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: 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. A few questions arise from these photos: