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NRHS 2006 Convention Trip 4a: The Morgan Run Shop Tour 7/22/2006

by Chris Guenzler

After a week of hot and humid weather, we awoke to the sound of pouring rain. Chris Parker and I had our last continental breakfast together. Chris had an 8:30 AM flight from Pittsburgh home the next morning so I decided to let him have an extra hour of sleep. If he took me to Amtrak in Pittsburgh, we would have to leave at 4:00 AM in order for Chris to get to the airport in plenty of time for his flight. If I took the convention bus to Pittsburgh, Chris could leave here at 5:00 AM and get to the airport in plenty of time.

I walked across the street to the Holiday Inn, and in the convention registration room, bought a bus ticket to Amtrak in Pittsburgh. Later we boarded the bus for the Morgan Run shop tour. We went south on Interstate 77 to Ohio 751, west to West Lafayette and then a local road to the Morgan Run shops as the rain continued to fall. The buses pulled in behind the shop and with an umbrella in hand, I started looking around. The shop was built in 1995 and is near the center of the Ohio Central Railroad System.

Ohio Central 4-8-4 6325 ex GTW 6325 previously on display in Battle Creek, Michigan. I thought the light might be better on the other side so I headed over there.

Another view of the 6325.

Ohio Central 2-6-0 96 ex Steamtown 96, exx Canadian National 926, nee Grand Trunk 1024.

Ohio Central 1278, ex Gettysburg, ex Steamtown 127, nee Canadian Pacific 1278. After this picture, I walked over to the line of engines we passed as we pulled into the shops.

The line of historic motive power that the Ohio Central provided for us this morning.

Ohio Central F7A 1001, ex Gettysburg 81A, exx Dakota Southern 81A, exxx Milwaukee Road 81A, 47A, 116C.

Ohio Central F7A 1000, ex Gettysburg 81C, exx Dakota Southern 81C, exxx Milwaukee Road 81C, 47C, 166C.

Nickel Plate Road 84.

Ohio Central H12-44 1802 ex North Carolina Ports 1802, exx Yankeetown Docks 1802.

Ohio Central C424 7203 ex LTV/Erie Mining 7230, nee Erie Mining 500.

Another view of those diesels.

Line of current used motive power near the shop buildings.

Pittsburgh & Ohio Central SW1500 1545 ex Reading Northern 1545.

Ohio Central GP-10 7573 ex Conrail 7573, exx CR GP-9 7322, exxx PC7322, nee NYC 5922.

Ohio Central 4095, ex Conrail.

Ohio Central 3187, ex Conrail.

Ohio Central 4-6-2 1293, ex Steamtown, nee Canadian Pacific 1293. She is still fired up because the Ohio Central 1293 will pull our excursion train this morning from Sugar Creek

Ohio Central 7499.

Ohio Central 33, ex Hocking Valley Scenic, exx LS&I, nee Munising Marquette & Southeast 44 with Ohio Central SW-1 736.

Another view of the Ohio Central 33.

Ohio Central SW-1 736 ex Amtrak 736, exx Amtrak 249, exxx CR/PC/NYC 8497, nee NYC 701.

Ohio Central C-420 7220, ex LTV/Erie Mining 7220, exx Erie Mining 350, nee Erie Mining 600.

Ohio Central SD-40T-2 8801, ex UP, exx SP.

Ohio Central 5122, ex BN.

Ohio Central 3188, ex Conrail.

The former Wheeling & Lake Erie and Pennsylvania Railroad Crossing at Morgan Run.

The Ohio Central 1293 then backed out of the shop heading for the mainline.

The Ohio Central 1293 then came forward on the mainline.

The Ohio Central 6325 waits to run again maybe someday here or someplace else.

Our excursion train from Dennison pulling into Morgan Run.

One last view of Ohio Central 1293 before it will be put on our excursion train this morning but that trip will be another story.