Posts Tagged ‘PRR cabin cars’

When Conrail Still Served Akron

July 11, 2021

How is this for an early Conrail era scene? GP9 No. 7074 still wearing Penn Central paint leads another GP9 that has received Conrail blue near Voris Street in early 1979. Note the former Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car in the consist.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Day at the Ohio Railway Museum

May 4, 2021

It’s around 1968 or 1969 in Worthington, Ohio ,where the Ohio Railway Museum and George Silcott’s locomotive sales are located.

The museum is out of sight to the right on the right along with Illinois Terminal 450.

Also on the property Silcott had an ex-Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car, a steam locomotive, an ex-Cincinnati Union Terminal Lima switcher, an ex-Great Northern EMD NW3, an Alco RS-1, and a passenger car.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Tuesday Twofer: Restored Cabooses

September 1, 2020

Today’s Two for Tuesday features a pair of cabooses that have retired from revenue service but been preserved.

The Pennsylvania Railroad called its cabooses cabin cars. In the top image, a former PRR cabin car has gotten a new coat of paint and is looking spiffy as it sits in Minerva, Ohio on Aug. 8, 2004.

Yet the restoration raises the question of whether PRR cabin cars ever had gold roofs.

In the bottom image, a caboose lettered for Wheeling & Lake Erie sits on display in Brewster on Nov. 7, 2009.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

From Pennsy to Penn Central to Conrail

June 25, 2020

This N-5C class former Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car that has been given Conrail colors and markings. On the Pennsy it had roster number 477834 and received roster number 23014 from Penn Central. It is seen in Alliance on its former home rails in December 1978.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Along Ohi-Rail in Minerva

February 15, 2020

Here are two from Ohi-Rail in Minerva on Aug. 19, 2010.

There is a road in Minerva that parallels Ohi-Rail’s yard. These stored locomotives and cabooses were visible at the west and of the yard.

In the top photo are Ohi-Rail No. 102 and Minerva Scenic Railway No. 18.

The MSR used Ohi-Rail trackage but only lasted a few years and was out of business at the time this photo was taken.

In the bottom photo are former a Canadian National vans (caboose), an ex-Conrail caboose, and an ex-Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Marty Said it was All Right

August 8, 2016

PRR cabin car-x

I was stunned. I was standing next to Marty Surdyk in Olmsted Falls one Sunday evening when he raised his Nikon camera and photographed the Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car on display by the former Lake Shore & Michigan Southern depot.

Considering that Marty is still shooting slide film and it costs him about $1 per slide when you factor in the cost of processing and film, I was surprised that he would photograph that PRR relic.

Sure, there was nice late day light on the cabin car, but it also has in large letters the name of the railroad that Marty love to hate. In fact, he can’t bring himself to say the name of the railroad, often instead using the short hand “P company.”

If Marty had his way, this car would either be painted in Penn Central or Conrail markings or it would be removed from the property.

Nonetheless, if  Marty can photograph that PRR cabin car so could I and it didn’t cost me anything but megapixels.

I guess it was all right because the cabin car is displayed next to a former depot and tracks of the New York Central.

Still, I would be surprised if the slide that Marty made ever shows up in a program that he gives to the Akron Railroad Club.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

Longtime Rivals Now Sit Side by Side

January 2, 2016

PRR cabin car in Tyrone

Conrail caboose

For decades the New York Central and the Pennsylvania Railroad were fierce rivals. Then the railroad industry fell upon hard times in the 1950s and someone got the idea that these two rivals should join forces.

We all know how that worked out or, more to the point, didn’t work out. Penn Central filed for bankruptcy protection in June 1970, just over two years after the PRR and NYC got married.

In time, most assets of PC were folded into Conrail, which had a longer and, arguably, more successful lifespan than had PC.

I was recently in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. It’s a former Pennsy town, being located on the mainline that ran between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

A replica of a PRR passenger station is now the home of a historical society and on its lawn sit two cabooses.

Correct that. On the lawn sit a caboose and a cabin car, the latter being the nomenclature that the PRR used to describe what most lay people say is a caboose.

The caboose is not painted in New York Central colors. It looks like it did when Conrail retired it on June 19, 1994.

But it has the shape of a NYC caboose and a check of the Conrail caboose roster determined that it was, indeed, built in March 1963 for the Central.

Both cars sit on what was once a leg of a wye between the mainline and the Bald Eagle Branch. One leg of that branch is used today by short line Nittany & Bald Eagle. The other leg has been abandoned.

But a small portion of it remains to remind everyone that the trains passing on the nearby mainline may be operated by Norfolk Southern, but there is a colorful history here that is worth remembering and commemorating.

So long as there are people alive who remember the mighty oval or the mighty keystone, there will continue to be a rivalry over two companies that have not existed for more than 40 years.

That is how I know that at least one viewer of this post will take notice of the fact that the ex-PRR cabin car got top billing over the ex-Conrail (nee NYC) caboose.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Venerable PRR Cabin Car Makes Last Run

July 31, 2014

The consist of the last run of PRR 478033.

The consist of the last run of PRR 478033.

A last minute invite found me in Minerva, Ohio, last Friday to join a few friends on a “last run” of sorts. An employee of OhiRail owns former Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car 478033 and needs to have it off the property due to a major increase in business that requires that all track space be made available. Management granted permission to make one last run before this car is taken off its trucks, placed on a flatbed truck, and taken to the guy’s farm off the rail line for good. It was a perfect evening for a train ride with some good friends. I did the first part of the trip in the cab of IBCX 221 then rode the balance in the 478033.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

Passing through downtown Minerva.

Passing through downtown Minerva.

Entering Minerva yard.

Entering Minerva yard.

Posing by some older Alcos.

Posing by some older Alcos.

Our train next to a old steam engine.

Our train next to a old steam engine.

Amish buggy along the line.

Amish buggy along the line.

A photo stop south of Minerva.

A photo stop south of Minerva.

Scott enjoys a fine summer evening.

Scott enjoys a fine summer evening.

Our crew (left to right) was Mark, Bill, and Justin.

Our crew (left to right) was Mark, Bill, and Justin.