|Star above indicates location of Steam Locomotives
Location: Main Headquarters Coshocton, Passenger Office Sugar Creek
Condition of Steam Locomotive(s):4 of 6 operative
picture 1 - Engine 4-6-0 #1551 outside if Jewett, Oh in May of 1997 - Photo By Author
picture 2 - Picture taken from Passenger Coaches of #1551 rounding curve near Bowerstown, Oh - Photo by Bryan Ferguson Fall of 1996
Picture 3 - Photo taken of 4-6-2 #1293 December 1997 on Bridge in the snow near Gnadenhutten, Oh - Photo by Author
Picture 4 - Photo taken of #1551 at the face of the Gould Tunnel in Fall of 1996 - Photo by Author
Current Information/Status: #1551 Ex-Canadian National
Operational 4-6-0 This is one of the main steam locomotive of the Ohio Central Railroad. It is used to pull passengers in Sugarcreek, OH and it pulls all mainline trips on the old Pennsy Panhandle line. It is currently receiving a complete overhaul and is expected to return to service in June of 1998.
#13 Ex-Buffalo Creek and Gauley
Operational 2-8-0 This locomotive is one of the Ohio Central's Regular locomotives taking turns pulling passengers in Sugarcreek during the season. This locomotive is famous for pull coal trains on the Buffalo Creek and Gauley Railroad in Central West Virginia. It ran up into the mid 60's. It has been put back into service by the Ohio Central in 1994 and has pulled trains in Sugar Creek and last year made it's first trip on the Mainline pulling a 13 car coal train for photographers from Dennison to Coshocton for OC's first Steam Fest. Look for another Steam Fest in a couple of years.
#1293 Ex-Canadian Pacific
This 4-6-2 received a complete restoration in 1996/97 and returned to service in the fall of 1997. It is the biggest steam engine the OC has running. It will be used mainly on mainline trips on the ex-Pennsy Panhandle Line. It will be used in May in Sugar Creek to pull trains as another season begins.
#3 Ex-Southern Wood Preserving Co.
Operational 0-4-0. This locomotive came from the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and was restored to operating condition by the Ohio Central a couple years ago. It is not used in excursion service. It is an engine that is fired up for special occasions. It was used last for Steam Fest in the fall of 1997, It is stored operable.
#6325 Ex-Grand Trunk
Inoperable 4-8-4, This locomotive came from Battlecreek, MI. It is the largest locomotive the Ohio Central owns. It is currently in the shop being rebuilt for service hopefully in late '99. Watch the OC web site for more info.
#96 Ex-Canadian National Inoperable 2-6-0, This locomotive is sister to the #89 that is owned by the Strasburg Railroad. It is also stored out-of-service. It also needs a considerable amount of work done to return it to service. Work was done on the engine to ensure no more decay would develop
The Ohio Central has ended daily passenger service. It will run special all day excursion in '99 and beyond. You can get more info at the OC web site at:www.ohiocentralrr.com