A Twofer EL Monday

Today’s Erie Lackawanna Monday is a twofer and it is not because there are two photographs shown above. Nor is it because both images were made in Akron.

No, this is a twofer day because each image has two of the same thing.

In the top image, we see two nearly new EL SD45 units, Nos. 3625 and 3624 leading a train east in mid 1968 where Wilbeth Road used to cross the railroad tracks in Akron.

This must be a time-sensitive train given the first two cars appear to be reefers and the visible trailing cars are trailers on flat cars.

In the bottom image EL 04949 and C176 are on the rear of an westbound  freight in downtown Akron in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

We can only imagine how many countless railroad photographs made in Akron have featured the twin spires of St. Bernard’s Church on University Avenue.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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