Ohio Central System
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Photos of the "Panhandle Special" (9/22/01):
We'll start off the chase
at Blacks Road (just east of Pataskala) with OC
F7A no. 1001 in the lead of the westbound train to Dennison.
At Dennison, the 6325 will be cut in for the return trip to Columbus.
Chris Burchett shot quite a bit of video, along with still shots, while good friend
and chase partner Peter Maurath took some stills as well. As you
can see, it was quite a dreary day to begin with.
In this shot we find the
the Coshocton station and Ohio Central headquarters. The
train stopped for a good ten minutes, loading the first class lunch
boxes. This is street-running Ohio Central style!
At Trinway, we caught the
"Panhandle Special" moving over the former Pennsy
pulls the westbound train into its terminus at Dennison. The
steam in the background is from the 6325 on the siding, facing east.
A shot of trailing unit F7A
As the rear of the
westbound train slowly passes, we're able to get a
distant view of the 6325 creeping up to the switch. She'll
then be on the main and will shortly back up to the train after all
the passengers disembark. In due time, this exact spot where
Chris's van was parked would be swarming with people, as the big Northern stopped
right in front of Chris and his van while the crew waited for the
passengers to get off.
of the U-3-b as she has just tied onto the train. It'll be
over two hours before the highball is given.
A bit closer
to the 6325, headlight on. Still over an hour before
departure. As the we waited in Dennison, you'll notice that the
sky really cleared up, providing for some excellent photo
These roster shots were
taken in this order: Front,
fireman's side; complete
side view; and rear,
Here's a right-front
close-up of the 4-8-4, as well as a roster shot of auxiliary
water tender OHCR 174.
We are finally on the move
and have caught
the 6325 just about to pass under the closed road bridge just east
of the Ohio Central Morgan Run shop. Between Dennison and here,
I got quite a bit of video footage, as well as the pace itself.
In this shot, she has just
under the bridge and I also managed to get this
side shot as she steamed away.
with consist in tow, speeds through Tyndall, with the 1000 and
1001 both following close behind. After the photo run-by at
Trinway (which we didn't stop at, knowing the crowd that would be
gathered there), the F7's would be tied onto the end of the train for
the rest of the trip to Columbus.
The Northern glides
speedily past, entering Newark.
With a large crowd
gathered at this crossing in Newark, the 6325's crew gives a few extra
blasts on the whistle while approaching the crossing.
Photos of the first Ohio Southern coal train
GP38 no. 2175, GP40
no. 3262, and TDIX
GP30M no. 4218 are on the head end of the first loaded GLT coal
train from Glouster to Conesville, Ohio on Tuesday, December 11, 2000.
The train is on the NS West Virginia Secondary in New Lexington, and
is just about to contact with the rebuilt Ohio Southern Railroad.
GP40 no. 3216 is now leading the GLT up the Ohio Southern, past
Oxford Mine, which will be loading trains by July 27, 2001.
Before the wye in New Lex was recently installed, the train had to
operate as a "push-pull" operation. The GLT would pull
up past the connector switch, then the unit (or units) on the rear
would become the lead units. Now the wye makes the connection
from Norfolk Southern to the Ohio Southern much easier and simpler.
moves the GLT slowly across the State Route 37 crossing, just
north of Tunnel Hill. The speed was recently increased to 25
miles per hour.
Here we find the
3216 with the GLT moving through Crooksville, just about to cross
a brand new concrete bridge.
is seen arriving in Zanesville. The train will pull up past
the switch, then proceed on CSXT to the connection with the Ohio
Central on the northern part of Zanesville. Once that is
accomplished, the GLT will be heading for the old Pennsy Panhandle.
is now passing over the switch. Once the 2175 clears, the
switch will be thrown and the train will proceed on to the OHCR
and the rear-end of the 2175 are slowly backing up through
Zanesville. The train will stop in a moment, the switch will be
thrown, and they'll be off for the OHCR connection a short distance
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