A recent inquiring into licensing of one of my images for a book had me delving back into the archives. While doing so I realized that I had not posted many railroad photos lately so it was a good time to cruise through the files and dust off some that have not seen the light of day since they were first captured.
Today's post shows another old workhorse of the railroad industry. It's a C & O ( Chesapeake & Ohio ) locomotive which once hauled coal from the great state of West Virginia. this particular locomotive, # 1309 is the last survivor of the Baldwin Class. The first 8 have been scrapped. This particular design was created by the American Locomotive Company ( ALCO ) in 1914. I misplaced my notes but believe this series of locomotives, numbered 1301 through 1309 were manufactured around 1949 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works out of Philadelphia.
It's a shame this didn't receive a little more love, instead, it's been parked in the rail yard where they built an automobile parking lot around it. At least it was spared the fate of the others, ending up on a scrap heap. This is a true museum piece that should be displayed in the historic roundhouse of the B & O Railroad Museum. Perhaps it will be refurbished and moved indoors some day.
This was a magnificent machine in it's day. As part of the C & O system, it spent most of it's service life running the lines from Richmond Virginia to the Ohio River.
This is one of the last steam locomotives built for the American class 1 railroad industry.
In this post I am launching my series on railroading, which I've planned for some time. After reading Len Saltiel's excellent post entitled "All Aboard", I thought it was high time I began processing the large collection of photos sitting on one of my external hard drives. I've long been passionate about railroads and the history of that industry, so we shall begin with the first common carrier and one of the oldest railroads in the United States, the B & O (Baltimore & Ohio), located in Baltimore's Mount Clare Station. This site began as B & O in 1829 but can be traced back to 1760 when the land was owned by Charles Carroll Barrister. For those reasons it is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
The image below was taken in the rail yard that leads to the roundhouse, a structure that rotated trains to various tracks after entering. Everything in this yard has been long out of service and retired.
Next we'll have a look at the roundhouse exterior and connecting buildings. It's a huge structure that is now a museum which houses many trains, some dating back to the early 19th century, including the Tom Thumb of the 1830s.
In future posts we'll have a look at some vintage train cars on this historic site and share some of the history associated with the B & O Railroad.
Be sure to check back often as this will be an ongoing series for some time. If you like trains, I think you'll enjoy what lies ahead.
Thanks for visiting!