Posts Tagged ‘Penn Central E unit’

Quite a Penn Central Collection

May 7, 2021

Let’s see what we’ve got here. There is E8A No. 4294, E8A No. 4070, E7B No. 4104, E7B No. 4107 and GE U25B No. 2658. They are teamed up to the westbound westbound Penn Central train Mail 9″in Canton on Sept. 10, 1972.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

When PC 4321 Did Not Look So Rusty

November 25, 2016


I enjoyed seeing the recent posting of the photo of the former Penn Central E unit in Bellevue. I’ve attached a side-by-side I put together of the same unit from when I shot it in the late 1970s over in E-Port, New Jersey, to today’s look in Bellevue (Remember my Rust Never Sleeps ARRC blog entry from a while back?). As a note, this unit is NOT part of the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum. It is privately owned. Hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

Photographs by Roger Durfee


Rust Never Sleeps

December 3, 2014


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Abandoned or neglected, the end result is often the same.

This former Penn Central E8 (No. 4321) has resided next to the Toledo District of Norfolk Southern in Bellevue, Ohio, for well over 10 years.

Like a cicada that has shed its shell, this unit is a ghost of its former self, the empty engine-less hollow skin of a once sleek machine.

Not everything can be saved, but it is sad to contemplate the fate of this survivor of EMD’s streamline design. Somehow the tattered remains of the Penn Central logos seem fitting.

After someone had remarked that this unit spent some time on the New Jersey Transit, a light went on and I remembered I had shot a double logo PC unit over in Elizabethport, N.J., back in the early ‘80s.

Could it have been this same engine? I located the slide in short order, a nose shot to highlight that “double mating worm” logo.

So attached is a “then and now” of a junk E unit, Aug. 17, 1981, and Nov. 28, 2014, of Penn Central 4321.

It’s an often photographed gutless relic that started life as a shiny New York Central E unit, but it’s good to know the missing guts helped return two other E units into running machines.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee