Posts Tagged ‘Ohio Central’

A 1984 Excursion on What Was Then NS

April 23, 2021

Norfolk Southern hosted an excursion from Brewster to Zanesville on Oct. 6, 1984. Here are three views of that train operating to Zanesville on what today is part of the Ohio Central System.

The train is shown passing under the Ohio Route 93 bridge in Dundee, entering Dresden and cruising just north of Sugarcreek.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

On the Ohio Central Near Baltic

April 16, 2021

We’re standing in Baltic on Oct. 13, 2006, enjoying a passing northbound Ohio Central freight. On the point is former Conrail B23-7 No. 4096. Trailing is another “super 7,” the 4099.

A former OC operating employee said these units were rebuilt from U23B models for the Monongahela Railway just before Conrail took it over.

The locomotives were rebuilt to something just short of Dash 8 specifications, hence the “super 7” moniker.

“This is a very rare example of a good GE design that has stood the test of time and wear,” he said.  

“While they are expensive to maintain, as most early GE’s were and still are, these have proven to be somewhat cost effective for the G&W so they are still around. They are actually nice to run as well.”

The 4096 was once Conrail 2035 and would later wear the Ohio Central and Genesee & Wyoming liveries.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Ex-Conrail Two for Tuesday

April 6, 2021

At first glance this appears to be a Conrail train. But look again below the roster number on the engineer’s side of the lead unit.

You’ll see the letters OHCR, which indicates that these B23-7 locomotives belong to the Ohio Central System.

They are shown pulling a train at Baltic on Oct. 13, 2006. Both units were originally built for the Western Pacific.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Ohio Central on the R.J. Corman

February 25, 2021

For several years Ohio Central used trackage rights over R. J. Corman to reach the CSX Warwick Yard in Clinton to interchange traffic with the Class 1 carrier.

OC has since switched its CSX interchange to Columbus, but on July 20, 1996, it was still using Corman track.

Shown is a southbound in Massillon that has already completed its interchange work in Warwick. The Corman line is a former Baltimore & Ohio branch.

The train’s motive power is a former Pennsylvania Railroad GP9 built in November 1959 that has been rebuilt into a GP10. It carried OHCR roster number 7574

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Looks Like the Pennsy

January 19, 2021

When these photographs were taken the Pennsylvania Railroad name had been gone for more than 30 years.

There are still times when ghosts of the Pennsy can still be seen roaming. These photographs, for example, appear to show PRR passenger trains on a Pennsy route.

But in one instance the train is actually wearing a PRR-inspired paint scheme on Ohio Central’s Columbus & Ohio River subsidiary, which uses former PRR rails.

These images were taken on the same photo special from Oct. 5, 2002. They were made just west of West Lafayette and crossing the Tuscarawas River just west of Newcomerstown

Some images were made in Bedford on Norfolk Southern’s Cleveland Line, a former PRR route between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

The train is being pulled by Bennett Levin’s Juniata Terminals E7A, which is an actual former Pennsy locomotive.

These images were made on May 8, 2011. 

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Monday Rail Traffic at Center Street in Youngstown

November 12, 2020

While getting photographs of trains and fall colors on Monday, Todd Dillion also stopped by Center Street in Youngstown to check out the action there.

He bagged an Ohio Central train going to Norfolk Southern, a CSX auto rack train, a CSX local with two big GE units running nose to nose and a CSX coal train with a new EMD ST70AH.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Ohio Central Working on the Corman Line

September 25, 2020

Here is a series of images of an Ohio Central train running northbound on R.J. Corman rails on April 19, 2010.

In the top image, the train is in Massillon passing under the Tremont Avenue SW bridge.

In the middle image it has reached Canal Fulton. The grassy area is the approximate location of the old Baltimore & Ohio railroad station.

In the bottom image the train is passing Warwick Tower.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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

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

Conrail RoadRailer at Mace

July 15, 2020

It’s an April day in 1996 and an eastbound Conrail RoadRailer train has the lineup at Mace interlocking in Massillon.

Of to the right you can see an Ohio Central locomotive and its train waiting its turn to cross here.

The OC train is on tracks operated by R.J. Corman and has come down from Warwick where it interchanged cars with CSX.

There used to be a tower here and a set of diamonds. But now the Corman line “crosses” the Fort Wayne Line through a series of switches.

Photograph by Robert Farkas