Posts Tagged ‘New York Central’

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

Owner to Renovate ex-NYC Depot in Delaware

May 9, 2022

A former New York Central station in Delaware, Ohio, is undergoing renovation after it was sold to a private company.

Riverwest purchased the depot from CSX in 2019 and has begun to develop it into a restaurant with retail space.

The firm said it would rehabilitate the exterior of the building in accordance with its historical character.

That includes replacement of the roof with new asphalt shingles that match the existing color and dimensions of the existing shingles.

Plans also include replacement of the wood windows and doors, masonry restoration of the east roof overhang, and restoration of the wood trim on the building.

The depot is currently vacant and has seen occasional retail use, including as a flower shop.

In 2018 it was placed on the list of Ohio’s most endangered historic sites.

The Way it Was: Low Cost Train Watching, Dropping Film at the Processing Plant

March 6, 2022

Some of you may remember having met Lou Sabetto in Berea in past years.

He photographed Cleveland railroad operations between the 1930s and 1980s before his death.

Although Sabetto had a vast photograph collection, it is thought to have been lost after he entered an assisted living facility due to heath issues.

Sheldon Lustig, another Berea regular, once commented that when he asked Sabetto how he was cataloging his collection, he pointed to his head and said “it’s all up here.”

Lustig recently related another story about Sabetto in an email distributed to subscribers of the Northern Ohio Association of Railway Societies email list.

Sabetto would pack two lunches and during the summer ride a streetcar to the East Cleveland station after work to catch the New York Central’s train 244, a local to Buffalo, New York, or No. 46, the Interstate Express. He would disembark in Painesville and spend the next few hours watching trains.

That included a the eastbound Fifth Avenue Special, Advance Commodore Vanderbilt, Southwestern Limited, New England States, Cleveland Limited, Ohio State Limited, Commodore Vanderbilt, and Twentieth Century Limited.

Eastbound trains included the South Shore Express, Empire State Express, and Pittsburgh-Cleveland Express.

Sabetto would then board Train 5, the Mohawk, back to East Cleveland and board another streetcar to go home. The cost for all of this was less than $3.

Another memory of how it used to be was recently shared by David Oroszi of Dayton.

Kodak has a film processing facility in Findlay, Ohio, and by its front door was a yellow mailbox.

Photographers who had purchased mailers could drop their slide film in that box and save on postage.

There was another benefit to dropping off film directly at the processing facility.

You not only saved on postage but greatly reduced the chance that your film would get lost in the mail.

“So many times we would go out of our way to drop off film right at the plant,” Oroszi wrote.

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

Former Conrail VP Who Once Worked in Cleveland for the NYC Dies

December 7, 2021

A former key executive of Conrail who once was assigned to a management post for the New York Central in Cleveland had died.

Richard B. “Dick” Hasselman, 95, served as senior vice president of operations during the first 11 years of Conrail.

He began his railroad career on the NYC in New York City and after holding various jobs and positions with the company was named regional superintendent-transportation at Cleveland.

A tribute written by former Trains editor Kevin Keefe that was posted on the magazine’s website credited Hasselman with helping Conrail to become “the model of a profitable, efficient, customer-oriented railroad.”

During his time as a Conrail vice president, Hasselman worked closely with Chairman Stanley Crane.

He died Sunday in Oceanside, California. The tribute can be read at https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/hasselman-former-conrail-executive-dies-at-95/

Late in the NYC Era in Painesville

December 2, 2021

John Woodard took me railfanning near Painesville in early 1967. Here is an image from that outing. A man on the ground is talking to the engineer of New York Central F7A No. 1685. The A-B-A set of Nos. 1685, 3462 and sits in the sun for a while before moving on.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

New Kid on the Block

November 24, 2021

I found this freshly painted GP15-1 in a sharp livery for the New Castle Southern Railroad in its namesake city in Indiana.

It was at the head of a cut of covered cars that had been positioned on a siding next to a city street and a portable unloading device.

The NCSR began operating in September a 21-mile former Nickel Plate Road branch between New Castle and Beesons.

The short line leases the track from Norfolk Southern which earlier this year canceled the lease held by the C&NC Railroad, a.k.a., Connersville & New Castle, which had operated the branch since Dec. 22, 1997.

At Beesons the C&NC and now the NCSR make a connection with the Big Four Terminal, which operates a former New York Central (Big Four) branch to Connersville.

A portion of that former NYC route south of Connersville is now used by the White Water Valley tourist railroad to Metamora.

NCSR No. 1671 is owned by Indiana Boxcar Corporation and I was unable to determine its heritage.

NKP Depot to be Fixed Up, New Uses for NYC, PRR Depots

November 4, 2021

A former Nickel Plate Road station in Veedersburg, Indiana, will be renovated with the help of two grants.

One grant of $20,000 came from the Grainger Foundation while the Efroymson Family Fund provided a $10,000 grant.

Veedersburg was located on the former Toledo, St. Louis & Western, better known as the Clover Leaf. The track through Veedersburg was abandoned by Norfolk Southern in the late 1980s.

In other railroad station news, the former New York Central station in Bryan, Ohio, is now a barbeque restaurant known as the Third Rail Saloon. It is located next to the NS Chicago Line.

A former Pennsylvania Railroad freight house in Eaton, Ohio, will become a bakery. The station is located on the NS New Castle Subdivision, which once hosted PRR passenger trains between Chicago and Cincinnati.

The PRR passenger station in Eaton is now a liquor store.

NYC F7A in Toledo

October 28, 2021

Although Penn Central had been in operation for more than eight months when this photograph was made on Nov. 29, 1968, former New York Central F7A 1696 was still looking much its former self as it sat in Toledo.

Photograph by Robert Farkas