Posts Tagged ‘Western Maryland locomotives’

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

A Little Wild Mary, a Little B&O

May 28, 2021

Western Maryland SD40 No. 7595 is working solo at Warwick on July 14, 1982, to haul an intermodal train on what is today the CSX New Castle Subdivision. Originally, this was a Baltimore & Ohio mainline, hence the B&O style color position light. No. 7595 would later see duty on the CSX motive power roster and may have taken this signal years later in CSX dress.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Three Railroad Heritage

January 14, 2021

This GP9 represents three railroads. It was built in September 1955 for the Chesapeake & Ohio. It later became Western Maryland 5971. When captured in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on April 16, 1977, it was working for the Chessie System. It would later receive a Chessie System livery. It appears the C&O markings had been painted out and it received a makeshift WM look.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Some Chessie Memories From Cumberland

November 18, 2020

Cumberland, Maryland, was a key terminal on the mainline of the Baltimore & Ohio, a role that continued into the Chessie System and CSX eras.

In the image above Chessie System GP38 No. 3810 (ex-B&O) is on the point of a freight in Cumberland on Sept. 20, 1980.

Similiar images to this reside in the collections of Paul Woodring, Mark Perri, Roger Durfee, and another unidentified railfan who were with the photographer on the day this photograph was created.

Note that the motive power consist also includes a Western Maryland unit and another unit in the B&O livery.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

The Other “Wild Mary’ Livery

October 6, 2020

Aside from its red and white look, some Western Maryland locomotives that continues to operate in the Chessie System era sported a black and gold livery.

Chessie System F7A No. 7156 was one of those units and is shown in Akron on Oct. 4, 1976.

Alas, it in the middle of the motive power consist and not leading it.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Some More ‘Wild Mary’ in Ohio

July 29, 2020

Here is another round of former Western Maryland motive power still in its red and white paint roaming the Chessie System in Northeast Ohio.

WM GP40 No. 3799 and a train consisting mostly of coiled steel is shown in Sterling on Oct. 31, 1981.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

‘Wild Mary’ Was Still Living in Brewster

July 23, 2020

The Western Maryland was part of the Chessie System, but for a time some of its locomotives continued to sport the colorful “wild Mary” red and white livery.

Chessie System 3797 still wears WM paint as it sits on an eastbound Norfolk & Western train at the east end of Brewster Yard on May 5, 1974.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Smiling Chessie Cat

June 19, 2020

It is 1986 and westbound Chessie System (Western Maryland) GP40-2 No. 4314 is sitting in Warwick on what is called the scale track where coal trains were once weighed. Perhaps her crew ran out of time and this train is  awaiting a replacement crew. If you look closely at the locomotive nose you’ll see that some wag has given Chessie eyes, a nose and a smile.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Some ‘Wild Mary’ in Brewster

February 12, 2020

Sometimes you find a badly damaged negative that tells a story. Thankfully with hard work a decent image appears.

It is Dec. 23, 1972, in Brewster, Ohio. I am at Baymere Road SW looking west towards the Norfolk & Westerm yard. A five-unit motive power consist led by Western Maryland Geeps and F-units will leave soon.

Back then this was not an unusual sight. This is the past even some locals have never seen.

Today this crossing is owned by the Wheeling & Lake Erie, has one set of tracks, and has no trains pulled by five Western Maryland locomotives.

The W&LE is a great railroad with a multitude of locomotives in different paint schemes, but once in a while I photographically have to visit the past to start my memories about “back then” flowing.

By this date the WM was part of Chessie System, so these were Chessie locomotives still in their WM paint.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Eastbound at Akron Junction

January 8, 2020

Western Maryland GP40-2 No. 4365 and Baltimore & Ohio GP40-2 No. 4129 cruise eastbound on the main line at Akron Junction in early 1980.

No. 4365 was built in 1979 while No. 4129 rolled out of the EMD plant in September 1972. Both would later serve CSX.

Photograph by Robert Farkas