Posts Tagged ‘Massillon’

Conrail Massillon Triple Play

November 16, 2022

Here is a Conrail triple play from Massillon on the Fort Wayne Line.

In the top image. Conrail 8031 has just crossed the Tuscarawas River with a westbound in Massillon in mid-1987.

In the middle image four locomotives wait on the eastbound track in order to go west to Orrville. They are at CP Mace in Massillon on May 4, 1997.

Just leaving the single track and entering the westbound track is an eastbound trailer train. This was not a common move here.

Finally, we see Conrail 6270 and a westbound RoadRailer train westbound in Massillon in July 1998.

 Photographs by Robert Farkas

Chessie System Two for Tuesday in Massillon

November 15, 2022

The wayback machine has landed us in Massillon in the early 1980s. In the top image Western Maryland 5972, albeit in Chessie System colors, is with caboose C2851 in front of the ex-Baltimore & Ohio freight house on July 1, 1981. This was not originally a WM Geep but was transferred to the WM from the B&O or Chesapeake & Ohio.

In the bottom image a B&O geep, No. 6651, is in front of the freight house on Oct. 11, 1980.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Conrail Two for Tuesday on Fort Wayne Line

September 13, 2022

Let’s go out on the Fort Wayne Line during the Conrail era to see trains captured a decade apart. In the top image GP35 No. 2340 is in Massillon on June 24, 1978. The unit was built for the Pennsylvania Railroad in February 1965.

In the bottom image, B40-8 No. 5060 is leading an eastbound through Sebring in October 1988. This unit was built for Conrail in April 1988 and later worked for CSX.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Waiting at CP Mace

September 4, 2022

R.J. Corman 9003 is awaiting Conrail’s permission to cross over at CP Mace in Massillon on Sept. 30, 1996, on the Fort Wayne Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Splitting the Signals at CP Mace

August 3, 2022

Eastbound Conrail C40-8W No. 6111 has just split the westbound Pennsylvania Railroad position light home signals at CP Mace on the Fort Wayne Line in Massillon in August 1998. Built in March 1991, this unit later was assigned to CSX as part of the Conrail split in 1999. It later would be dealt to General Electric leasing.

Photograph  by Robert Farkas

On Foreign Tracks

July 27, 2022

A CSX train is using trackage rights eastbound on Conrail in Massillon in late 1998 or early 1999. This is the “Wooster Local” that served an orphaned piece of ex-Baltimore & Ohio  trackage in Wooster. The caboose was used for a backup move from Massillon to Warwick.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Quite a Motive Power Consist in Massillon

July 21, 2022

You’ve probably never seen a motive consist quite like this before and you probably won’t again.

It is April 10, 1998, in Massillon and a southbound Ohio Central train operating on the R.J. Corman has quite an ecletic collection of motive power including SPCX No. 705, OHCR No. 7573, and Connecticut Department of Transportation No. 471.

The lead unit is a GP10 that at the time was in the motive fleet of Qwest, which is best known as being a telecommunications company and not a railroad.

But it had a fleet of locomotives, including the 705, which was built for the Illinois Central as a GP9 in January 1955.

By this date it had joined the Ohio Central motive power roster although it continued to carry the Qwest herald on the flanks.

It was not unusual for Ohio Central to operate motive power still in the livery of a previous owner or operator.

CDOT 471 is a former Maine Central GP7 built in July 1950. During its time on the CDOT roster it received a livery paying tribute to the New York, New Haven & Hartford.

You probably know this locomotive fairly well because it pulled excursion trains for several years for the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Back to the Conrail Days in Massilon

July 7, 2022

The wayback machine has taken us to the Conrail era in early 1988. SD40-2 No. 6412 is leading an eastbound in Massillon in early 1988. The unit was built in September 1977 and would later work for Norfolk Southern. It is shown on the Fort Wayne Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Between Assignments in Massillon

June 16, 2022

Western Maryland 5956 is in Massillon on June 11, 1978. Note that by now it is wearing Chessie system colors. It is parked in front of the long-ago removed ex-Baltimore & Ohio freight house along with a caboose.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Passenger Excursion on Conrail near Massillon

May 20, 2022

Conrail GP38-2 No. 8010 is westbound west of Massillon on May 11, 1985. More likely than not, this is an Orrville Railroad Heritage Society excursion returning from Pittsburgh.

Photograph by Robert Farkas