Posts Tagged ‘F7A locomotives’

Once Upon a Time on the B&O near Warwick Tower

January 11, 2023

Finding an old negative/slide/digital image you have forgotten you had taken can bring back many wonderful memories.

It is one of the purest forms of photographic time travel.

The image above was made some time between 1967-1970 in Clinton. Chesapeake & Ohio F7A No. 7057 and its Baltimore & Ohio coal train are northbound near Warwick Tower where the train can head west to go to Lorain (diverging at Sterling) or continue west to Willard.

On the other hand, it could go east to Akron and beyond to Lake Erie.

The double track is out of the ordinary since one track belongs to the Pennsylvania Railroad/Penn Central and the other to the B&O. But they share trackage with one line for all southbound trains of both lines and the other track for all northbound trains of both lines. This sharing runs from Warwick Tower south to Massillon.

It’s likely this coal train originated in the B&O yard in Holloway, Ohio.

If you look toward the back of the train, you see it is crossing Chippewa Creek on one of two bridges. The pole lines are still in place, and back-to-back F units make this scene even better.

Today one of the lines has been ripped out while the other is used by RJ Corman.

There is only one bridge, no pole lines, and usually no more than one train north and south a day instead of having so many long trains that Canal Fulton, Ohio (A few miles south) needed a firehouse on each side of the tracks.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

B&O Two for Tuesday

January 3, 2023

It is time for a Baltimore & Ohio two for Tuesday so let’s set the wayback machine and off we go. In the top image, made by Robert Farkas, GP30 No. 6972 is sitting on the point of a train in Clinton on Sept. 21, 1984. The unit was built in December 1962 and later was on the CSX motive power roster.

The bottom image was made by Mike Ondecker and shows F7A No. 4502 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 8, 1968.

Monon Two for Tuesday

December 6, 2022

For several years the Indiana Transportation Museum operated in excursion service an F7A locomotive painted in the livery of the Monon Railroad. The unit was actually a former Milwaukee Road locomotive. ITM later repainted No. 83 into a livery paying tribute to the Nickel Plate Road.

The two images above were made in Worthington, Indiana, on Aug. 29 1998. The occasion was an excursion train between Indianapolis and Worthington on the Indiana Southern Railroad that ran to Worthington behind ex-NKP 2-8-2 light Mikado No. 587. It returned to Indy behind No. 83.

The excursion traveled on a former Pennsylvania Railroad route that once extended from Indianapolis to Vincennes, Indiana, and was best known for its coal traffic.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

Penn Central F7A at Collinwood

October 22, 2022

Oh, how we would like to go back in time for even one day to see scenes such as this. Fortunately, we have the wayback machine to remind us what we missed. Shown is Penn Central F7A No. 176 at the Collinwood engine facility in Cleveland on Oct. 8, 1972. This unit was built for the New York Central in March 1952.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Just Hanging Around in Collinwood

August 7, 2022

Penn Central F7As 1807 and 1756 are among several locomotives in the engine facility in Collinwood Yard in Cleveland in March 1973.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Still in ‘Wild Mary’ Colors’

July 14, 2022

It may appear to be a Western Maryland unit, but at the time this image was made in 1978, this F7A was carrying a Chessie System number. It was built for the WM in December 1952 as No. 242. It shown here in Willard on July 30, 1978.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Early in the Conrail Era

June 27, 2022

Erie Lackawanna F7A No. 7121 is westbound in Akron on May 8, 1976. This is about five weeks into the Conrail era.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Once A Common Sight

June 20, 2022

Coming or going, this brings back great Erie Lackawana memories. EL F7A No. 6331 is westbound in Akron on Jan. 14, 1973. Lash-ups like this were once common on the EL. Shown are coming and going images.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: A GP35 in Akron

February 14, 2022

Erie Lackawanna GP35 No. 2560 and F7A No. 6311 are westbound in Akron on Jan. 14, 1973, near Voris Street at the far west end of the yard. Such motive power consists like this were common during the 1970s.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Grab Shot on an Obscure Short Line

December 15, 2021

The late Mike Ondecker and I chased Wellsville, Addison & Galeton F7A Nos. 2300 and 2200 into Westfield, Pennsylvania, on July 26, 1973. Here’s a grab shot.

Photograph by Robert Farkas