Posts Tagged ‘Western Maryland motive power’

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

Western Maryland Two for Tuesday

March 30, 2021

Here are two Western Maryland geeps although neither is an original WM Geep but was transferred to tthe WM by the Chessie System.

In the top image No. 5972 and caboose C-2851 are in front of the freight house in Massillon on July 1, 1981. The bottom image shows No. 5971 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on April 16, 1977.

Photographs 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

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

Almost Everything

March 27, 2020

There’s quite a variety of Chessie System heritage motive power in this image made on Sept. 20, 1980, in Cumberland, Maryland.

There are units of the Baltimore & Ohio and Western Maryland along with a locomotive wearing Chessie colors and markings.

Paul Woodring was with me on the day that I made this image of this four-unit lash up.

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