O&W Observer 1985 February March April Ontario & Western Steam Facilities
O&W Observer 1985 February March April Ontario & Western Steam Facilities
O&W Observer 1985 February March April Ontario & Western Steam Facilities
O&W Observer 1985 February March April Ontario & Western Steam Facilities
O&W Observer 1985 February March April Ontario & Western Steam Facilities
O&W Observer 1985 February March April Ontario & Western Steam Facilities
O&W Observer 1985 February March April Ontario & Western Steam Facilities

O&W Observer 1985 February March April Ontario & Western Steam Facilities

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O&W Observer 1985 February March April Ontario & Western Steam Facilities
 
Observer 1985 February March April
O&W Steam Facilities Turntables, small roundhouses, Utiaca, Rome, Mayfield, Norwich, Middletown NY, Sand Coal & Oil power housesbackshop buildings, much more.     Photos, drawings, more.  

Until its quick and complete  dieselization in the late 1940's, the New York, Ontario & Western operated an extensive steam engine maintenance plant throughout its system.
By far, the greatest of these facilities was located at Middletown, N.Y. with a 25 stall roundhouse and complete locomotive back shop facilities. Norwich, N.Y., for all practical purposes, the northern terminus of the line, had the next largest complex. In the early years of the railroad's life, complete rebuilds were done here.
Mayfield Yard at Childs, Pa. was the third point of a rough triangle that the line followed to have a good size engine house and other appliances dedicated to running repairs on steam locomotives.
The years prior to and during World War I were the O&W's busiest. During that time, several thousand people were employed systemwide. The decline began in the 1920's, with strikes at the coal mines, railway labor disputes and the switch from coal to heating oil for home use the chief culprits. Replacement of many small locomotives with fewer large steamers, the Great Depression and finally, the flooding of coal mines financially interconnected with the O&W, led to its bankruptcy in 1937. Ten years later, 30 remaining employees of the Middletown roundhouse would shut it down forever and bump others with less seniority from the new diesel shop

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