Posts Tagged ‘steam locomotives’

Volunteers Restore Michigan Narrow Gauge Steamer

August 31, 2018

Volunteers in Michigan have cosmetically restored a 2-8-0 Baldwin narrow gauge steam locomotive.

No. 6 of the Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad ran on a six-mile line hauling copper from the underground mine to a processing mill.

The railroad closed in 1945 and its locomotives were locked inside a roundhouse where they sat for several years until the formation of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association to preserve and interpret the history of copper mining in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

No. 6, which was built in 1912, was only new locomotive purchased by the railroad and was the largest and heaviest in the fleet.

The restoration began after No. 6 returned to Michigan in 2009 following a stint in New Jersey where an expected restoration failed to occur.

Chuck Pomazal, a model builder from Illinois, led a group of volunteers who restored No. 6, largely with hand tools.

The locomotive was placed on public display on Aug. 25. The volunteers are now turning their efforts to restoring  Q&TL No. 5, a smaller 2-6-0.


1 Slide, 3 Ways of Viewing It

August 28, 2018

Here are three images from a single Ed Treesh East Broad Top slide taken in Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania in August 1962.

At top we see the original of EBT No. 12 with a light defect. In the middle is a black and white of the original which shows less of the defect.

The bottom image shows a closer crop of the second train.

Photographs Courtesy of Robert Farkas

Ed’s Pennsylvania Adventure: Day 4

August 24, 2018

On Monday Aug. 13 the forecast was for a 90 percent chance of thunderstorms for the area where Ursula and I were staying in eastern Pennsylvania.

There were numerous clouds but the sun came out when it was needed.

My photo selection includes Great Western No. 90 passing the oldest cemetery in Lancaster County, a Doodlebug, and the Groffs picnic area.

I couldn’t resist getting an image when we found out what was written on Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 No. 4800.

I also caught Canadian National No. 89, Norfolk & Western No. 475, and Thomas the Tank Engine resting inside a shop building.

Finally, you can see that Nickel Plate Road No. 757 is getting closer for its return to Bellevue.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas


Ed’s Pennsylvania Adventure: Part 3

August 23, 2018

On Sunday, Aug. 12 Ursula and I worked our way from Altoona to Hershey, Pennsylvania. Along the way we stopped to make photographs.

At Port Royal there was  perfect lighting but no train. I wanted to get the Pennsylvania Railroad position signals before they disappear.

Next up was Hershey Park’s Kissing Tower, which is similar to the Space Needle that used to be at Cedar Point in Ohio.

Finally, I captured the Hershey Park Dry Gulch Railroad, a live steam train with two steamers running.

I later found out that if we had been up in the Kissing Tower about the time we were photographing the steamer we would have seen PRR heritage unit 8102 on Norfolk Southern going westbound.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Ed’s Pennsylvania Adventure: Part 2

August 22, 2018

The 2018 convention of the National Railway Historical Society was held recently in Cumberland, Maryland.

On Saturday morning, convention attendees boarded buses and made the trip to Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, to board a chartered Everett Railroad steam train.

I didn’t attend the convention, but was also present for the trip to chase it.

Even though I’ve done the Everett several times I faced a challenge because of the overcast skies. I opted for locations where the morning light would produce better images for locations I’ve gotten previously.

However, all morning the heavy overcast resulted in locations I previously had done ending up with similar results. I’m sending along locations not shown before.

In the top image the train passes a horse grazing in a field north of Kladder

In the top image below, the steamer turns east toward Martinsburg approaching Route 36. The following image shows the train heading back after turning at the Martinsburg passing dairy plant.

In the next image, the train arrives at Roaring Springs station for where the conventioneers had lunch.

After our Everett Railroad outing had ended the clouds disappeared and we had sunshine for the Altoona Curve doubleheader baseball game that was to begin at 4:30 p.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

The exterior of the ballpark simulates a roundhouse. Everything, including the gift shop, mascots and food items, are railroad terms. The former Pennsy K4 is alive and well.

Overlooking the outfield is the Lakemont amusement park roller coaster, hopefully to reopen next season.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

3 More From East Broad Top

August 20, 2018

Here are three more Ed Treesh photos from the East Broad Top in Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania. The top and bottom images are from backlighted images. The top image shows a scenic view in October 1961. The middle view is EBT No. 14 in October 1961. The bottom view is EBT 15 in August 1962.

Photographs Courtesy of Robert Farkas

Once Upon a Time on the East Broad Top

August 3, 2018

Here are three East Broad Top photos from the slides donated to the ARRC several years ago by a railfan’s widow.

The top image is a general view looking toward the shops in Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania, in August 1962. You can see freight and passenger cars, EBT M-1 gas-electric car, two steamers (I believe 12 and 14), and Johnstown Traction 311.

