Railroading as it Once Was: Yes, It’s Conrail


Conrail 5985, a former Erie Lackawanna GP-7, prepares to head west on the ex-EL in Akron in March 1978 with local PE-1. The Erie searchlight signal was still in use at this time as were the ex-EL mains. Nothing of the EL remains at this location today and all the buildings behind the train have been torn down.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

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2 Responses to “Railroading as it Once Was: Yes, It’s Conrail”

  1. Diana Yoakam Purcell Says:

    My father[ Virgil Yoakam] started working for the Erie in 1947. He retired as a freight agent in Alger,ohio. Do you have any records?

    • csanders429 Says:

      Neither I or the Akron Railroad Club has any records of Erie Railroad employees. You might check the Erie Lackawanna Historical Society to see what they might have or know about employee records.

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