A Forgotten, But Once Common, Akron Scene

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It wasn’t until I took the negative from its glassine envelope and scanned it that I realized this was a slice of Akron’s railroad history.

Thankfully, this was taken of the whole scene and not just one train. It is most likely 1968 or 1969 and Akron still had two westbound morning passenger trains. Erie Lackawanna No. 822 with the Lake Cities is approaching the EL passenger station while Baltimore & Ohio No. 1442 sits at Akron Union Station with the Diplomat.

At the far right is a B&O switcher. Soon the EL and B&O trains would begin their westward race to Chicago. At Sterling, the EL crossed the B&O.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

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