In the middle photo, it is August 1962 and Johnstown Traction 311 from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is sitting on a piece of standard gauge trackage over the 36 inch EBT track. She is the first trolley for the Rockhill Trolley Museum.

In the bottom image private car Orbisonia and locomotive 14 are by the shops in this October 1961 photo.

Photographs Courtesy of Robert Farkas

GTW 4070 has Moved Slightly

July 27, 2018

Two months ago I presented a report about former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070, which now lies in a state of disassembly at the former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse in Cleveland.

The light Mikado is owned by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society and is best known for having pulled trains between 1975 and 1990 on the Cuyahoga Valley Line, now known as the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

The engine broke down in September 1990 and hasn’t operated since.

I saw the 4070 at the roundhouse earlier this month while attending a meeting there of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts.

The body of the 4070 had been moved onto the turntable and the tender had been moved into a roundhouse stall.

A MRPS member said restoration work had recently resumed with replacing staybolts.

That is a start, but the 4070 has a long way to go before it can be fired up again, let alone run on the road.

Members of the Akron Railroad Club who attend tonight’s meeting will see the 4070 in better days during Bob Todten’s slide program.

He’ll be showing the 4070 back when it pulled excursion trains in Chicago, when it worked out of Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania and, of course, when it ran on the Cuyahoga Valley Line.

50 Years of Steam July ARRC Program Topic

July 23, 2018

It was 50 years ago when Robert Todten of Cleveland began photographing steam locomotives.

The age of steam was long over with and the only  operating steam was in excursion service.

Since then, Bob has traveled widely to capture steam locomotives in Ohio and other states. He’s also captured steam working in China.

He photographed former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070 back in the days before it was owned and operated by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society on the Cuyahoga Valley Line, now the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

He also photographed steam in the Norfolk Southern steam programs, including Nickel Plate Road No. 765.

Bob will present a slide show of his work at the July 27 Akron Railroad Club meeting.

The meeting will begin with a short business meeting at 8 p.m. followed by the program at approximately 8:30 p.m. The club meets at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Following the meeting, some members gather at the Eat ‘n Park restaurant at Howe and Main streets in Cuyahoga Falls for a late dinner, dessert or an early breakfast.

Visitors are always welcome at Akron Railroad Club meetings.

NKP 587 Headed for Kentucky

July 3, 2018

Nickel Plate Road 587 is serviced in Logansport, Indiana, in September 1988 during its first revenue run after restoration.

A former Nickel Plate Road Steam locomotive has found a new home at a developing Kentucky railroad museum.

The Indiana Transportation  Museum has agree to move Mikado-type No. 587 to the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation, which is developing a museum in Ravenna, Kentucky.

The agreement also included a tool car and an ex-Pennsylvania Railroad Railway Post Office Car. ITM, however, will retain ownership of the 587, but KSHC plans to buy the RPO.

ITM last week lost a court battle to delay its eviction from a Noblesville park and must be out of the park by July 12.

KSHC said in a news release that it will rebuild the 100-year-old 2-8-2 built by Baldwin to operating condition.

The 587 has not operated since 2003 when its Federal Railroad Administration operating permit expired.

The Nickel Plate operated the 587 primarily within Indiana until retiring it in 1955. Until 1983 it was on static display in Broad Ripple Park in Indianapolis.

But it was forced to move after its location was chosen to be the site of a new library.

It was restored to operating condition at Amtrak’s Beach Grove shops and pulled its first excursion train in September 1988 on Conrail between Indianapolis and Logansport.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s the 587 operated throughout the eastern United States, including on some trips that were part of the Norfolk Southern steam program.

Restoration of the 587 is not expected to begin immediately. KSHC said the Mikado will be stored until funds can be raised to pay for restoration.

Although ITM has engaged in periodic restoration  efforts, those had largely halted after the museum became embroiled in conflict with the City of Noblesville.

Underwood Machinery Transport of Indianapolis has been hired to move the 587 and other equipment to Kentucky.

That same company was involved in moving the 587 from Broad Ripple Park to the Beach Grove shops.

KSHC is already involved in another steam restoration project, rebuilding former Chesapeake & Ohio No. 2716, which is being leased from the Kentucky Railway Museum

Museum officials said acquiring the 587 will not affect the 2716 restoration project.

KSHC is also involved in developing a museum campus on a former CSX (Louisville & Nashville) yard in Ravenna, which is located 30 miles southeast of Lexington.

It plans to use the ex-RPO it is buying from ITM as a tool car for the 2716.

“We are trying to make the best of a bad situation” said Josh Spencer, ITM board member and director of assets. “We are optimistic that we can reestablish our operations elsewhere and eventually get 587 back running in Indiana again. We appreciate KSHC lending a hand at the 11th hour and getting the engine out of harm’s way.”

ITM and KSHC will share the cost of moving the 587, its tool car and ex-Pennsy RPO. The move is expected to begin on July 3.