Posts Tagged ‘GP40’

‘Wild Mary’ Two for Tuesday

March 15, 2022

Today we feature Western Maryland GP40 3797 in Brewster on the Norfolk & Western. In the top image, the 3797 is at the engine facility by the turntable in October 1972. The bottom image was made on May 5, 1974, of the 3797 leading an eastbound train. on the N&W in Brewster.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Yes, Clinton Once had a Hotel

January 19, 2022

It is very early in the CSX era in Clinton on Aug. 24, 1986. C&O GP40 No. 3784 is leading a westbound passing what once was a hotel. It might seem strange to think Clinton had a hotel, but it was common for even small towns to have one during the heyday of railroad passenger travel.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Ohio Central Two for Tuesday

January 18, 2022

How about an Ohio Central two for Tuesday. Yup, we thought you might like that. In the top image OHCR GP8 5407 and GP40 No. 3217 are southbound at Beach City in October 1997. No. 5407 was built for the Pennsylvania Railroad in August 1953 as a GP7. It was later rebuilt into a GP8 The 3217 was built in November 1968 for Penn Central and later spent time on the Conrail motive power roster.

In the bottom image GP9 No. 91 and GP38-3 No. 2175 lead a northbound train over Chippewa Creek in Clinton on May 15, 1998, on the R.J. Corman Cleveland Subdivision.

The photographer writes that this image is now much more dangerous to attempt because the bridge on which he was standing no longer has side-of-road white lines. When this image was made there were lines to help keep the drivers in their lanes while at the same time leaving a small walking area.

The 91 was built in April 1957 for the Great Northern while No. 2175 was built for the Louisville & Nashville in June 1971 as a GP38AC.

Not that the 2175 has an early Ohio Central motive power livery.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Under the Signal Bridge in Canton

January 12, 2022

Penn Central GP40 No. 3186 is westbound about to cross under the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad signal bridge just west of Broadway Avenue in Canton in September 1972. 

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Plenty of Horsepower

November 18, 2021

It was an odd site seeing two Wheeling & Lake Erie locomotives teaming up to move a lone gondola filled with scrap metal on the Hartland Subdivision northwest of Spencer.

I didn’t record any information about this train, which I found on Aug. 7, 2009, but it probably is the Cleveland steel train that runs to and from Campbell Road Yard in Cleveland via CSX and Norfolk Southern trackage rights.

W&LE No. 301 was at this time painted in a livery that combined elements of the Wheeling and Denver & Rio Grande Western.

In fact this GP40 was once a D&RGW locomotive although it had been built for Penn Central. The unit was rebuilt by the W&LE into a GP40-3 and has been given a W&LE livery.

B&O in Warwick in 1983

June 19, 2021

Baltimore & Ohio GP40 No. 4023 is westbound with an intermodal train in Warwick in September 1983. 

Photograph by Robert Farkas

ABC on CSX in Akron

May 21, 2021

Akron Barberton Cluster GP40 No. 4005 is eastbound on CSX in Akron on May 12, 2021. The unit was acquired in July 2019 and rebuilt at the Wheeling & Lake Erie shops in Brewster. It was released for revenue service in January 2020.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Savoring the Rich Detail of the Past

May 6, 2021

There is much to linger over and savor in this image made in Akron in September 1972. In fact much, but all, of what you see isn’t around anymore.

Baltimore & Ohio GP40 No. 3714 and two other geeps is leading a westbound manifest freight past the former Erie Lackawanna passenger station.

That depot was opened by the Erie Railroad in 1947. It was last used in January 1970 when the EL;s Lake Cities was discontinued and has since been razed.

Of course you can no longer see three B&O units in their dress blues as you see here. Look back in the consist and not an auto rack car without coverings all around it.

No railroad would consider shipping vehicle by rail this way today.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Once Upon a Time in Sterling

March 24, 2021

CSX GP40 No. 6638 leads an eastbound n May 1987 past at Sterling Tower. The train is coming off the line that ran to Seville and beyond. To the right of where I am standing and to the left of the tower are the ballast and a few rails where the once mighty Erie Lackawanna crossed the former Baltimore & Ohio line at Sterling Tower.

No. 6638 was built for the B&O in November 1971.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Penn Central GP40 in Alliance

October 25, 2020

Penn Central GP40 No. 3234 leads an eastbound train on the Fort Wayne Line in Alliance on Feb. 18, 1973. It’s a nice period piece of what the former Pennsylvania Railroad infrastructure once looked like here at this busy PRR junction. It can still at times be a busy place under Norfolk Southern ownership, but the scene is much changed.

Photograph by Robert Farkas