Posts Tagged ‘Morgan Run shops’

Steam Saturday: Some GTW 6325 Favorites

January 16, 2021

Throughout the 1990s many witnessed Jerry Jacobson continue to expand his steam locomotive collection.

In 1993 he purchased former Grand Trunk Western 4-8-4 No. 6325 from the City of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Its turn to enter the Ohio Central’s Morgan Run shops to begin its restoration to operating condition came in 1998. Once completed test runs were conducted in September 2001. Shown with this post are favorite photos of mine of the 6325.

In many years the Ohio Central sponsored an excursion for the Akron Railroad Club.

On Oct. 9, 1999, The OC ran an excursion with former Canadian Pacific 2-6-2 No. 1293 from Dennison to Morgan Run (Coshocton).

At Morgan Run passengers had the opportunity to tour the railroad’s shops.

In the top image, No. 6325 is early in its rebuild. I always enjoyed this photo because in the lower right is Bill Surdyk looking over the progress.

To this day I remember his son Robert’s comment to me after he saw this photo. “There’s Pa the ‘inspector.’ ”

Next up is the Oct. 6, 2001, ARRC excursion with the photo runby at Pearl. This trip also ran from Sugar Creek to Morgan Run.

At the throttle is Ross Rowland with OC’s Tim Sposato in the gangway.

Photo 3 was made Oct. 20, 2001, east of Conesville on a Coshocton to Columbus excursion.

That is followed by a June 9, 2002, photo special. I purchased two tickets and Marty Surdyk joined me on the trip.

We see views of the train east of Bowerston and then west of Bowerston. In photo 6 the 6325 is along side an OC F-unit is at the Dennison depot.

During the weekend of Oct. 5 and 6, 2002, OC ran a photo special featuring the 6325 on a freight, the 1293 and the then-recently acquired ex-VIA Rail Canada F units on a passenger train.

Shown are four images from that weekend, which Ursula attended with me.

The trip also featured raffles with winners offered cab rides. Ursula actually won a cab ride in the 6325 and gave me the winning ticket. I think to this day I still have a smile on my face.

Photo 7 is at Port Washington while Photo 8 is at West Lafayette.

The next day, Oct. 6, 2002, Jim Arcaro attended with me. Photo 9 was made just west of Conesville on the former Nickel Plate Road (nee Wheeling & Lake Erie).

Photo 10 is a side by side with the 1293 at West Coshocton. The photo line is on the ex Pennsylvania Railroad mainline. Both lines were operated by the Ohio Central. 

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

One Day in October 2005 at Morgan Run

December 28, 2019

The late Jerry Jacobson, owner of the Ohio Central System, was an Akron Railroad Club member and for many years ran a special October trip for the club members and their families, and until the final years, for the public.

Shown are images made during an Oct. 22, 2005, trip from Dennison to the Morgan Run shops near Coshocton, Ohio.

In the top image image Ohio Central F40PH No. 280 (ex-Amtrak) and Baldwin 2-8-0 No. 33 (ex Lake Superior & Ishpeming) are inside the shop.

Next up club members and others converse outside the shop while some make photographs.

The next two images show F9A No. 6313 is on the south end of passenger train at Morgan Run.

In the final two images SD40-2 No. 4022 leads an eastbound unit coal train on what was once the PRR’s Panhandle Division. SD45 7499 is on the west end of the unit train.

Photographs By Robert Farkas

Pretty Orange Locomotives Ready to Roll

January 29, 2013

A trip to southern Ohio on Sunday yielded several freshly painted diesel locomotives at The Ohio Central facility at Morgan Run. These were tunnel motors, one of which was lettered for Indiana & Ohio and another for the Chicago, Ft Wayne & Eastern. A third SD40 was lettered Ohio Central I believe, but I didn’t get a close look.

The first two railroads are new to the Genesee & Wyoming family, which bought Ohio Central a few years back. These were part of the RailAmerica short line system that has now been merged into the G&W system.

Union Pacific has been called the “borg” of railroading, assimilating smaller railroads along the way. Genesee & Wyoming is earning a reputation as the “borg” of short line railroading and seems to be living up to that here.

The last picture below is of some Ohio Central power awaiting its turn to be painted.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon