Posts Tagged ‘Monongahela Railway’

Baldwin Shark in Brownsville

February 11, 2023

It’s most likely September or October 1968 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, where recently purchased Baldwin RF-16A No. 1209 sits in the Monongahela Railway facility. The 1209 was built for the New York Central in December 1951 and initially had roster number 3809.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Sitting in the Sun in Brownsville

December 21, 2022

It is April 1969 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, where Monongahela Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton RF-16A No. 1210 is sitting in the sun. This unit was built in December 1951 as New York Central No. 3810. The Monongahela had six of these units.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

A Shark That Didn’t Survive

June 15, 2022

It’s late 1968 or early 1969 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. The Monongahela Railway has purchased Baldwin Sharks from the New York Central. Some would go on and be lettered for the Monongahela while the rest would ultimately be used for parts. Two units (Monongahela 1205 and Monongahela 1216) would even escape the scrapper. Here No. 1207 sits between two Baldwin switchers, its fate is already sealed. It would not be one of the survivors.  

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Sharks on Parade

January 9, 2022

The original slide of this image has a greenish-orange cast to it. This is the first time I have been able to get that cast mostly out of the image. Maybe the off-color look was due to a processing problem. Nonetheless what we have are a pair of “sharks,” Monongahela 1216 and Monongahela 1205 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, in May 1974.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Ex-Monongahela Baldwin Back in Service

January 7, 2022

A former Monongahela Railway Baldwin S12 has been returned to revenue service by a New Jersey short line railroad.

SMS Railroad overhauled former Monongahela No. 415, which was built in 1953 and later worked for Erie Mining in Minnesota.

The unit has been in southern New Jersey since 2005, Railfan and Railroad magazine reported on its website.

The former No. 415, now known as SMS Lines 304, is expected to be in service in the Pureland Industrial Park located near the New Jersey Turnpike.

In the Heart of Monongahela Country

December 24, 2021

We’re traveling today to Brownsville, Pennsylvania, in the heart of Monongahela Railway country. On display are Baldwin S12 switchers 401 and 424. The two units were built two years apart in November 1952 and June 1954 respectively. The date of the photograph is July 1, 1972.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

First Glimpse of the Monongahela

December 24, 2021

John Woodworth and I first saw the Monongahela Railway and its treasures on Oct. 21, 1968. Here is a photo of the MRY engine facility in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. Visible are four Monongahela Baldwin switchers, four ex-New York Central RF16A Sharks, and one ex-New York Central RF16B Shark. Thankfully, two of these NYC 1205 and NYC 1216 (after several owners) still exist in protected storage in Michigan.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Still Showing its NYC Heritage

July 25, 2021

Monongahela 1205 is still in its New York Central lettering and markings as it works in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, in early 1969.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

At the Engine Facility in Brownsville

July 7, 2021

It’s early 1969 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. The Monongahela engine facility has two Baldwin switchers, including recently-purchased ex-New York Central 1210, a Baldwin RF16A. Also visible are small portions of two more Sharks.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Down on the Monongahela

June 20, 2021

We haven’t paid a visit to the former Monongahela Railway for a while so let’s got back to July 1, 1971, to Brownsville, Pennsylvania. Hard at work at Baldwin S-12 switchers 424 and 401 in the yard.

Photograph by Robert Farkas