Unexpected Sighting at the Akron Air Dock

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While checking out the Akron Fulton International Airport to see if the MetLife blimp was in yet for the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, I heard a train horn.

The only rail line within earshot is the former Baltimore & Ohio line to Canton, which was used at one time by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad on its Canton trains and is owned by Akron Metro.

As there is no Canton service this year, the horn had me curious. The only thing it could be was the Wheeling & Lake Erie, which serves a plastics factory near the big air dock.

I’m not familiar with the schedule of this local but this is only the second time that I’ve seen it in daylight, so I considered it a lucky catch as well as some luck having a painted unit, too.

My main goal was to catch it passing the air dock where the large Navy airships Akron and Macon were constructed during the 1930s.

With the train working the firm for a bit, I was able to get views from both sides. After the local was done near the air dock it went north, made a lift at a chemical place, then passed through some of the old Goodyear factory buildings. The sun didn’t co-operate on that one.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

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