First EL Monday of 2020

For our first Erie Lackawanna Monday of 2020 we take a look at two points in time involving EL motive power and get a look at a former EL passenger train.

.In the top image, EL 7091 is westbound in Akron in the late 1960s. Although these look like F7 locomotives, they are really F3 locomotives.

In the middle image, Conrail F7A No. 1884 is in Toledo on Aug. 26, 1977. Notice the black nose door and the Conrail roster number.

This unit was built in July 1949 as Delaware, Lackawanna & Western No. 636A.

In the EL era is received roster number 6361. Conrail gave it the number seen above.

Finally, the bottom image shows EL dining car No. 741 attached to theย  westbound Lake Cities in Kent in the late 1960’s.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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2 Responses to “First EL Monday of 2020”

  1. pwwoodring Says:

    E-L diner 741 still exists, and is the pride of the E-L Dining Car Preservation Society in Scranton, PA. The exterior has been repainted, and looks like it did in Bob’s photo, but the interior needs to be restored. The society accepts donations towards that goal.

    • Nathan Gardner Says:

      Thanks so much. My Dad and I always wanted to take the EL from Chicago to Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, our planning was to take the Lake Cities to our Churches property in Mount Pocono around October 1970. Of course we didn’t make it! We were very disappointed to hear the Lake Cities was discontinued. Thanks for describing the final #5 and #6. Sounds like the passenger’s needs were well meet! Like the way they elected to leave the Diner and Sleeper on #5 all the way to Chicago! God willing I hope to model to model this train (last#5) some day. I have a soft spot in my โค๏ธ heart for the Erie Lackawanna ever since I found out, about a decade ago, that we have the same ๐ŸŽ‚ birthday, October 17, 1960. I’m thankful I’m still around ๐Ÿ˜Š sadly only parts of the EL remain ๐Ÿ˜Œ. Thanks again! Sincerely, Nathan ๐Ÿ˜ท in Chicago

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