Posts Tagged ‘EMD switchers’

B&O Switcher in Benwood

September 24, 2021

Baltimore & Ohio SW900 No. 9418 is between assignments in Benwood, West Virginia, on Nov. 25, 1972. The EMD product was built in 1955.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Switcher Sunday: Conrail Pair in Alliance

July 4, 2021

Conrail 8865 and 9095 are back-to-back in Alliance on Aug. 19, 1986. No. 8865 is an SW7 while the 9095 is an SW9. They are sitting in the yard adjacent to the Fort Wayne Line where it crosses and connects with the Cleveland Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Museum to Add New Cab to Switcher

April 19, 2021

An Indiana railroad museum plans to restore a badly damaged SW1 switch engine that lost its cab after a truck carrying it struck a low bridge in 2018.

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has found a replacement cab that will be mounted on former Monon DS-50.

The locomotive’s original cab was destroyed after striking the bridge in Logansport, Indiana, in December 2018.

The DS-50 was recently moved to the museum in North Judson after sitting in Logansport for more than two years.

“We’ve been working on saving this locomotive for almost a year now,” museum president Todd Flanigan said in a statement.

 “There’s no way for me to fully express my gratitude to everyone involved in making this project a reality.”

The locomotive is not owned by the museum but its owner has agreed to the rebuild project.

The museum also plans to restore a former Monon transfer caboose, No. 81551, which was built in the railroad’s Lafayette, Indiana, shops in 1946.

Night Switcher

March 17, 2021

The photographer’s memory is that he had help from Paul Woodring in making this image of Conrail NW2 No. 9187 in Massilon on March 5, 1983. The switcher was built in October 1948 for the Pennsylvania Railroad. The unit was later sold to the Pennsylvania Northeast Railroad Authority and rebuilt as an NW2R.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Iowa Short Line Buys Flats Industrial Switcher

December 21, 2020

An Iowa short line railroad has acquired an EMD switch engine from the Flats Industrial Railroad of Cleveland.

The SW9m, No. 1202, has been purchased by the Davenport Industrial Railroad.

The unit was built in May 1951 for the Lehigh Valley where it worked until 1974.

It was later owned by U.S. Steel, which assigned it to its Youngstown & Northern property, and by the Lake Terminal Railroad.

The late Arthur Fournier acquired the 1202 in 1999 for use on his Flats Industrial Railroad.

It had been rebuilt in 1995 during its time on the Lake Terminal.

The switcher is expected to be moved to Iowa sometime this winter.

A recent report incorrectly stated the unit had been moved by the Flats Industrial in preparation for movement.

In fact, that move was done so that some brake rigging repair could be performed on the locomotive.

The Flats Industrial, which is located in downtown Cleveland, is idle these days due to lack of business

Lehigh Valley Alcos in Sayre

August 28, 2020

Yesterday on Akron Railroads, Ed Ribinskas described how he thought he was going to get double heritage unit combination of the Lehigh Valley and Reading heritage units of Norfolk Southern.

But the LV H unit was pulled off the motive power consist in Bellevue so Ed had to settle for just getting the Reading.

Let’s use the wayback machine to not only take a trip back in time but also across the border into Pennsylvania in search of actual LV heritage.

In the top photograph, we’ve arrived in Sayre, Pennsylvania, which is near the border with New York and 18 miles away from Elmira.

Sayre was an important point on the Lehigh Valley, which built a large locomotive shop there in 1904.

A pair of Alco C420s, Nos. 405 and 414, sit at the engine facility on July 24, 1973.

In the bottom image, we moved down the line to find LV EMD SW8 No. 262 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 12, 1973.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Checking Out Trash and Stone Switchers

August 11, 2020

Here are some more photographs from RRE Fostoria day.  I went to Carey and got some interesting images.

Just south of Fostoria is a landfill that receives trash from CSX and has an SW1 and a couple of trackmobiles (top photograph).

There was another switcher on my last visit here but I did not see it this trip.  I don’t know what happened to it.

Carey is the current end of track of the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown line now operated by the Wheeling & Lake Erie.

Stone is the major business here as there are two quarries, including National Lime and Stone, which has several switchers, and Shelly Materials, which has one switcher, either an EMD SW1500 or SW1000.

Interestingly this engine doesn’t have ditch lights but the National Lime and Stone engines do..

Stone is hauled in a variety of open top hopper cars some dating back to the 1950’s while others are much newer and even have solar panels for electric power.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Here’s to Conrail

May 7, 2020

It was 44 years ago last April 1 that the Consolidated Rail Corporation began operating the remains of several bankrupt Northeast railroads including Penn Central and the Erie Lackawanna.

The coming of Conrail would ultimately lead to the abandonment of scores of branch lines and a few mains lines as well, including the former EL in Akron proper and in large swaths of western Ohio and northern Indiana.

For many railfan photographs, Big Blue was a major part of their life with some photographers having come of age as Conrail came into being.

Here is a look back at Conrail as many remember it once things had become settled.

In the top image GP40-2 No. 3364 leads a westbound Roadrailer in Massillon on May 22, 1997.

It is coming off the fabled curved bride over the Tuscarawas River.

In the middle photograph, SD35 No. 6019 is on the point of a westbound manifest freight leaving Alliance on the Fort Wayne Line in early 1988.

In the bottom photograph, SW7 8865 and SW9 9095 are working in Alliance on Aug. 19, 1986.

No. 8865 was built for the Erie Railroad in November 1950 while No. 9095 was built for the Pennsylvania in March 1951.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

 

When the P&LE Served Youngstown

April 12, 2020

We’re taking another look today inside the collection of images made by the late Mike Ondecker.

In today’s series we’ve gone back to mid 1968 to take a look at Pittsburgh & Lake Erie diesels in Youngstown.

In the top image is GP7 No. 5727, which was built for the P&LE in April 1953.

It later served the Illinois Central Railroad, where it was rebuilt into a GP8 and given roster number 7965.

In the bottom image we see a pair of SW9 switchers, Nos. 8939 and 8938.

Notice how the last three numbers on the cab are at an angle.

Both units were built in March 1951. No. 8938 would spend all of its career on the P&LE, but the 8939 would move off the property to enjoy a second life on various other short line railroads.

Photographs by Mike Ondecker

Critters and Switchers

April 10, 2020

They seldom got out to run on the mainline, but switch engines are among some of the more interesting locomotives built.

Koppers tie plant in Orrville had this GE critter (top photograph) on the property on July 17, 1981. A few years later the plant closed and the critter was gone.

In the bottom image, Maryland & Pennsylvania SW9 No. 82 is shown at York, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 22, 1979. This unit was built for the Ma & Pa in November 1951.

Photographs by Robert Farkas