Posts Tagged ‘F7A’

EL Monday: Reposing in Marion

January 25, 2021

Erie Lackawanna No. 7091 sits at the engine house in Marion in December 1967. The unit was built by EMD in February 1949 for the Erie Railroad where it has roster number 709A. It was later converted to an F7A and given EL roster number 7101.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Somewhere on the B&O

January 21, 2021

We’re not sure who made this photograph or even where it was made other than somewhere on the Baltimore & Ohio.

The image is in the collection of Robert Farkas who believes it might have been made by the late Richard Sherwood.

Shown is a crop of the original Agfachrome slide that was processed in June 1971.

The lead unit, F7A No. 4633, was built in January 1953 with roster number 979A.

EL F7A Monday in Kent

November 2, 2020

Erie Lackawanna F7A No. 6341 sits in Kent on Feb. 24, 1973. The EMD unit was built for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western in July 1949.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Penn Central F Unit in Marion

October 16, 2020

Penn Central F7A No. 1743 leads an eastbound through Marion in fall 1968. Notice the Northern Pacific boxcar on a train passing on an adjacent track.

The trains are crossing the former Pennsylvania Railroad line between Sandusky and Columbus that at the time this image was made had come under Norfolk & Western ownership.

The tracks in use were a paired arrangement between PC and Erie Lackawanna as far east as Galion.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

The Other “Wild Mary’ Livery

October 6, 2020

Aside from its red and white look, some Western Maryland locomotives that continues to operate in the Chessie System era sported a black and gold livery.

Chessie System F7A No. 7156 was one of those units and is shown in Akron on Oct. 4, 1976.

Alas, it in the middle of the motive power consist and not leading it.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Penn Central in Twinsburg

August 13, 2020

Penn Central F7A No. 1722 is sitting in Twinsburg on Feb. 25, 1973. Notice the cab-less geep making this an A-B-A motive power set. All of that snow on the ground probably makes you feel cold.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: You Can’t Get This Anymore

July 27, 2020

Here is a scene that can’t be repeated. Erie Lackawanna F7A No. 6331 is leading a westbound train past EL’s McCoy Street Yard in Akron on Jan. 14, 1973. Everything railroad-related, including the walk bridge, is gone now except for two CSX mainline tracks.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Still Has That Pennsy Look

June 12, 2020

It may actually be Penn Central EMD FP7A No. 4332 but it is still wearing its Pennsylvania Railroad markings. The image was made in Collinwood Yard, a former New York Central facility, in Cleveland on Nov. 11, 1968.

In the bottom image, PC GG1 No. 4924 also still has its PRR paint as it sits in is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in the early PC era.

This may have come from the Memorial Day weekend 1969 trip that John Woodworth, Mike Ondecker, and I took. I’m not certain.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

New York Central in Marion

February 2, 2020

At one time Marion was a crossroads of four railroads, including the Pennsylvania, New York Central, Chesapeake & Ohio and Erie.

Today we take a trip to Marion in the wayback machine to December 1967. By now the Pennsy line has been purchased by Norfolk & Western and the Erie is the Erie Lackawanna.

In less than three months the NYC will become Penn Central. But that is still down the road.

NYC F7A No. 1766 and GP9 No. 7460 team up to pull a train through Marion, on the former Big Four line between Cleveland and St. Louis.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

When F Units Hauled Coal Trains

September 10, 2019

It might be hard to imagine now, but a classic A-B-A motive power set pulling a coal train was once a common sight.

Chesapeake & Ohio F7A No. 7075 is leading a westbound coal train through Kent on the Baltimore & Ohio in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Not only is F units pulling coal trains gone but so is the passenger platform and station sign that can also be seen in this image.

Photograph by Robert Farkas