Iron Horses of the Cinci Central

Iron Horses of the Cinci Central

An Overview of an HO Layout and its Motive Power

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor The Ohio Railroader Website

Chief Admin Ohio Valley Rails FB Page


Forward

Any model railroader for more than 5 years of experience can tell you point blank.

You don’t run your locomotives, they won’t last.

This is why I have been blessed with my small layout in the den of our Central Ohio home.

I have a place to run, test, maintain and develop locomotives for use on my HO scale layout as well as other model railroads.

The majority of the locomotives are DC operated (hence my layout is still DC). However, through the period of time; some have performed better than others.

These locos all hold a special place in my heart. Majority of my layout, locos and other things were purchased/given during my two bouts of cancer.

I will; at this present time, will not purchase another Athearn RTR locomotive new.

All of my NS Heritage units; all them so called “Fantasy” schemes due to them being models in GE’s AC4400CW locomotive.

My Pennsylvania and Conrail units have run great. My N&W and Nickel Plate have not. The gearing in them has not lasted and unless tied to another locomotive don’t run well.

Plus, both the N&W and Nickel Plate’s left side wheel truck guards keep falling off during operation.

Athearn; your F7’s and previous purchased locos have run great. What the Casey Jones happened?

Get more into that later.

Atlas, Walthers and Bachmann have become and remain my preferred locomotive manufacturers.

From owning Bachmann and Atlas engines that are 20 plus years old to my more current Walthers Geeps; you maintain them, you clean the wheels, and they simply run.

So the overwhelming theme is this. No matter what scale you own, no matter what size of layout to have. Maintain and it will be the layout you always wanted.

Evolution of a mixed era freelance layout

Before I can even ponder telling you about the locomotives I run; have to give some background on the current layout.

It is a 5×12; 2×6 benchwork layout. It is a freelance vision of Central Ohio of “What if” passenger rail still existed in Columbus. Although two dogear loops; it has several sidings for staging and simple switching.

More details on the layout was in my 2019 overview in the Ohio Railroader article.

The layout is HO Scale E-Z Track based; a Tech 480 dual throttle controller powered both lines (The Scioto, main line; Legend Valley, secondary line)

It is built for plug and play operations as well as simple operations if friends come over.

Here is a break down of the last roster roundup…

CCRY-Cinci Central

CRVS- Cincinnati Roanoke and Virginia Southern

BHRY- Buckeye Heartland Railway

Engine Type/No#Home RRBrakingCouplingPull PwrOverall
GP-50 6551CRVSB-AAB
GP-35 2003CRVSB-AB-B
(Ex Norfolk Southern engines now assigned to CCRY/ CRVS service)
F7 9858PRR/CCRYAAAA




CCRY Hertiage Locomotives
F7 3697N&W/CRVSAAAA
FT 1611NYC/CCRYB-B-AB
Light Mikado 9630PRR/CCRYB-AC-B-
CCRY Freight Locomotives
GP-38 8260BHRYBAAA-
U23B 1991CR/CCRYB+AAA-
(used for intermodal and fast freight service out of Columbus Yards)
GP35 2913OC/CCRYBAB-B
GP20 4032OC/CCRYAAAA
SD45 3614EL/CCRYAAAA
(used for intermodal and fast freight service out of Columbus Yards)
GP40-2 3053BN/CCRYBCBB
(regulated to Work Trains and maintenance use ONLY!)
CCRY Passenger Locomotives
F59PHI 9891CCRYA+A+A+A+
(This locomotive is painted in PRR scheme and ran in all CCRY passenger trains)




FP40 224




AMTK/CCRY




A+




A+




A+




A+
FP40 332AMTK/CCRYA+A+A+A+

ALL LOCOMOTIVES WHEN IN USE MUST REPORT TO COLUMBUS DIVISION
FOR CHANGE IN DUTY ROSTER, CONSIST CHANGE, ETC
(Currently locomotives assigned to CCRY/CRVS service)
GP60 4634NSAAAA
SW7RCR1095NS/CCRYAAAA
(Remote control switcher/pushing platform equipped caboose 
when switch work; support power when needed)
AC4400CW 8102CCRY/PRRAAAA
AC4400CW 8098CCRY/CRAAAA

  AC4400CW 8103        CCRY/N&W       B               C                B-              C

  AC4400CW 8100        CCRY/NKP         C              C                C               C

This is a just mere glimpse.

I have about 20 different locomotives that I don’t run that often.

Plus the locomotives I have gained from Jerod Burton, Dan Baughman and many other friends have been a blessing.

Pretty much; as the saying goes at the house…”If it runs, it runs on the Cinci”.

I have had the pleasure and blessing of folks donating and giving locomotives.

Dan Baughman; dear friend and president of local Christian radio group, River Radio had some old Atlas locomotives that I refurbished. He had given me a few locomotives in 2017.

The Rocky Fork Rail Acquisitions gives me Chessie ties

Dan, having live in Gahanna, Ohio…I felt to have a little “fictional” backstory.

Rocky Fork of the Big Walnut Creek runs through Gahanna and nearby areas.

Hence I called his engines, “Rocky Fork Railworks”

They would eventually become part of the new arm of the CCRY family, the Cincinnati and Ohio Valley Railway.

Western Maryland GP-35 3797 was the first one I cleaned up. I placed that in my service from Columbus to all points in West Virginia.

Chesapeake and Ohio RS-3 5592 has been on passenger, excursion and light freight service.

Santa Fe Switcher SW-7 2337 also joins the fold.

After cleaning wheels and lubing wheel sets; all but an old tired Southern switcher ran. It’s now static display at one of my many railfan parks on the layout.

C&OV and buying more locomotives….Oh MY!

I never intended to buy more locomotives for my HO scale.

I never intended to have another branch off of the Cinci Central.

Enter Allen Whitaker’s AC4400 from CSX and the Fostoria Rail Festival.

I got a nice, pre owned and well conditioned Athearn RTR loco from Allen. (Actually runs better than aforementioned problem childs I have)

Then, the very first time I got my wife Tanya and my daughter Hannah to the Fostoria Rail Festival.

I see a Bachmann FT in Baltimore and Ohio colors. In great running condition. Very similar to the FT’s I previously owned.

The vendor originally asked $30, I talked him down to $20.

It not only ran great once home, but paired up well with some of my older locomotives…

Then fast forward to last fall. Last September, found a custom painted pre owned C&O Athearn F7…..

So overall;if you feel to remain in the hobby. Do so.

Model railroading is by far one of the best hobbies in the world.


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