Posts Tagged ‘Ohio Central motive power’

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

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

One Day in October 2005 at Morgan Run

December 28, 2019

The late Jerry Jacobson, owner of the Ohio Central System, was an Akron Railroad Club member and for many years ran a special October trip for the club members and their families, and until the final years, for the public.

Shown are images made during an Oct. 22, 2005, trip from Dennison to the Morgan Run shops near Coshocton, Ohio.

In the top image image Ohio Central F40PH No. 280 (ex-Amtrak) and Baldwin 2-8-0 No. 33 (ex Lake Superior & Ishpeming) are inside the shop.

Next up club members and others converse outside the shop while some make photographs.

The next two images show F9A No. 6313 is on the south end of passenger train at Morgan Run.

In the final two images SD40-2 No. 4022 leads an eastbound unit coal train on what was once the PRR’s Panhandle Division. SD45 7499 is on the west end of the unit train.

Photographs By Robert Farkas