Some Warwick Memories

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When the Akron Railroad Club holds its annual picnic on Sunday at Warwick Park, the conversation at some point might turn to what used to be.

To give you a sample of that, we present four images from the collection of ARRC member Robert Farkas, who has been documenting railroad operations in Warwick since the 1960s.

In the top photograph, Bob caught a moment when nothing was moving and nothing could be seen, as though the railroad lines had been abandoned.

The view is looking westward toward the yard. The track in the foreground is the connection from the joint Baltimore & Ohio/Pennsylvania Railroad line from Akron that leads to the joint B&O/PRR route to Massillon.

Along the pole line by the house in the center left hand edge of the image is the former Cleveland, Lorain & Wheeling line from Massillon. The bridge in the background carries Ohio Route 21 over Warwick Yard.

The photo shows a varied motive power consist that includes a B&O geep, a B&O B unit, and a Chesapeake & Ohio F7A. During the 1960s, such lash-ups were not necessarily unusual as B&O and C&O motive power frequently intermingled.

In the third photo, B&O 6972 is westbound approaching Second Avenue on Sept. 21, 1984. The line diverging to the right is the now-removed east side of the wye that let trains go to Massillon. Warwick Park is to right of the pole line.

Finally, we throw in an image of a steam visitor to Warwick, Milwaukee Road steam locomotive No. 261. The 4-8-4 is headed west on June 16, 1996, after having spent time in Pennsylvania to help celebrate the opening of Steamtown National Historic Site and to pull excursion trains.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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One Response to “Some Warwick Memories”

  1. Paul Woodring Says:

    Middle unit in the second photo down looks to be an Alco FB.

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