Posts Tagged ‘Norfolk & Western’

N&W Action at the Huron Dock

January 20, 2023

A pair of Norfolk & Western locomotives are shown working at the coal loading facility in Huron. Notice the hopper pushers to the left of N&W 2961. The top image shows the full scene while the bottom image is a closer crop.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

When Software Fails You

December 7, 2022

Here’s an example of why not to always trust the software. First, I used Epson Scan 2. There were hundreds of small white air bubbles visible in this defective negative, so I thought I’d try Epson’s dust removal function.

At first it removed some of the air bubbles. On first glance it looked good, so I ran the image through Lightroom and Photoshop. That took about half an hour.

Then I had a “Bah Humbug!” moment. The Epson 2 dust remover had also removed the nose herald on the second F-unit.

Now I’m certain that there are other unwelcome surprises that are as yet undiscovered.

Anyway, here is the imperfect image of locomotives around the Norfolk &Western turntable in Brewster in 1967-1970.

My advice is “Pay close attention! Don’t end up like me.”

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

A Portal Into My Past

August 18, 2022

It is July 3, 1972, in Brewster. I had just purchased my first single lens reflex camera, a Nikormat by Nikon, and was taking my first few rolls of Agfachrome slide film. In less than a year, I would move on to Kodachrome.

Back then a release was easy to get, and Brewster was filled with locomotives built by Fairbanks-Morse, Alco and the Electro Motive Division of General Motors.

I took this slide and have looked at it perhaps two or three times since 1972. 

A few days ago, I discovered this slide in one of my boxes. Now I can appreciate the scene. It is not a far away FM H12-44 image as much as a portal into my past.

I’m looking east. The big building in the background is the Norfolk & Western office building which was built by the original Wheeling & Lake Erie and is now used as the main offices of the modern W&LE.

As long as I did not cross tracks, go into the shops, or wander into the yard, I was free to photograph where I wanted. I even had permission to cross tracks to photograph in the engine facility.

Such freedom is almost unheard of now. I can truly say that I have been blessed.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Around the Turntable in Brewster

April 22, 2022

The wayback machine has landed us in the late 1960s at the Norfolk & Western engine facility in Brewster. Around the turntable can be found EMD F7As, EMD SDs, Fairbanks-Morse switchers, and a single FM road switcher. Second generation power can be seen behind these treasures.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Virginia Museum to Receive N&W Archives

April 8, 2022

The corporate archives of the former Norfolk & Western Railway will be donated to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

Norfolk Southern, which succeeded the N&W, announced the donation this week along with a grant of $750,000 to help maintain the collection.

The archives contains materials dating to the 1840s and includes thousands of photographs and glass plate negatives, as well as business records, annual reports, blueprints, plans, bridge drawings, advertisements, portraits, and three-dimensional artifacts from N&W and its predecessor roads.

It is the second corporate archives donation NS has made in the past year. It earlier donated the archives of the Southern Railway to the Atlanta History Center.

In a statement, the Virginia museum said it would use the NS grant to digitize, catalog and preserve the collection.

Located in Richmond, the Virginia museum also said NS created a special fund to allow the VHMC to hire interns from underrepresented communities to support the museum’s work annually for the next five years. That program will start this fall.

‘Wild Mary’ Two for Tuesday

March 15, 2022

Today we feature Western Maryland GP40 3797 in Brewster on the Norfolk & Western. In the top image, the 3797 is at the engine facility by the turntable in October 1972. The bottom image was made on May 5, 1974, of the 3797 leading an eastbound train. on the N&W in Brewster.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

N&W Era Two for Tuesday From Gambrinus

March 8, 2022

Here are two views of vintage Norfolk & Western motive at Gambrinus Yard near Canton. In the top image is the 2152, a Fairbanks-Morse H12-44 captured in February 1973. In the bottom photograph a pair of N&W locomotives await their next assignment on Oct. 11, 1980.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Gather Around the Turntable

February 6, 2022

If locomotives could talk, what would they talk about? The hard pulls they had to make? The engineers who abused them? Their favorite engineers? The places they’ve seen? The close calls at grade crossings?

They would probably discuss all of that and more.

This image was made in late 1968 or early 1969 at the Norfolk & Western engine facility in Akron.

There is still a mix of N&W and Akron, Canton & Youngstown locomotives to be seen, including three Alco switchers, two Fairbanks-Morse road switchers, and an EMD geep.

All too soon the FM’s would go on to other locations and any AC&Y lettered locomotives would be re-lettered or repainted into an N&W identity.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Fairbanks-Morse Two for Tuesday

February 1, 2022

It might have been a grubby day in Brewster in early 1973, but the opportunity to photograph a Fairbanks Morse locomotive was not one to be missed. Norfolk & Western  H-12-44 No. 2140 is shown in the top photograph working in Brewster Yard. The locomotive was built for the Nickel Plate Road in March 1957.

In the bottom image, No. 2149 is also shown in Brewster. Built for the NKP in April 1948, this image was made in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

N&W Power Idling in Brewster

January 20, 2022

Norfolk & Western Alco C425 No. 1004, G:P9 No. 746. SD9, No. 2350 and another EMD SD series locomotive are sitting outside the shops in Brewster on July 3,1972. The two SDs to the right are in the engine facility.

Photograph by Robert Farkas