Posts Tagged ‘Lake Shore Railway Museum’

Chessie ‘Heritage’ Unit in Willard

May 22, 2017

Last week Chesapeake & Ohio 8272, which CSX has restored to its Chessie System paint scheme, started its journey to the Lake Shore Railway Museum at Northeast, Pennsylvania.
On Saturday morning it was parked at Willard, where I got these photos. It will arrive at Northeast sometime this week.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Chessie System Locomotive on the Move

May 18, 2017

The cosmetically restored Chessie System GE B30-7 has been reported to be en route to its new home at the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania.

The locomotive was spotted earlier this week dead-in-tow heading for Russell, Kentucky.

From there it was expected to travel via Columbus, Willard and Cleveland to North East.

The locomotive was repainted into the Chessie livery by the CSX locomotive shops in Huntington, West Virginia.

The unit was built in 1980 as C&O No. 8272 and also was CSX No. 5554.

Chessie Loco Going to Lake Shore Museum

March 27, 2017

The Lake Shore Railway Museum has acknowledged that it will be receiving a locomotive painted at a CSX shop in the Chessie System colors.

Former Chesapeake & Ohio No. 8272 received the treatment in Huntington, West Virginia, so that is now resembles the appearance it had when the B30-7 was delivered by GE Transportation  in 1980

The Lake Shore museum in North East, Pennsylvania, specializes in collecting retired locomotives that were built at the nearby GE assembly plant in Erie.

No. 8272 will be the eighth locomotive to join that collection.

In a news release, the Lake Shore Railway Historical Society, which operates the museum, said  the locomotive is being donated by CSX to the museum. It was retired by CSX in 2009 as No. 5554.

The museum said that GE and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum assisted in the restoration of No. 8272 by contributing historic paint records, logo/lettering information and paint chips.

The museum said that plans to move No. 8272 to the museum are still being worked out.

Repainted Chessie Loco Seen by Shop

March 21, 2017

A locomotive pained in Chessie System colors that is thought to be bound for the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania, has emerged from a CSX shop in West Virginia.

Trains magazine reported that B30-7, ex-C&O No. 8272 and ex-CSX No. 5554 was seen outside the Huntington locomotive shop last weekend.

The museum has thus far declined to comment on reports that the repainted unit will be added to its collection.

Given its proximity to the GE Transportation locomotive assembly plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, the museum has sought to preserve several GE-built engines.

Trains said it is the first time that a Chessie locomotive has been painted at the Huntington shops in more than 30 years.

Huntington was once a division headquarters for the C&O.

No. 8272 was built in January 1980 and retired more than six years ago. It was removed from a dead line in Cumberland, Maryland, and transported to Huntington in 2016.

Chessie Locomotive Headed for Museum?

March 11, 2017

The CSX shop in Huntington, West Virginia, has repainted  a GE B30-7 locomotive into Chessie System colors and livery and a Facebook posting said the locomotive is headed for the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania.

Trains magazine reported on Friday that the museum has declined to comment on the report and that CSX has not yet responded to a request for comment.

The engine in question is No. 8272 and a photo of it briefly appeared on a page for workers and former workers at the Huntington shops.

The museum specializes in preserving locomotives assembled at the nearly GE locomotive plant.

North East, Pa., Museum Gets GE Switcher

July 27, 2016

The Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania, has received a GE 80-ton switcher that was built in 1944 for the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad and also has an Ohio connection.

Lake Shore Railway MuseumThe locomotive was transported to the museum by flat car.

Once owned by a Lordstown steel company, the locomotive was later given to the Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation.

The Youngstown museum traded it to the Pennsylvania museum.

It was the first diesel-electric locomotive owned by G&W and also served as an industrial switcher for the Kinzua Dam project on the Allegheny River near Warren, Pennsylvania.

Pa. Museum’s Long Weekend Has Conrail Theme

June 18, 2016

The annual night at the museum at the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania, will feature a Conrail theme this year.

