Posts Tagged ‘GP10 locomotives’

Ohio Central Geeps Two for Tuesday

November 29, 2022

During the time that it was owned by the late Jerry Jacobson, the Ohio Central System has a locomotive fleet that could fairly be described as eclectic.

Most OC units were painted in the railroad’s maroon and gold livery but not all of them. It was not unusual to see a unit in an oddball scheme pulling trains until it found its way to the paint shop or was sold to another company.

The top image was made in Dennison on May 21, 1994. No. 3216 is a GP40 wearing the OC livery that at the time was still somewhat new. It was built in November 1968 for Penn Central and wound up on the Conrail motive power roster.

No. 3216 would later go to work for the Buckingham Branch Railroad in Virginia.

The bottom image was made at Morgan Run on June 8, 2002, and shows a GP10 still in the colors it came with. This unit began life in January 1956 as an Illinois Central GP9.

It had a series of owners before it showed up on the OC including Qwest Communications Corporation, which painted it silver and black, and MidSouth and Gulf & Mississippi. It would later wind up on the Everett Railroad in Pennsylvania.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

Pa. Short Line Expected to Retire GP10s

May 19, 2022

The GP10 locomotives used by Pennsylvania short line railroad Gettysburg & Northern appear to be running on borrowed time.

Trains magazine reported on its website that the 27-mile railroad, which connects with CSX at Mt. Holly Springs, Pennsylvania, has been testing CEFX GP15D No. 1501, with a GP20 locomotive expected to arrive on the property soon.

The report said G&N plans to sell or scrap two of the GP10s but keep former Elkhart & Western PREX GP10 No. 1000 as a backup.

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