Posts Tagged ‘Western Maryland locomotives’

‘Wild Mary’ Two for Tuesday

August 23, 2022

Let’s crank up the wayback machine again and look for locomotives wearing the livery of the Western Maryland. In the top image, WM No. 3797 is westbound in Akron on Oct. 16, 1976, during the Chessie System era. In the bottom image, WM 7548 might be wearing WM paint, but it’s a Chessie System locomotive working in Akron on Dec. 24, 1976.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Still in ‘Wild Mary’ Colors’

July 14, 2022

It may appear to be a Western Maryland unit, but at the time this image was made in 1978, this F7A was carrying a Chessie System number. It was built for the WM in December 1952 as No. 242. It shown here in Willard on July 30, 1978.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Still Wearing its Chessie Roster Number

June 29, 2022

Western Maryland No. 7165 has its Chessie System roster number as it sits in the sun in Willard on Sept. 2, 1978.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Between Assignments in Massillon

June 16, 2022

Western Maryland 5956 is in Massillon on June 11, 1978. Note that by now it is wearing Chessie system colors. It is parked in front of the long-ago removed ex-Baltimore & Ohio freight house along with a caboose.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Chessie Era Intermodal Train in Kenmore

June 8, 2022

The motive power consist of this Chessie System intermodal train heading westbound in Kenmore has all been repainted into the Chessie livery. But the lead unit is a former Western Maryland unit, No. 4355. The image was made on April 8, 1987.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Warwick Tower Two for Tuesday

May 23, 2022

If you can’t get enough Western Maryland motive power we have a treat for you on two for Tuesday. In the top image WM No. 7549 leads a westbound train past Warwick Tower in September 1982. Trailing is Baltimore & Ohio No. 4233.

In the bottom image Chesapeake & Ohio No. 4825 leads another westbound. This image was made from inside the open space between the tower and the tracks that today is off limits to railfans. That area can easily be seen in the top photo.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

‘Wild Mary’ Two for Tuesday

March 15, 2022

Today we feature Western Maryland GP40 3797 in Brewster on the Norfolk & Western. In the top image, the 3797 is at the engine facility by the turntable in October 1972. The bottom image was made on May 5, 1974, of the 3797 leading an eastbound train. on the N&W in Brewster.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

It Was Much More Open Then

January 7, 2022

A former Western Maryland locomotive leads a westbound in Clinton in February 1980. For those who know how much the trees have grown at this location today note how open the view was more than four decades ago..The crossover allowed Conrail trains to access the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad line to Columbus.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Tourist Train on Michigan Southern

November 4, 2021

Also on Sunday morning of last weekend we stopped by Tecumseh, Michigan, for the Michigan Southern Railroad.  They run a scenic train with vintage heritage equipment about five miles to Clinton, Michigan.

Heading up the train is Western Maryland 75 a restored GE 44 ton engine.  Chicago, South Shore & South Bend No. 1 is a converted 65-foot mill gondola a NYC. The railroad also has a New York Central  bay window caboose and a New Haven caboose.  

The train is shown in Tecumseh.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Not Great, But Memorable

June 2, 2021

Some days are grubby and you do your best with what you have. In this case it is high speed Ektachrome slide film push processed to ASA 400.

Thankfully, using modern photo editing software — in this case Lightroom and Photoshop used together — has resulted in the best this image has ever looked, considering the circumstances.

The late Mike Ondecker and I found Western Maryland Nos. 64, 414, and at least three other WM locomotives on the point of an eastbound Norfolk & Western train in Brewster Yard in mid 1972.

No, this photo won’t win any awards, but what a memory it brings back.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas