Posts Tagged ‘NYC locomotives’

Literally a Grab Shot

August 29, 2021

Sometimes you don’t have time to get into position to create a photograph. The photographer reports that he probably had just changed film while inside his 1967 Volkswagon when a passenger train began leaving Toledo Central Union Terminal on Nov. 29, 1968. It’s a Penn Central train but led by former New York Central E8A No. 4062.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Awaiting its End

April 30, 2021

It’s the late 1960s at the New York Central Bridge Yard in the Collinwood facility in Cleveland where NYC F3A No. 1635 awaits its end. Built in April 1948, we don’t know how it wound up getting smashed in like this.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

It Only Looks Like the New York Central

November 29, 2020

It is the summer of 1968 in dpwntown Akron. Three Penn Central locomotives. al of them still wearing a New York Central livery, are bound for Hudson and beyond.

The fancy building on the other side of the bridge is the Erie Lackawanna freight house. The train is passing the still-in-use at that time EL passenger station.

Both former Erie Railroad structures have since been razed.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Day in Painesville

November 8, 2020

The wayback machine as you requested has landed us in Painesville, Ohio. It’s a little fuzzy as to whether it is late 1967 or early 1968.

Whatever the case, the era of the New York Central Railroad is in its final months so let’s enjoy an all NYC scene while we can.

There are four geeps on the property near the passenger station along with three cabooses and a handful of freight cars.

The top image is full frame while the bottom image is cropped to focus in on that line of motive power and cabooses.

Today most of these tracks are gone and you wouldn’t find CSX leaving four high-nose locomotives sitting around let along four locomotives of any kind.

Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited passes here six days a week but has never stopped to pick up passengers. The boarding platforms visible in these images are long gone.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Whole Lotta Alcos Back There

October 28, 2020

It’s late 1967 or maybe early 1968 on the Water Level Route east of Cleveland, which was still under the control of the New York Central although not for long.

On the point of this train is GP7 5761, built by EMD in May 1953.

But what caught the interest of the photograph was the barely noticeable puffs of Alco smoke from the six trailing units.

They were all Alcos and all of them running. Two of them are FA units thjat could not run nose to nose because of the way they were built.

NYC FAs did have nose MU capability, but were not set up for nose-to-nose operation.

That was because the main reservoir air hoses, engine brake air hoses and sand pipe air hoses were on the engineers side of the nose below the anti-climber.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

The Brake Shoes Are Smoking in Painesville

October 18, 2020

The wayback machine has landed us in Painesville sometime in 1968. A westbound Penn Central passenger train is coming led by E8A No. 4079, which still has a full New York Central livery

This unit was built for the Central in August 1953.

Look closely and you will see brake shoe smoke, which suggests the train is going to stop at the Painesville station located just behind the photographer.

This might be unnamed Train No. 63, an unnamed New York to Chicago train that until December 1967 was been No. 59, the Chicagoan.

It is scheduled to stop in Painesville on signal only to discharge passengers at 11 a.m.

As can be seen here, the consist is head end heavy. By now No. 63 as having coaches and a diner lounge car operating from Buffalo to Chicago. There were sleeping cars on 63, including a sleeper coach — the NYC’s name for a slumber coach — but those operated only as far west as Buffalo.

It wasn’t always that way. Shortly before the Central merged with the Pennsylvania Railroad in February 1968 to form Penn Central, the NYC has assigned to No. 63 a sleeper and sleeper coach that operated from New York to Cleveland.

But that was gone by the timetable change of July 15, 1968.

Train 63 would survive until the coming of Amtrak on May 1, 1971, but be discontinued. Painesville has not had intercity rail passenger service since then although Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited charges past the former Painesville depot six days a week now.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Catching a New York Central Alco Cab Unit

March 12, 2020

It is late February1968 along the ex-New York Central mainline between Cleveland and Painesville, and Penn Central 1052, an Alco FA-2 that is a former NYC unit is is the last locomotive in its lash up.

Penn Central is less than a month old and largely looking like its predecessor railroads.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

New York Central in Marion

February 2, 2020

At one time Marion was a crossroads of four railroads, including the Pennsylvania, New York Central, Chesapeake & Ohio and Erie.

Today we take a trip to Marion in the wayback machine to December 1967. By now the Pennsy line has been purchased by Norfolk & Western and the Erie is the Erie Lackawanna.

In less than three months the NYC will become Penn Central. But that is still down the road.

NYC F7A No. 1766 and GP9 No. 7460 team up to pull a train through Marion, on the former Big Four line between Cleveland and St. Louis.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Twilight of the Central

November 26, 2019

The photographer said he made this image sometime between 1967 and 1969, so it’s possible that it was made in the Penn Central era.

Nonetheless, it was the waning days of seeing motive power still wearing the NYC cigar band livery that was prominent in the 1960s.

This photograph of EMD E7A No. 4012 was made at Collinwood Yard in Cleveland, where the NYC also had a locomotive shop.

No. 4012 continued to wear this roster number into the Penn Central era.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

2 For Throwback Thursday

November 7, 2019

It’s throwback Thursday so let’s take another spin in the wayback machine.

In the top image we see New York Central 3365, an Alco FB-2, in in 1967 or 1968 in Collinwood Yard in Cleveland.

Hiding behind the boxcar is an Alco FA. The nose of an EMD E7A is visible on the right.

In the bottom image, Norfolk & Western No. 423, an Alco C424, and N&W 2138, a Fairbanks-Morse H12-44, are in Brewster in May 1973.

Photographs by Robert Farkas