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Derailment on the AC & Y


It was a winter afternoon in 1965 when this Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad freight train derailed in Pandora, Ohio.


Charles Hilty, then editor of the Bluffton (Ohio) News took this photo. This freight was east bound, having left Columbus Grove on its way to Bluffton and further points east.


The Fairbanks Morse locomotive (201) was yellow with a black roof. The box car on the far right of the photo, also yellow with red lettering states "Serving Ohio and The Nation."


According to RRpicturearchives.com 201 (Model H-16-44) was built in December 1951. The view of the diesel below was taken in 1967 by Bill Caswell, Sr., in Medina, Ohio.


According to American-rails.com, the AC&Y had eight of these models, numbered 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207 and 208.


The H16-44 began production in the spring of 1950, following the earlier H15-44 model. It utilized Fairbanks Morse standard 2-cycle 38D8 1/8 opposed piston prime mover which could produce a slight increase of 1,600 horsepower.


Another interest fact is that the diesels were designed by Raymond Loewy, who designed several American steam locomotives.



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