Posts Tagged ‘GP10 locomotives’

It Only Looks Like Conrail

July 20, 2021

I shot a newly painted Conrail GP10 Monday morning in Cleveland.  Well, actually, it is a former Illinois Central Geep painted to look like a Conrail engine.

It was painted at the West Third Street  roundhouse of the Midwest Preservation Society and will go to the Cincinnati Scenic Railway.

That group operates dinner trains, excursion trains and the Ohio Rail Experience.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

GP10 Repainted Into Conrail Livery

June 30, 2021

The Cincinnati Scenic Railway has repainted an EMD GP10 into a Conrail livery and plans to use the unit in tourist train revenue service starting in August.

The locomotive was built as a GP9 for the Illinois Central before being rebuilt in 1974 as a GP10 by Illinois Central Gulf.

The unit then was sold to the Paducah & Louisville. It later wound up at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum in Nashville.

CSR President Ray Kammer Jr. said his company acquired the 9037 from the Tennessee museum.

Mechanical work on the unit was done by Silcott Railway Equipment of Worthington, Ohio, and included a new main generator, new injectors, traction motor work, and minor running repairs.

The unit was painted in Cleveland by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

In the restoration process the GP10 received roster number 7644, a number never used by Conrail for its fleet of 75 GP10 locomotives.

 “Even though the locomotive itself is not historic to the Cincinnati area, the paint scheme was chosen because it represents a scene that was common in the region during the 1980s,” Kammer told Trains magazine.

The 7544 differs from Conrail’s low-hood units with its nose-mounted headlight, which was not a feature of the Conrail units.

CSR operates 12-mile round-trip tourist trains over the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad and also operates the Ohio Rail Experience.

Crossing Chippewa Creek South of Clinton

May 13, 2020

We’re looking down Chippewa Creek as Ohio Central GP8 No. 5407 and GP10 No. 7595 pull a train southbound on R.J. Corman tracks south of Clinton on May 25, 1996.

This photo angle is still available but encroaching vegetation on the left bank of the creek has diminished the openness of the view.

The photographer was standing by the bridge carrying South Second Avenue over the creek.

The Chippewa beyond the bridge flows into the Tuscarawas River.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Something Borrowed (And Blue) on the CVSR

July 11, 2016

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The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is leasing Horizon Rail (HZRX) No. 3134 for the time it takes to fix the 8420.

I made an effort to catch the HZRX 3134 on the bike extra on Saturday since it’s time on the CVSR may be short.

Being the north unit I knew the afternoon shot at Boston Mill would be the best light.

Earlier in the day I checked out Big Bend (near MP 43), an area I knew would be in shadows but figured I could do something there.

What was nice was the green marker lights were on and visible in the subdued lighting conditions at FT (the station letters for Big Bend).

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee