Posts Tagged ‘Ohio Central’

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

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