Railroading as it Once Was: A Youngstown Snapshot Shows How I Remember this City


In defense of the grab shot, here is one I snapped in the summer of 1975. It was one of those stop the car, jump out, point and press, so I wasn’t expecting museum quality results.

I just wanted a shot of that Alco C425 as this was one of my first trips to Brier Hill in Youngstown.

Tucked away with all the other less interesting negatives, I took another look at this image recently and decided to scan it.

It is, indeed, a snapshot of what the everyday Erie Lackawanna looked like back then in that area.

From what I can see all equipment is lettered either Erie or EL. That’s the old Division Street bridge and what I think was the YS&T furnaces beyond the bridge.

EL Alcos moving ore hoppers surrounded by the mills: That’s the snapshot of Youngstown I’d like to remember.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

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One Response to “Railroading as it Once Was: A Youngstown Snapshot Shows How I Remember this City”

  1. Ralph James Smith Says:

    Thanks for posting the photograph of the Erie Lackawanna in Brier Hill.
    That was a scene that my grandfather, Thomas Rowland was quite familiar
    with. He was a locomotive engineer with Erie Lackawanna/B&O for 46 years, pulling
    steel out of the Brier Hill Works. Now I get a glimpse of what he saw. Thank you.

    Youngstown, Ohio

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