Posts Tagged ‘Grand Trunk Western 4070’

A Difference of 37 Years

September 20, 2021

I found a photo I took on Sept. 22, 1984, of former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070 on the Cuyahoga Valley Line at the intersection of Portage Path & Merriman Roads in Akron.

I wanted to duplicate that shot with Nickel Plate Road’s 765 during its visit this month to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

On the Sunday morning ferry move to Akron I did that.

In the morning the sun favors the fireman’s side of a southbound train. However, at this location the railroad shifts facing west to east, thus the sun favors the engineer’s side.

The lighting was perfect for the 9:35 a.m. arrival.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

A Renewed Fascination With Boston Mill: 1

September 13, 2021

Earlier this summer I visited the recently opened Cuyahoga Valley Visitor Center in Boston Mill with Marty Surdyk and more recently with my wife, Ursula.

The history of the area is fascinating and to this day still changing. 

The photos in this post are all on the site of the former Cleveland-Akron Bag Company factory.

Workers made flour sacks and roofing paper from 1905-1923. The factory closed and was torn down.

The Visitor Center is housed in what once was the company general store.

Long after those events this location is still changing. Between 1975 and 1990 when I was riding and volunteering on the Cuyahoga Valley Line I’ve been able to see changes still.

These photos are from that time period, all at the location of that factory.

As you know this was the location of the Boston Mill station stop for the CVSR for many years until recently.

Aside from former Grand Trunk Western 4070 made in 1984, 1989 and 1990, we also see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus train when it was here for shows at the former Richfield Coliseum in November 1985.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Few Miles South of Peninsula

August 14, 2021

Former Grand Trunk Western 2082 No. 4070 is a few miles south of Peninsula in June 1980 as it pulls a Cuyahoga Valley Line excursion train. Today these rails are the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Steamin’ in Independence

July 24, 2021

We’ve set the wayback machine to the era when former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070 was the primary motive power pulling Cuyahoga Valley Line excursion trains through the then-named Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area.

In the photo above,l the 4070 and a Baltimore & Ohio torpedo tube Geep are southbound in Independence on Oct. 18, 1980. It was common in that era for a Chessie System diesel to accompany the CVL trains.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: 2 Views of the 4070

July 2, 2021

Here are two photos of Midwest Railway Historical Foundation steam locomotive 4070 (ex-Grand Trunk Western 4070) operating on what was the Cuyahoga Valley Line and is now the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

These were taken in September 1982. In the upper image the train is southbound nearing Akron. In the bottom image it is in Akron.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: The 4070 in Akron

April 17, 2021

Cuyahoga Valley Line steam locomotive 4070 leads a southbound train that is approaching the unloading area in Akron on Oct. 29, 1977. Passengers boarded and disembarked on the site of the former Baltimore & Ohio Valley Line passenger station. The Akron Northside station of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is located on this site today.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: The Classic Brecksville Image

April 10, 2021

It is the classic Brecksville photograph. A train coming south on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, the Ohio Route 82 and the Cuyahoga River reflecting it all.

In this image, we’ve gone back to Oct. 2, 1982, when the CVSR was known as the Cuyahoga Valley Line and former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070 was the main attraction.

The river and Route 82 bridge are still there but the 4070 lies disassembled in Cleveland undergoing what could best be termed a slow and long-term restoration to operating condition.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: A Fondness for GTW Steam

December 26, 2020

During my years of volunteering at the former Baltimore & Ohio West Third Street roundhouse in Cleveland with former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070, I had the opportunity to work on train and engine crews during the operation on the Cuyahoga Valley Line in the 1980s.

Because of this I’ve gained a special fondness for Grand Trunk Western steam locomotives.

Posted here are some of the surviving GTW steam locomotives that I’ve seen and some that operated after being retired by the Grand Trunk.

In the top image is GTW 0-8-0 No. 8380 at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois.

It is one of seven survivors that was sold by GTW in 1960 to Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling, Illinois, for scrapping.

The company actually used them at the mill because they were in good condition. The final day of use was Dec. 3, 1980. Seven survive today. This image made in Union on Sept. 2, 1985.

GTW 4-6-2 No. 5632 is shown at Durand, Michigan. More noteworthy was the horrible ending for sister 5629 in 1987.

GTW 5629 was owned by Richard Jensen through the 1960s until 1987 when it was scrapped.

The first of the images of the 5632 was made on May 5, 1985. The next image, made on Aug. 14, 2005, shows years of weathering

GTW 2-8-2 No. 4070 is shown at the Cleveland B&O yard on July 17, 1977, and then crossing Portage Path north of Akron returning to Independence on Aug. 6, 1989.

GTW 4-8-4 No. 6323 is shown at the Illinois Railway Museum. It ran fan trips on the Grand Trunk until 1961. This photo was made Sept. 2, 1985.

GTW 4-8-4 No. 6325 was restored by Jerry Jacobson’s Ohio Central steam crew. It currently resides at the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek.

It is shown on June 8, 2002 during a photo charter I rode with Marty Surdyk. We see the 6325 at Dennison and near Jewett.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Lesser Known Iteration of the 4070 Tender

November 28, 2020

Over the years former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070 carried many heralds and letterings on its tender. That was particularly the case when it worked on the Cuyahoga Valley Line, now the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.

It has carried heralds and lettering for the CVL and during its time when it was filmed for the movie The Natural, it even carried a Burlington Route herald.

In the image above, it carries lettering for the Midwest Railway Historical Foundation. This might be the least remembered of the tender’s many identities.

That is the name of its owners at the time, an organization based in Cleveland that has since renamed itself the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

The 2-8-2 light Mikado is shown working in Peninsula in September 1982.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: GTW 4070 on the CVL in October 1978

October 31, 2020

It’s October 1978 and former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070 is steaming southbound on the Baltimore & Ohio’s Valley Line between Cleveland and Akron. The image was made south of Everett Road in what is today the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Photograph by Robert Farkas