Posts Tagged ‘EMD SW1200’

One Day Down in Mingo Junction

December 23, 2020

Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel SW1200 No. 1255 is in Mingo Junction, Ohio on March 26, 1977. Other than some gold stripes there are no heralds or markings on this work-a-day unit.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

AOS Has 2 EMD Switchers For Sale

January 28, 2020

Two EMD switchers that once worked on the Grand River Railway are up for sale by the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum.

The EMD SW1200 switchers are being sold in an auction for which bidding ends on April 1.

The reserve price is $90,000 per unit.

The museum, which was founded by the late Jerry J. Jacobson, said it will use the proceeds from the sale to fund its restoration work on its collection, which primarily is steam locomotives.

Nos. 1202 and 1205 are stored serviceable at the roundhouse in Sugar Creek.

Before coming to AOS, they were used by a Pennsylvania short-line railroad, the Aliquippa & Southern. A&S was part of the Ohio Central System that Jacobson once owned.

The units were leased by AOS to the Grand River where they wore a Baltimore & Ohio inspired livery.

AOS said in announcing the auction that it will continue to own diesel locomotives, including eight Alcos, two Fairbanks-Morse switchers, a General Electric 25-ton switcher, and 11 EMDs.

No. 1202 was built by EMD in 1954 whereas No. 1205 was built in 1955.

The auction announcement posted on the AOS website said the museum will on occasion “refine” its collection by adding or selling locomotives and rolling stock.

The explanation indicated that some items were not used by railroad during the “age of steam” while others are redundant to the collection or are in poor condition.

Additional information about the auction can be found at:

Working in Akron at Cotter Merchandise Storage

September 16, 2019


Here are a couple of images made in Akron on Sept. 3, 2019, on the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway.

ABC EMD SW1500 No. 1501 is switching a cut of cars with Cotter Merchandise Storage 1231 in the background.

Cotter’s LTEX 1231, an EMD SW1200RS, is switching at the same time.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Lake Perch and the Grand River Railway

December 9, 2016


We had been out Christmas shopping and decided to go to Brennan’s Fish House in Grand River for a late lunch/early dinner.

Mary Ann and I love the lake perch they serve along with greasy fries. Add a cup of New England style clam chowder and a 22-ounce draft beer — Great Lakes Christmas ale of course — and you have a great meal.

Just outside the windows of Brennan’s are the tracks of the Grand River Railway. This former New York Central branch runs down River Street for a short distance and was out of service for about 13 years until the GRR came along to revive it.

The GRR hauls covered hopper cars between an interchange with CSX in Painesville and a Morton Salt facility near Headlands Beach State Park.

The GRR uses an EMD 1200 switcher painted in a Baltimore & Ohio inspired livery. The railroad began operations in July 2015 and although I’ve seen the motive power of the GRR sitting near Morton Salt, I’ve never seen one of its trains in action.

That changed just before our server brought out our perch dinners. I saw a covered hopper car pass by with a crew member riding it.

I grabbed Mary Ann’s iPhone to get a grab shot. But the phone said there was no room left for additional photographs to be stored on the memory card.

She frantically deleted a few images and then had trouble getting the camera function to work properly. I had visions of missing an opportunity to photograph the switcher because of an inoperative device.

Fortunately, for me, the train had a long string of covered hoppers. With the phone working properly again I was able to get the image I wanted.

It would have been better had I gone outside and made an image of the street running. But I didn’t know how long the train would be so I went with the sure thing.

That’s why there’s that stop sign on the right edge of the frame. But, hey, I got it, right?

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders