BALTIMORE & OHIO  

The B&O came into Buffalo from the south and growing up in the northern suburbs of the city, I did not become familiar with the B&O until well into the 1970's. By that time the B&O F units that played out their last miles on the line were gone for good. Never the less the line had, and continues to have, great appeal. Almost immediately after leaving Buffalo the line encounters rolling hills and pleasant scenery. There are numerous small towns along the line, especially in PA, and many still have their stations. The line had the classic B&O color position signals and the old BR&P concrete interlocking towers and lineside phone booths. In the 70's the old BR&P loco shops at East Salamanca, NY were still open, as was the car shop at DuBois, used as a caboose shop by the B&O. In 1973 the B&O became a part of the Chessie System. Today this line is operated by regional carrier, Buffalo & Pittsburgh.

bo284a.jpg

EA #51 preserved and on display at the B&O Museum in Baltimore, MD on September 25, 1980. The B&O had the only EA's built, 6 cabs and 6 boosters (EB's) in 1937-38.

BO290a.jpg

GP9 #6533 idles the weekend away at LeRoy, NY on March 15, 1981. Leroy is about 25 miles south of Rochester and was the base for a weekday local. This branch joined the Buffalo Sub at Ashford Junction, NY.

bo257.jpg

GP9 #6683 and caboose #C2818 for use on the Bradford, PA local layover at dusk on August 31, 1975. Successor Buffalo & Pittsburgh continues to station a unit here to work the local petro-chemical industries.

bo254a.jpg

GP30 #6950 at Punxsutawney, PA on August 1, 1975. The good sized yard here was a focal point of operations on the Buffalo line, but the B&P has shifted operations to Butler and DuBois, PA instead.

BO273.jpg

GP30 #6906 sits outside the roundhouse at Connellsville, PA on September 20, 1980.

BO1277.jpg

GP38's #3837 & 4811 are southbound at Seneca St. in Buffalo, NY on July 27, 1985. This train is the 'CN Turn' and ran from the B&O's Buffalo Creek Yard over Conrail trackage rights to the CN yard in Ft. Erie, ON across the Niagara River, and back.

bo294a.jpg

GP38 #3840 rests near the landmark Grafton (WV) Hotel and Station, later sold by the railroad to the city for redevelopment. Photo taken on May 28, 1982.

BO1255a.jpg

GP38 #4809 is at the TH&B shops in Hamilton, ON on June 23, 1984. This unit was on lease to the Canadian Pacific who leased Chessie Systems GP38's and GP40's on a number of occassions.

BO293.jpg

GP40 #4032 & GP40-2 #4245 are westbound with C&O train DT-41 on Conrail trackage rights at the Town of Niagara, NY on March 14, 1982.

bo258b.jpg

GP40 #4057, C&O GP30 #3046 & GP35 #3551 are setting out cars at Leroy, NY on March 26, 1976. The station is still in good shape, being an open agency and the base for a weekday local.

bo278b.jpg

GP40 #3770 and GP40-2 #4205 have an eastbound trailer train at the Sand Patch (PA) summit on September 21, 1980. On the right is the marker denoting the summit of the Alleghenies at 2258 feet above sea level.

bo1257h.jpg

GP40's #4005 & 3757 have C&O train NI42 east on the Conrail main at Smith St. in Buffalo, NY on August 5, 1984. The track diverging off to the left leads to the N&W's Buffalo Junction Yard.

bo259b.jpg

GP40 #4050, GP38 #3803 and GP35 #3546 are in the yard at Salamanca, NY on June 9, 1976. The water tower is still standing at this date, with the shops being out of sight to the left.

BO275b.jpg

SD40 #7592 and SD40-2 #7605 are in helper duty service at Sand Patch (PA) summit on September 21, 1980.

bo-annrpt1.jpg

 

bo-annrpt2.jpg

Pages from the C&O/B&O Annual Report for 1968. Note the dual heralds on the nose of the locomotive.