Posts Tagged ‘Norfolk & Western’

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

Open House Set for Restored N&W Business Car

October 5, 2021

An open house has been set for Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Valparaiso, Indiana, to mark the completion of restoration of Norfolk & Western business car 300.

Built in 1917 by the Pullman Company for the United States Railroad Administration, the N&W purchased the car in 1920.

It operated for N&W successor Norfolk Southern through 1987 when it was deemed surplus and sold.

The restoration has been overseen by current owner Norfolk & Western Business Car 300 Preservation Society.

The restoration work included interior work as the car sat on a siding in Valparaiso.

Bryan Lalevee of the society spent three years negotiating with the previous owner of the car who eventually agreed to donate it to the society.

Lalevee also created a plan for its restoration. “It has been intensely gratifying to save a piece of railroad history that really deserved to be saved,” Lalevee said. 

The car had been rebuilt in 1988 to meet Amtrak standards but had been placed in storage in 1991.

Although the car’s exterior was described as being in excellent condition, the interior had sustained mold damage.

Volunteers stripped the interior, painted it, installed in new flooring and carpet, and restored the window shades.

They also restored the generator to enable lights and other appliances to be able to operate again.

The open house will be held

 “It was so awesome to know that this car was alive again,” he said. 

The car will be moved later this month to the Little River Railroad in Coldwater, Michigan, which plans to operate it on excursion trains.

Directions to the open house site can be at www.nw300.org./oenhouse/

Ex-Wabash Train Master in Bellevue

October 3, 2021

Norfolk & Western No. 3597 is shown in Bellevue in June 1973. The former Wabash unit is an Alco-repowered Fairbanks Morse Train Master.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Shades of the Illinois Terminal

September 17, 2021

If this appears to be an Illinois Terminal locomotive, well it is, sort of. This train has a pair of former IT units pulling it in Brewster in April 1982. That’s a long way from the service territory of the IT, but by now the Norfolk & Western has absorbed the one time Illinois Traction System. The two ex-IT units, Nos. 2963 and 2966 are SD39s, and two of six that IT had on its roster at one time.

Photograph by Robert Farkas