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Photo Album

Note: More Big Four photos are available on the
Michigan Division North, Michigan Division South,
South Anderson pages, and the Big Four Memories pages. With stories and
details of the Michigan Division and Cleveland in the Memory Pages

Most of these photos were sent to me and credit is given when known.
(Click on the small graphic (not the maps) to see the larger one.)

Bellefontaine Photos:
Columbus, Ave - 1907
Columbus Ave - 1914
Columbus Ave - 1923
Mark Plank collection

Big Four Shops
Junction of Big Four and T&OC trackage Bellefontaine - 1954

Mark Plank collection
Mark also sent a postcard copy of the T&OC Depot like the one from Larry Baggerly (see below). I thought that one was enough. The map at left was taken from a Sanborn Map Index supplied by Mark.

Tom Gerbracht said...
I have seen this one was taken at Bellefontaine, OH, probably prior to November, 1948. (In another view, this engine is not yet equipped with a dual seal beam headlight, and I think that the records show that most or all had the headlight conversion in November, 1948.) - Larry Baggerly collection

July 12, 1953
Class S-1b 6017 is at Bellefontaine, OH on July 12, 1953
Jay Williams Collection

July 23, 1953
Class L-4b Mohawk 3144 at Bellefontaine, OH
Clyde Helms Photo

Baggerly's 'West of Berea' Collection"
With no dates, here is (all in Ohio) 1) Bellefontaine (Courtesy of the Sloan Library Historical Collection, Zanesville, OH) - 2) De Graff station - 3) Quincy station - 4) An NYC Meet - 5) NYC 3144 4-8-2 Mohawk
2) 3) 4)
Larry Baggerly collection

1) NYC 2115 2-8-2 Mikado - 2) NYC 2172 2-8-2 Mikado leads a consist past Bellefontaine station - 3) NYC 2273 2-8-2 Mikado - 4) NYC 2618 4-8-2 Mohawk - 5) NYC 2872 4-8-2 Mohawk pulls past BN tower - 6) NYC E7 4000 struts her stuff (isn't she beautiful?) - 7) NYC 6013 4-8-4 Niagara rools on the open road - 8) NYC 6025 4-8-4 Niagara waits at Bellefontaine station. (Note the watchman's tower.) Larry Baggerly collection

1) NYC 4291 at BN coal tipple - 2) Big Four Passenger Station (notice th4e early 30s autos) - 3) Big Four original Roundhouse and loco Shops complex in the late 1800's - 4) High Tower....the original - 5) NYC 2073 & 2891 on the Ready Tracks at Bellefontaine Yards on 9-4-49 - 6) NYC 6011 at Bellefontaine with Double lens Headlight (....Gotta be getting SHORT on life bout then....EH?? LAB) see message below. - 7) NYC 6016 on train 303 on 8-18-54 and BN tower. The tower is now covered at its base. The earlier photo 4 just showed a skeleton frame below the Operators area. - 8) The TOC (Toledo and Ohio Central) Depot at Bellefontaine. - Larry Baggerly collection
1) 2) 3) 4)
5) 6) 7) 8)
Roger: Several of the pictures of BELLEFONTAINE and enviorns are ones sent to me by BRUCE WARNER, the real GURU of T&OC history. Latest batch of steam loco's came from hin, also the T&OC depot picture. Thnx for posting for everyone to see. regds Larry Baggerly

About NYC 6011 at Bellefontaine:
Larry (Baggerly),
Thanks so much for the 6011 and 6016...I never get tired of seeing Niagara photos. (Perhaps that's why I have over 400 of them....!)
I remember reading that all of the 6000's were transferred to the Big Four in 1954. Most of them were out of service by August, 1955. (The Big Four wheel report for 12/54 shows mileage for 6000, 6002, 6005, 6014, 6020, and 6022. All of the others were on lines west, with 6004, 6006, 6008-15 inclusive, 6017, 6021, and 6025 awaiting shop.) The 6016 was out of service at Toledo by August, 1955. The Lines west for 12/55 shows mileage for 6000, 6015, 6019, 6020, 6023, and 6024.
So my somewhat educated guess is that the photos you included were taken either in the summer of 1954 or perhaps less likely, the summer of 1955?!
Shoulda saved one......and also a 5400. Perleman may have been intelligent, but there are things I will never forget him for.....
Regards, Tom Gerbracht

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