Railroad  Photos  of  Columbus  Ohio
 This Page Revised 6/14/99
 
Buckeye Yard - on the West side of town
 
   Sept. 21, 1975  photo
         *  PC  units #7718, 3028, 2761  at the servicing facilities,  "The Docks"

   Aug.2,1977  photos
        * looking Southeast at  "The Pad"  where engines await their next assignment
                 ( notice  L&N Alco #1321 )
        * a  close-up  of  Bangor & Aroostock  GP7 #68
        * an  L&N  SD  unit
        * two FP7a  units  set at the North end of the Facility
        * a  Southern  SD24? #6336 seen at the Yard's  South end.  SOU  units were
                 common in the late 1970's

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    Miscellaneous Dates
         * The Pad  seen three days later on Aug.5,1977
         * The power for train COTO  moves around the yard;  looking South from Roberts
                   Road - July 19, 1989
          * Visiting  SF  Warbonnet  #122  &  booster #326 are  Pool Power
                   seen  from  Roberts Road Bridge - Dec. 1994
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   Feb. 1987  Tour of the Yard
      My guide was a  (anonymous) Manager  for Conrail.  With the right
paperwork processed through Pittsburgh,  I was invited to tour the Facilities
at Buckeye Yard.  Although I  visited  the Hump & other offices I was ask
not to take interior photos there.
    * a  un-motored  "Slug" #1122  and  its  "Mother" #6954  SD38 .
           slug #1122 was originally PRR  RSD-12 #8677, then re# PC6877, and
           became a slug in July 1979 at PC's  Collinwood Shop ( future NS 1111 )
    * "the Pad" - the location where Engines are stored awaiting for assignments
           Here is GP38-2  #8259,   GP38-2 #8256,
           3 ex-PC  GP38-2  are #7945  7995 & 7984,  another ex-PC GP38-2 #7944,
           Southern GP35  #2686 rides on old Alco trucks,  Southern GP38-2 #5017,
           SD40-2 #6493 with interior view of  Electrical Cabinet ( a close-up ),
           B23-7 #1969 with interior view of  Control Stand ( a close-up ),
           NS GP38-2 #5139
    * one of many End-of-Train Devices awaiting use
    * the silver colored Cabinet contains the test unit for locomotive cab signals
    * looking West at  ex-NYC  GP9 #7366,   GP9  #7481 (ex-EL #1263),
           SW7 #8893 ( ex-NYC ),  GP9 #7462  (ex-NYC ),   rebuilt GP8 #5457 has
             a  star on its cab indicating that its in a special maintenance study,
           SW7 #9073 ( ex-PC ) sets on the unused wash track,
           GP35 #2267 is seen being cannibalized for parts,
     * looking North at GP38-2  #7941 ( new to PC ) setting  outside the Shop
     * 6 axle Slug #1108  began life as PRR  RSD-12 #8663,  later became CR#6863,
            and was reborn as a slug Nov.1978 by GE in Cleveland. ( future NS #1105 )
     * Southbound double stacked train for the Honda Plant , note the tandem connection
     * when the slug/mother team suddenly died working on the Hump,  these two consecutive
           numbered SD38's,  head around the "Escape Track"  to resume the shoving
     * ex-EMD Demo #1,  now CR #6840, is the second unit of this arriving Northbound
     * looking West near Roberts Road at the small Yard Tower
     * GP38 #7923 (future CSX #1989 )  leads B23-7 #1972  ( future CSX #3168 )
     * some New Haven fan has labeled ex-PC GP38 #7927 for their favorite "fallen flag"
     * Conrail  Trainman seen in this SBD Cabose
     * slug #1021 (originally  PRR  RS11 #8005) was created in Aug.1979 by Altoona Shops
           and later retired by CR in Oct.1995;  here we see it with  mother GP10 #7589
           ( in 1997 #7589 became New York & Atlantic #201 )
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   Dec. 15, 1991
     * Looking down from a  road overpass at GE Lease  B39-8  LMX #8549
     * 1 of 157  C30-7  from 1977  for the SantaFe Railroad #8134
     * NS  C40-8  #8695  and  C39-8  #8635 set  nearby
     * B40-8  #5089  ( future NS 4817 ) has a special company sign on its nose that says
           "Labor / Management Project :  working together for safety, service, success"
     * B40-8  #5089  seen from the rear
     * two  SD40-2  #6510  &  6410  will soon both become  NS  owned
     * GP40 ex-B&O #4005  is seen in blue paint but lettered as CSX #6580
     * somewhat  rare  C39-8  #6001 will become CSX 7480 soon
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   Jan. 2,1993 Photos
       *  visiting  NS  Power are  C30-7 #8078  &  C40-8 #8757
       *  visiting  CSX  Power  are  C30-7 #7070  and  #7073
       *  Conrail  C30-7A  #6599 ( to become  NS #8111)  and other units
       *  a train with  C30-7A #6589 ( future  NS) and SD40-2 #6336 arrives and
               passes by a  Hump shifter with a slug
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Parsons Yard  -  ex C&O  Yard  on South Side of  town
     *  C&O  GP38  #4824  being turned on the Roundhouse Turntable - Oct.22, 1976
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   May 16, 1981  Color & B&W  photos of  Diesels and structures ( non-steam )
     *  Chessie adopts an "Open House"  approach as the public invades the Yard for
            steam engine #614 visiting town.  This afforded special opportunities for photos.
            Here C&O GP40-2 #4264 and  C&O B??? #8276 are seen.  Switching nearby
            was SD40 #7504  and GP30 #3020 .
     *  looking East from the Roundhouse toward the old Coaling Tipples at several GP-7's
     *  a  row of old  GP-7's  waiting for service:  #5789#5820 , #5893
     *  Two  C&O  GP-40  ( #3785 & 4099 ) switch near the old  Water Tower ( to right )

