Chessie unit finally lands at Pennsylvania museum

Locomotive arrives in time for community's largest annual railfan event
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Cosmetically restored Chesapeake & Ohio B30-7 No. 8272 shown arriving in North East, Pa., on Thursday and facing New York Central U25B No. 2500 at the Lake Shore Railway Museum.
Ray Grabowski
NORTH EAST, Pa. — Lake Shore Railway Historical Society is pleased to announce that CSX-donated locomotive C&O No. 8272 has completed the final leg of its journey, arriving safe and sound at the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East. The journey included Huntington, W.Va; Cincinnati, Cleveland and Erie, Pa., as well as GE Transportation facility in Lawrence Park, Pa., before finishing its journey at the museum.

The 1980 Erie-built General Electric B30-7 locomotive, CSX No. 5554 (retired in 2009), received cosmetic restoration and has been returned to its as-delivered Chesapeake & Ohio “Chessie Cat” paint scheme by the talented craftspeople of the CSX railroad shops in Huntington, W.Va. CSX has donated the renamed C&O locomotive No. 8272 to Lake Shore Railway Historical Society where it will become part of the museum's educational programming and display. At Lake Shore Railway Museum, operated by the Lake Shore Historical Society volunteers, C&O No. 8272 will join seven other General Electric locomotives in the "Locomotives that Dad & Grandpa Built Collection."

Ray Grabowski, Jr., president of Lake Shore Railway Historical Society, said "Chessie No. 8272 had a great opportunity to visit its birthplace at Erie GE and we were happy to share it there for a while. Now, thanks to the professionals of CSX Transportation, the locomotive made the final step and is here at Lake Shore Railway Museum." The locomotive arrived just in time to participate in "Night at the Railroad Museum" held annually in June. This year the event will be held June 17 and 18.

GE Transportation and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum of Baltimore, Md., assisted the CSX Huntington Shop restoration of C&O No. 8272 by contributing historic paint records, logo/lettering information and paint chips.

More information is available online.

— A Lake Shore Railway Historical Society news release. June 15, 2017.

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