Posts Tagged ‘Monongahela Railway’

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

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