   Miscellaneous  1990's  Dates
     *  slug  CSX #1026 is seen on the service track in blue & gray paint - Mar.25, 1989
     *  looking toward some of the yard's  office buildings - Mar. 25,1989
     *  BQ23-7 CSX#3008  is a strange looking unit ( ex-SCL 5138) - April 2, 1990
     *  a strange painted "Safety Caboose" seen  Dec. 1, 1991
         for the story behind this paint scheme see C&OHS magazine of Nov.91 page 29
     *  ex-D&H  GP39-2  is now CSX4300, seen in old gray & orange - Jan.11,1992
new *  Pete Snyder took this photo of  CSX  SD50  #8533  - Jan.1992
     *  a great find was catching CSX #6573 still in WM red & white ,  also present that
          day was GP30M #4221 - April 4,1992
     *  old  Yard  Office  know as  "High Tower"  ( now  gone ) - Mar.1993
     *  sister C30-7 units set ready for service;  CSX#7077  &  #7076 - May 1993
     *  CSX #1523  is one of just a few GP15  that I've ever seen - May 1993
 
 
 

Miscellaneous  photos  around  Columbus
       * B&O  Train BO85  is seen passing the  East Columbus Tower - Aug.2, 1977
       *  Summit  Tower  known as  SI  located about 16 miles East of  Columbus - Aug.2, 1977

       * N&W  #6089  SD40  at the  Joyce Ave. Yard - Aug.2, 1977
       * this  SD45  is  in  older  blue  paint.  Its  sister unit 1776 was painted for the bi-centennial .
       * several  GP9's  are moved around the Joyce Ave. yard - Aug.2, 1977
 
       * PC  Grain Train in  the old  Yard B  near the Alum Creek Tower - Feb. 28, 1976
 

Union Station  area  and  downtown
     *  PC  Wreck Train  in storage  in the  Union Station trackage - Nov. 16, 1975
     *  the  Passenger boarding area showing the tracks  and  the steps to street level
     *  a  view of the rear of the Columbus Union Station - Nov. 16, 1975

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  Amtrak Station
     *  Amtrak  Train #31 arrives  4 hours late at the "Temporary Station" ( polebarn ).
              This train will pull past  the Station,  then backup in order to get closer to the
              platform.   This Station was about  half  a mile from the old  Union Station.
              Notice the Tower to the  right of  this close-up. -  Aug. 2, 1977
     * Amtrak #447  an  E8a  ( ex- PRR 5790, PC 4250, AMTK 277,  built 1952 )
             and #475  an  E9b  ( ex- MILW 205B, re# MILW 35B, next re# AMTK 452,
             built April 1956 )
     * Train #31  passes  demolition crews  as  the final  piece of  Union Station is being
              razed. - Aug.2, 1977
                -  A  crane  chips  away the base until the Smoke Stack  begins to lean.
                -  The  chimney's  weight  causes the bricks to separate from the base as it advances
                -   across the ground.  A  view  of  the  dust cloud  aftermath.
      * the other Amtrak train is seen at the Station sometime in Aug.1977 .   E8a  #439
              ( ex- RF&P #1007, then  re#  AMTK 216 )  is seen at night  taking  fuel  as  the
              Train's  cars  are watered.
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  Scioto Tower
      * Conrail  Westbound  crosses the Scioto River as it approaches the Tower
                         - July 29, 1977
      * Eastbound with  CR2362  passing  Scioto Tower - Aug.2, 1977
      * a  look  at the  Board inside the tower,  also  a  close-up  of this board
      * Conrail  Train #WVI-5  moves West past the old  T&OC  Station,
               just East of Scioto Tower ( lead  engine is #2725  and the colorful second unit
               is a CN  EMD )
      * a  Southbound  C&O  passing the tower with units #7506 & 7517 - Aug.2, 1977