Golden Oldies

Let’s take another spin in the wayback machine of Bob Farkas and go back several years around Akron and other Northeast Ohio locations.

In the top photograph CSX SD40 No. 8308 has just passed beneath the Home Avenue bridge in Akron wearing its gray ghost livery.

To the left is the now abandoned former Akron Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad that has since been removed at this location.

No. 8303 was built in 1969 for the Louisville & Nashville.

Next up below we have a mish mash of motive power on a Chessie System train headed eastward through Akron in June 1981.

The units are (in order) Western Maryland SD40 No. 7546, Chesapeake & Ohio GP40 No. 4096 and Baltimore & Ohio GP40 No. 4061.

Finally, we get Conrail SD45-2 No. 6665 at Mingo Junction in August 1977.

It’s the early Conrail era and the unit still wears its Erie Lackawanna livery. It had been built in November 1972 for the EL.

Photographs by Robert Farkas


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