Lake Shore Railway MuseumThe museum plans to make its former New York Central U25B No. 2500 look as though it is in its first days of Conrail service.

Also being highlighted will be a Penn Central transfer caboose that became Conrail No. 18374.

The caboose is the museum’s latest acquisition and was assigned to the Erie, Pennsylvania, area in the 1980s and 1990s. It was later retired by CSX, by which time it was parked in Dunkirk, New York.

The musum will open at noon on Saturday, June 19, and remain open for 28 hours through 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 19.

The event features track car rides, museum tours and staged night scenes.

Lake Shore Museum Sets Annual Night Event

March 15, 2016

The annual night at the railroad museum will be June 18-19 at the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania.

Lighting will be provided so that participants can spend the night watching trains of CSX and Norfolk Southern.

The 28-hLake Shore Railway Museumour event will include lighting during the nighttime hours. It will begin at noon on Saturday and run through 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Activities planned during the event include demonstrations of the museum’s restored 1890s telegraph system, motorcar rides and slide shows during the evening hours.

The museum is located at 31 Wall St. in the former Lake Shore & Michigan Southern depot. For more information, go to

3 Trains, 5 Minutes, Then the Sounds of Cicadas and Traffic on a Summer Afternoon in North East

September 30, 2015
A woman captures a westbound CSX stacker in North East, Pennsylvania, as her young children eye the approaching train.

A woman captures a westbound CSX stacker in North East, Pennsylvania, as her young children eye the approaching train.

The westbound cleared just in time for an unobstructed view of the eastbound.

The westbound cleared just in time for an unobstructed view of the eastbound.

The NS local completed the trio of trains in slightly less than five minutes. And none of them blocked each other.

The NS local completed the trio of trains in slightly less than five minutes. And none of them blocked each other.

The buzzing of cicadas and periodic muffled sounds of nearby street traffic hung in the otherwise still mid-afternoon air on a late summer day of sun and clouds in North East, Pennsylvania.

It had been nearly three hours since the last CSX westbound had rolled past the Lake Shore Railway Historical Society Museum and more than an hour since there had been an eastbound CSX train.

Norfolk Southern had been quiet since just before noon.

All of that was about to change. The first clue was the scanner inside the museum coming to life with the chirps of what sounded like trains calling signals at a distance.

In due time, the transmissions became strong enough to pick out the location of the signals being called on both railroads. Then there were headlights to the east and west on CSX.

The westbound stack train arrived first. Its rear well car had barely cleared on Track No. 1 by the former New York Central station when the lead locomotive of an eastbound manifest freight came rushing past on Track No. 2.

The scanner barked out the transmission of a detector on NS situated nearly three miles away.

No sooner had the eastbound CSX train cleared, but a headlight came into view of an eastbound NS local, which would later work at the Welch plant in North East after another eastbound NS train had passed by.

It all played out over slightly less than five minutes and when it was over the only sounds in the air were the buzzing of cicadas and the periodic noise of nearby street traffic.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Pa. Museum Gets Grant to Move Locomotives

May 6, 2015

The Lake Shore Railway Historical Society has received a $3,000 grant to be used to move locomotives to the group’s museum in North East, Pa.

The Thomas E. Dailey Foundation of Chicago made the award to enable the museum to receive the first diesel-electric locomotive owned by New York State short line Genesee & Wyoming. The locomotive is currently in Youngstown.

Built in 1944, the 80-ton locomotive will become the seventh General Electric-built unit in the museum’s collection.

The museum will also use the grant money to move McDonald Steel Alco S2 No. 777 to North East. No. 777 was built in November 1946 and used at the Ohio Works of U.S. Steel in Youngstown, replacing a 0-6-0 steam switcher.

The Ohio Works used blast furnaces and steelmaking furnaces to make steel that it rolled into such semi-finished shapes as blooms and slabs.

Those were moved over the 3.5-mile Youngstown & Northern Railroad to finishing mills of the McDonald Works.

After being moved to North East, the 777 will keep its McDonald Steel paint scheme and be dedicated to David Houck, founder and first president.