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Scrap Lines Behind the Diesel Shops in Russell, KY

Upon retirement, a number of C&O steamers were stored on the scrap lines behind the diesel shops at Russell, KY. Fortunately, a few escaped the torch although I'm sure many were scrapped. The following locomotives remained on these scrap lines into the mid 1970s:
  • 2-8-2s
    • K-2 1189 (The last C&O K-2. Scrapped in the mid 1970s.)
  • 2-8-4s
    • 2705 (Now at the B&O Museum in Baltimore, MD)
    • 2755 (date moved to Russell: unknown; now in Chief Logan State Park, Logan, WV)
    • 2756 (Placed in Huntington Park, Newport News, VA in 1963)
    • 2770 (scrapped in the mid 1970s)
    • 2781 (scrapped in the mid 1970s)
  • 4-8-4s
    • J3a 4-8-4 614 (Still wearing 611 to which it had been temporarily renumbered just before retirement. Now located in Port Clinton, PA.)
  • 2-6-6-2s
    • H-6 2-6-6-2 1308 (retired in 1956; date placed in yard: unknown, moved to the Collis P Huntington Railroad Historical Society in Huntington, WV in 1962)
    • H-6 2-6-6-2 1309 (Baldwin's last domestic steam locomotive, now located at the B&O Museum in Baltimore, MD)
  • 2-6-6-6s
    • H-8 2-6-6-6 1604 (Donated to the Roanoke Transportation Museum circa 1969. Now at the B&O Museum in Baltimore, MD)
In 1975, the balance of the steamers at Russell were moved to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, where they all reside today, with the exception of 614.

C&O 2-6-6-2 1309 was stored in a roundhouse at the Peach Creek yard in Logan until 1975 when it was moved to the B&O Museum.

Photos of the Scrap Lines in the mid 1960s

The following photographs have been generously provided by Chuck Smith . They were taken in the mid 1960s and show the condition of the locomotives between the time they were stored here and when they were either scrapped or relocated to the B&O Museum.
  • C&O 2-8-2 1189 (Scrapped in the mid 1970s)
  • C&O 2-8-4 2705 (Now located at the B&O Museum)
  • C&O 2-8-4 2781 (Scrapped in the mid 1970s)
  • C&O 4-8-4 611 (614) (Now located in Port Clinton, PA)
  • C&O 2-6-6-6 1604 (Now located at the B&O Museum)
A few questions arise from these photos:
  • Why is 2-8-4 2770 not pictured? Had it not yet been stored here? Was it already scrapped? Is my information which claims that 2770 was stored here incorrect? Was it stored on-site at another location?
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