Posts Tagged ‘steam locomotive 4070’

A Difference of 37 Years

September 20, 2021

I found a photo I took on Sept. 22, 1984, of former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070 on the Cuyahoga Valley Line at the intersection of Portage Path & Merriman Roads in Akron.

I wanted to duplicate that shot with Nickel Plate Road’s 765 during its visit this month to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

On the Sunday morning ferry move to Akron I did that.

In the morning the sun favors the fireman’s side of a southbound train. However, at this location the railroad shifts facing west to east, thus the sun favors the engineer’s side.

The lighting was perfect for the 9:35 a.m. arrival.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

A Renewed Fascination With Boston Mill: 1

September 13, 2021

Earlier this summer I visited the recently opened Cuyahoga Valley Visitor Center in Boston Mill with Marty Surdyk and more recently with my wife, Ursula.

The history of the area is fascinating and to this day still changing. 

The photos in this post are all on the site of the former Cleveland-Akron Bag Company factory.

Workers made flour sacks and roofing paper from 1905-1923. The factory closed and was torn down.

The Visitor Center is housed in what once was the company general store.

Long after those events this location is still changing. Between 1975 and 1990 when I was riding and volunteering on the Cuyahoga Valley Line I’ve been able to see changes still.

These photos are from that time period, all at the location of that factory.

As you know this was the location of the Boston Mill station stop for the CVSR for many years until recently.

Aside from former Grand Trunk Western 4070 made in 1984, 1989 and 1990, we also see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus train when it was here for shows at the former Richfield Coliseum in November 1985.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Few Miles South of Peninsula

August 14, 2021

Former Grand Trunk Western 2082 No. 4070 is a few miles south of Peninsula in June 1980 as it pulls a Cuyahoga Valley Line excursion train. Today these rails are the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

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: The 4070 in Akron

April 17, 2021

Cuyahoga Valley Line steam locomotive 4070 leads a southbound train that is approaching the unloading area in Akron on Oct. 29, 1977. Passengers boarded and disembarked on the site of the former Baltimore & Ohio Valley Line passenger station. The Akron Northside station of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is located on this site today.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: The Classic Brecksville Image

April 10, 2021

It is the classic Brecksville photograph. A train coming south on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, the Ohio Route 82 and the Cuyahoga River reflecting it all.

In this image, we’ve gone back to Oct. 2, 1982, when the CVSR was known as the Cuyahoga Valley Line and former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070 was the main attraction.

The river and Route 82 bridge are still there but the 4070 lies disassembled in Cleveland undergoing what could best be termed a slow and long-term restoration to operating condition.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: A Fondness for GTW Steam

December 26, 2020

During my years of volunteering at the former Baltimore & Ohio West Third Street roundhouse in Cleveland with former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070, I had the opportunity to work on train and engine crews during the operation on the Cuyahoga Valley Line in the 1980s.

Because of this I’ve gained a special fondness for Grand Trunk Western steam locomotives.

Posted here are some of the surviving GTW steam locomotives that I’ve seen and some that operated after being retired by the Grand Trunk.

In the top image is GTW 0-8-0 No. 8380 at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois.

It is one of seven survivors that was sold by GTW in 1960 to Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling, Illinois, for scrapping.

The company actually used them at the mill because they were in good condition. The final day of use was Dec. 3, 1980. Seven survive today. This image made in Union on Sept. 2, 1985.

GTW 4-6-2 No. 5632 is shown at Durand, Michigan. More noteworthy was the horrible ending for sister 5629 in 1987.

GTW 5629 was owned by Richard Jensen through the 1960s until 1987 when it was scrapped.

The first of the images of the 5632 was made on May 5, 1985. The next image, made on Aug. 14, 2005, shows years of weathering

GTW 2-8-2 No. 4070 is shown at the Cleveland B&O yard on July 17, 1977, and then crossing Portage Path north of Akron returning to Independence on Aug. 6, 1989.

GTW 4-8-4 No. 6323 is shown at the Illinois Railway Museum. It ran fan trips on the Grand Trunk until 1961. This photo was made Sept. 2, 1985.

GTW 4-8-4 No. 6325 was restored by Jerry Jacobson’s Ohio Central steam crew. It currently resides at the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek.

It is shown on June 8, 2002 during a photo charter I rode with Marty Surdyk. We see the 6325 at Dennison and near Jewett.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: 4070 From the Route 82 Bridge

October 24, 2020

The steam division of the wayback machine has us on the Ohio Route 82 bridge in Brecksville.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad was then known as the Cuyahoga Valley Line and the motive power was former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 light Mikado No. 4070 operated by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

At the time this image was made the bridge had sidewalks on both sides.

The top image was made on the north side of the bridge of the southbound train. The bottom image was, of course, on the other side showing it going away.

It was made before the site has been transformed into a parking lot with a station although back in the day the Baltimore & Ohio had a depot here.

The bridge over the Cuyahoga River was on Station Road. The bridge is still in place and now part a trail leading from the Towpath Trail to the station.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam in the Valley for Wednesday

September 2, 2020

Steam locomotives are a major theme for today here at Akron Railroads. In the story below Edward Ribinskas takes us to California for two days of a ferry move of a Union Pacific steam locomotive following the conclusion of the 1992 National Railway Historical Society convention in San Jose, California.

Above is former Cuyahoga Valley Line 4070 putting on a show as it steams southbound in Brecksville on Oct. 27, 1979.

It may be not be obvious, but there is a connection between the two posts other than both feature steam engines.

Ed worked for a time as a fireman on the 4070 crew when it ran in the Cuyahoga Valley under the direction of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Changing of the Steam Guard in Northeast Ohio

August 9, 2020

From 1975 to 1990 the summer and autumn norm in northeast Ohio was former Grant Trunk Western 2-8-2 4070 running from Cleveland to Akron on the Cuyahoga Valley Line.

Even though it was shut down during 1986 and 1987 due to the transition of the ex-Baltimore & Ohio branch from CSX to the National Park Service, when it returned in 1988 many figured 4070 would be running for years to come.

During the 15-year period I spent many available weekends riding, photographing, then volunteering on the restoration and operating crews.

Little did we all know that after the September 1990 mechanical breakdown of 4070 that a changing of the guard was in the works with the organizations and steam in the area.

Luckily Jerry Jacobson’s Ohio Central began operating steam tourist trains out of Sugarcreek in October 1988.

For the next 15 plus years we saw a variety of steamers operating, the former Canadian National 4-6-0 No. 1551.

It had been built by Montreal Locomotive Works in April 1912 as Canadian Northern 1354.

These are two of my favorite photos of Jerry’s first operating steamer on the Ohio Central taken just one month after 4070’s last time under steam.

In the top image, No. 1551 leads a train near Fresno. In the bottom image it cruises through Baltic. Both images were made on Oct. 14, 1990.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas