Posts Tagged ‘Ravenna Ohio’

B&O Two for Tuesday

July 5, 2022

Here are a pair of images of Baltimore & Ohio lGP40 locomotives in action. In the top image No. 4015 is in leading a trailer train at Ravenna on April 1, 1983. The unit was built in September 1971 and later was part of the CSX motive power roster.

In the bottom image B&O No. 3686 is shown in Shelby on July 26, 1980, leading a local. This locomotive was built in November 1966. It would later wind up working for the St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt).

Photographs by Robert Farkas

ARRC Longest Day Outing to be in Ravenna

June 20, 2022

The Akron Railroad Club’s annual longest day outing will be held this year in Ravenna.

The outing on Sunday, June 26 will feature trains on the Cleveland Line of Norfolk Southern and the New Castle Subdivision of CSX. The NS tracks cross over CSX in Ravenna on a bridge.

Attendees will observe the action at Diamond Street, Lake Street and other points nearby.

Some members plan to have breakfast that morning at Megan’s Family Restaurant at 266 W. Main St. in Ravenna.

The Ravenna outing is a first for the ARRC. Previous longest day outings have been held in Alliance, Bellevue, Marion, Fostoria and Deshler.

On the Point of the Diplomat Near Ravenna

March 26, 2022

Baltimore & Ohio E8A No. 1449 is heading the westbound Diplomat near Ravenna, Ohio in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Fall Foliage Spectacular Two for Tuesday

November 23, 2021

I was looking in my slide collection earlier this week with an emphasis on images made on the Cleveland Line of Norfolk Southern in the vicinity of Brady Lake and Ravenna when I ran across the image shown above.

Seeing it brought back a lot of memories of a late October day, Oct. 28, 2005, to be exact.

I was in my first year as president of the Akron Railroad Club. It was a Friday and the October meeting was that night in the Carriage House of the Summit County Historical Society.

Before the meeting Ed Ribinskas and I got in some late day railfanning around Ravenna.

As you can see in this image the fall foliage along the Cleveland Line east of Lake Street was at peak color although some of the trees had already lost most or all of their leaves.

We were there in late afternoon and fortunate to get two westbounds before the shadows completely covered the rails.

As it was, the shadows were rapidly moving in, which turned out to be a good thing by creating some dramatic contrast. Contrast helps to give an image visual tension, which increases its drama and interest.

It is noteworthy that as dramatic as these images are they are not the photographs I remember the most from this outing.

Those images were made several minutes later on the CSX New Castle Subdivision at Chestnut Street.

In the last direct sunlight of the day we caught a westbound with a BNSF leader. I framed it with a Baltimore & Ohio color position light signal and the block sign denoting the end and beginning of the Kent and Rave blocks.

The warm light on a BNSF “pumpkin” was, I thought at the time, the catch of the day.

CSX has long since dropped the use of blocks on the New Castle Sub and the CPLs have been gone for years. So those photos now make nice period pieces.

Curious as to who had the program that night I dug out the October 2005 Bulletin. The program was titled Now and Then with the “now” being presented by Marty Surdyk and the “then” being shown by his father, the late William Surdyk.

The photographs shown were made roughly 40 years apart and used different types of slide film.

Marty’s images were 35 mm slides shown in a Kodak Carousel projector.

He featured the Bessemer & Lake Erie, CSX in the Akron area, Marion, Berea and the Wheeling & Lake Erie around Spencer.

Bill’s images were 2.25-inch format slides shown in a 1950s era Goldie projector that could be fed one slide at a time. In Bill’s show were images from Berea, Marion and Akron among other locations.

The meeting minutes for October reported that a record 18 members went to the Eat ‘n Park in Cuyahoga Falls after the meeting for dessert, a late dinner or an early breakfast.

The next day ARRC members gathered again, this time in Berea to dedicate the Dave McKay memorial.

A week before the meeting, ARRC members had enjoyed an excursion on the Ohio Central between Dennison and Morgan Run. It was supposed to have been pulled by 2-8-0 Baldwin-built No. 33.

But the steamer was sidelined with mechanical issues. Instead, a Montreal Locomotive Works RS18 pulled the trip to Morgan Run while an OC FP7 powered the return trip.

What a month October 2005 was for the ARRC.

Stepping Back to the Conrail Era

June 13, 2021

We’re feeling blue today so let the wayback machine take us to a time and place where blue locomotives were common. CR GE C39-8 No. 6006 is eastbound in Ravenna in July 1986. This unit would later be on the Norfolk Southern locomotive roster.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail Monday: Two Bygone Relics in Ravenna

March 29, 2021

Conrail SD60 No. 6812 leads an eastbound manifest freight in Ravenna in June 1986. It is passing the since removed former Pennsylvania Railroad passenger station.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Dashing Through the Snow in Ravenna

December 24, 2020

There is still some snow left on the tracks of the CSX New Castle Subdivision a day or two after a winter storm passed through the area in March 2008.

Shown is an eastbound auto rack train approaching the Diamond Street crossing in Ravenna.

Photograph by Craig Sanders

Generational Lineup

October 9, 2020

The railroad probably didn’t intend it this way, but the motive power consist of this CSX train is in perfect order.

On the lead is a CSX GP15-1 No. 1523 followed by units in the liveries of Chessie System and Baltimore & Ohio.

What’s perfect here is that the ordering of the locomotives mirrors their historic evolution from B&O to Chessie to CSX.

The train is  west of Ravenna in June 1988.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Menards Gets Grant to Rebuild Ravenna Rail Spur

July 17, 2020

Plans to develop a distribution and manufacturing center in Ravenna for Menards got a boost this week when the Ohio Rail Development Commission approved a $175,000 to the home improvement retailer to be used to rebuild a rail spur to the site.

Menards plans to spend $51.7 million to build a truss plant, bagging plant, transload operation, and a crossdock distribution facility in Ravenna.

It will be served by Wheeling & Lake Erie subsidiary Akron Barberton Cluster Railway operating over track once used by the Erie Railroad.

Officials have said the facility will create 90 new jobs.

Menards has said the facility will serve stores in Northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

The track to be rebuilt extends for a little more than a mile.

Earlier this month the Ravenna Planning Commission approved the plans for the facility, which will be located on 62 acres off Ohio Route 88.

The company will build trusses at the site and ship them by rail. The rail line will also be used to bring lumber to the facility.

Menards representatives have said the facility is needed because it is adding or has plans to open new stores in Northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

The Ravenna facility is expected to supply 30 to 35 stores although initially it will serve just 15 to 18 stores.

Construction of the Menards facility is expected to begin in 2021 and take a about year to complete.

In the meantime, the Ravenna City County has taken the first steps toward approval of a variance for a riparian (wetland).

The council is expected to approve the variance at its August meeting.

The variance includes a “notice of intent” permit to disturb more than one acre from the state, and a “nationwide permit” dealing with the wetland.

Menards also is seeking permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Chessie Two for Tuesday

July 14, 2020

It’s a two for Tuesday and our feature attraction is a pair of trains with Chessie System painted locomotives.

In the top image Chessie System SD50 No. 8588 leads a train east of Ravenna on May 12, 1986.

This was actually a Baltimore & Ohio unit although it sported Chessie colors.

In the bottom image, there is no mistaking GP35 No. 3541 as a B&O unit. It is leading an eastbound train at Boughtonville on March 13, 1982.

The trailing unit in this train, though, is wearing Chessie colors.

Photographs by Robert Farkas