Posts Tagged ‘Ohio Central locomotives’

On the Ohio Central Near Baltic

April 16, 2021

We’re standing in Baltic on Oct. 13, 2006, enjoying a passing northbound Ohio Central freight. On the point is former Conrail B23-7 No. 4096. Trailing is another “super 7,” the 4099.

A former OC operating employee said these units were rebuilt from U23B models for the Monongahela Railway just before Conrail took it over.

The locomotives were rebuilt to something just short of Dash 8 specifications, hence the “super 7” moniker.

“This is a very rare example of a good GE design that has stood the test of time and wear,” he said.  

“While they are expensive to maintain, as most early GE’s were and still are, these have proven to be somewhat cost effective for the G&W so they are still around. They are actually nice to run as well.”

The 4096 was once Conrail 2035 and would later wear the Ohio Central and Genesee & Wyoming liveries.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Ex-Conrail Two for Tuesday

April 6, 2021

At first glance this appears to be a Conrail train. But look again below the roster number on the engineer’s side of the lead unit.

You’ll see the letters OHCR, which indicates that these B23-7 locomotives belong to the Ohio Central System.

They are shown pulling a train at Baltic on Oct. 13, 2006. Both units were originally built for the Western Pacific.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Conrail RoadRailer at Mace

July 15, 2020

It’s an April day in 1996 and an eastbound Conrail RoadRailer train has the lineup at Mace interlocking in Massillon.

Of to the right you can see an Ohio Central locomotive and its train waiting its turn to cross here.

The OC train is on tracks operated by R.J. Corman and has come down from Warwick where it interchanged cars with CSX.

There used to be a tower here and a set of diamonds. But now the Corman line “crosses” the Fort Wayne Line through a series of switches.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Running Light in Beach City

July 2, 2020

Both of these photographs were made in Beach City, Ohio, on Sept. 2, 2009.

Both locomotives are GE B23-7R units. No. 4094 is still wearing the colors and markings of the New Castle Industrial Railroad.

The locomotive has a history that is as colorful as its livery. It was built in June 1972 for the Western Pacific. It would later be on the rosters of the Monongahela, Conrail and Norfolk Southern before going to the NCIR.

No. 4093 was built for the WP the same month as the 4094. It, too, was on the rosters of the MGA and Conrail but went to CSX after the Conrail break up.

The light power move shown here was running southward.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Ohio Central Consecutive Roster Numbers

May 29, 2020

Although not on the same train or part of the same motive power consist, the sequence above shows consecutively numbered Ohio Central U23B units both of which were once owned by Conrail.

In the top photo OHCR 4092 is working in Coshocton on Nov. 12, 2009.

In the bottom photo OHCR 4093 is northbound on R.J. Corman (ex-Baltimore & Ohio) trackage in Massillon on April 19, 2010.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Crossing Chippewa Creek South of Clinton

May 13, 2020

We’re looking down Chippewa Creek as Ohio Central GP8 No. 5407 and GP10 No. 7595 pull a train southbound on R.J. Corman tracks south of Clinton on May 25, 1996.

This photo angle is still available but encroaching vegetation on the left bank of the creek has diminished the openness of the view.

The photographer was standing by the bridge carrying South Second Avenue over the creek.

The Chippewa beyond the bridge flows into the Tuscarawas River.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Not What You Think of As Ohio Central

April 26, 2020

The late Jerry Jacobson was known for purchasing a wide assortment of diesel locomotives when he ran the Ohio Central System.

One of the delights of the former Akron Railroad Club steam excursions to Morgan Run was seeing what the OC had at the shops and in the nearby dead line.

Of course some of that odd ball motive power made its way out on the road pulling freight trains.

Such is the case with Ohio Central 82, an 80-ton switcher shown working  in Coshocton, Ohio, in August 1999.

This unit was built in November 1945 for the original Genesee & Wyoming and later served the Logansport & Eel River in Indiana before coming to the OC.

