Posts Tagged ‘F units’

EL Monday: F3 and an F7

July 26, 2021

An F3A, F3B, F7B set of Erie Lackawanna F units is westbound in Kent in the late 1960s/early 1970s. The train also has an EL boxcar right behind the power. That tie at the end of the stub track on the left might not stop a unit but it will knock it off the rails.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

F Unit to be Used by Indiana Tourist Railroad

April 7, 2021

FP9 locomotives used by an Illinois short line railroad have been sold to two different buyers, including a California locomotive dealer that will use one of them on an Indiana tourist railroad.

Keokuk Junction Railway operated the former Canadian National A-B-A set for several years, making the western Illinois railroad a popular destination for photographers.

FPA No. 1752 has been sold to Dieselmotive Company of Turlock, California, which plans to use it on the Ohio River Scenic Railway in Tell City, Indiana. The Ohio River Scenic uses 22 miles of the Hoosier Southern Railroad.

It was to move via BNSF from Keokuk, Iowa, to North St. Louis and thence over Norfolk Southern to Indiana.

Dieselmotive vice president Noah McCann said the 1752 will remain in its current livery.

“One of my sayings is paint doesn’t pull freight,” McCann said. “The scheme still looks very presentable.’’

He also said the unit is in good mechanical condition. It last operated on June 5, 2019, and has since been stored in LaHarpe, Illinois.

The other two former Keokuk Junction F units, FP9A No. 1750 and F9B No.1761, will repainted into CN colors by new owner Gary Southgate, a farmer in Battleford, Saskatchewan.

 “I have been trying to collect equipment to match the look of the Super Continental Southgate said in reference to a CN passenger train that operated between from 1954 and the late 1970s,

Southgate already owns two FP9s that he keeps at the Alberta Railway Museum.

Elephant Style in Cleveland

March 26, 2021

There is something about seeing locomotives lined up elephant style, particularly if they are F units. Penn Central Nos. 1712, 1732, and 1716 are at Collinwood Yard in Cleveland on Sep. 15, 1974.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

B&O F7A in Akron

October 29, 2020

Baltimore & Ohio F7A No. 4590 along with an F7B is shown in Akron in the late 1960s/early 1970s. The location appears to be the mainline above the B&O shops.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Pastoral Scene

October 23, 2020

We’re back today on the Wellsville, Addison & Galeton, a former Pennsylvania short line railroad that operated over one-time Baltimore & Ohio track. The road was known for its F units and two of them, 2200 and 2300, are shown leading a short freight through Sabinsville, Pennsylvania, on July 26, 1973. The line shut down in late 1979.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Just Another Penn Central F Unit

June 25, 2020

If you can’t get enough of those F units from the camera of Bob Farkas, we’ve got another one for you today. Shown is Penn Central F7A No. 1683 in Cleveland on Sept. 15, 1974. It began life as New York Central 1683. It would later be renumbered by Conrail as 1798 in order to clear a roster spot for a GP15.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Pennsylvania Short Line Chase

June 9, 2020

The late Mike Ondecker and I were chasing this train and this is a grab shot. Wellsville Addison & Galeton F7A 2300 and 2200 are on a short freight in Westfield, Pennsylvania on July 26, 1973. The railroad was known as “the sole leather line” due to its serving many tanneries.

The WAG operated on former Baltimore & Ohio branch line trackage in Pennsylvania and New York state. Its covered wagons were colorful and provded to be its largest motive power. It ceased operations in the late 1970s.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Dialing Up Another Erie Lackawanna Monday

March 2, 2020

Courtesy of the wayback machine we’ve been transported back a few decades to another time when the Erie Lackawanna was still a vibrant railroad.

In the top image, a westbound EL freight is in Akron in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Notice the interesting signal mast.

In the next image, EL Alco C424 No. 2408 is in the yard in Kent in the late 1960s. Trailing in the motive power consist is GE U25B No. 2515.

Below that we see four EL E8A locomotives in Kent in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Finally in the bottom image the photographer is standing beneath the overhand of the Kent passenger station to capture an eastbound train.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

F Unit Returns to Service in Upper Michigan

February 15, 2020

F units have returned to revenue service on the Escanaba & Lake Superior in upper Michigan.

FP7 No. 600 began pulling freight in late January after having been out of service for eight years.

Trains magazine reported that No. 600 replaced SD40-2 No. 500, which sustained a mechanical failure last year and is likely to be retired.

No. 600 was built in 1951as Milwaukee Road No. 96A and pulled commuter trains in Chicago for many years.

The E&LS purchased it from Wisconsin & Southern in 2005. It continues to wear W&S’s red and silver livery.

The FP7 can be seen on former Milwaukee Road tracks between Pembine, Wisconsin, and Channing, Michigan.

An online report indicated that shortly after it returned to service No. 600 had a problem with its air compressor and was out of service awaiting repair.

R&N Shows Off F Units in New Livery

January 16, 2020

Reading & Northern has released a photograph of one of its recently repainted F unit that it acquired from Norfolk Southern.

R&N bought two of the ex-NS F units and plans to use them to pull passengers excursions, including a trip on April 18.

Although no date has been announced, the R&N said the demand for tickets for the April trip has prompted it to begin planning additional excursions this year behind the F units.

In a news release, R&N said the F units were built in the early 1950s, but rebuilt by NS 15 years ago in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

R&N received the locomotives in late December and plans to have them on public display on occasion at its Reading Outer Station.

The April excursion will depart from the Outer Station on Pennsylvania Route 61 and Bellevue Avenue and travel to Pittston, Pennsylvania.

Highlights of that trip will include the Hometown High Bridge and the newly constructed bridge adjacent to Lehigh Gorge State Park over the Lehigh River.

Some seating options for the April 18 trip quickly sold out after ticket sales began on Jan. 6.

Tickets and further information about the excursion is available at http://www.rbmnrr-passenger.comor or by calling the passenger office at 610-562-2102.