Clinchfield #800 & Nickel Plate #901 pulling the Ohio Rail Experience at Midland Ohio

Clinchfield #800 & Nickel Plate #901 pulling the Ohio Rail Experience at Midland Ohio 10-11-19

The Ohio Rail Experience is a part of Cincinnati Scenic Railway. CSR is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and the operator of the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon, OH. ORE excursions are operated in partnership with local historical societies, the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, and the Cincinnati Railway Company.

These trips are a unique opportunity to experience the golden age of rail right in your backyard and feature a casual family friendly atmosphere. ORE trains will travel on railroad tracks that do not regularly host passenger trains. Some lines ORE will traverse have not seen a passenger train in over 40 years.

Passengers will ride in vintage railcars pulled by a historic diesel electric locomotive. ORE trains will feature open window coaches from the 1930s. Climate controlled deluxe coaches from the 1940s and 50s will also be offered at a higher fare. Passengers can enjoy the breeze from one of our two open air baggage cars. A small selection of food and drink, including alcoholic beverages, will be available in our tavern car.

ORE aims to offer a new and exciting tour schedule every year. Many trips will not be repeated annually.  If an excursion catches your eye, we highly recommend climbing aboard.

The history of the Clinchfield #800
The predecessor engine is an F3 locomotive built in 1948 by Electro-Motive Division originally for the Carolina, Clinchfield Railroad & Ohio Railroad as #800. In 1957, it was upgraded to full F7 specs including the installation of newer traction motors. It served the Clinchfield in freight service until it was later assigned to business train service for the Family Lines System and later the Seaboard System Railroad, both predecessors of CSX Transportation. 

Working for the Seaboard System and later CSX, it wore locomotive #116 until it was retired in the early 1990’s. While working for the newly formed CSX, the locomotive wore the first CSX paint scheme of grey blue and black with the lettering CSX Transportation across the side. This paint scheme only lasted a week as leaders of the railroad determined how to represent the new line’s brand, ultimately changing the lettering to feature only the “CSX” letters. In 1990, the unit was repainted into the CSX YN2 “bright future” treatment before being leased to American European Express for luxury passenger runs between Washington, D.C. and Chicago and the Maryland Department of Transportation’s MARC Train Service for commuter train service out of Baltimore.

Nickel Plate Road #901 is a GP-30 type locomotive built by General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division in the early 1960s. The GP-30 represented a major step forward in diesel-electric locomotive design.

Video by: Matthew Ollendick

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