When I was a kid in the early 80's heading to Cleveland from the east on I-90, I remember passing under a bridge over the interstate that had B&O emblems on it. The bridge is now gone. What B&O line was this, and where did it go?
kinter2 wrote:My father-in-law was born in Fairport and lived all his life in that area. He told me that there used to be a roundhouse and turntable in Painesville between Richmond Street and Richmond Road where Sanford meets Richmond Street. He also told me that the trains would stop in Painesville and the "Malleys" would be turned around while cars were taken to Fairport by switchers. At some point, the turntable/roundhouse was replaced by a wye, I believe. The historical association might know.I don't know the specific streets, but B&O's engine facilities (along with the rather austere-looking wood passenger and freight stations) were located just south of the NYC crossing and looked like they dated back to the narrow gauge days. In the mid-1950s, steam locos were turned on a wye west of the engine house. By then, too, the servicing facilities were rather crude -- e.g., locos were coaled via a portable conveyor. I'm not sure I'd dignify the engine house as a "roundhouse" -- it was a three-stall rectangular wood shed. Road trains would arrive and depart from the yard north of the crossing with their road power, although transfer switchers worked up to the NKP interchange.
shlustig wrote: Herb,Yup -- two or three times, as I recall. I think Bill Vigrass and I were the only ones who caught such an operation, in fact. At the very end of the steam era, B&O began making the coal trains heavier, using two EM-s as road power and one more as helper between Failes Spur (W. Farmington) and Chardon. The helper was always supposed to be on the rear up the twisting Swine Creek grade to Middlefield, then was moved to the head as far as Chardon where it was uncoupled to run to Painesville.
Were you one of the very lucky phoyographers who caught a northbound train with triple-head EM's?