Posts Tagged ‘Penn Central locomotives’

Northbound in Akron in Early Conrail Days

January 27, 2023

Former Penn Central SD35 No. 6022 is northbound in Akron on May 26, 1977. Very likely, this train is heading to Hudson and then on to Motor Yard in Macedonia.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Penn Central Trio at Collinwood

January 18, 2023

A trio of Penn Central locomotives, Nos. 2552, 2649, and 6337, lead a train through Collinwood Yard in Cleveland during the period of 1969 to 1972.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

E8A Leading Mail 9 in Canton

December 27, 2022

How strange, especially at this time of year, to think that the mail once moved by train. For a long while special cars had postal agents picking up the mail, sorting the mail and getting it ready to drop off at other cities.

When manned mail cars were no longer used, mail trains that just carried already-sorted mail from city to city could still be found.

This is Penn Central’s Mail 9. The PC found a good use for some of their E-units that were no longer needed after Amtrak took over the nation’s passenger trains.

Leading the Mail 9 is PC E8A No. 4246 westbound past Fairhope Tower in Canton around July) 1973.

The motive power consist includes an E8A, E8A, E7A, E7B, E8A, and another E7A.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas 

An Alco Two for Tuesday

December 27, 2022

We know many of you enjoy seeing Alco locomotives so here are two of them for Tuesday.

In the top image former Pennsylvania Railroad Alco RS11 No. 7621 has a Penn Central roster number as it sits mostly backlighted by the sun in the Conway Yard engine facility near Pittsburgh in September 1968.

In the bottom image, Alco RS3 No. 5550 is in Conway the same month. To the left are two Alcos and to the right are two Baldwins.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Remember Detroit Edison U Boats?

December 18, 2022

Sometimes the wayback machine turns up a photograph made by an unidentified photographer. Nonetheless, many of you will remember a time when Detroit Edison had a fleet of locomotives that pulled the coal trains feeding its power plants. They were still common sights in Northeast Ohio into the early 1990s.

This image of DEEX No. 011, a GE U40C built in 1972, was made in May 1974 in Cleveland at what appears to be Collinwood Yard. Partly visible is Penn Central F7A No. 1787, a former New York Central locomotive.

Collection of Robert Farkas

Waiting the Scrapper’s Torch in East Altoona

November 13, 2022

Every once in a while, I’ll find some glassine envelopes containing treasures from a long ago trip. The first part of one such envelope contains photos of the Penn Central scrap line in East Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1969 or 1970.

We see former Pennsylvania Railroad 6810 (6810 is its PC number), formerly PRR 8610, an Alco RSD-7. We also see New York Central Alco S4 No. 9760. On the far right is my good friend John Woodworth taking down the roster numbers.

Behind the 9760 is PRR Fairbanks Morse Train Master No. 6707. A side shot is blocked by the next line of locomotives.

Other images include PRR 6708, an FM H24-66 Train Master. NYC 8305, an FM H12-44, and a second NYC FM switcher are sunning themselves. Soon these locomotives will feel the heat of the scrapper’s torch.

Finally, we see PRR 4216, an EMD E7A, and PRR 7949 (PC number), which I believe this is a Baldwin DS44-1000.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Very Early in the Conrail Era in Akron

November 9, 2022

Penn Central SD45 No. in Akron on June 29, 1976. It is on the point of a westbound near Voris Street. Trailing behind it is a former Erie Lackawanna unit. This image was made during the early months of Conrail.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Penn Central F7A at Collinwood

October 22, 2022

Oh, how we would like to go back in time for even one day to see scenes such as this. Fortunately, we have the wayback machine to remind us what we missed. Shown is Penn Central F7A No. 176 at the Collinwood engine facility in Cleveland on Oct. 8, 1972. This unit was built for the New York Central in March 1952.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Harrisburg Area Two for Tuesday

September 27, 2022

Here are two from Pennsylvania made a decade apart. In the top image, the remains of Penn Central EP-5 No. 4976 are in Harrisburg on Aug. 22, 1978. The unit was built for the New Haven by General Electric in April 1955.

In the bottom image, a bevy of Conrail locomotives are leading a freight west on the Rockville Bridge over the Susquehanna River in Marysville on June 27, 1988. Note that one of the units is a Norfolk & Western locomotive in, perhaps, a bit  of foreshadowing of what would happen to Conrail a little over a decade later.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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