Posts Tagged ‘Pennsylvania Railroad’

Still Says Pennsy

June 23, 2022

It may be the early Penn Central era, but this locomotive still in Pennsylvania Railroad markings is working in what is believed to be Conway Yard near Pittsburgh. The image was made in 1968 or in 1969.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Ft.WRHS Acquires 2 Ex-PRR Passenger Cars

June 23, 2022

Two former Pennsylvania Railroad passenger cars have been acquired by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society for excursion train use.

The cars are former sleepers Collinsville Inn and Franklin Inn that were built by the Budd Company in 1949.

The Pennsy converted them to coaches in 1963. The cars were donated to the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in 2008. The Ft.WRHS acquired the cars from the Washington chapter.

The Collinsville Inn ran for a time on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Both cars now feature a PRR livery.

Each car is expected to be used on excursions of the Indiana Rail Experience, a series of trips to be pulled by former Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765.

Penn Central Lives On Here

April 17, 2022

You are looking northward on U.S. 31 just west of Bunker Hill, Indiana. This bridge was built during the Penn Central era and featured that railroad’s herald impressed into the concrete. Few railroad bridges today still feature the heralds of the railroads that use them but at one time it was a common practice. Typically the herald was a piece of metal or was painted onto the bridge.

This bridge carried the former Pennsylvania Railroad route that extended from Columbus, Ohio, to Logansport, Indiana. Most of that line was abandoned by Conrail so not only does this bridge pay tribute to a fallen flag railroad it also no longer has railroad tracks.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Switching on the Pennsy in Akron

January 30, 2022

Pennsylvania Railroad DS44 No. 7851 is switching in the yard behind or next to Firestone Tire in Akron in late 1966 or January 1967.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail SD40 in Massillon

January 23, 2022

Conrail SD40 No. 6311 works in Massillon on July 17, 1980. The unit was built February 1966 for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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.