The MERR #100 south of Cumberland, quite early in its service life. GE only ever made two 2 E50Cs, specifically for the MERR. At the time, they were the most powerful motors in the country, with... (more)
The MERR #100 at Erie, freshly painted and shortly to be delivered to the railroad's Cumberland shops. The MERR is my favorite railroading operation for its highly advanced silicon diode automati... (more)
A Bruce van Sant original Kodachrome slide from my collection.
An original Kodachrome slide from my collection; the photographer was not specified.
The MERR was very advanced for its time; making extensive use of automation in operating the railroad. A fascinating component of this automation scheme was the idea of a 'push-pull' coal train; ... (more)
Bruce spent a couple days on the MERR in March of 1979. He shot well as usual, and captured the contrast between the stark Ohio landscape and the bright red E50Cs. A Bruce van Sant original Koda... (more)
The #100 has just been delivered to the MERR. The single Faiveley pantograph is still tied down, and the paint is near perfect. The MERR's two E50Cs and the 100-ton diesel (shown here behind the... (more)
The train is underway at 25mph. The MERR was designed to be fully automatic with remote control capability. A Bruce Van Sant original Kodachrome slide from my collection.
The train is underway at 25mph. Note the apparent lack of a crew member in the cab. The MERR was designed to be fully automatic with remote control capability. A Bruce Van Sant original Kodachr... (more)
A John C. Benson original Kodachrome slide from my collection.