Posts Tagged ‘Ohio Central steam trains’

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: 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

1993 Excursion on R.J. Corman, Ohio Central

September 17, 2020

Ohio Central ran a day-long excursion on June 13, 1993, on R.J. Corman track that was once part of the Baltimore & Ohio.

The train ran from Canal Fulton on the Corman and got onto Ohio Central rails at Justus for the remainder of the trip to Coshocton.

The return trip was pulled by an Ohio Central diesel.

In the top image and the first two images below, former Canadian National 4-6-0 No. 1551 pulls the train through the Mace interlocking in Massillon.

The fourth photograph shows the train crossing the Wheeling & Lake Erie at Harmon just east of Brewster.

The fifth image was made at Justus where the connection to get onto the Ohio Central is just south of the diamond.

Next up the excursion train is shown about halfway between Sugarcreek and Baltic. This location is about 1.5 miles south of the Age of Steam Roundhouse, which had not yet been built when this trip ran.

The last image shows the return trip passing through Massillon as it nears Mace. In the background is the curved bridge over the Tuscarawas River carrying the Fort Wayne Line of the former Pennsylvania Railroad.

The far straight bridge over the river once carried the original W&LE mainline between Brewster and Orrville.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Changing of the Steam Guard in Northeast Ohio

August 9, 2020

From 1975 to 1990 the summer and autumn norm in northeast Ohio was former Grant Trunk Western 2-8-2 4070 running from Cleveland to Akron on the Cuyahoga Valley Line.

Even though it was shut down during 1986 and 1987 due to the transition of the ex-Baltimore & Ohio branch from CSX to the National Park Service, when it returned in 1988 many figured 4070 would be running for years to come.

During the 15-year period I spent many available weekends riding, photographing, then volunteering on the restoration and operating crews.

Little did we all know that after the September 1990 mechanical breakdown of 4070 that a changing of the guard was in the works with the organizations and steam in the area.

Luckily Jerry Jacobson’s Ohio Central began operating steam tourist trains out of Sugarcreek in October 1988.

For the next 15 plus years we saw a variety of steamers operating, the former Canadian National 4-6-0 No. 1551.

It had been built by Montreal Locomotive Works in April 1912 as Canadian Northern 1354.

These are two of my favorite photos of Jerry’s first operating steamer on the Ohio Central taken just one month after 4070’s last time under steam.

In the top image, No. 1551 leads a train near Fresno. In the bottom image it cruises through Baltic. Both images were made on Oct. 14, 1990.

Article and 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

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

Steam Sunday: Ohio Central 13 in Sugarcreek

July 19, 2020

Ohio Central 2-8-0 No. 13 leads the northbound excursion train into Sugarcreek on July 4, 1996. The former Buffalo Creek & Gauley locomotive is passing the base of a steam-era water tower.

The late Jerry Jacobson purchased No. 13 in 1993 with the intent of using it as a backup to No. 1551 on the Sugarcreek excursions.

No. 13 has not been in steam since the late 1990s. The Age of Steam Roundhouse website says No. 13 needs significant running gear work and a boiler inspection before it can operate again.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Today’s Ohio Central Steam Memory

January 28, 2020

The Sugarcreek-Baltic steam train that used to operate on the Ohio Central was commonly pulled by 4-6-0 No. 1551, but not always.

In the top photo it is July 4, 1996, and the motive power is 2-8-0 No. 13, which was built in 1920 by Alco-Brooks.

The locomotive had various owners over the years including the Buffalo Creek & Gauley.

In the bottom photo, No. 13 is shown in Sugar Creek.

Photograph by Robert Farkas