Posts Tagged ‘Ohio Central’

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

Quite a Motive Power Consist in Massillon

July 21, 2022

You’ve probably never seen a motive consist quite like this before and you probably won’t again.

It is April 10, 1998, in Massillon and a southbound Ohio Central train operating on the R.J. Corman has quite an ecletic collection of motive power including SPCX No. 705, OHCR No. 7573, and Connecticut Department of Transportation No. 471.

The lead unit is a GP10 that at the time was in the motive fleet of Qwest, which is best known as being a telecommunications company and not a railroad.

But it had a fleet of locomotives, including the 705, which was built for the Illinois Central as a GP9 in January 1955.

By this date it had joined the Ohio Central motive power roster although it continued to carry the Qwest herald on the flanks.

It was not unusual for Ohio Central to operate motive power still in the livery of a previous owner or operator.

CDOT 471 is a former Maine Central GP7 built in July 1950. During its time on the CDOT roster it received a livery paying tribute to the New York, New Haven & Hartford.

You probably know this locomotive fairly well because it pulled excursion trains for several years for the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Ohio Central Two for Tuesday

June 28, 2022

Here are two photos of Youngstown & Austintown GP7 No. 1501, formerly a Pittsburgh & Lake Erie unit, on the Ohio Central in July 1998. The top image shows the 1501 sitting in Sugarcreek,. The bottom image was made of it pulling a southbound train approaching Baltic.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Ohio Central Triple Play Near Coshocton

March 6, 2022

Here are three photos of Ohio Central SD45R No. 7499 taken with my 4MP Olympus camera near Coshocton on July 29, 2004. The views are across a field with the Ohio Route 83 bridge in the background and a different view across a field. The 7499 was built as an SD45 for Southern Pacific in May 1968.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Clumping Along at Butterbridge Road

March 3, 2022

An Ohio Central B237-R and its train are southbound on the R.J. Corman Cleveland Subdivision at Butterbridge Road south of Canal Fulton on April 17, 2006. This pond has been photographed often by railfan photographers over the years.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Ohio Central, CSX in Warwick Two for Tuesday

February 14, 2022

Here are two photographs made in Clinton on April 17, 2006. In the top image, Ohio Central B23-7R No. 4095 is about to enter the Warwick Yard on CSX to interchange cars. In the bottom image, CSX GP40-2 No. 6149 is shown on the R.J. Corman track wearing a “patch” paint job. It is a former Baltimore & Ohio unit and is sitting on ex-B&O rails.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Ohio Central Two for Tuesday

January 18, 2022

How about an Ohio Central two for Tuesday. Yup, we thought you might like that. In the top image OHCR GP8 5407 and GP40 No. 3217 are southbound at Beach City in October 1997. No. 5407 was built for the Pennsylvania Railroad in August 1953 as a GP7. It was later rebuilt into a GP8 The 3217 was built in November 1968 for Penn Central and later spent time on the Conrail motive power roster.

In the bottom image GP9 No. 91 and GP38-3 No. 2175 lead a northbound train over Chippewa Creek in Clinton on May 15, 1998, on the R.J. Corman Cleveland Subdivision.

The photographer writes that this image is now much more dangerous to attempt because the bridge on which he was standing no longer has side-of-road white lines. When this image was made there were lines to help keep the drivers in their lanes while at the same time leaving a small walking area.

The 91 was built in April 1957 for the Great Northern while No. 2175 was built for the Louisville & Nashville in June 1971 as a GP38AC.

Not that the 2175 has an early Ohio Central motive power livery.

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

Coming into Warwick

December 17, 2021

It’s Nov. 9, 2009, as the Ohio Central transfer run heads for Warwick Yard in Clinton to interchange with CSX. On the point is a GE B23-S7 that once belonged to Conrail. The train is operating on trackage rights on the R. J. Corman. Warwick Tower has long since been closed and the photographer is standing close to where the Pennsylvania Railroad line between Akron and Columbus once ran.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

An Ohio Central Two for Tuesday

December 7, 2021

It is March 26, 1996 in Massillon where Ohio Central GP8 Nos. 5408 and 5407 are southbound on R.J. Corman, which OC once used to reach Warwick Yard on CSX in Clinton.

The trains are shown passing under the Lincoln Way West bridge and about to pass under the Tremont Avenue SW bridge.

The open area in which I am standing was once the location of the Baltimore & Ohio’s Massillon team tracks and freight station.

Photographs by Robert Farkas