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.