Posts Tagged ‘Willard Ohio’

Way Back When in Willard

August 4, 2020

The wayback machine continues to need calibration as we’ve landed out of bounds again. But we don’t mind, any place in Ohio is fine.

Today we’re looking at Baltimore & Ohio GP40 No. 4021 and two other units in the yard in Willard in late 1972.

Willard was the home of a B&O classification yard and named after a former B&O president, Daniel Willard.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Catching Up With the Ashland

April 29, 2020

On Monday I chased the Ashland Railway train from Willard to Shelby. The motive power was 9166, a NW2R, and 2022 and 2023, both GP38-2s .

I got it at Willard at either milepost zero or 294 depending on what subdivision you are on.

I also photographed the train passing the old Baltimore & Ohio station at Plymouth and a bridge south of town.

Finally, I caught it passing the old power plant at Shelby Ohio.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

2 Views For Tuesday

November 12, 2019

One of the advantages of digital photograph is the ability to easily crop an image in processing software such as Adobe Photoshop.

But cropping does more than just remove such extraneous and unwanted elements as utility poles and wires.

The character of an image can change if you crop it more closely.

Here is an example of that from Bob Farkas. The location is the former Baltimore & Ohio yard in Willard, Ohio.

It’s March 13, 1982, and the B&O is part of the Chessie System.

The top image shows more of the train’s consist and the yard. But the bottom image gives more detail of the locomotive, caboose and boxcar.

You make the call on which image you prefer.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

The Large and Small of It

October 25, 2019

Railroads were not always consistent in applying their liveries to diesel locomotives.

Perhaps a shop didn’t have the right specs, didn’t have the needed supplies or had received incomplete instructions.

A good example of this inconsistency can be seen in the above images that represent small and large sizes of the herald of the Baltimore & Ohio on the nose of two locomotives.

In the top image, B&O GP38 No. 3901 is shown in Akron on Sept. 9, 1979, with a large herald on its nose.

In the bottom image, GP35 No. 3511 sports a smaller emblem as it sits in Willard on September 2, 1978.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Need a B&O Fix? We’ve Got it For You

August 16, 2019

B&O GP 30 leads a westbound in Akron on June 20, 1987.

It has been decades since the Baltimore & Ohio faded into history into the Chessie System which in turn dissolved into CSX.

But some who have long lived in or near Akron still have a fondness for the B&O even if the only tangible trace of it these days are museum pieces and a locomotive operating on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad that is painted in a B&O livery.

The CVSR’s B&O No. 800 does a reasonably good job of bringing the fabled railroad with the capitol dome herald to life, but sometimes you want to see the real thing.

Here is a selection of photographs of the B&O in Akron and Willard that come from the camera of Robert Farkas, a long-time resident of Northeast Ohio who continues to photograph the region’s railroad operations.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

GP9 No. 6548 works a train in the Yard at Willard, Ohio, on Sept. 3, 1978.

B&O GP 35 No.3504 is eastbound in Akron in the late 1960s. Notice the IBM dealership and the Akron Beacon Journal clock tower in the background.

GP38 No. 3825 and F7B No. 5449 move a westbound in Akron at Exchange Street on July 23, 1971. Note the roof of the Erie freight house in the background.

There it Was Just Sitting There

November 19, 2014



After reading an online report as to the whereabouts of Norfolk Southern 8105, the Interstate heritage locomotive, I decided to make a detour last Saturday on my way to Marion to give a presentation to the railfan society there.

The 8105 was reported to be sitting in Willard since Thursday on the Ashland Railway after coming off CSX as train K525.

Reportedly, the train would leave for Mansfield on Sunday morning to be loaded at AK Steel before returning to be interchanged to CSX.

But on Saturday I found the 8105 and its train snoozing near the Willard hospital and behind an R.R. Donnelley plant.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

Willard Gets State Grant for Railfan Park

April 16, 2014

The city of Willard has received a $50,000 state grant that will be used to establish a railfan park in the north central Ohio that is home to a major CSX classification yard.

“Train watching has become a popular activity and this facility could bring as many as 20,000 visitors annually to Willard,” said City Manager Brian Humphress.

The city-owned park is expected to be built within the next two years at an unnamed location. Humphress told the Willard City Council that the city has a site in mind and is hoping that the property owner will donate the land to the city.

Willard city officials have been talking about establishing a railfan park for at least the past five years, but were waiting for some seed money to come their way.

State funds are expected to pay 60 percent of the expenses of establishing the railfan park while local entities must pick up the remaining 40 percent. The state’s share will come from the State Capital Improvements budget.

Good Old Fashioned Train Chase

November 18, 2012

The chase begins as we intercept the light power move west of Attica Junction, a.k.a. Siam, Ohio.We barely were able to get into position to get this shot.

I caught up with fellow Akron Railroad Club member Roger Durfee on Saturday morning in Macedonia for what turned out to be a good old fashioned train chase on CSX. The railroad was hosting a light power move of 11 former Santa Fe locomotives, most of them GP30s.

The retired locomotives were part of a group of 22 purchased by LTEX and being moved over CSX into two batches. Saturday’s move operated as symbol X791.

It seemed liked dozens of railfan photographers turned out to record the move. Here are nine images from among the many that I shot during our chase.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

Coming into Willard Yard along a still to be harvested corn field along Town Line Road 12 west of the town.

After about an hour in Willard, during which time the train changed crews, the X791 was on the move east again. The train is about to duck under Cornwell Avenue (Ohio Route 99).

No chase of a train on the former Baltimore & Ohio east of Willard is complete without an across-the-field shot after the crops have been harvested. This image was taken along Boughtonville Road west of the road’s namesake village.

Approaching the grade crossing east of Boughtonville with Boughtonville Road.

The X791 got delayed for about an hour west of Greenwich waiting on three westbounds. Track work on the New Castle Subdivision apparently had that line down to single track. Finally, X791 got a signal and proceeded east. Fortunately for the photographers, the last locomotive was facing the “right” direction.

Nova Tower still stands. Who knows how many Santa Fe and ex-Santa Fe locomotives have passed by it all these years.

Catching up with the X791 before it reached Akron seemed out of the question so we made a beeline for there. Our final images of the X791 would be from the Thronton Street overpass.

The Akron skyline looms in the background as the X791 takes the signal at Exchange Street and continues its trek to LTEX at Lordstown.