Posts Tagged ‘steam locomotives’

Shay Locomotive Moving to Michigan

September 22, 2021

A Shay steam locomotive will be moved to Harbor Springs, Michigan, where it will be displayed in the hometown of inventor Ephiram Shay.

The locomotive is W.T. Carter & Brother Lumber 2-truck Shay No. 2. It has been on display for more than 50 years at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Moving the 36-ton locomotive is expected to get underway on Oct. 6.

Shay was living in Harbor Springs in the 1870s when he created design for the Shay locomotive. Lima Locomotive Works sold more than 2,700 Shay-type locomotives.

No. 2 was built in 1907 and spent its service life in East Texas. It was donated to SFAU in 1970.

The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society plans to restore No. 2 and place it in a display building.

Steam Saturday: 10 Years Ago This Week

September 17, 2021

It was 10 years ago Friday (Sept. 17, 2011) that Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 made its first and only foray to Canton pulling a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train.

Photographer Robert Farkas decided to try a technique that day that had been suggested to him by a friend who said that photographers of automobiles seek to use a dark background in an effort to get better images.

Bob tried that technique several times while chasing the 765 as it pulled what was billed as a total track tour that originated at Rockside Road station in Independence and covered all of the track used by the CVSR at that time.

The top and subsequent images were made in Peninsula. In the third image the 765 and its train are slowing for a stop near North Canton.

The fourth image shows the train leaving North Canton while the bottom image was made as the train ran southward in Canton.

The following year Ohio Central 4-5-2 No. 1293 made a trip that proved to be the last steam excursion to Canton via the CVSR.

CVSR suspended service to Canton in August 2013 and it has yet to return.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

A Renewed Fascination With Boston Mill: 4

September 16, 2021

Last Saturday the weather was ideal as I made my way to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to make the final series of images that would conclude my series on steam motive power at Boston Mill.

I talked with several people who had no idea what was coming and they did wait around for the Nickel Plate Road 765 to arrive.

There were no white chains, no “keep out” or “no parking signs,”; it was just the normal signs that are always up.

Cars were parked at spots on Riverview Road like the old days and they were not bothered.

The top image shows the 765 passing through Boston Mill at 10:30 a.m. The middle image shows the afternoon trip at 2:37 p.m.

Both of these excursions had originated at Rockside Road station in Independence.

The third image shows FPA-4 No. 6777, which provided motive power when the train was operating northbound.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

A Renewed Fascination With Boston Mill: 3

September 15, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 has been a September visitor to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad since from 2010 except for 2012 and 2020.

What will become the Cuyahoga Valley Visitor Center in late 2019, was still apartments when these photographs were made in September 2013.

Note the Boston Mill station/shelter on the northwest corner of the road crossing, the former site of Cleveland-Akron Bag Company.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

A Renewed Fascination With Boston Mill: 2

September 14, 2021

Following the 1990 operating season, steam motive power was absent from the Cuyahoga Valley Line until 2007. 

In the interim the CVL renamed itself the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and acquired a fleet of diesel locomotives.

It also opened a station at Boston Mill on the site of a former factory.

September 2007 saw the return of steam operations when former Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 No. 1293, owned by Jerry Jacobson, pulled some excursions.

The 1293 returned returned the next year and again in September 2012.

The top image shows the 1293 passing through Boston Mill on Sept. 18, 2007. The middle image shows the former general store that at the time this image was made on Sept. 29, 2012, had been converted into apartments.

The final image was made by the CVSR station on Sept. 30, 2012.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steamer Pulls Trips at Kentucky Museum

September 14, 2021

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation hosted its first steam-powered excursions last weekend using Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0T No. 126.

The saddle tank locomotive built by Vulcan Iron Works in 1931 pulled 17-half hour trips during the Ravenna Railroad Festival.

Museum officials said they sold nearly 700 tickets for the excursions. The festival drew an estimated 4,000 attendees some of whom wanted to ride the train but were turned away due to lack of space.

The excursion trains had a former Pennsylvania Railroad baggage car and a coach.

Steamer Arrives at Indiana Museum

September 14, 2021

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson, Indiana, received on Monday an operable 0-4-0T steam locomotive.

Bock Lumber Co. No. 1 was built by Baldwin in 1908 and will eventually pull excursions at the museum.

The diminutive locomotive was recently restored in Illinois and will be the only operating standard-gauge Forney-type locomotive in North America.

Steam-powered excursions are not expected to begin this year due to the lead time needed to train museum volunteers in how to operate the locomotive.

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: N&W Derelict Steamer Managed to Escape to a Museum

September 11, 2021

Back in late December 1972, a derelict steam locomotive was sitting at the Armco Steel plant in Middletown, Ohio, where it had once worked as a stationary boiler. All signs pointed toward the steamer heading for a scrap yard.

That rough looking steamer was Norfolk & Western Y3a No. 2050, a 2-8-8-2 Alco built in 1923.

It was built to a USRA standard design for heavy drag freight service in the Virginia and West Virginia mountains.

It worked for the N&W between 1923 and 1959 before winding up at Armco, which owned it until 1976 when it was donated to the Illinois Railway Museum.

IRM cosmetically restored the 2050, which the IRM website notes is just one of two 2-8-8-2 mallets still in existence.

Although no longer operational, the 2050 still can be enjoyed at the museum.

The 2050 escaped the scrapper’s torch which goes to show that you never know how a locomotive you are capturing on film or megapixels today might turn out down the road.

To view a photograph of the 2050 as it appears today at IRM, visit https://www.irm.org/cgi-bin/rsearch.cgi?steam=Norfolk+&+Western=2050

To see an image of the front of the locomotive visit https://www.steamlocomotive.com/places/irm/

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: NKP 765 in the Valley

September 4, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 returned to the Cuyahoga Valley on Friday night by pulling an excursion out of Rockside Road station that featured a night photo shoot.

The Berkshire-type steam locomotive owned by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society will pull various other trips from Rockside Road and from Akron on Sept. 10-12 and Sept. 17-19.

Generally, Saturday trips will leave from Rockside Road while Sunday trips will depart from Akron. During the visit of the NKP 765 the National Park Scenic will not operate on Sept. 11, 12, 18 or 19.

In the image above, the 765 is shown with a southbound train running south of Jaite on Sept. 23, 2017.

Photograph by Robert Farkas