Yesterday I finally made it to an open house of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society (MRSP) in Cleveland’s Flats. I’ve driven by the old historic roundhouse many times and wished I could get inside! It was well worth the wait and it won’t be my last visit! This society is dedicated to preserving Cleveland’s rich railroading history. You would barely notice the place if you drove by, aside from a colorful caboose sitting in front of the roundhouse, but inside and out, behind the roundhouse and the surrounding brush is a treasure trove of railroad equipment from the past 100 years at least! Most in pretty poor condition but some already restored and in various stages of restoration.
One of the highlights is the repair and restoration of the Steam Locomotive 4070, built in 1918. This engine, last used to pull the cars of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which runs thru the Cuyahoga Valley National Park from Cleveland to Akron, is massive! It is inside of the roundhouse and is actively being repaired and restored. Being inside, it was hard to capture in a single image, but here is my best effort!
As I’ve stated before on this blog, one of my favorite types of photographic subjects is machinery and small detailed objects of many sorts. This facility is one where I can spend hours with my camera and lenses! I’ll be back!
One last image for my friend’s cat “Chessie”