Posts Tagged ‘Penn Central F7A locomotives’

It’s No Longer Penn Central

September 25, 2022

Appearances to the contrary, this is an early Conrail photo made in Akron. Penn Central F7A No. 1782 is westbound on June 5, 1976. Very soon the train will arrive at Conrail’s ex-Pennsylvania Railroad South Akron Yard. The unit was built by EMD in November 1951 for the New York Central.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Just Hanging Around in Collinwood

August 7, 2022

Penn Central F7As 1807 and 1756 are among several locomotives in the engine facility in Collinwood Yard in Cleveland in March 1973.

Photographs 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

Penn Central F Unit in Marion

October 16, 2020

Penn Central F7A No. 1743 leads an eastbound through Marion in fall 1968. Notice the Northern Pacific boxcar on a train passing on an adjacent track.

The trains are crossing the former Pennsylvania Railroad line between Sandusky and Columbus that at the time this image was made had come under Norfolk & Western ownership.

The tracks in use were a paired arrangement between PC and Erie Lackawanna as far east as Galion.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Penn Central in Twinsburg

August 13, 2020

Penn Central F7A No. 1722 is sitting in Twinsburg on Feb. 25, 1973. Notice the cab-less geep making this an A-B-A motive power set. All of that snow on the ground probably makes you feel cold.

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

Still Has That Pennsy Look

June 12, 2020

It may actually be Penn Central EMD FP7A No. 4332 but it is still wearing its Pennsylvania Railroad markings. The image was made in Collinwood Yard, a former New York Central facility, in Cleveland on Nov. 11, 1968.

In the bottom image, PC GG1 No. 4924 also still has its PRR paint as it sits in is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in the early PC era.

This may have come from the Memorial Day weekend 1969 trip that John Woodworth, Mike Ondecker, and I took. I’m not certain.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

The Old and the New Look

April 17, 2020

A pair of Penn Central F7A units that are likely a set of helpers on their way to pick up a train are shown in Canton in 1968 or 1969.

No. 1763 still wears its New York Central markings while No. 1905 has already been transformed from its Pennsylvania Railroad look into the PC livery.

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