Posts Tagged ‘Steam excursion trains’

Steam Saturday: A Moment With the 1293

December 18, 2021

Chances are many of you reading this already know that 1293 refers to a steam locomotive once owned by Canadian Pacific and later purchased and operated by the late Jerry Jacobson. The 4-6-2 was a mainstay of the Ohio Central steam program and the most active steamer during the years of Akron Railroad Club steam excursions. In the image above the 1293 and its train are southbound under the Ohio Route 93 bridge in Dundee in the fall. This photograph was made, most likely, in October 1999.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: On Day with T&P 610 in Indiana

December 4, 2021

This may appear to be a Southern Railways locomotive, but take a closer look. Despite the Southern insignia and markings a Texas & Pacific logo above the headlight betrays its true origin.

The 2-10-4 Texas type was built in June 1927 by Lima Locomotive Works. It saw heavy duty on the T&P until the late 1950s when it was retired and donated to the city of Fort Worth and placed on static display.

In 1976 it pulled the American Freedom Train within the Lone Star State and a year later was leased by the Southern for its steam program.

The photographer caught up with the 610 on June 17, 1978, in Huntingburg, Indiana, where it was in charge of a roundtrip between Huntingburg and New Albany, Indiana.

That was one of four excursions the 610 pulled that weekend in which Huntingburg was either an origin or turning point on the Southern’s Louisville-St. Louis line.

The 610 would spend four years pulling Southern excursion trains before returning to Texas in 1981 where it is now on static display at the Texas State Railroad in Palestine.

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, No. 610 is the only surviving example of a T&P Texas-type locomotive and the only non-articulated locomotive built by Lima.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Steamin’ in Independence

July 24, 2021

We’ve set the wayback machine to the era when former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070 was the primary motive power pulling Cuyahoga Valley Line excursion trains through the then-named Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area.

In the photo above,l the 4070 and a Baltimore & Ohio torpedo tube Geep are southbound in Independence on Oct. 18, 1980. It was common in that era for a Chessie System diesel to accompany the CVL trains.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Remembering a NKP 765 Visit of May 2013

May 22, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 was a regular visitor to Ohio in summer 2012, pulling a series of employee appreciation excursions.

The Berkshire-type locomotive made a return visit to NS rails in 2013, this time pulling excursions for which the public could purchase tickets as well as heading some employee specials.

In May 2013 the 765 ran several trips in Ohio, including some in the Cleveland area.

Here is a sample of photographs made during those trips.

In the top image, the 765 is shown near Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The next three images were made on an excursion to Bellevue and include scenes in Rocky River, Vermilion and Bellevue.

Those are followed by the return trip from Bellevue at Kimball. Next up are two images of a ferry move to Pennsylvania at Bedford and by the Westinghouse bridge in Pittsburgh.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Been 9 Years Now

May 8, 2021

It’s hard to believe it’s been nine years since the Norfolk Southern employee steam specials were pulled by Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765.

Here are some of my favorites from the July 21 and 22, 2012, excursions between Bellevue and Bucyrus on the NS Sandusky District.

We see the train departing Bellevue following by a portrait at Attica and then returning to Bellevue at, again, Attica.

Then we see the train arriving in Bellevue, passing through Attica and near Attica Junction.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: NKP 765 Has the Signal

April 24, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. is putting on a show as it cruises westbound at milepost 123.2 on Norfolk Southern east of Orrville on June 21, 1983. These rails were originally laid by the Wheeling & Lake Erie and then for several years were part of the Nickel Plate system. Now they are again owned by the modern W&LE.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Viscose No. 6 on the AC&J

March 6, 2021

Here are some of my favorites of Viscose 0-4-4 saddletank No. 6 and Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson No. 107 during the steam excursion event of Aug. 30 and 31, 2008.

No. 6 was built by Baldwin in September 1924 for the American Viscose Company of Roanoke, Virginia.

In 1960 it was sold to the Gem City Iron & Metal Company of Pulaski, Virginia. In September 2004 it was purchased my Scott Symans of Dunkirk, New York, and restored to operating condition.

AC&J 107 is an Alco S2 switcher built in June 1950 as Nickel Plate Road No. 45. It became Norfolk & Western No. 2045 after the 1964 merger of the NKP and N&W.

The Fairport, Painesville & Eastern purchased it in February 1968 and it became their No. 107. The AC&J acquired it in June 1984.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: The J in Cleveland

December 26, 2020

Norfolk & Western J Class No. 611 is westbound in Cleveland on Aug. 4, 1985. The visible matching set of cars makes this all the more special.  I believe that Paul Woodring was also here when when this image was made. The train was making a roundtrip between Erie, Pennsylvania, and Bellevue. It made two roundtrips betwen those points that weekend.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: A Good WMSR Outing

December 19, 2020

Of all of the fall photo specials I’ve ridden on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, the sun and colors were top notch on the October 18, 1999, Carl Franz photo special.

The top image is the same angle on the Helmstetter’s farm we did earlier that year in June.

Photos two through five are the carefully sequences arranged at Brush Tunnel. Photos six through eight were made back at Helmstetter’s Curve in the afternoon.

In Photo eight, you can see the shadows of part of the photo line. Jeff Troutman and myself are two of those figures.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Lesser Known Iteration of the 4070 Tender

November 28, 2020

Over the years former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070 carried many heralds and letterings on its tender. That was particularly the case when it worked on the Cuyahoga Valley Line, now the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.

It has carried heralds and lettering for the CVL and during its time when it was filmed for the movie The Natural, it even carried a Burlington Route herald.

In the image above, it carries lettering for the Midwest Railway Historical Foundation. This might be the least remembered of the tender’s many identities.

That is the name of its owners at the time, an organization based in Cleveland that has since renamed itself the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

The 2-8-2 light Mikado is shown working in Peninsula in September 1982.

Photograph by Robert Farkas