Photograph by Robert Farkas


A Fleeting Wisp of Ohio Central Glory

April 18, 2020

I’ve been going through my slide collection in recent weeks and scanning images to post online.

It’s been a diversion from the COVID-19 pandemic and brought back pleasant memories of what seemed to have been happier and less threatening times.

The photograph above of an Ohio Central passenger excursion train, though, is not one of those recent scans.

I scanned this image several months ago but have thus far refrained from posting it because of its lackluster quality.

Yet it’s the type of image in which I find myself taking solace these days and the fact that it’s less than ideal doesn’t matter.

I made this image on July 31, 2004, on a wood bridge at the west edge of West Lafayette, Ohio. The excursion originated in Columbus and was bound for Train Festival 2004 in Dennison.

It was one of several excursion trains I photographed that day during an event like few others I experienced in Ohio.

It was not an ideal day for train photography due to overcast skies and rain and drizzle. The slide is dark suggesting an under exposed image.

This photo has been sitting in a folder on my computer awaiting a decision to post it or delete it.

Sometimes a photograph has to wait for the right moment to be displayed, a moment when the content outweighs whatever technical flaws it has.

I was always a fan of the Pennsylvania Railroad inspired livery that Ohio Central FP9A units 6313 and 6307 had.

I once sat at a table with the late Jerry Jacobson at an Akron Railroad Club event and heard him say how much it cost to get those locomotives custom painted. I don’t recall the figure, but it wasn’t cheap.

Jerry talked about that expense in the same causal way that most people speak of how much they spent for dinner at a Bob Evans restaurant. In the scheme of things it isn’t that much.

I don’t have too many photographs of the Ohio Central FP9As in this livery and I didn’t see them operate very often.

Sure, I wish I had more photographs, but having regrets is as much a part of being a railfan photographer as bragging about what you did capture.

Everyone has missed out on something and everyone has something they wish that had more of than they do.

Everyone also can speak about days when they wished the weather and lighting had been better.

Having something is better than having nothing so although this isn’t one of my best images it reminds me of a day when I was there for something special.

There never was another train festival in Dennison or anywhere else on the Ohio Central like the 2004 event that was attended by 27,000 people.

Although the two steam locomotives that operated that day are at the Age of Steam Roundhouse, Jerry sold the FP9A locomotives and they can’t be seen in their PRR lookalike livery.

During the pandemic it is easy to think about what we can’t do.

It remains to be seen what end game the pandemic will bring, but for now we can look forward to some day resuming doing things we used to do without giving them a second thought.

Yet some things are not coming back. The steam excursions and other special movements that Jerry made possible may have lasted several years but in looking back on them now their time seems to have been rather fleeting.

Fortunately, our memories and photographs of those moments are not.

Catching Trains on OC’s Cambridge Line

April 7, 2020

Last Friday I went to Zanesville to chase the Ohio Central Cambridge turn.  I was successful in catching that coming out of Cambridge tunnel.

This used to be the former Baltimore & Ohio line between Wheeling, West Virginia, and Columbus.

I also got a bonus train with a garbage train coming in from CSX. It’s brought in by one crew then pulls east onto the Cambridge line.

Another crew then couples on and pulls the train south to its destination of a landfill at New Lexington, Ohio.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Get It While You Can

January 24, 2020

It is the afternoon of May 15, 1998, in Clinton (Warwick).

Ohio Central has sent its coiled-steel train to Warwick where it has been put in the eastbound siding.

Now the OHCR power is waiting on R.J. Corman tracks for the CSX train bringing back the empty coiled-steel cars to be taken south.

In the top photograph, the view is looking south at OHCR GP9 No. 91and OHCR GP38AC No. 2175 with its Operation Lifesaver lettering with Warwick Tower in the background.

The tower was out of service as an interlocking tower but used by maintenance of way workers.

The bottom photograph shows a side view of both locomotives with the roof of Warwick shower showing above the 2175.

Today OHCR no longer interchanges with CSX at Warwick, and OHCR is no longer owned by Jerry Jacobson.

This is just another reminder to photograph the familiar while there is time.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas