Posts Tagged ‘Ohio Central steam locomotive No. 6325’

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: Getting Service

September 3, 2022

Ohio Central 4-8-4 No. 6325 is being serviced at Bowerston on Aug. 13, 2004. The former Grand Trunk Western locomotive was built by American Locomotive Works in Schenectady, New York, in 1942 and sat for several year in Battle Creek, Michigan, awaiting a restoration that never was finished due to lack of funds. The Northern-type locomotive was later towed to Coshocton and restoration work resumed under Ohio Central auspices in 1998. The  “Queen of Ohio Central Rails” moved under its own power for the first time in 40 years on July 31, 2001.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: ARRC Steam Trip Memories

July 30, 2022

Here are three of one of my favorite steam locomotives in action on Oct. 13, 2001, with an Akron Railroad Club excursion on the Ohio Central

Former Grand Trunk Western 4-8-4 No. 6325 is shown in Pearl on the point for a photo runby for the photographers.

The other two images were made at a location that I did not record. It is shown in the bottom image backing up to Sugarcreek to pick up the excursion train. Having passed me, I took the going away photo (middle image) at the same location.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: An ARRC Excursion at Pearl

October 2, 2021

Remember when the Akron Railroad Club used to have steam excursions on the Ohio Central? Yeah, it’s been several years since one of those ran. Shown is 4-8-4 No. 6325, a former Grand Trunk Western locomotive, pulling a southbound ARRC trip at Pearl in October 2001.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Ohio Central Memories

June 12, 2021

Former Grand Trunk Western 4-8-4 No. 6325 was the pride of the steam locomotive fleet back in the day when the Ohio Central had a steam excursion program. It is shown above in Baltic in October 2001. Today the 6325 sits at the Age of Steam Museum in Sugarcreek, its excursion days seemingly behind it.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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: A Fondness for GTW Steam

December 26, 2020

During my years of volunteering at the former Baltimore & Ohio West Third Street roundhouse in Cleveland with former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070, I had the opportunity to work on train and engine crews during the operation on the Cuyahoga Valley Line in the 1980s.

Because of this I’ve gained a special fondness for Grand Trunk Western steam locomotives.

Posted here are some of the surviving GTW steam locomotives that I’ve seen and some that operated after being retired by the Grand Trunk.

In the top image is GTW 0-8-0 No. 8380 at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois.

It is one of seven survivors that was sold by GTW in 1960 to Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling, Illinois, for scrapping.

The company actually used them at the mill because they were in good condition. The final day of use was Dec. 3, 1980. Seven survive today. This image made in Union on Sept. 2, 1985.

GTW 4-6-2 No. 5632 is shown at Durand, Michigan. More noteworthy was the horrible ending for sister 5629 in 1987.

GTW 5629 was owned by Richard Jensen through the 1960s until 1987 when it was scrapped.

The first of the images of the 5632 was made on May 5, 1985. The next image, made on Aug. 14, 2005, shows years of weathering

GTW 2-8-2 No. 4070 is shown at the Cleveland B&O yard on July 17, 1977, and then crossing Portage Path north of Akron returning to Independence on Aug. 6, 1989.

GTW 4-8-4 No. 6323 is shown at the Illinois Railway Museum. It ran fan trips on the Grand Trunk until 1961. This photo was made Sept. 2, 1985.

GTW 4-8-4 No. 6325 was restored by Jerry Jacobson’s Ohio Central steam crew. It currently resides at the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek.

It is shown on June 8, 2002 during a photo charter I rode with Marty Surdyk. We see the 6325 at Dennison and near Jewett.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

An Ohio Central Steam Chase

August 9, 2020

It is a foggy Aug. 13, 2004, in Dennison (top photograph). Ohio Central 4-8-4 No. 6325 is on one end of the train while the rust-colored duo of F7A 1000 and F7A 1001 is on the other end.

The Ohio Central motive power has picked up an Orrville Railroad Heritage Society fantrip.

In the middle photo, the 6325, which once operated for the Grand Trunk Western, is westbound with the train a few miles west of Bowerston.

In the bottom image, Nos. 1000 and 1001 plus OHCR GP7u No. 471 are being towed west. I never could catch up with the train after this.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

Remember Being Here On This Day?

July 5, 2019

It’s Oct. 2, 2001. You’re one of the 177 aboard a steam train leaving Sugar Creek en route to Morgan Run behind Ohio Central 6325.

It’s a nice day, nearly ideal for photography and you’re looking forward to the photo runby that will be staged at Pearl.

Tickets for this trip, which was sponsored by the Akron Railroad Club were $23 for adults and $18 for children.

The 6325 is a 4-8-4 Northern Type built by Alco for the Grand Trunk Western and it could put on a show.

After returning to Sugar Creek, many of those aboard had dinner at the Swiss Hat restaurant.

The program featured Ross Rowland presenting a video about Chesapeake & Ohio 4-8-4 No. 614, built by Lima.

Photograph by Robert Farkas


An Early Foray Into Digital Photography

March 9, 2017

Your recent blog post about early digital camera acceptance got me thinking about what could be done back then. Here is an example from 2004.

By 2004, a railfan could buy a good 4 megapixel camera like my Olympus and post a decent quality photo online, but true full-page book-quality digital images were much harder back then because of the lack of pixels.

Ohio Central No. 6325 is westbound nearing Dennison, Ohio, on Aug. 1, 2004. She was in Dennison for Train Fest 2004.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas