Posts Tagged ‘Penn Central F units’

Early in the PC Era at Collinwood

September 19, 2021

You can’t tell from this angle but that is a former Pennsylvania Railroad FP7 sitting at the locomotive service rack at Collinwood Yard in Cleveland in either 1968 or 1969. That would make it a Penn Central locomotive although not but too long.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

F Units in Alliance

July 29, 2021

PC F7A No. 1703 leads a train bound for Conway Yard near Pittsburgh down the Bayard Branch in Alliance in July 1972. The 1703 was built for the New York Central in May 1951. Although the scene depicts former Pennsylvania Railroad territory, the NYC had a line that passed through Alliance.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Elephant Style in Cleveland

March 26, 2021

There is something about seeing locomotives lined up elephant style, particularly if they are F units. Penn Central Nos. 1712, 1732, and 1716 are at Collinwood Yard in Cleveland on Sep. 15, 1974.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Penn Central F Units Two for Tuesday

February 2, 2021

It’s a late afternoon in June 1976 in the early Conrail era in Akron. Four Conrail F-units still in full Penn Central paint are headed to Hudson and on to Motor Yard on train AMA which is led by F7A 1744. How thankful I am for photos like these.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Penn Central F Units

December 3, 2020

A gaggle of Penn Central F7A units sit in Cleveland on Oct. 8, 1972. The photographer said in a note that the units are Nos. 1878, 1656, and 1648. The latter would be painted years later in Conrail blue.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Just Another Penn Central F Unit

June 25, 2020

If you can’t get enough of those F units from the camera of Bob Farkas, we’ve got another one for you today. Shown is Penn Central F7A No. 1683 in Cleveland on Sept. 15, 1974. It began life as New York Central 1683. It would later be renumbered by Conrail as 1798 in order to clear a roster spot for a GP15.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Finding a Lost Penn Central Memory

June 20, 2020

My late friend Mike Ondecker took this photo of a Penn Central train heading north through Akron in the summer of 1968.

The Baltimore & Ohio switcher on the stub track most likely was there to remove a mail car from the westbound B&O Diplomat.

As for the railfan, that’s 21-year old me with my Dad’s (soon to be mine) Mamiya C3 twin lens reflex camera.

It’s amazing what one can find in a glassine envelope that may have last seen light 50 plus years ago.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker, Article by Robert Farkas

Railroading as it Once Was: Black & White Image for a Black & White Railroad

February 15, 2017


Penn Central locomotives were not known for their flashy livery. They had a minimalist black and white appearance with the PC herald affixed to the nose and the flanks.

Yet many photographers would love to be able to go back in time to see Penn Central again, if for one day.

We can’t do that, but we do have multiple images from the Penn Central era to remind us of another time.

PC F7A No. 1865 leads a train through Akron over tracks that have received minimal maintenance in recent years. The unit was built in October 1952 for the New York Central.

Photograph by Roger Durfee

Two for One

December 1, 2016



It is early in the Penn Central era (1968 or 1969), and PC 1665 (Notice the red “P” and white “C”) and New York Central 1666 are leading a northbound PC freight heading to Hudson. Is this an image of the ex-Erie Lackawanna Akron passenger station when it was still in use or a distant image of two F’s? You be the judge.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas