Posts Tagged ‘NYC motive power’

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

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

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

Early in the Penn Central Era

November 6, 2019

Penn Central F7A No. 1481 is still in full Pennsylvania Railroad paint in Cleveland in 1969 sandwiched between a New York Central painted Alco FA and a New York Central painted EMD F7A.

It is hard to imagine I photographed the 1481 a half century ago.

In the middle and bottom images it is 1968 or 1969 in PC’s Collinwood diesel shop in Cleveland where PRR U25B No. 2634 and NYC FPA-4 No. 1398 sit in their last PRR and NYC paint schemes, but both are really PC units.

The middle image is the “scene” view whereas the bottom image is a closer crop..

Article and photographs by Robert Farkas

Shark Tank

October 23, 2019

It is May 1969 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. Monongahela No. 1205 is still painted in its New York Central paint scheme and along with MRY No. 1210 is one of the two identifiable Baldwin RF16A Sharks.

This is one of my few slides showing Sharks in NYC colors. Notice the engineer’s windshield on 1205.

Both the 1205 and 1216 have survived and are locked up for safe keeping in a building on the Escanaba & Lake Superior in Michigan. The 1210 was, hopefully, the last Shark to be scrapped.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Day in 1968 at Painesville

March 19, 2018

It is the first month of Penn Central, but it looks like a New York Central world as westbound NYC 4032 passes through Painesville, Ohio, on the weekend of Feb. 24-25, 1968. Both views are from the same negative.

The photographs were made with a Mamiya C3 twin lens reflex camera that took a 2 and 1/4 inch square negative that made cropping like this easier. The camera was owned by his father.

Although Bob didn’t record the train number, it is probably No. 63, which was the only daylight westbound passenger train on the ex-NYC through Painesville and Cleveland.

It was scheduled into Painesville at 10:55 a.m. and Cleveland at 11:59 a.m.

No. 63 originated in New York, leaving Grand Central Terminal at 10:30 p.m. It carried a sleeper and slumbercoach between New York and Cleveland and added a diner-lounge at Buffalo, New York, that ran to Chicago. Of course No. 63 also had coaches.

After leaving New York, No. 63 split into two sections at Albany, with one section conveying cars to Montreal via the Delaware & Hudson where it operated as No. 9.

No. 63 would last until the coming of Amtrak on May 1, 1971.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Two for One

December 1, 2016

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It is early in the Penn Central era (1968 or 1969), and PC 1665 (Notice the red “P” and white “C”) and New York Central 1666 are leading a northbound PC freight heading to Hudson. Is this an image of the ex-Erie Lackawanna Akron passenger station when it was still in use or a distant image of two F’s? You be the judge.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas