Posts Tagged ‘GP38’

Back When Holloway Still a Railroad

May 15, 2021

Holloway, Ohio, was once home to a major Baltimore & Ohio terminal due to its proximity to the southeast Ohio coal fields. Steam power lasted here well into the 1950s and the last B&O steam operation was an excursion to Holloway from Cleveland on May 17, 1958.

B&O Steam locomotives were just a memory in late 1972 when this image was made of GP38 No. 3820 sitting at the engine service facility.

This photograph was made during the photographer’s first year of mainly using slide film. That year he chose Agfachrome or High Speed Ektachrome for his color photography.

Today the yard and all of its service facilities in Holloway are gone.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Some Chessie Memories From Cumberland

November 18, 2020

Cumberland, Maryland, was a key terminal on the mainline of the Baltimore & Ohio, a role that continued into the Chessie System and CSX eras.

In the image above Chessie System GP38 No. 3810 (ex-B&O) is on the point of a freight in Cumberland on Sept. 20, 1980.

Similiar images to this reside in the collections of Paul Woodring, Mark Perri, Roger Durfee, and another unidentified railfan who were with the photographer on the day this photograph was created.

Note that the motive power consist also includes a Western Maryland unit and another unit in the B&O livery.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail GP38 at Alliance

July 9, 2020

The Conrail era had firmly taken hold when this image of GP38 No. 7839 leading an eastbound in Alliance was made in January 1984. The variation of past predecessor liveries had pretty much passed from the scene by now so that solid blue motive power consists were the norm. Conrail was, though, still a couple years away from marking its 10th anniversary.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Used to be a Regular in Warwick

September 20, 2019

The Ohio Central used to be a regular sight in Warwick (Clinton), coming up the R.J. Corman from Massillon to interchange cars with CSX.

Seeing the OC Warwick turn was a regular event during the Akron Railroad Club picnic when it was held at Warwick Park.

But that all changed when the interchange with CSX moved to Columbus.

In the photograph above, OHCR GP38s 5408 and 5407 are nearing their connection with CSX in Warwick as they come northbound on Corman tracks on May 21, 1996.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Couple Encounters With Michigan Shore Railroad

July 31, 2016

A Michigan Shore Railroad train crosses Jackson Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan

A Michigan Shore Railroad train crosses Jackson Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan

We were driving to Grand Haven, Michigan, during a vacation trip to the Lake Michigan shore of Western Michigan.

Railfanning was not on my agenda on this day, but I did notice there was a railroad track running parallel to U.S. 31.

Somewhere along the way I noticed the headlight a train stopped at a rural grade crossing, so I swung over there and photographed a short manifest freight of the Michigan Shore Railroad, a Genesee & Wyoming property.

Some quick research found that this is a former Pere Marquette line. The railroad’s website showed that the MS operates between Fremont and Port Sheldon, Michigan, via Muskegon and Grand Haven. It interchanges with CSX in Holland.

The railroad’s website said that its primary commodities handled include sand and chemicals.

The train I saw turned out to be the Z627 and there was a G&W pickup truck parked trackside. It is driven by the conductor so that he can get ahead of the train as it leaves Muskegon and open the swing bridge at Grand Haven.

The train then parks at Fillmore Road, which is near the end of the MSR property, and waits for CSX to give the crew clearance to come into Waverly Yard in Holland to interchange traffic.  I was able to get a few images and continued on to Grand Haven.

It turned out I was not yet done with the Michigan Shore Railroad. After spending some time at a beach in Grand Haven and photographing a pair of lighthouses, I then sought to find the former Pere Marquette passenger station, which is now a professional office building.

As I was photographing the depot, Mary Ann said she heard a train horn in the distance.

A few minutes later the same set of motive power I had seen earlier in the day showed up with the same GP38 leading. The train turns on a wye in Holland while on CSX so that the engineer doesn’t have to trade locomotives.

I am guessing that this train interchanged with CSX. The consist of my second sighting of the Michigan Shore train is similar to the first with tank cars and boxcars although fewer of them.

After recording the train going away, we left and this time I was done with railfanning for the day.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The next three images were all made at Fillmore Street along U.S. 31 south of Grand Haven.

The next three images were all made at Fillmore Street along U.S. 31 south of Grand Haven.

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Approaching Jackson Avenue and the former Pere Marquette station in Grand Haven.

Approaching Jackson Avenue and the former Pere Marquette station in Grand Haven.

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