Posts Tagged ‘CVSR FPA-4’

From Canada to Akron

February 17, 2021

Southbound Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad FPA-4 No. 6771 is approaching Akron Northside Station on Oct, 18, 2013.

The photographer noted and he and two friends had years earlier traveled to Ontario to catch Montreal Locomotive Works FPA-4s in action on VIA Rail Canada. Those were great trips and great memories.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Going Back in Time on the CVSR

January 27, 2021

It is Aug. 10, 1996, in Peninsula, Ohio. Here comes Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad FPA-4 No. 14. It used to belong to VIA Rail Canada and before that Canadian National. When it ran for those railroads it wore roster number 6777.

These days No. 14 wears its old roster number as it toils for the CVSR. Of course as this is posted in January 2021 nothing is running in revenue service on the CVSR due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Perhaps later this year we’ll see the 6777 back in action in Peninsula.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

CVSR FPA-4 Two for Tuesday

November 17, 2020

Today’s two for Tuesday features Montreal Locomotive Works FPA-4 locomotives on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in different liveries and eras.

In the top photograph No. 14 is shown along the Cuyahoga River during a railfan excursion on May 17, 1997.

Several current and former Akron Railroad Club members were aboard this excursion, which covered the length of the line between Akron and Independence.

The train made several stops for photo runbys and railroad volunteers posed in various scenes for the photographers.

In the bottom image, No. 6777 is approaching Northside station in Akron on Feb. 2, 2017. By now the unit has been given a new livery featuring a chevron stripe on the nose.

No. 6777 was built in March 1959 for Canadian National and is, in fact the No. 14 shown in the top image.

At some point the CVSR reverted it back to its original CN roster number.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

30 Years Gone From VIA

March 7, 2018

Do you realize that VIA Rail Canada took its FPA-4 locomotives out of service 30 years ago? Yet two of them were on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s National Park Scenic train last Saturday.

The top and middle images were taken in Peninsula while the bottom photograph was made in Akron as Baltimore & Ohio No. 800 was being towed north.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Stripped

November 11, 2017

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad owns four FPA-4 locomotives. All were built in 1959 for Canadian National by Montreal Locomotive Works under license from Alco.

If you’ve followed the CVSR over the years, you’ve seen and photographed Nos. 6771, 6777 and 800. The latter wears a Baltimore & Ohio livery while the other two have in the past two years been repainted into the CVSR’s sharp-looking V-stripe livery.

Then there is the 6767. It arrived on the property in March 2001 after being acquired from a previous owner in North Carolina.

No. 6767 was in rough condition when it arrived on the CVSR. It had sat on static display outside a business.

The unit was found to have a seized prime mover due to a stack being left uncapped, thus exposing the engine to the elements.

Nonetheless, CVSR 6767 had been repainted by 2005 from its VIA Rail Canada markings to the CVSR livery.

Numerous photographs have been posted at rrpicturesarchive.net of the 6767 sitting at Fitzwater Yard and Shops, but none showing it pulling a train on the road.

I caught the 6767 in May 2014 sitting by itself on the siding in Peninsula and looking quite the worse for wear.

One report I saw was that the 6767 had been stripped of its parts and was to be converted to a cab car.

Apparently, the 6767 was moved to Ohio Locomotive Works in Lorain where it was stripped down to its framework. This is the same shop that rebuilt CVSR C420 No. 365.

Back in September, though, I spotted the 6767 at Fitzwater. Something has happened that brought the 6767 back home and it looks nothing like a cab car

I don’t know the story behind that or the plans for its future. What I can easily see is that this locomotive working on trains anytime soon and maybe not at all.

Best of the Rest (From the Picnic)

September 21, 2017

To borrow a line used by Paul Woodring to title a couple of his programs at Akron Railroad Club meetings, here are the best of the rest of the photographs that I made during the ARRC picnic this past Sunday.

I ended up spending all day at the picnic site, which is located along Riverview Road south of Peninsula in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

I didn’t do any chasing of the Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765. Sometimes, it’s nice to let the steam locomotive come to you. And it did, four times.

The regular National Park Scenic train of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad also passed by three times. So I photographed it, too.

So here are the best of the rest of my images from last Sunday.

FPA-4 No. 6771 wears its snazzy livery and pulled the Scenic northward during the weekend.

The first of two southbound passages of the Scenic past the Valley Picnic Area in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The second of two southbound runs of the Scenic.

The Scenic heads north for the final time of the day. About 20 minutes later the steam train would come charging north behind it.

Passengers in the Saint Lucie Sound look us over as their train rolls northbound in the afternoon. NKP 765 was trailing at this point, not pulling the train.

 

Like a Bright Red Sports Car Gone Cruising

February 8, 2017

Despite gathering clouds overhead those matching FPA-4s looked sharp cruising along the Cuyahoga River.

