Posts Tagged ‘C&O locomotives’

C&O GP35 in Akron

January 26, 2023

At our request the wayback machine has taken us to the 1970s in Akron. Shown is Chesapeake & Ohio GP38 No. 4825 on June 6, 1976. The unit was built in July 1970 and would later serve CSX before a career with various locomotive leasing companies.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Once Upon a Time on the B&O near Warwick Tower

January 11, 2023

Finding an old negative/slide/digital image you have forgotten you had taken can bring back many wonderful memories.

It is one of the purest forms of photographic time travel.

The image above was made some time between 1967-1970 in Clinton. Chesapeake & Ohio F7A No. 7057 and its Baltimore & Ohio coal train are northbound near Warwick Tower where the train can head west to go to Lorain (diverging at Sterling) or continue west to Willard.

On the other hand, it could go east to Akron and beyond to Lake Erie.

The double track is out of the ordinary since one track belongs to the Pennsylvania Railroad/Penn Central and the other to the B&O. But they share trackage with one line for all southbound trains of both lines and the other track for all northbound trains of both lines. This sharing runs from Warwick Tower south to Massillon.

It’s likely this coal train originated in the B&O yard in Holloway, Ohio.

If you look toward the back of the train, you see it is crossing Chippewa Creek on one of two bridges. The pole lines are still in place, and back-to-back F units make this scene even better.

Today one of the lines has been ripped out while the other is used by RJ Corman.

There is only one bridge, no pole lines, and usually no more than one train north and south a day instead of having so many long trains that Canal Fulton, Ohio (A few miles south) needed a firehouse on each side of the tracks.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

By the Old Mattress Factory in Akron

November 7, 2022

CSX GP40-2 6163 leads a westbound train that was captured across from the old mattress factory in Akron on Sept. 3, 1987. The unit was built for the Chesapeake & Ohio in January 1978.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

C&O Motive Power Two for Tuesday

August 16, 2022

Still wearing its Chesapeake & Ohio livery, Chessie System GP35 No. 3524 is working in Akron on June 22, 1980, in the top image. In the bottom image, C&O SD40 No. 7515 is in Warwick on Oct. 18, 1984.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Their Service Days are Over

July 15, 2022

John Woodworth and I found two trade-in Chesapeake & Ohio Alco RSD5 road switchers at the GE plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, in the late 1960s/early 1970s. They are C&O 2000 and C&O 2002 and both are mere hulks.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Warwick Tower Two for Tuesday

May 23, 2022

If you can’t get enough Western Maryland motive power we have a treat for you on two for Tuesday. In the top image WM No. 7549 leads a westbound train past Warwick Tower in September 1982. Trailing is Baltimore & Ohio No. 4233.

In the bottom image Chesapeake & Ohio No. 4825 leads another westbound. This image was made from inside the open space between the tower and the tracks that today is off limits to railfans. That area can easily be seen in the top photo.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Some C&O in Akron

April 13, 2022

Chesapeake & Ohio SD40 No. 7560 is in Akron in the fall of 1978.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Early CSX Action in Akron

January 21, 2022

The wayback machine has at our request taken us back to the early CSX era. A ratty looking CSXT SD40 No. 8389 (former Chesapeake & Ohio) leads a westbound through downtown Akron on Nov. 14, 1987. The structure in the background once connected Akron Union Depot with the Greyhound Bus station and also led to the stairways to track level for passenger trains. Even further back, those silos were once part of a Quaker Oats plant.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Yes, Clinton Once had a Hotel

January 19, 2022

It is very early in the CSX era in Clinton on Aug. 24, 1986. C&O GP40 No. 3784 is leading a westbound passing what once was a hotel. It might seem strange to think Clinton had a hotel, but it was common for even small towns to have one during the heyday of railroad passenger travel.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Some C&O in Warwick

July 14, 2021

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway never served Northeast Ohio but its headquarters for several years was in Cleveland. Once the C&O gained control of the Baltimore & Ohio it was common to see motive power of the two railroad mixed together as shown above in Clinton on July 9, 1982.

Photograph by Robert Farkas