Railroading as it Once Was: One Day in Hudson


A UCI train (Cleveland Electric Illuminating) has outlawed at Hudson on a cold February 1979 afternoon.

The caboose of a Conrail eastbound is just clearing the CEI units. Hudson station still had an operator at this point who controlled this busy location.

The Cleveland & Pittsburgh mains, the crossovers, the wye to the Akron Branch (several trains a day), and the westward and eastward siding switches were handled by the operator as well as the Servo machine.

Today this former Pennsylvania Railroad mainline is as busy as ever, but the wye is only used to spin power. The branch is out of service 400 feet south of the point switch.

The eastward siding is gone and the westward siding is stub-ended and little used.

The station has been leveled and the “Yellowbirds” are no longer Cleveland Electric units.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

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2 Responses to “Railroading as it Once Was: One Day in Hudson”

  1. Bob Says:

    Beautiful black and white image – The meet first caught my eye and then the station. The man in the bay window brings the human interest element into play. Thanks for posting this.

  2. tylerjs40 Says:

    The Akron branch was not abandoned until 2008. In stow on the Akron branch there is a abandoned signal, but I forget wich road though. I think Norfolk Southern could of had a train 2 or 3 times a week. The only few reasons why would be either storage, re routes, and shwebels.

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