Posts Tagged ‘SW8’

Lehigh Valley Alcos in Sayre

August 28, 2020

Yesterday on Akron Railroads, Ed Ribinskas described how he thought he was going to get double heritage unit combination of the Lehigh Valley and Reading heritage units of Norfolk Southern.

But the LV H unit was pulled off the motive power consist in Bellevue so Ed had to settle for just getting the Reading.

Let’s use the wayback machine to not only take a trip back in time but also across the border into Pennsylvania in search of actual LV heritage.

In the top photograph, we’ve arrived in Sayre, Pennsylvania, which is near the border with New York and 18 miles away from Elmira.

Sayre was an important point on the Lehigh Valley, which built a large locomotive shop there in 1904.

A pair of Alco C420s, Nos. 405 and 414, sit at the engine facility on July 24, 1973.

In the bottom image, we moved down the line to find LV EMD SW8 No. 262 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 12, 1973.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

A CUT Memory. No, Not That CUT

February 16, 2020

In Northeast Ohio railroad enthusiasts are apt to say that the initials C-U-T stand for Cleveland Union Terminal.

But in Southwestern Ohio C-U-T means Cincinnati Union Terminal.

Cincinnati Union Terminal EMD SW8 No. 34 is shown working in Cincinnati sometime between 1969 and 1971.

The top photograph is a close crop. The bottom image is the original.

From left to right are CUT 34, and Penn Central 4231 (E7A), 4265 (E8A), 4210 (E7A).

Photograph by Robert Farkas