Posts Tagged ‘Robert Farkas photography’

SEPTA, MARC Motors Pass Through Region

December 11, 2017

Last Friday CSX train W991 was a complete surprise. When it hit the detector west of Warwick, the detector said there were 22 axles.

Needless to say, I expected something like a work train with a few gondolas. Instead I was able to photograph CSX 340 eastbound with one SEPTA and three MARC locomotives. The number on the SEPTA unit looks like 90 while the MARC units appear to be 82, 81, and 80. While the detector said 22 axles, there appears to be an extra locomotive at the end. That would give 26 axles.

Also shown are CSX 1513 and its partner are the power for CSX train D750.

The locomotives are ACS-64 electrics that left the Siemens factory in Sacramento, California.

The SEPTA unit is the first ACS-64 to be delivered to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, which serves the Philadelphia region.

SEPTA awarded Siemens a $118 million contract in 2015 to supply 13 ACS-64s to replace its eight AEM-7 and ALP-44 locomotives on Lansdale-Doylestown, Paoli-Thorndale, and Wilmington-Newark commuter services, and expand the electric locomotive fleet to meet additional ridership demand.

The ACS-64s will operate with SEPTA Regional Rail’s existing fleet of 36 Bombardier double-deck coaches as well as 45 new coaches ordered last year from CRRC Tangshan, which are due to be delivered from 2019 onwards.

The motors are expected to begin revenue service in early 2018.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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3 From the 1960s

November 14, 2017

Here are three local photos that show long-gone pieces of Northeast Ohio history from December 1966 and January 1967.

In the top images are boxcars on the now-removed Pennsylvania Railroad line to Orrville crossing the southbound Baltimore & Ohio tracks at Warwick.

Looking down the string of boxcars, the main road is there, but the railroad crossing cross bucks and the side road aren’t. Also, there is a bridge under Ohio Route 21 in this photo. How quickly the past is removed.

In the middle is Akron, Canton & Youngstown X991 big hook in Akron.

The bottom image shows Erie No. 21576 at the north end of the A&BB yard that served Columbia Chemical and PPG.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

FPA-4 No. 6767 in Better Days

November 12, 2017

Today FPA-4 No. 6767 may sit at Fitzwater Yard stripped of its siding and components, but it hasn’t always been this way. Here is  the 6767 in better times. She is shown in London, Ontario, on March 25, 1981, working for VIA Rail Canada.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Republic Short Line Action in Massillon

October 17, 2017

Here are two Republic Short Line photos from Oct. 16, 2017. It is literally a very short line with about two miles of track outside the industrial park it serves.

Its connections are with Norfolk Southern and R.J. Corman in Massillon. There are a surprising number of “no trespassing” signs for such a short railroad and both photos were taken from off their property.

In the top image,  LTEX 1435 is pushing a covered hopper to the RSL’s interchange.

In the bottom image, she was already at the interchange by the time I got here. She was entering the industrial park by the time I drove back, so there are only two photos.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

Amtrak’s Broadway Limited in Canton

October 13, 2017

Amtrak’s westbound Broadway Limited is in Canton on the morning of June 12, 1982. I am at the station looking west. I only took night photos there two or three times, but with today’s technology, they look better now than the original projected slide. Paul, if you were there with me that night, leave a comment.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

On its Way Back Home to Indiana

September 27, 2017

Here are four images of Nickel Plate Road No. 765’s westward ferry movement through the Bellevue area on Tuesday.

The top image is east of Bellevue at a place referred to as Kimball.

The remaining images were taken in Bellevue as the 765 headed west on the wye to the Fostoria District of Norfolk Southern.

A big thank you goes out to the crew of NKP 765 and all who brought the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s  2017 “Steam in the Valley” together. With the sweltering heat of the last couple weeks it must have been brutal!

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

NKP 765 Puts on Another Great Show

September 25, 2017

 

Here are three images of Nickel Plate Road No. 765 southbound on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad this past Saturday. All three photos were taken in Jaite with the top and middle images taken in the morning and the bottom image taken in the afternoon.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

NKP 765 on the CVSR on Saturday

September 17, 2017

Here are three images of Nickel Plate Road No. 765 on Saturday on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for 2017’s “Steam in the Valley.” The top and middle images are the 2-8-4  heading south in Brecksville and being towed north Peninsula, respectively. The bottom image is of the 765 heading through Brecksville after the clouds have begun to move in.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

In Tribute to Jerry Jacobson

September 15, 2017

Jerry Jacobson was more than a member of the Akron Railroad Club. He was a friend to so many and will truly be missed.

In memory of Jerry, perhaps the members could post a favorite photo from an ARRC special or a public excursion.

Here is OHCR 6325 heading west over Ohio route 151 as she approaches Dennison, Ohio on August 13, 2004.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

NKP 765 Ferry Move

September 13, 2017

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 made a road trip on Tuesday, traveling on Norfolk Southern rails from its home in New Haven, Indiana, to Cleveland in preparation for two weeks of excursions on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

The engine spent the night in Cleveland and was to move onto the CVSR today to get into position for this weekend’s trips.

Reports on HeritageUnits.com indicated that No. 765 entered Ohio sometime in mid morning. It was spotted at Payne not far from the Indiana border at 9:55 a.m.

The ferry move took No. 765 over former NKP rails to Vermilion, where it went through the connection to get from the Cleveland District onto the Chicago Line west of town.

Akron Railroad Club member Robert Farkas made a road trip to Bellevue to capture the 765 ferry move in a couple of places.

In the top photograph, the train is on Fostoria District by the New Haven Connection in Bellevue. In the bottom photograph No. 765 is on the open road.