Not far from my childhood home is a rail bed that once belonged to the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad. Many of my summer afternoons were spent patiently waiting along the rails for a glimpse of the local shortline freight train to pass. Those lazy afternoons gave me time to imagine what it would have been like to see a mighty A&GW train rumble pass.
Recently I discovered this great photo of an A&GW steam locomotive. Back in 1865, when this photo was taken, the railroad operated on rails with a 6ft gauge (the space between each rail).
This 4-4-0 steam locomotive entered service in 1865. The65,000 pounds locomotive’s drivers were 66″ with 16″x24″ cylinders.
Full Steam Ahead
Today those same rails are a standard 4′ 8.5″ and operated by a subsidiary of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad. The ABC, as the little railroad is known, is what remains of the former Akron & Barberton Belt. Years ago I created an archive of information about this little railroad. It was recently updated and can be found at ABB.thomconte.com.