Railroading as it Once Was: Seeing Conrail Blue on the former Erie Lackawanna Tracks in Akron

CR in Akron

The Erie Lackawanna was one of six bankrupt railroads folded into the Consolidated Rail Corporation on April 1, 1976.

The government-formed company soon adopted an identity of blue locomotives with a herald of the letter “C” on a set of rails below.

For a while, Conrail continued to use the ex-EL tracks in Akron. Locals worked in Barberton and Rittman and there was a train that ran all the way to Marion on the ex-EL.

In the photograph above, a Conrail westbound train will run the “Erie side” west of Akron on this July 1977 evening . The freshly-painted former Penn Central U25B looks good in it’s new blue livery.

In the background is the Interstate 76/77 bridge over the tracks. Note the Taber Coal Company building off to the right. Of course it has a pile of coal out front.

Photograph by Roger Durfee

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