Posts Tagged ‘Easton Ohio’

Something Rare at Easton

August 27, 2021

CSX 8163 and CSX 3006 lead a westbound manifest train passing an eastbound in Easton on June 25, 1996, on the New Castle Subdivision. Although the 8163 is a common EMD SD40-2, 3006 is a rare GE BQ23-7.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Chessie System Motive Power Two for Tuesday

November 2, 2020

They are both CSX trains, but are running with lead locomotives still wearing Chessie System colors and markings.

The top image is an eastbound in Easton during what looks to be hunting season in fall 1987.

The top image shows a westbound in Akron on Feb. 28, 1988.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Cruising Through the Countryside

May 5, 2020

This is a CSX train although you might not know that just by looking at the motive power. On the point is Cheasapeake & Ohio SD50 No. 8627 leading an is eastbound near Easton, Ohio on June 5, 1988.

Trailing is another Chessie Systems unit and a Seaboard Systems locomotive. It won’t be long before these engines are given new colors and markings.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Westbound in Easton

February 1, 2020

It is July 1985 and a westbound Chessie System intermodal train led by Baltimore & Ohio GP40-2 No. 4216 is doing track speed in Easton, Ohio.

As far as you can see the consist is made up of trailers on flat cars. No double-stacked containers here.

Today this is the CSX New Castle Subdivision and intermodal trains carry a lot of containers whether they are double of single stacked.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

The ‘Gray Ghost’ Era at CSX

August 1, 2019

Early in the life of CSX the carrier painted its locomotives gray with blue lettering.

That look is illustrated by CSX SD40-2 No. 8240 leading an eastbound on the New Castle Subdivision at Easton, Ohio, in February 1989.

As former CSX locomotive engineer Paul Woodring pointed out in a recent comment on this site, the gray appearance made the locomotives difficult to see at grade crossings in conditions of rain and fog.

So CSX elected to add more blue and gold to it livery, which created the “bright future” look that many still associate with the railroad.

The “gray ghost” look may have been less expensive, but it had other costs.

Photograph by Robert Farkas