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Photo of the Month - January 2008
Summit Interlocking Tower
This shot reminds me of why I like photos of steam locomotive. If this train were diesel powered you wouldn't know if it was stopped or flying down the track (unless it were a first generation Alco doing its imitation of a steam engine). With steam there is no doubt the fireman has a good fire going and #233 is moving fast.
There were 20 P-7, 4-6-2's built in 1927 for the B&O's top passenger trains, which did not include the route through Columbus, Ohio. As the B&O equipped their Washington - New York trains with diesels the P-7's were moved to the lesser routes like the Cincinnati - Pittsburgh Trains #233 and #238. It gave the railfans in Columbus a chance to see these special locomotives in action during the last few years of steam before it all ended. A five car train wouldn't have been much of a challenge for a P-7. One P-7, the 5300, President Washington, is preserved at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
200dpi jpg (41K) bo-0128
The Newark-Columbus subdivision was jointly owned by the B&O and PRR. The B&O was the original owner so it staffed many of the towers along the 33 mile Columbus-Newark division including Summit tower.