Posts Tagged ‘New York Central locomotives’

NYC Geep in the 1960s

November 18, 2022

It is 1967-1969 in either the late New York Central or early Penn Central era. I don’t remember this location, but it likely was between Cleveland and Painesville. NYC Geep 5790 sits beside what looks to be a freight house.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Waiting the Scrapper’s Torch in East Altoona

November 13, 2022

Every once in a while, I’ll find some glassine envelopes containing treasures from a long ago trip. The first part of one such envelope contains photos of the Penn Central scrap line in East Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1969 or 1970.

We see former Pennsylvania Railroad 6810 (6810 is its PC number), formerly PRR 8610, an Alco RSD-7. We also see New York Central Alco S4 No. 9760. On the far right is my good friend John Woodworth taking down the roster numbers.

Behind the 9760 is PRR Fairbanks Morse Train Master No. 6707. A side shot is blocked by the next line of locomotives.

Other images include PRR 6708, an FM H24-66 Train Master. NYC 8305, an FM H12-44, and a second NYC FM switcher are sunning themselves. Soon these locomotives will feel the heat of the scrapper’s torch.

Finally, we see PRR 4216, an EMD E7A, and PRR 7949 (PC number), which I believe this is a Baldwin DS44-1000.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

NYC Geeps in Painesville

October 30, 2022

It’s been a while since the wayback machine has taken us back to the New York Central in Painesville. A pair of GP7s, Nos. 5740 and 5757 are in Painesville waiting their next assignment in February or March 1968. This was during the transition to the Penn Central era.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Day in Akron Near the Union Depot

October 28, 2022

It is early in the Penn Central era (1968 or 1969) in Akron. A northbound PC freight headed by three former New York Central locomotives is heading east on the joint tracks shared by the Baltimore & Ohio and PC. More than likely, this train will cross over at Arlington Street to the ex-PRR line that runs from Akron to Hudson and go north to Motor Yard and beyond.

The train is passing the west end of Akron Union Depot.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

CR&I Two for Tuesday

October 25, 2022

Here are two photos of New York Central No. 8407 (ex-Chicago River & Indiana) taken in a scrapyard in Cleveland.

The unit is a Lima-Hamilton 1,200 horsepower locomotive that was scrapped after the second photo was taken. The images were made on June 29, 1968, and July 22, 1973, respectively.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Special Time in Cleveland Railroad History

October 13, 2022

Sometimes a scene captures a special time in history. It is Feb. 24 or 25, 1968, in Cleveland. The Penn Central era had begun less than a month (Feb. 1) prior to this photo.  New York Central No. 1049, an Alco FA-2, sits near the diesel shop at Collinwood Yard. In the far background are a few PC boxcars. Had these not been there, this would look like a NYC photo.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Mighty Oval Two for Tuesday

August 9, 2022

There is some interesting variety in these two images of an eastbound New York Central train caught east of Cleveland in 1967 or 1968. Here we see the train coming and going. John Woodworth was with me when I made this image.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Wanna Go for a Ride?

June 17, 2022

It is 1967 or 1968 in what looks to be Painesville. New York Central E8A No. 4079 is on the point of this westbound passenger train. Care to take a ride?

Photograph by Robert Farkas

I’ve Grown to Like This Image

January 13, 2022

Back in 1967, I caught this lash-up in New York Central’s Collinwood Yard in Cleveland. Even a decade or so ago, I would not have posted this because part of the lead unit is behind a building.

Today, I really like this shot of NYC 1763, 3463, and 3372. There is so much to see including an F7A, F7B, and an ALCO FB-2. Then add in the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy covered hopper. 

As my wayback machine is in the shop, I don’t think I’ll be going back to reshoot this even if I could remember the exact day.

Article and 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