Posts Tagged ‘Pennsylvania Railroad’

On the Way to Grandma’s House

February 5, 2023

It is 1966 in Dennison. My family is heading south to visit my grandparents in Oco, Ohio. As we drove past the Pennsylvania Railroad yard in Dennison, I took these three photographs through the window.

We see a yard scene with work train cars, another yard scene and PRR cabin car No. 986805 without its trucks in the yard.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

One Day at Wilbeth Road in Akron

January 7, 2023

It is between 1967 and 1969 in Akron when Pennsylvania Railroad No. 6217 heads an eastbound freight underneath the Wilbeth Road walk bridge.

The train is on joint tracks used by the Pennsy and Baltimore & Ohio between Warwick Tower in Clinton and Arlington Street Tower in Akron.

Looking down makes the superelevation of the curve at this location seem more severe than it is. The nearest track is PRR/Penn Central. The next two are the B&O-PRR mainlines.

The three tracks on the other side of the B&O-PRR mainlines are the Erie Lackawanna mainlines and a long EL track to serve industries paralleling the EL mainlines.

Today only the two ex-B&O-PRR mainline tracks are still in place here.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

All Contribute to the History of This Place

January 5, 2023

A signal, a boxcar and a building. Each of them contributes to the history in this photo. We are in Clinton somewhere between 1967 and 1972.

The eastbound signal guards the unseen (now-removed) Pennsylvania Railroad/Penn Central line that diverged just east (photo right) of here from the eastbound main

The train is heading west and the boxcar is not the usual boxcar red B&O boxcar.

Most likely it has special paint because of its insulated cushion underframe.

The building behind the train seems to have been around since long before I started railfanning. Today it houses a restaurant/bar and apartments.

Boxcars such as this are still in use. They have about a foot of cork insulation inside all around, and are used to keep things such as beer and wine cool, but not ice cold, which would account for the cushion underframe if hauling glass bottles. 

It looks like the plug door may have come from a different car, since the color doesn’t match.

Today CSX has only a single track instead of an eastbound and westbound track. The ex-PRR track diverged here and went west past Warwick Tower toward Orrville is gone.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

The Pennsy Yard Scene in Dennison in 1967

December 31, 2022

Mike Ondecker and I found this Pennsylvania Railroad scene at the yard in Dennison in mid-1967. Notice the damaged boxcar.

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

Merry Christmas from the Pennsylvania Railroad

December 25, 2022

Back in the day railroads would promote travel on their passenger trains during the holiday travel seasons by creating elaborate advertisement with seasonal themes. It is a practice that Amtrak has all but abandoned. To celebrate Christmas Day we bring back a slice of the past in the form of this Pennsylvania Railroad advertisement. It also is a reminder of a time when train travel was as popular as air travel today.

Pennsy Two for Tuesday

December 20, 2022

Here are a pair of Pennsylvania Railroad images for two for Tuesday. In the top image E7A No. 4212 is in the Penn Central scrap line in East Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1969 or 1970.

In the bottom image, cabin car No. 477628 was photographed most likely in 1966 or 1967. Amazingly, it still had a Trainphone antenna. There is a good chance that this photo was taken through a car window as we passed the PRR yard in Dennison.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Rare Alco Find in Altoona

December 9, 2022

Pennsylvania Railroad No. 6808 has a Penn Central roster number and I caught it in the East Altoona, Pennsylvania, scrap line in 1969 or1970. This is a rare Alco RSD-7.

Photograph by 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

The Scene, Not Just the Locomotive

October 30, 2022

Sometimes it’s the scene and not just the locomotive. It is the summer of 1967 in Dennison, Ohio.

My friend Mike Ondecker and I have left our usual railfanning locations to go to see the Pennsylvania Railroad in Dennison.

In a few months, Penn Central will change everything, but for today, this is still Pennsy history.

PRR U25B No. 2608 is working the yard and has come east of the road at the east end of the yard. Soon, the GE U boat will back into the yard and resume work, but for now let’s soak in the summer sun and the scene.

There is so much to see. As an example, check out the Insulbrick on the East End Restaurant. Insulbrick was similar to the shingles that you might find on a house.

It is made with a brick design and used on the sides of a building.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas