Orrville Railroad Heritage Society

ORHS Rolling Stock

Up-to-date list of ORHS railroad equipment.

#471 - GP7u

Our three EMD F-units had reached the end of their useful lives and would need a complete "from the ground up" rebuilding as well as the addition of another A unit so they could operate in both directions. The estimated cost by an outside rebuilder would be approximately $250,000 - $300,000. ORHS opted to sell the F-Units to Ohio Central Rail Systems (now Genesee & Wyoming).

On April 28, 2000, engine 471 was acquired by ORHS in a three-way deal between Helms Financial Corp., Ohio Central Rail Systems and ORHS. After months of negotiations, the locomotive was sold to ORHS at a price of $112,000, considerably below its initial asking price of $150,000. The 471 was repainted and put into full compliance with Federal Railroad Administration rules at Ohio Central's Morgan Run Shops at Coshocton, Ohio and delivered to Orrville on May 5, 2000.

The 471 was built by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors in 1950 as a GP7 model and delivered to the Maine Central Railroad (MEC) as their number 571. It was equipped with a steam generator to heat passenger cars and was used in both freight and passenger service. In December of 1985, MEC rebuilt the engine at their Waterville, Maine shops with an upgraded "crew cab" and dynamic brakes. The high forward hood was also lowered for better visibility from the cab and the number was changed to 471.

It was later repainted in Guilford Transportation colors after the MEC, Boston & Maine, and Delaware & Hudson were merged.

In May of 1990, the Connecticut Department of Transportation purchased the locomotive from Guilford and began operating it on the Shoreline commuter line out of New Haven with the locomotive repainted into the former New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad "McGinnis" paint scheme.

The locomotive was totally rebuilt and upgraded again by Amtrak in 1994 with a more powerful 645E engine replacing the original 567B, updated electrical systems, improved controls, cab signals and various mechanical upgrades.

M-2180 "Millie"
The M-2180 was built in August, 1971 by Fairmont Railway Motors, Inc. for the US Army for use at the Ravenna Arsenal. The "A-Car", as it is known to ORHS members, is a model A4-D-1-7 motor car.
It was one of a group of motor cars acquired from the contractor decommissioning the base in the early '80s. After restoration by several members, ORHS acquired the car in 2008 and it has been an integral feature at our trackside events ever since.
The M-2180 also pulls trailers for hauling track tools, supplies, weed spraying equipment and anything else necessary to maintain our track.

#8008 - Diner
The 8008 was built by the Budd Company in 1939 for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, part of lot 96809. This car was used in ACL's Champion service as a 48 seat diner and was originally named "Baltimore" with no number. It was assigned number 5908 upon the merger with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad to form Seaboard Coast Line. The car was transferred to Amtrak in 1971 and renumbered 8008. ORHS acquired the car from Rails Diversified, Inc. in 1986.

The 8008 is currently not in service and is awaiting restoration.

Diner #8008

#403 - 250 Ton Self-propelled Diesel Locomotive Crane 
#403 was built by Industrial Brownhoist, Construction Number 12064, in August 1952 for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad as number X-216. It was originally based out of New Castle, PA until 1968 when it was reassigned to Willard, OH. The X-216 was renumbered to 940500 in 1982 and retained that number after the formation of CSX in 1989. Art Davis acquired the wrecker after it was retired by CSX in 1992. ORHS assumed ownership after the acquisition of DABO, Inc., Art's company.

If it looks a little familiar, X-216 is the sister to the X-215 at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, MD.

#403 is currently under restoration and will be returned to service, eventually as B&O X-216, for demonstration purposes and for our use in the rail yard.

#403 250 ton wrecker

#940063 Idler Car
#940063 is a 52' flat car from CSX. It was originally built for the Chesapeake & Ohio in 1927 as #W-88, as a crane boom idler car. This type of car would be used to carry wheelsets, rails, ties, tools, supplies and most anything else needed at derailment sites for rerailing cars as well as providing space for the crane boom in a wreck train consist.

#940063 Flat Car

CSX 50' Double Door Boxcar #462976

Ex-CSX boxcar used as our tool and shop car.

Shop boxcar

C&O 50' Double Door/End Door Boxcar #9595
#9595 was built in 1929 for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway to haul automobiles. It has hinged doors on one end of the car to help facilitate loading. 

This car is currently used for materials storage.

Boxcar #9595

NYC 50' Double Door Boxcar

This is an ex-New York Central boxcar and may be an ex-auto parts car. The bolster appears to be marked for NYC 52335 but that may not be correct. The car has been modified with a rollup door in one end for storage.

50' New York Central Boxcar

40' Flat Car #081
This flat car of unknown origin may have started out life as a 40', 50T boxcar on the original Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway. We use it to move heavy track materials around the yard.

Flat Car #081

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