steam Memory

July 17, 2021

Here’s a memory for some of you. It is Sept. 21, 1980, in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Chessie 4-8-4 No. 614 is westbound during a one-way ferry move from Cumberland, Maryland to Pittsburgh. The excursion was part of the first season of the Chessie Safety Express program. This was the fifth trip of 20 that the 614 and its train made this year. Another season followed in 1981.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: No. 614 in Lowellville

December 12, 2020

Chessie System 4-8-4 No. 614 is eastbound in Lowellville on June 27, 1981, during the second season of the Chessie Safety Express series of excursions. This particular excursion originated in Akron and made a roundtrip to Pittsburgh. It ran a one-way Akron to Pittsburgh ferry move the next day. The excursions were coordinated with The Whistle Stop in Cuyahoga Falls.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Father’s Day with C&O 614 on NJT

November 7, 2020
Ross Rowland greets passengers boarding an excursion in Hoboken, New Jersey, to be pulled by Chesapeake & Ohio No. 614.

In cooperation with New Jersey Transit, Ross Rowland was able to run Chesapeake & Ohio 614 on passenger excursions during two weekends in June 1997.

The train ran from Hoboken, New Jersey to Port Jervis, New York.

We were greeted at the ex-Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Hoboken terminal by the robot from Lost in Space, who was promoting passenger safety and, possibly, to be aware of space aliens. Rowland also greeted passengers.

After departure we soon were on ex-Erie Railroad trackage. Even though the NJT was on a weekend schedule, the excursion did not interfere with commuter trains with 614 able to stretch its legs with running at track speed.

During the layover in Port Jervis, Rowland had a surprise arranged. With this day being

Fathers Day, a group photo of the fathers aboard was staged in the turntable pit with C&O 614.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

C&O 614 in Hoboken with the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City in the background.
On the turntable in Port Jervis with a message to all the fathers in the audience.
Hey dads, time to gather for a group portrait.

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

Another Steam Saturday with Chessie 614

May 30, 2020

This looks more like a painting than a slide. Chessie 4-8-4 No. 614 is westbound near Mance, Pennsylvania, on July 11, 1981. The Greenbrier-type locomotive was built for the Chesapeake & Ohio in June 1948 by Lima Locomotive Works.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

C&O 614 at Meyersdale

May 17, 2020

Chesapeake & Ohio 4-8-4 leads a Chessie Safety Express special at Myersdale, Pennsylvania, on July 11, 1981 (top photograph). The excursion operated in cooperation with Operation Lifesaver to promote grade crossing safety.

The 614 and the Chessie Safety Express operated in 1980 and 1981 with the last excursion running in November 1981.

This particular trip operated between Pittsburgh and Meyersdale and was coordinated with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

In the bottom image, the Safety Express is westbound in the Pittsburgh area on July 27, 1981.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Rowland Pushing Steam Tour to Aid Veterans

June 10, 2017

Steam impresario Ross Rowland is once again pushing his idea to operate a national steam locomotive tour to be called the Yellow Ribbon Express.

Ross Rowland

Trains magazine reported that Rowland wants the touring train to visit 125 cities and raise money for injured veterans, particularly those who have been wounded since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Rowland proposed the three-year tour in 2015 and told the magazine that he is seeking corporate sponsors to fund the construction and operation of the train.

He has dubbed it “the American Freedom Train 2.0.”

The costs of operating the Yellow Ribbon Express are expected to be $100 million, Rowland said. All money raised exhibit ticket sales will go to veterans charities.

Rowland was hesitant to name a date for when the veteran’s charity train would hit rails. Two years ago he had said he wanted it operating by 2017.

Motive power for the Yellow Ribbon Express will be two main line steam locomotives, including his own Chesapeake & Ohio 4-8-4 No. 614.