Train BF-7 at Gest Yard

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Identifier

NG501034

Title

Train BF-7 at Gest Yard

Subject

Diesel Freight train

Description

Gest yard is located eight-tenths of a mile south of the tower along the main line to Cincinnati, and, as noted, handles northbound and southbound traffic. On this account, Gest is responsible for switching up three of the five local freights which run out of Bellefontaine - namely, the aforementioned St. Mary's local, the Carey local (three days a week), and the Springfield local (six days a week). Though there is not too much switching to be done on northbound through freights, the same does not hold true for southbounds, serving as they do the industrialized Miami Valley from Springfield south. To accomplish this rather extensive classification work, there are available at Gest one yard engine and 16 tracks (13 through and 3 stub). Closing this yard and shifting its work to East and BN yards has been a major objective, as yet unrealized, or several economy drives. The major problem is not so much the ability of the other yards to assume the burden, but rather the layout of track in and around Bellefontaine, which makes it impossible to yard north-south through freights in the east-west yards without resorting to the expensive (in terms of yard power and crews) and time-consuming methods used in the cases of DSL-1 and SLD-2. one suggestion, feasible physically if not in the light of labor demands, has been to reroute Bellefontaine-Toledo freights over the Cleveland line between Bellefontaine and Hayes tower at Ridgeway, thence via the Ohio Central Division to Kenton or, alternatively, all the way to Stanley. Meanwhile, activities at Gest continue; this picture shows BF-7, with 97 cars, pulling down the southbound main along the north end of the yard behind two GP-7s, no’s. 5632 and 5633.

Creator

Jeremy Taylor

Contributor

Jeremy Taylor

Format

2-1/4x3-1/4 neg

Date Created

Apr-53

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Sub-Subject

GP7, GP7

Negative Number

292

Class-Lot

DRS-4e

Road Number

#5632, #5633

Builder

EMD

Location

Bellefontaine, OH

Notes

See NG501034a

Citation

Jeremy Taylor, “Train BF-7 at Gest Yard,” New York Central System Historical Society, accessed May 19, 2024, https://nycshs.omeka.net/items/show/85901.

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