Posts Tagged ‘C&O motive power’

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

C&O Geep on the Wooster Local in Orrville

February 21, 2021

Chesapeake & Ohio GP9 No. 6037 is on the Wooster Local in Orrville on June 11, 1984.

It came from Warwick to Orrville on a now-removed ex-Pennsylvania Railroad line.

In Orrville the train is shown headed west on Conrail to Wooster where it will leave Conrail rails and get onto former Baltimore & Ohio trackage.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

South Shore Two for Tuesday From Michigan City

January 5, 2021

The wayback machine has landed us in Michigan City, Indiana on March 30, 1969. In the top image here are three Chicago, South Shore & South Bend boxcabs and a Chesapeake & Ohio cow/calf/calf set along with other interesting equipment.

In the bottom image CSS&SB 702 and some other units are sitting in the sun.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Showing More Than I had Intended

January 19, 2020

Sometimes a photograph shows more than originally thought.

All I wanted was a roster photo of Chesapeake & Ohio SD40 No. 7526, but in 2020, this shows how much we have lost.

We no longer have Chessie System, C&O, the Akron, Canton & Youngstown hopper), the Erie Lackawanna’s McCoy Street yard and yard office behind the locomotive, some or all of the buildings behind the yard, and all but two CSX mainline tracks.

No. 7426, which was built in July 1970 is eastbound in Akron in early 1974. It would later go to work for the Utah Railway.

Trailing is Baltimore & Ohio GP40 No. 4020, which was built in September 1971.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

When F Units Hauled Coal Trains

September 10, 2019

It might be hard to imagine now, but a classic A-B-A motive power set pulling a coal train was once a common sight.

Chesapeake & Ohio F7A No. 7075 is leading a westbound coal train through Kent on the Baltimore & Ohio in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Not only is F units pulling coal trains gone but so is the passenger platform and station sign that can also be seen in this image.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Railroading as it Once Was: Weeds and Grass Between the Rails Were Common in the 1970s

March 9, 2016

C&O unit in Akron

Railroads didn’t invest much in weed killer during the 1970s. It was not unusual to see grass and weed sprouting between the rails.

It wasn’t that railroads weren’t spending anything on track maintenance, but it was a period of austerity. Two of the railroads that used these tracks by Akron Union Depot, Penn Central and the Erie Lackawanna, were bankrupt.

By the time this image was made, the station no longer hosted passenger trains, but much of its infrastructure still remained in place.

Shown is a Chesapeake & Ohio SD35 leading a westbound Chessie System manifest freight past the platform of the depot.

Today, there are just two tracks here and the platform and its umbrella shed have been removed. But you won’t see weeds like you did way back when.

Photograph by Roger Durfee