EL Monday: Get to Akron ASAP

On a cloudy morning in July 1972, the late Mike Ondecker, who worked the power desk on the Erie Lackawanna phoned and ordered me to get to Akron because a Burlington Northern locomotive was coming through on the EL.

At that time foreign power was a lot less common than it can be today.

Here are EL SD45 No. 3614 and BN F45 No. 6625 either picking up cars or dropping off cars at the east end of the EL yard.

Note the Akron, Canton & Youngstown boxcar parked at the building in the background. It is the EL freight house, which has since been razed.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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