Posts Tagged ‘Ohio Central steam locomotives’

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: On its Way to the CVSR

October 1, 2022

Central of Ohio 4-6-2 No. 1293, which you probably better know as Ohio Central 1293, is heading north in Barrs Mills on Sept. 6, 2012, on its way to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Steam in the Valley 2012. It would be the last time this locomotive ran on the CVSR.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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: 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: 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 Sunday: Timeless OC Baltic Memory

December 26, 2021

During the days when it was pulling excursions on the Ohio Central system, former Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 No. 1293 passed through Baltic, Ohio, countless times. Some of those trips involved pulling the tourist train between Sugarcreek and Baltic. That was the locomotive’s assignment in August 1998 when Bob caught it bound for Baltic. The 1293 is still operable but opportunities for it to pull excursions trains have become exceedingly rare.

Photograph 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

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: Nearing Baltic

August 28, 2021

In the photo collections of numerous Ohio railroad photographers are images similar to this. Ohio Central 1551 is pulling the Sugar Creek-Baltic steam excursions. The 1551 was often given this assignment. The train is southbound in mid 1998.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Guest of the Byesville Scenic

August 21, 2021

Ohio Central steam locomotives made occasional appearances off their home rails. Such was the case on June 16, 2007, when 4-6-2 Pacific-type No. 1293 ran on the Byesville Scenic Railway in Southern Ohio.

Photograph by Robert Farkas