Posts Tagged ‘Pennsylvania Railroad’

Faded Pennsy Glory

January 14, 2022

I made this photograph of the former Pennsylvania Railroad freight station in Canton on July 10, 2008, when I was working on my book Canton Area Railroads.

Obviously, the brick structure was unused at the time and had not been for several years. It was just a matter of time before it had a date with a wreck ball. But that would not occur for another decade.

The freight station was built by the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago in 1865 and expanded in 1903 and 1908.

It sat just to the east of Cherry Avenue near Madison Street. At one time the PFt.W&C had a passenger station 100 feet west of its freight station.

That depot was replaced by the PRR with another passenger station in 1915 on Market Street South and Ninth Street NW. It was razed in 1976 when Amtrak built a much smaller station at the site that it used for its Broadway Limited and later Capitol Limited until November 1990.

As far as I know the former Amtrak station still stands but remains unused.

Article by Craig Sanders

Looking Out the Window of Fairhope Tower

January 14, 2022

I took this photo of Penn Central SW7 No. 9098 from Fairhope Tower in Canton in mid/early-late 1972. The tower was located just just east of the Pennsylvania Railroad yard in Canton. Fairhope was where the Bayard Cutoff diverged from the Fort Wayne Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Rail News Items From Ohio, Indiana

January 3, 2022

Various railroad related news items of note:

Cargill has taken over the switching of its grain plant in Sidney, Ohio. That work had been done by CSX.

Two switchers in Cargill’s green and white livery have been assigned to the Sidney facility which reportedly will see its yard expanded and realigned.

The Sidney facility is an integrated soybean crush and refined oils plant that is located along the CSX Indianapolis Line (former New York Central).

No injuries occurred on Dec. 23 when a CSX train derailed nine cars at Ansonia, Ohio, also on the Indianapolis Line. The cars were empty auto racks and one turned over.

The derailment occurred as the train was shoving cars around the connection to an R.J. Corman line to Ansonia from Greenville, Ohio.

A story on Dec. 10 damaged the former Pennsylvania Railroad passenger station in Effner, Indiana.

The structure was subsequently razed. Since the Conrail era the former PRR line that once extended from Logansport to Effner has been operated by the Toledo, Peoria & Western.

Pennsy Two for Tuesday in Dennison

November 23, 2021

The late Mike Ondecker and I were in Dennison in the summer of 1967 where a westbound Pennsylvania Railroad coal train was about to enter or pass through the yard. It would be the last summer of Pennsy operation of this facility on the Pittsburgh-St. Louis line. We see the train in coming and going photographs. The signal shown in the top image is at the east end of the yard.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Pennsy GP9 at Horseshoe Curve Gets New Paint

November 8, 2021

The former Pennsylvania Railroad GP9 on static display at Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, has received a new coat of paint.

Trains magazine reported on its website that the unit now has the correct shade of Brunswick Green used by the Pennsy.

The locomotive is situated in a park that is maintained by the Railroaders Memorial Museum of Altoona.

Museum officials also said that Horseshoe Curve park will remain open on a limited basis during the winter.

In previous years the park closed between January and March. The winter hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Some exceptions will be made for the upcoming holiday season and during the first two weeks of January.

NKP Depot to be Fixed Up, New Uses for NYC, PRR Depots

November 4, 2021

A former Nickel Plate Road station in Veedersburg, Indiana, will be renovated with the help of two grants.

One grant of $20,000 came from the Grainger Foundation while the Efroymson Family Fund provided a $10,000 grant.

Veedersburg was located on the former Toledo, St. Louis & Western, better known as the Clover Leaf. The track through Veedersburg was abandoned by Norfolk Southern in the late 1980s.

In other railroad station news, the former New York Central station in Bryan, Ohio, is now a barbeque restaurant known as the Third Rail Saloon. It is located next to the NS Chicago Line.

A former Pennsylvania Railroad freight house in Eaton, Ohio, will become a bakery. The station is located on the NS New Castle Subdivision, which once hosted PRR passenger trains between Chicago and Cincinnati.

The PRR passenger station in Eaton is now a liquor store.

All That Was Left of the CA&C in Warwick

October 27, 2021

It is November 1988 in Warwick where all that is left of the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad line to Orrville and Columbus is this short stub passing in front of Warwick Tower. Originally, this route was known as the Cleveland, Akron & Columbus. Soon this track and the crossings would be gone as well as one of the two lines being crossed. The line that would be left would become an R.J. Corman line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

In the Altoona Dead Line

October 21, 2021

I’m not sure if the late Mike Ondecker was with us this time, but John Woodard and I found former Pennsylvania Railroad 6703, a Fairbanks-MorseTrain Master, in the scrap line in East Altoona, Pennsylvania, in what was most likely was 1969. If we had not been forbidden to climb on the locomotive, we would probably have closed the doors.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EBT Acquires ex-PRR Steel Boxcar

August 21, 2021

Pennsylvania-based East Broad Top Railroad has acquired a standard-gauge 40-foot steel boxcar that it will use to show how such cars were once handled on the narrow-gauge railroad.

The car is a former Pennsylvania Railroad X29-class car that EBT got from the now defunct Kiski Junction Railroad in Schenley, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh.

EBT staff will show visitors how the railroad avoided a costly and time-consuming transfer of freight between standard and three-foot narrow gauge cars.

The car the EBT received will need to be restored before it can be used for that purpose.

Back when it was still a common carrier freight hauler, the EBT used its Timber Transfer crane at Mount Union, Pennsylvania, to transform the car to narrow-gauge operation.

The car was built for the Pennsy in 1934.

EBT officials hope to eventually acquire two more standard-gauge cars, perhaps a covered hopper, gondola, or tank car to use as examples of cars that traveled on the EBT.

Moving Day in Union City

July 28, 2021

Years of planning and fundraising paid off in Union City, Indiana, on Tuesday when a moving company moved the town’s railroad interlocking tower about a block west to a park.

The brick tower, which closed in 1968, once controlled the crossing of the New York Central”s (Big Four) Cleveland-Indianapolis line with the Pennsylvania Railroad’s (Panhandle) Columbus-Logansport, Indiana, line.

Local interests raised more than $56,000 which was matched by a $50,000 grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Agency.

Union City, located on the Indiana-Ohio border, had faced a late March deadline to commit to moving the tower or else it would be razed by CSX.

The former Pennsy line through Union City is gone, but the former NYC line is today the Indianapolis Line of CSX.

Three city streets were closed so the tower could be move on dollies by Wolfe House & Building Movers.

The tower is slated to be restored with the lower level being used as a visitor center with restrooms, and the upper level returned to its appearance when the tower was still open.

It is located in the southwest corner of Artisan Crossing park and faces the CSX tracks in the same manner that it did before it was moved. The park is adjacent to the CSX Indianapolis Line and across the street from the restored former PRR passenger station.

In the top image, the tower is being wheeled west on Pearl Street. The bottom image shows the tower in its final resting place.