Posts Tagged ‘GP40’

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

Way Back When in Willard

August 4, 2020

The wayback machine continues to need calibration as we’ve landed out of bounds again. But we don’t mind, any place in Ohio is fine.

Today we’re looking at Baltimore & Ohio GP40 No. 4021 and two other units in the yard in Willard in late 1972.

Willard was the home of a B&O classification yard and named after a former B&O president, Daniel Willard.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Some More ‘Wild Mary’ in Ohio

July 29, 2020

Here is another round of former Western Maryland motive power still in its red and white paint roaming the Chessie System in Northeast Ohio.

WM GP40 No. 3799 and a train consisting mostly of coiled steel is shown in Sterling on Oct. 31, 1981.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Used to be a Common Bellevue Sight

March 19, 2020

Well into the Norfolk Southern era high hood locomotives were a common sight working trains in Bellevue.

The photograph above, though, was made in the early NS era. GP40 No. 1372 was built in August 1967 for the Norfolk & Western.

The N&W and Southern, particularly the latter, ordered locomotives in that era with high hoods.

Note that behind the 1373 is a unit still in its N&W markings but with a short hood. The date is July 12, 1984.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Golden Oldies

September 27, 2019

Let’s take another spin in the wayback machine of Bob Farkas and go back several years around Akron and other Northeast Ohio locations.

In the top photograph CSX SD40 No. 8308 has just passed beneath the Home Avenue bridge in Akron wearing its gray ghost livery.

To the left is the now abandoned former Akron Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad that has since been removed at this location.

No. 8303 was built in 1969 for the Louisville & Nashville.

Next up below we have a mish mash of motive power on a Chessie System train headed eastward through Akron in June 1981.

The units are (in order) Western Maryland SD40 No. 7546, Chesapeake & Ohio GP40 No. 4096 and Baltimore & Ohio GP40 No. 4061.

Finally, we get Conrail SD45-2 No. 6665 at Mingo Junction in August 1977.

It’s the early Conrail era and the unit still wears its Erie Lackawanna livery. It had been built in November 1972 for the EL.

Photographs by Robert Farkas