Posts Tagged ‘Ohio Central steam locomotive No. 1293’

Steam Saturday: Jaite Memories

January 21, 2023

Seeing Todd Dillon’s article and photos of Nickel Plate Road 765 at Vaughn Road on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad at Jaite prompted me to look through my files for same location favorites.

Morning photos were preferred on the east side of the tracks and afternoon from the west side. All these photos as Todd’s were are from the east side.

This location is probably now the favored spot since the Ohio Route bridge in Brecksville is so grown in with trees and brush.

Looking through old photos the only photos I have of Grand Trunk Western 4070 are from the west side of the tracks.

From top to bottom, the images were made on Sept. 29,2012; Sept. 14, 2013; Sept. 7 2014, and Sept. 26, 2016.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Morgan Run Doubleheader

December 17, 2022

Doubled-headed steam excursions were not rare on the Ohio Central during the Jerry Jacobson era but weren’t necessarily common either.

The two images above were the first and only time that I saw a pair of Ohio Central steam locomotives work in tandem. Both images were made at Morgan Run east of Coshocton on June 8, 2002.

The 1293 and 6325 had teamed up to pull an excursion train from Sugarcreek to Morgan Run. That train had originated in Dennison earlier in the day and run to Sugarcreek behind F7A Nos. 1000 and 1001.

The 4-6-2 No. 1293 was already in Sugarcreek pulling the Baltic tourist train. The 4-8-4 No. 6325 ran light from Morgan Run to Sugarcreek to joins the 1293 once it had completed its Baltic train duties.

I began the day in Sugarcreek photographing the 1293 at work and the arrivals of the excursion train behind the F units and the 6325.

Once the steam locomotives had been teamed up, I chased the train to Morgan Run, getting photographs at Baltic and Fresno. It was the first time I had chased an Ohio Central steam excursion.

The steamers stayed behind at Morgan Run while the F units returned the excursion train to Dennison.

Before then, though, the 1293 and 6325 executed a photo runby for the passengers at Morgan Run, shown in the top image above. The bottom image was made before the runby.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Steam Saturday: An Ohio Central Steam Memory

December 3, 2022

Between 1989 and 2003 the Ohio Central operated a daily except Sunday excursion train between Sugarcreek and Baltic. For much of the life of this operation, the train was pulled by 4-6-0 No. 1551, but in the latter years the 4-6-2 No. 1293 drew the assignment. No. 1293 and its train are shown southbound in Baltic in mid-1999.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: A Visit to Sugarcreek

November 19, 2022

It is Sept. 5, 2012, in Sugarcreek. I had been informed that the Age of Steam Roundhouse would be sending one of its locomotives to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for Steam in the Valley 2012.

I had hoped to get there soon enough to catch the locomotive on the turntable at the roundhouse, but I was too late. Still, what a beautiful sight the roundhouse is.

There was smoke rising behind the roundhouse. How impressive and almost timeless the facility is.  

Central Ohio 1293 (formerly Canadian Pacific 1293/Ohio Central 1293) is on its way north. What a true gem that locomotive is.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Pleasant OC 1293 Memories

August 13, 2022

It is autumn 1999 and steam locomotive smoke still fills the air on the Ohio Central between Sugarcreek and Baltic. The former Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 is shown after just having crossed Ohio Route 93 south of Sugarcreek and chugging southbound near Baltic in a pastoral setting that is always a pleasure to view.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: A Moment With the 1293

December 18, 2021

Chances are many of you reading this already know that 1293 refers to a steam locomotive once owned by Canadian Pacific and later purchased and operated by the late Jerry Jacobson. The 4-6-2 was a mainstay of the Ohio Central steam program and the most active steamer during the years of Akron Railroad Club steam excursions. In the image above the 1293 and its train are southbound under the Ohio Route 93 bridge in Dundee in the fall. This photograph was made, most likely, in October 1999.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

A Renewed Fascination With Boston Mill: 2

September 14, 2021

Following the 1990 operating season, steam motive power was absent from the Cuyahoga Valley Line until 2007. 

In the interim the CVL renamed itself the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and acquired a fleet of diesel locomotives.

It also opened a station at Boston Mill on the site of a former factory.

September 2007 saw the return of steam operations when former Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 No. 1293, owned by Jerry Jacobson, pulled some excursions.

