Posts Tagged ‘ORHS 471’

Once a Staple of the ORHS

May 15, 2022

If you chased and/or rode Orrville Heritage Society excursion trains in the early 2000s you no doubt saw GP7u No. 471. It was the society’s primary motive power during that era. Built by EMD in September 1950 as a GP7 for the Maine Central, it was later rebuilt, hence the letter “u” in the model designation. ORHS purchased the 471 on April 28, 2000, from the Ohio Central System for $121,000. It is shown in Orrville on Nov. 8, 2009.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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

ORHS Offering Throttle Time Program in 2020

November 29, 2019

The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society will resume its Throttle Time with GP7u No. 471 in May 2020.

For $471 participants will be able to operate the 1,500 horsepower locomotive on track at the ORHS rail yard located at DABO, Incorporated in Orrville.

The session will last for an hour and include safety and operation training as well as 20 minutes in the engineer’s seat at the throttle.

There will also be a look inside the locomotive’s engine compartment.

Participants must be 18 years or older to purchase a session, which also comes with an honorary engineer certificate and one year membership in the ORHS.

The information and order form can be downloaded at the ORHS website at

Long pants and closed toe footwear is required and gloves are recommended.

The application form notes that participants must have a clean driving record, must follow directions from ORHS staff, and must assume all liability during the session.