Posts Tagged ‘steam locomotives’

Steam Saturday: A Moment in South Hamburg

January 15, 2022

Paul Woodring and I were on the Blue Mountain & Reading for a railfan weekend in late-June 1988. Here is BM&R 2102 (Ex-Reading 2102) taking on water in South Hamburg, Pennsylvania. The dots you see on 2102 are from sunlight reflecting off the clean locomotive.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Looking Forward to Seeing it in Steam This Year

January 11, 2022

I’m looking forward to visiting the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in Cumberland, Maryland, this year to ride behind and photograph Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309.

Back on May 22, 1988, I visited the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. At that time several locomotives were being sandblasted to be readied for a fresh painting.

The 1309 was in that group. It never crossed my mind that it would someday be restored. Hopefully this spring or summer I will be able to update this post.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Just Now Leaving Willard

January 8, 2022

Chessie System 4-8-4 No. 2101 is westbound near Willard on July 2, 1977, after having sat for while before resuming its journey. The former Reading Company T-1 locomotive was making a ferry move from Cleveland to Detroit.  A week earlier on June 26 the 2101 had pulled a Chessie Steam Special public excursion roundtrip between Cleveland and Willard. After reaching Detroit the train would operate a public roundtrip excursion to Grand Ledge, Michigan, on July 9 and the next day operate roundtrip to Clio (Hoyt), Michigan.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: An N&W 611 Memory

January 1, 2022

Paul Woodring, Jim Bacon, and I were in Roanoke, Virginia, on Sept. 6, 1982, for one of Norfolk & Western 611’s first excursions. This particular trip operated as the Independence Limited on a one way jaunt from Roanoke to Alexandria, Virginia. It operated after the 611’s inaugural trips on Aug. 20, 21 and 22 from Birmingham, Alabama, to Roanoke.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

C&O Steamer May Visit New England

December 28, 2021

Although dates are not yet set, plans have been announced for a former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive based in Kentucky to visit New England once the locomotive is restored to operating condition.

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation said it is planning to take 2-8-4 No. 2716 to the Railroad Museum of New England where it would operate on the Naugatuck Railroad for several months.

Railfan & Railroad magazine quoted KSHC President Chris Campbell as saying the New England trip is expected to occur sometime in the middle part of the decade.

The story did not say if the two museums have received approval from any railroads to agree to host a ferry move of the 2716 from its home in Ravenna, Kentucky, to New England.

Campbell told the magazine that now that restoration of shop buildings at the museum site in a former CSX yard is well along that the group can turn its attention toward restoration to operating condition of the 2716.

Kentucky Steam officials said they would not be announcing dates for the visit until certain restoration progress points have been reached.

In the meantime, the Kentucky museum is seeking to raise $10,000 to help pay for the restoration.

For more information read the article at https://railfan.com/co-2716-to-visit-new-england-following-restoration/

Steam Sunday: Timeless OC Baltic Memory

December 26, 2021

During the days when it was pulling excursions on the Ohio Central system, former Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 No. 1293 passed through Baltic, Ohio, countless times. Some of those trips involved pulling the tourist train between Sugarcreek and Baltic. That was the locomotive’s assignment in August 1998 when Bob caught it bound for Baltic. The 1293 is still operable but opportunities for it to pull excursions trains have become exceedingly rare.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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

C&O 1309 Makes Another Successful Test Run

December 10, 2021

Former Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 made a test run this week that officials said was trouble free and clears the way for the locomotive to pull Polar Express trains next week on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

WMSR general manager Wesley Heinz told a newspaper published in Cumberland, Maryland, that some adjustments to the 1309 will be made before it begins revenue service between Cumberland and Frostburg.

Additional test runs are expected to be made next week as well.

Heinz said the tourist railroad has sold 22,000 Polar Express tickets this year with all tickets for the Dec. 17 through 19 excursions having been sold.

NKP 765 to Return to CVSR in May 2022

December 10, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 will return to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in 2022, but for the first time it is coming in the spring.

The CVSR and Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, which owns and operates the Berskhire-type locomotive, said will be run May 13-15 and May 20-22.

Typically, the 765 has run on the CVSR during September. Trains will depart from Rockside Road station in Independence on May 14 and 21 and from Northside station in Akron on May 15 and 22. All of these trips will feature a photo runby.

Trips will depart Rockside Road on May 14 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 21 trips depart Rockside at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Trains depart Akron on all dates at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Night excursions with photo opportunities will operate on May 13 and 21, leaving from Rockside Road station at 7:30 p.m.

The three-and-a-half hour outing will involve a night photo shoot with special lighting illuminating a stationary 765.

Other special events being held in conjunction with these excursions include dinner aboard the train, a murder mystery trip, and wine and cocktails trips for passengers age 21 and older.

All of these special events will occur on evening runs and depart from Rockside Road station.

The dinner trains will operate on May 13 and 20, the murder mystery event operates on May 13, the cocktails on the rails is set for May 20, and a canvas and wine event is slated for May 21.

The latter involves an artist providing step-by-step instruction on how to create a painting while the participates sip wine.

Ticket sales for CVSR members begin Dec. 10 with general public ticket sales starting on Dec, 14.

Fares for regular excursions range from $25 to $70 depending on the type of seating class selected.

Prices for special events range from $75 to $135 depending on seating class. Dinner train tickets range from $135 to $150 per person.

More information and ticket sales are available at https://www.cvsr.org/steam

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