The 1293 returned returned the next year and again in September 2012.

The top image shows the 1293 passing through Boston Mill on Sept. 18, 2007. The middle image shows the former general store that at the time this image was made on Sept. 29, 2012, had been converted into apartments.

The final image was made by the CVSR station on Sept. 30, 2012.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Some GTW 6325 Favorites

January 16, 2021

Throughout the 1990s many witnessed Jerry Jacobson continue to expand his steam locomotive collection.

In 1993 he purchased former Grand Trunk Western 4-8-4 No. 6325 from the City of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Its turn to enter the Ohio Central’s Morgan Run shops to begin its restoration to operating condition came in 1998. Once completed test runs were conducted in September 2001. Shown with this post are favorite photos of mine of the 6325.

In many years the Ohio Central sponsored an excursion for the Akron Railroad Club.

On Oct. 9, 1999, The OC ran an excursion with former Canadian Pacific 2-6-2 No. 1293 from Dennison to Morgan Run (Coshocton).

At Morgan Run passengers had the opportunity to tour the railroad’s shops.

In the top image, No. 6325 is early in its rebuild. I always enjoyed this photo because in the lower right is Bill Surdyk looking over the progress.

To this day I remember his son Robert’s comment to me after he saw this photo. “There’s Pa the ‘inspector.’ ”

Next up is the Oct. 6, 2001, ARRC excursion with the photo runby at Pearl. This trip also ran from Sugar Creek to Morgan Run.

At the throttle is Ross Rowland with OC’s Tim Sposato in the gangway.

Photo 3 was made Oct. 20, 2001, east of Conesville on a Coshocton to Columbus excursion.

That is followed by a June 9, 2002, photo special. I purchased two tickets and Marty Surdyk joined me on the trip.

We see views of the train east of Bowerston and then west of Bowerston. In photo 6 the 6325 is along side an OC F-unit is at the Dennison depot.

During the weekend of Oct. 5 and 6, 2002, OC ran a photo special featuring the 6325 on a freight, the 1293 and the then-recently acquired ex-VIA Rail Canada F units on a passenger train.

Shown are four images from that weekend, which Ursula attended with me.

The trip also featured raffles with winners offered cab rides. Ursula actually won a cab ride in the 6325 and gave me the winning ticket. I think to this day I still have a smile on my face.

Photo 7 is at Port Washington while Photo 8 is at West Lafayette.

The next day, Oct. 6, 2002, Jim Arcaro attended with me. Photo 9 was made just west of Conesville on the former Nickel Plate Road (nee Wheeling & Lake Erie).

Photo 10 is a side by side with the 1293 at West Coshocton. The photo line is on the ex Pennsylvania Railroad mainline. Both lines were operated by the Ohio Central. 

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Some Memories of CP 1293

November 14, 2020

Many remember Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 No. 1293 as one of four Pacific-type locomotives that operated ay Steamtown USA in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

 For the 1976 U.S. bicentennial, No. 1293 operated on the Vermont’’ Bicentennial Steam Exhibition. The 1980 horror movie Terror Train, starred Jamie Lee Curtis and CP No. 1293, which had been renumbered as 1881.

After Steamtown’s relocation to Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1983, the 1293 in not operated.

The top photo shows the 1293 at Steamtown in Scranton during our visit there in 1995.

Little did we know that it would be purchased by Jerry Jacobson the following year and be relocated to the Ohio Central.

After a 13-month restoration, the 1293 debuted on a September 1997 weekend photo special, shown in the top photo below.

Three weeks later it ran on a trip with Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 No. 13 for the Akron Railroad Club on Oct. 11, 1997.

The next two photographs show the 1293 during photo runbys at Barrs Mills.

The last photo shows the steamer doing a runby north of Dundee.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Another Good Ohio Central Steam Memory

August 8, 2020

Oh what good memories we have of chasing and photographing steam locomotives on the Ohio Central back in the day. We probably thought those days would never end or at least hoped they would last a little longer than they did.

During the summer, you could head south to catch Ohio Central 1293 or 1551 leading the Sugar Creek-Baltic tourist train.

No. 1293 is shown here leading the train southbound entering Baltic in October 1998.

Photograph by Robert Farkas