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While not directly related to the Piedmont Sub, these photos may be of interest to C&O fans.

Excursions


In August of 2005 the C&O Historical Society held their annual convention in Cumberland, Maryland. The highlight of the convention for some of us was an excursion along the South Branch Valley Railroad on a train made up of C&OHS and Potomac Eagle equipment. These photos were taken on that trip.

Locomotives


GP9 6255 was in poor shape at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad museum when I saw it in 1990. I’ve not been back since then; I hope it’s been restored by now. GP9’s were a large part of the C&O’s diesel fleet beginning in the late 1950’s through the Chessie era.
The class L1 Hudsons were constructed by the C&O from the boilers and fireboxes of F19 Pacifics. They were intended to handle connecting sections of the Chessie, the C&O’s hope for the future of passenger business. The Chessie was quietly cancelled in 1948 and the L1’s were used to haul regular passenger trains. They were often seen along the Piedmont Sub. This photo of the 490 was taken at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in 1990.
Originally built by ALCO in Richmond for the Hocking Valley Railroad, number 701 became a C&O engine when the Hocking Valley was acquired. It was assigned to the Clifton Forge-Hot Springs Branch. For 12 years, the “Merry Widow” (so called because she was all alone) moved all the traffic on the 38 mile branch. She was retired in December of 1952 and was donated to the city of Covington in November of 1954. That’s where I found her in 1996.
The 2732 was built by ALCO for the C&O in 1943. The C&O called their 2-8-4’s Kanawhas after the West Virginia river. The Kanawhas first saw service between Cincinnati and Hinton and in the Clifton Forge-Richmond-Newport News regions, but proved themselves so versatile that they were soon found in any service across the system. In this photo 2732 is seen at the information center of a park on Robin Hood Road near her birthplace in Richmond, Virginia. Since the photo was taken she has been moved to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond’s old Broad Street Station. (2001 photo by Charles Southworth. Used with permission). The second photo shows 2732 in her new home in the summer of 2004. (Photo by McPherson Gaines. Used with permission).
In this photo C&O 614 is westbound at Fort Lee (the southwest corner of Richmond International Airport) on the Peninsula Sub, about 4 miles east of Fulton Yard. In its prime #614 would have often been in charge of the George Washington. (1981 photo by McPherson Gaines. Used with permission).
In this photo C&O 2738 on a coal train at Williamsburg, Virginia in November of 1947. (1947 photo from a postcard in the collection of Larry Z. Daily).
C&O 485 is in charge of the Sportsman at Williamsburg, VA in November of 1947. (1947 photo from a postcard in the collection of Larry Z. Daily).

Cabooses


The C&O’s wooden cabooses were all built in the 1920’s and many lasted in service until the 1970’s. This former C&O cab is now owned by the Cass Scenic Railroad in West Virginia. (1997 photo)
This cab is used as part of a restaurant in Ashland, Virginia. It is clearly a C&O car, but the stnciling is a bit off in terms of size. (McPherson Gaines photo, date unknown. Used with permission.)
Buckingham Branch 223 was built as 90251 for the C&O in July, 1949. (2008 photo)
This former C&O Cab is currently located outside of Keyser, West Virginia. The 3143 was built in 9/68 and was delivered in the C&O’s attractive blue and yellow paint. These Chessie Safety Caboose colors were applied late 1976 and the 3143 was assigned to Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 3143 was unique in being the only safety cab with yellow ends. (1999 photo by Larry Z. Daily, Sr. Used with permission.)
In recent years the 3143 has been repainted. One side and end have received a version of its original blue paint (note the non-standard “For Progress” monogram). The other side and end kept the Chessie Safety colors. (2002 photo)
Caboose 903324 was built as C&O 3324 in June of 1971 and was delivered in blue paint. She was painted into Chessie colors in May of 1982. As of 1998, she was at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. The boy in the photo is my son Benjamin, who also loves trains. (1998 photo)
Caboose 904135 was part of a group of 66 built by Fruit Growers Express in 1980. It was built to a standard B&O design. I found 904135 sitting in front of the former B&O freight house in Martinsburg, WV. (2000 photo)
This is obviously a former C&O wooden caboose. It is currently located in McHattie Park in South Lyon, Michigan. When J. C. Paschal first saw it a few years ago, it had plywood sheathing over the siding. It has since been restored a bit. According to Roger Kirkpatrick, this is C&O 90631, first built by the Hocking Valley in 1926. (2002 photos by J. C. Paschal. Used with permission.)

Passenger Cars


Combine 409 was built in 1900. According to C&O records, it was scrapped in 1953. As can be seen, 409 escaped the scrappers and is now living at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. It’s painted in the pre-1923 passenger colors. The main color was described in 1896 as Cadmium Yellow. This color didn’t hold up as well as Tuscan Red or Pullman Green, but it sure stood out in a line of Pennsy or Pullman cars. (1991 photo)
Gadsby’s Tavern now owned by the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society. The car is shown here in service on the South Branch Valley Railroads Potomac Eagle. (2002 photo)
C&O combine 458 is now owned by the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society. This photo was taken during a March, 1996 trip to Clifton Forge.
Chessie 29 was the business car of the C&O’s president. It was rebuilt from a 5DBR/lounge car in 1952. In late 1969 it was sold to a Pittsburgh businessman. When I found it, Chessie 29 was at the Station Square Mall in Pittsburgh. Shortly after I took this photo, it was moved. According to Matt Cesare the car has been moved to Myoma, PA where it is sitting next to a bronze factory along the Buffalo & Pittsburgh. (1999 photo)

The Chessie Club, number 1903, was built in the late 1940’s and delivered to the C&O in 1950. As built, the car had corrugations on the lower portion of each side, but these were removed due to corrosion problems. A lunch counter-buffet-lounge car, the Chessie Club could serve 8 passengers at the lunch counter while another 38 could relax in the lounge. The car is shown here in service on the Potomac Eagle on a special run during Moorefield, WV's Heritage Days. (September, 2002 photo)

Maintenance of Way


These photos show a Chessie System Jordan Spreader in Ellerson on track 820. They were taken by John Perkins’ father in the early 1980's. In the top photo the Ellerson depot can be seen to the right, while the Perkins home is visible in the distance on the left. (Photos provided by John “J.T.” Perkins. Used with permission.)

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