Posts Tagged ‘N&W motive power’

On the N&W in Brewster

July 8, 2021

The wayback machine has landed us in Brewster on Sept. 3, 1980. This was Norfolk & Western territory then after having been in the domain of the Nickel Plate Road for more than a decade and of the original Wheeling & Lake Erie for several decades before that. Laid out before us is a nice array of N&W motive power of the early 1980s. Note that this was during the transition between N&W heralds.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Showing Signs of Wear

June 26, 2021

Norfolk & Western No. 2149, a former Nickel Plate Road Fairbanks-Morse H12-44 sits outside the shops in Brewster in June 1975. The unit is worn and a little battered, but that comes with the territory of having been a hard worker for all these years on the railroad.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

N&W at Orrville

March 2, 2021

Norfolk & Western SD45 No. 1804 leads train DJ-12 eastbound in Orrville on July 25, 1984. The originated at Oakwood Yard in Detroit and was bound for the Chessie System at Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

Note the open auto rack car second in the consist behind the motive power. Such a practice was common once but would not be done today.

The train is operating on the original Wheeling & Lake Erie, which has since reverted back to the modern version of the W&LE.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

N&W Days in Bellevue

February 24, 2021

Norfolk & Western Alco RS36 No. 2871 and Baldwin AS16 No. 7903 are moving four cabooses in Bellevue in late 1973. No. 7903 had by this time been repowered by EMD. Not ethe Bessemer & Lake Erie locomotive behind the cabooses. Both N&W units were originally built for the Nickel Plate Road.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

An N&W Series From Kent in 1968

September 16, 2020

All of the images shown above were made on May 30, 1968, in Kent.

The tracks shown were originally the Conotton Valley then became part of the original Wheeling & Lake Erie. Over the years they were merged into the Nickel Plate Road and then the Norfolk & Western.

Today, they make up the Cleveland Subdivision of the modern W&LE.

The series was made in several locations and feature the former passenger station and the bridge over the Baltimore & Ohio.

N&W No. 2496, is a GP9 while No. 2570 is an Alco RS11. Both were built for the NKP.

Photographs by Robert Farkas


EL Monday: Relic of the Dereco Era

September 14, 2020


On March 1, 1968, the Erie Lackawanna was reorganized as the Erie Lackawanna Railway, a unit of the Dereco Corporation, which was a holding company established by Norfolk & Western to acquire the EL.

That led to sightings such as this showing N&W motive power pulling an EL intermodal train in Kent.

Dereco also operated the Delaware & Hudson. At the time, N&W was seeking to merge with the Chesapeake & Ohio, but that marriage was never completed.

By establishing Dereco, N&W could hold the EL at arm’s length.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Getting Notes on What He Saw

September 5, 2020

The late Mike Ondecker takes notes as he and travel companion Bob Farkas check out Norfolk & Western motive power sitting in Brewster.

Bob said the image was made some time between 1967 and 1972.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Moving Around in Brewster

August 26, 2020

N&W SD9 No., 2344 is moving a Fairbanks-Morse switcher in Brewster in the late 1960s/early 1970s. In those former (original) Wheeling & Lake Erie shops, workers actually constructed some steam switchers for the W&LE.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

The Dead Line in Brewster

May 6, 2020

It is (almost surely) 1967 or 1968 in the Norfolk & Western yard in Brewster where N&W No. 2542 (Alco RS3), Nickel Plate Road No. 35 (Alco S2), and N&W No. 2038 (Alco S2) sit in the dead line.

These locomotives aren’t coming back to life but live on in photographs and memories.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Way Out in the West (of Ohio)

March 29, 2020

We all know that the Akron, Canton & Youngstown didn’t go to either Canton or Youngstown but it did go to Delphos in western Ohio.

On the day this photograph was made the AC&Y was just a memory and the railroad had been taken over by the Norfolk & Western.

Shown is GP9 No. 662 in Delphos on Aug. 1, 1978.

Photograph by Robert Farkas