Posts Tagged ‘NYC Sharks’

First Glimpse of the Monongahela

December 24, 2021

John Woodworth and I first saw the Monongahela Railway and its treasures on Oct. 21, 1968. Here is a photo of the MRY engine facility in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. Visible are four Monongahela Baldwin switchers, four ex-New York Central RF16A Sharks, and one ex-New York Central RF16B Shark. Thankfully, two of these NYC 1205 and NYC 1216 (after several owners) still exist in protected storage in Michigan.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Shark Warning!

July 21, 2020

We’re in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, on the Monnogahela and taking a tour of the engine facility.

This may not look like a Monongahela locomotive because it has New York Central markings.

The former NYC unit, a Baldwin RF16A, is part of an A-B-A sharknose motive power set waiting in Brownsville on Sept. 21, 1968, to get back out on the road.

Photograph 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