Despite gathering clouds overhead those matching FPA-4s looked sharp cruising along the Cuyahoga River.

The FPA-4 locomotives on the roster of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad are hardly new. All were built in early 1959, which makes them 58 years old.

Yet ever since No. 6771 rolled out of the paint booth last year and No. 6777 emerged this year, they have drawn attention from photographers due to their “like new appearance.”

It doesn’t hurt that the new paint job also includes a new look on the nose, a V stripe that has replaced the CVSR winged herald that many wags have likened to the logo for the hamburger chain Steak ‘n Shake.

Put those FPA-4 together as a matching set and you have a must photograph motive power consist.

I caught a glimpse of No. 6777 in sunlight nearly three Saturdays ago. But it turned cloudy and when I returned the following Saturday clouds also were blocking the sun, taking some of the luster away from that new paint.

I finally got my chance to see those beauties in full sunlight last Saturday morning. It was well worth the trip.

I started in Peninsula, catching the first southbound run of the day. Before the train arrived, fellow Akron Railroad Club member Todd Dillon joined me and reported that, indeed, the matching FPA-4 units were on the point.

The train was late arriving in Peninsula due to having made an unscheduled stop at Boston Mill.

I don’t know if this has anything to do with that, but a CVSR trainman later told me there was a group from Pennsylvania on board and they were fascinated to see a ski resort there even if they thought it rather small.

I had parked on Main Street in Peninsula so I was easily able to get to my next photo location.

The plan was to get the train on the bridge over Furnace Run near Szalay’s Market, but after seeing some cars parked alongside Riverview near the curve south of the diagonal grade crossing, I pulled over there.

ARRC member Roger Durfee and two guys I know from Cleveland were already set up.

I then stopped near Smith Road to get the matched set across the frozen pond at the motorcycle club and then made my way into Akron where I spotted yet another ARRC member, Bob Farkas, at Northside Station, making photographs.

After getting the train leaving Northside, I weaved my way out to Ohio Route 8, getting off at Steels Corner Road.

I headed west on Ira Road only to see the northbound train already at the crossing. Even worse, a car stopped at the intersection with Riverview Road kept me from being able to make a right turn.

He wanted to go west on Ira, but vehicles waiting at the crossing were ahead of him. As luck would have it, he pulled up just enough to enable me to get by.

The CVSR wasn’t running all that fast, so I was able to pull into the access road to a field across from Szalay’s and get the Furnace Run bridge image.

From there it was on to Boston Mill to get the train passing the ski resort and then to Brecksville for images of the train and the Route 82 bridge and the Cuyahoga River.

I called ARRC member Peter Bowler to see if he was out today chasing and we agreed to car pool to Pleasant Valley Road and then to the bend of the Cuyahoga River by the tracks alongside Riverview Road near the Columbia Run picnic area.

There was still good sunlight, but clouds were gathering to the west. That didn’t matter at Pleasant Valley, but near Columbia Run the light was slightly filtered.

That wasn’t a problem because the clouds were still thin and the reflection on those shiny FPA-4s still looked great.

It probably is a matter of time before the 6771 and 6777 are broken apart and, in fact, I am surprised it hasn’t happened already.

Perhaps the CVSR takes a lot of pride in the appearance of these units and plans to run them together for a while longer.

Yet in time dirt and grime will build up on both units, and wear and tear will take its toll. The thrill of seeing matching FPA-4 units will fade in time, too.

But for now Nos. 6771 and 6777 have the appeal of a bright red sports car that has just been driven off the dealer’s lot after getting a wash and wax job.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The wide angle view at Pleasant Valley Road . . .

The wide angle view at Pleasant Valley Road . . .

 . . . and the telephoto shot at Pleasant Valley Road.

. . . and the telephoto shot at Pleasant Valley Road.

Of course I had to made an image with the Ohio Route 82 bridge in the background.

Of course I had to made an image with the Ohio Route 82 bridge in the background.

Another photo op beside the Cuyahoga River.

Another photo op beside the Cuyahoga River.

Passing the "rather small" ski resort at Boston Mill.

Passing the “rather small” ski resort at Boston Mill.

I didn't have much time to spare, but got the train crossing Furnace Run as planned.

I didn’t have much time to spare, but got the train crossing Furnace Run as planned.

Pulling out of Akron Northside Station.

Pulling out of Akron Northside Station.

A crew member checks out something with the 6777 during the station stop in Akron.

A crew member checks out something with the 6777 during the station stop in Akron.

Note the bright gold reflection on the frozen pond near Smith Road.

Note the bright gold reflection on the frozen pond near Smith Road.

Is this a drag race on Riverview Road?

Is this a drag race on Riverview Road?

Arriving at Peninsula in mid morning.

Arriving at Peninsula in mid morning.