Posts Tagged ‘Penn Central Alcos’

Cold Day to be Working in Canton

August 25, 2021

Penn Central Alco C628 No. 6301 is in Canton on a cold day somewhere between 1968 and 1972. This motive power consist also has an EMD SD45 and another C628. The 6301 was built for the Pennsylvania Railroad in March 1965 as the 6301. It also carried that roster number during its brief time working for Conrail where it never patched with CR markings.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Penn Central Monday

October 14, 2019

Just about every railroad has someone who thinks fondly of it, particularly once it has become a fallen flag.

In many cases that fondness is rooted in that railroad having been around during the years of your life when you were particularly impressionable.

Perhaps thinking about that railroad is linked with people and places that are no more.

As a business enterprise, Penn Central Transportation Company was a failure, plunging into bankruptcy in June 1970, a mere two years after it began with the merger of the New York Central and Pennsylvania railroads.

For those who came of age in the Penn Central era, the PC might dominate your earliest railfanning memories.

If that is the case, you’ll no doubt enjoy seeing these images. At top isĀ  PC U25B No. 2500 at Collinwood Yard in Cleveland.

Of course if you want to see the 2500 in the flesh, so to speak, all you need do is take a drive to North East, Pennsylvania, and visit the Lake Shore Railway Museum where this unit is on display in its original NYC cigar band livery.

The middle image was made early in the PC era at the Collinwood diesel shop in Cleveland.

Three of the four locomotives are in the paint scheme of their previous owner.

While many will recognize No. 4089 as an EMD E8A, not so many will recognize 2055 as a rare Alco C430.

Providing a bookend to the series is the bottom image, which looks like Penn Central but was actually made early in the Conrail era.

PC F7A remains in full PC paint although it is actually a Conrail unit because the date is May 11, 1977.

PC and Conrail often assigned F units to trains operating through Akron on the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s Akron Branch.

How we would like to go back to that era now if only for one day to photograph those locomotives and their trains.

Photograph by Robert Farkas