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Cheseapeake & Ohio Historical society receives slides from J. David Ingles collection

By | November 19, 2021

The historical society is working to scan the 3,000 slides from former Trains editor, Classic Trains senior editor

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two yellow and blue locomotives next to each other on tracks with silo in background
two yellow and blue locomotives next to each other on tracks with silo in background
C&O Railway E7 No. 4511 is nosing past a C&O freight train headed by C&O GP30 locomotive No. 3014 in Rougemere Yard leaving Detroit on train No. 13, running into the western sun, in April, 1964. By this time most of the E7s had been transferred to B&O Railroad service, but No. 4511 was still working the Pere Marquettes between Detroit and Grand Rapids. The large gas holder and steel mill are part of the Ford Motor Co. plant. (J. David Ingles, courtesy of the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society)
blue and yellow switcher
C&O Alco S-2 switcher No. 9151 working on the Russell, Ky., yard on Oct. 9, 1969. (J. David Ingles, courtesy of the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society)

CLIFTON FORGE, Va. — Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society announced in a press release that it received a collection of slides from the estate of J. David Ingles, the late senior editor of Classic Trains magazine and former editor of Trains magazine. The collection includes many slides from the 1960s and 1970s of the C&O in Ohio and Michigan, Ingles’ birthplace and one-time residence. The historical society is working to scan the approximately 3,000 slides to add to its digital archive. The society notes that the slides were well categorized by Ingles’ railfan friends, at the request of his daughter Susan Ingles.

blue and yellow locomotive leading train
C&O Railway E8 No. 4016 leads B&O Railroad E8 No. 1446 and an unusual 12-car consist. Part of the train is the C&O Railway’s train No. 46, The Sportsman, and the other part is the B&O Railroad’s No. 20, The Capitol/Detroit. The combined train is leaving Detroit en route to Toledo where the C&O train will be detached and head on to Columbus and Ashland, Ky. There it will be combined with No. 4 out of Cincinnati for the trip east on the C&O main line, in September 1966. (J. David Ingles, courtesy of the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society)

“We hear of so many collections that are discarded by heirs, or are sold to commercial interests where they are not available for public use,” says Thomas W. Dixon Jr, C&O Historical Society founder and chief historian, “but as part of our mission as a 501(c)(3) organization, the C&OHS will make these images available to all interested people at reasonable prices.”

Ingles died on Oct. 4, 2020, after a 47-year career with Kalmbach Media Co. Many of Ingles’ slides found homes with other historical societies, including the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, Illinois Railway Museum, Lake States Railway Historical Association, and Monticello Railway Museum.

“This is an exemplary example of cooperation within the historical community,” says C&O Historical Society President Mark Totten. “It was with a great deal of foresight and respect for the subject matter that Mr. Ingles’ daughter Susan saw fit to oversee an organized dissemination of her father’s work, identifying historical groups nationally and making many separate contacts.”

3 thoughts on “Cheseapeake & Ohio Historical society receives slides from J. David Ingles collection

  1. The B&O consist in the combined 46+20 will turn East to Willard OH where it will be coupled into B&O 6, the Capitol Limited, for Washington.

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