Posts Tagged ‘switchers’

ABC 1501 in Akron

July 1, 2021

Akron Barberton Cluster Railway EMD SW 1500 works in Akron on June 5, 2021. The unit was built for the Indianapolis Union and later was on the Conrail motive power roster before it wound up in Northeast Ohio.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Down on the Monongahela

June 20, 2021

We haven’t paid a visit to the former Monongahela Railway for a while so let’s got back to July 1, 1971, to Brownsville, Pennsylvania. Hard at work at Baldwin S-12 switchers 424 and 401 in the yard.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Two for Tuesday: Outside Cotter Merchandise

June 1, 2021

Here are two photos of Cotter Merchandise Storage switcher No. 1231 outside the company’s fence in Akron on May 12, 2021.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: An Akron Scene

December 28, 2020

We’re visiting McCoy Street Yard in Akron in May 1974. It’s the twilight years of the Erie Lackawanna and forces are at work in Washington and elsewhere that will fold the EL into the Consolidated Rail Corporation in spring 1976.

As you know all too well the coming of Conrail would spell the beginning of the end for the EL in Akron.

But that is still a few years away on this day where they are many relics of the EL including a transfer caboose and a box car with EL markings on display.

Then there is that Erie switcher that is pretending that the Erie and Delaware, Lackawanna & Western never merged. This unit would continue to proudly wear its Erie livery until the coming of Conrail.

Also of interest is that Sperry rail car sitting toward the back of the yard.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Another One From Cincinnati

September 3, 2020

It is either 1969 or 1970 in Cincinnati where Cincinnati Union Terminal No. 24, a Lima 750 horsepower switcher, is in storage along with some sister units. You can tell what part of Ohio someone is from if you ask them to describe the initials CUT. It could be Cincinnati Union Terminal or it could be Cleveland Union Terminal.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

This Critter Could Have Been Yours

June 5, 2020

This little Plymouth was for lease or sale at the Plymouth Locomotive Company plant in Plymouth, Ohio, on Nov. 27, 1982. You could have been the envy of your neighborhood although the neighbors would probably tired of you sounding its horn.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Switchers for a Saturday

March 28, 2020

Railroad photographers are fond of coining terms that mesh well with days of the week. So you might have signal Saturday or tower Tuesday.

We’re going to carry out that theme today with a pair of switch engines to highlight our Saturday.

In the top image is Cotter Merchandise Storage’s prior switcher (unnumbered GE) is working in Akron on Nov. 13, 2009.

In the bottom image, we’ve traveled to Titusville Pennsylvania to the Oil Creek & Titusville short line railroad to view it Alco S2 No. 75.

The tourist railroad operates on former Pennsylvania Railroad tracks.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Once Upon a Time on the Toledo Terminal

November 19, 2019

It’s lettered for Penn Central, but at the time this photograph was made it was owned by Conrail. And this switcher is operating on tracks of the Toledo Terminal Railroad. The scene was captured on July 20, 1982, well after Conrail had taken over the rails and rolling stock of the former PC.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Changing Faces at Cotter Merchandise Storage

July 21, 2017

Cotter Merchandise Storage was using LTEX 1231 (Ex-Canadian National GMD SW1200RS) at its facility in Akron on July 18. Its 95 ton GE No. 9 (Ex-PPG in Barberton) was nowhere to be seen. In the top image, CMS 9 was working on June 28, 2017. In the next image LTEX 1231 was working there on July 18, 2017.

Photographs by Robert Farkas


Pa. Firm Builds Smallest Tier 4 Switcher

February 12, 2016

A Pennsylvania company has released the first of what it is billing as the smallest EPA Tier-4 compliant on the market.

Curry Rail Services in Hollidaysburg is building the industrial switchers under contract with Tractive Power Corporation, a Canadian company.

Curry RailThe first unit to be released by Curry is a TP56, which comes with a 400-hp Caterpillar C9.3 engine capable of generating up to 56,000 pounds of tractive effort.

The unit, which wears a livery of green and silver, was built with a single EMD HT-C truck commonly used on SD40-2 locomotives.

The unit built in Pennsylvania is LTP’s third engine but the first to be Tier 4 compliant.
The TP56 prototype unit is working at a British Columbia grain facility.

TPC President Frank Donnelly said the TP56 is designed to fill a niche for locomotives smaller than full-sized switcher, but with good tractive effort.

The smaller engine is also designed to minimize fuel consumption while in idle, burning less than a half-gallon of fuel in that mode.

“One of the main objectives of the industrial switcher is to manufacture an eco-friendly and efficient product,” said Curry President Mark Ritchey. “We have placed three into operation and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Curry and TPC are accepting orders for the switchers and have the ability to build then in large quantities if the market is there for that.

Customers can also order locomotives that are Tier 3 compliant if so desired. The units can be customized to meet the customer’s tractive effort needs.