Posts Tagged ‘GE locomotives’

Alco, EMD and GE Motive Power in Alliance

October 22, 2021

How is this for a motive power consist? There are Alco, GE and EMD units pulling this Penn Central westbound train in Alliance in August 1972. The lead unit, PC 6300 is an Alco C628. A  GE U33B is also in the motive power lineup. Of note in the background is a transfer caboose and a Burlington boxcar.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Right Size for a Model Layout

June 14, 2021

Erie Lackawanna GE U25B Nos. 2516 and EL 2517 and their train are in Akron in August 1975. This looks like a local that would be just the right size for a small model railroad.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Stepping Back to the Conrail Era

June 13, 2021

We’re feeling blue today so let the wayback machine take us to a time and place where blue locomotives were common. CR GE C39-8 No. 6006 is eastbound in Ravenna in July 1986. This unit would later be on the Norfolk Southern locomotive roster.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

On the Ohio Central Near Baltic

April 16, 2021

We’re standing in Baltic on Oct. 13, 2006, enjoying a passing northbound Ohio Central freight. On the point is former Conrail B23-7 No. 4096. Trailing is another “super 7,” the 4099.

A former OC operating employee said these units were rebuilt from U23B models for the Monongahela Railway just before Conrail took it over.

The locomotives were rebuilt to something just short of Dash 8 specifications, hence the “super 7” moniker.

“This is a very rare example of a good GE design that has stood the test of time and wear,” he said.  

“While they are expensive to maintain, as most early GE’s were and still are, these have proven to be somewhat cost effective for the G&W so they are still around. They are actually nice to run as well.”

The 4096 was once Conrail 2035 and would later wear the Ohio Central and Genesee & Wyoming liveries.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Prototype Engine Wins Historical Designation

August 18, 2020

A prototype diesel engine has been declared an Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ National History & Heritage Committee.

The engine is now in the collection of the Lake Shore Railway Historical Society in North East, Pennsylvania.

The museum specializes in GE locomotives due in part to its proximity to the GE Erie locomotive assembly plant, which is now owned and operated by Wabtec Corporation.

The 1,200-hp Cooper-Bessemer FVAL8T was used in GE test locomotives, including A-B-B-A test locomotive No. 750 that operated on the Erie Railroad from 1954 to 1957.

One A and B unit had the FVAL8T, while the other two units had 1,600-hp FVAL12T engines.

The FVAL8T was later used to run an air compressor for a factory in Mount Vernon, Ohio, for several decades.

The Lake Shore museum acquired the engine from the Ohio factory.

The FVA8T demonstrated that it was suitable for use in GE locomotive. It would evolve into the

GE 7FDL engine, which was introduced with its U25B locomotive line.

The prototype FVAL8T is the only survivor of four such engines build by Cooper-Bessemer.

The North East Museum currently has it stored but hopes to put it on public view next year.

2 Things No Longer Used by CSX

June 30, 2020

There are two things in this image that are no longer in use by CSX but let’s not get ahead of the story just yet.

This image of a container train eastbound in Warwick was made on Oct. 13, 1996.

Lead unit CSXT No. 5891 is a GE B36-7 that was built in July 1985 for Seaboard System.

It has since been retired from the CSX roster although locomotive leasing firm NRE has it available. Just check out their website.

As for the other item no longer used by CSX, that would be the color position light signal.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

North East Museum Gains 10th Vintage GE Locomotive

November 23, 2019

The Lake Shore Railway Museum and Historical Society has added a 10th General Electric-built vintage locomotive to its collection.

The latest addition to the collection in North East, Pennsylvania, is a 45-tonner originally used by the U.S. Army.

No. 10 was built by GE in 1943 and had been sitting at ELG Metals southeast of Pittsburgh.

The company agreed to donate the locomotive to the museum with Wabtec, which now owns the GE locomotive assembly plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, providing technical assistance on how to move the diesel.

The move was handled by Daily Express of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

The Lakeshore museum plans to restore No. 10 to operating condition.
The vintage GE engines are part of a collection that has been named “Locomotives that our parents and grandparents built.”

Penn Central Monday

October 14, 2019

Just about every railroad has someone who thinks fondly of it, particularly once it has become a fallen flag.

In many cases that fondness is rooted in that railroad having been around during the years of your life when you were particularly impressionable.

Perhaps thinking about that railroad is linked with people and places that are no more.

As a business enterprise, Penn Central Transportation Company was a failure, plunging into bankruptcy in June 1970, a mere two years after it began with the merger of the New York Central and Pennsylvania railroads.

For those who came of age in the Penn Central era, the PC might dominate your earliest railfanning memories.

If that is the case, you’ll no doubt enjoy seeing these images. At top is  PC U25B No. 2500 at Collinwood Yard in Cleveland.

Of course if you want to see the 2500 in the flesh, so to speak, all you need do is take a drive to North East, Pennsylvania, and visit the Lake Shore Railway Museum where this unit is on display in its original NYC cigar band livery.

The middle image was made early in the PC era at the Collinwood diesel shop in Cleveland.

Three of the four locomotives are in the paint scheme of their previous owner.

While many will recognize No. 4089 as an EMD E8A, not so many will recognize 2055 as a rare Alco C430.

Providing a bookend to the series is the bottom image, which looks like Penn Central but was actually made early in the Conrail era.

PC F7A remains in full PC paint although it is actually a Conrail unit because the date is May 11, 1977.

PC and Conrail often assigned F units to trains operating through Akron on the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s Akron Branch.

How we would like to go back to that era now if only for one day to photograph those locomotives and their trains.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

CSX Tribute Locomotives to Visit Lake Shore Museum

October 3, 2019

The Lake Shore Railway Historical Society said this week that it will host a visit on Oct. 12 and 13 of the three CSX Pride in Service locomotives at its museum in North East, Pennsylvania.

The GE units, which were all built at the nearby Erie locomotive assembly plant, honor America’s military veterans, first responders, and police.

In a news release posted on its website, the museum said it open at noon on both days and host a night photo session with the three visiting locomotives and its own collection of General Electric locomotives.

The three tribute locomotives were built between between 2008 and 2015 at the Lawrence Park plant when it was owned by GE. The plant is now owned by Wabtec.

The units were repainted in special liveries by CSX workers at its locomotive shops in Huntington, West Virginia.

Those same workers also recreated the “Chessie Cat” Chessapeake & Ohio Railroad paint scheme on GE locomotive No. 8272 that CSX donated to museum in 2017.

Additional information about the museum event can be found at

AC Units En Route to WNY&P

July 12, 2019

Two AC46CW locomotives are en route to the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad as the short line begins the process of replacing its last remaining Montreal Locomotive Works units.

Nos. 6006 and 6007 were being sent from the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad.

Upon arriving at the WNY&P, the units will be used for parts. They are painted in a CSX livery with WNY&P markings.

Trains magazine reported on its website that operation of the MLW locomotives is likely to continue through the summer and possibly into the fall.

The six-axle  MLW units are assigned out of Olean, New York, on a Salamanca turn that operates four days a week.

The first operable AC unit is expected to be sent to the WNY&P in mid- to-late July with an expected August arrival.