Posts Tagged ‘Monongahela Railway’

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

At Work in Brownsville

February 9, 2021

It’s July 1, 1972 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. One of Monongahela’s newest locomotives, MRY 2000, sits next to ancient work equipment.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Another Shark Attack in Brownsville

January 3, 2021

It’s March 4, 1969 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. Four of the last Baldwin Sharks and two Baldwin switchers – the nose of one is barely seen on the left – are in the Monongahela engine facility with a most likely Pittsburgh & Lake Erie GE unit.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Sharks in Browsville

October 7, 2020

Monongahela 1205 and 1216, the last two surviving Baldwin RF16A Sharks, rest in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1972.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Shark Warning!

July 21, 2020

We’re in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, on the Monnogahela and taking a tour of the engine facility.

This may not look like a Monongahela locomotive because it has New York Central markings.

The former NYC unit, a Baldwin RF16A, is part of an A-B-A sharknose motive power set waiting in Brownsville on Sept. 21, 1968, to get back out on the road.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

A Baldwin and a Wooden Caboose

June 4, 2020

Monongahela Railway Baldwin S12 402 and a wooden caboose work in the Brownsville, Pennsylvania, area in the late 1960s. No. 402 was built in November 1952 and as far as could be determined never had another owner.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

The Monongahela in Brownsville

May 12, 2020

We’re venturing today into the southwest region of Pennsylvania to visit the Monongahela Railway, a coal hauling regional railroad that also had tracks in West Virginia.

The Monongahela in 1970s had 281 miles of track on 193 route miles in the two states.

In the top photograph is Alco S12 switcher No. 416 is in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

In the bottom image, Monongahela 1210 and 3708 are in Brownsville, in 1969 or 1970.

On the back right is New York Central FR-16A No. 1205 which along with sister NYC 1216 is stored unserviceable in Michigan. All the rest of these shark nose units are gone.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Swimming With Some ‘Sharks’

January 15, 2020

That was great news that the owner of Baldwin’s last two sharks says he will have them donated to a museum at his death. Here are a couple of shark photos.

In the top image it is late 1968 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, where five ex-New York Central sharks plus several Baldwin switchers can be seen in the Monongahela engine facility.

The two units on the left, Nos. 1216 and 1205, are the survivors now being stored in Michigan.

In the bottom photograph it is June 13, 1977, and Delaware & Hudson Nos. 1205 and 1216 (the two survivors) are rounding a curve in Whitehall, New York.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas