Posts Tagged ‘Akron Canton & Youngstown’

Double Shot of AC&Y Heritage

June 9, 2022

Wheeling & Lake Erie GP35-3 No. 107, the Akron, Canton & Youngstown heritage unit, leads a train over the ex-AC&Y bridge in downtown Akron on Oct. 8, 2014. The trestle spans the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Gather Around the Turntable

February 6, 2022

If locomotives could talk, what would they talk about? The hard pulls they had to make? The engineers who abused them? Their favorite engineers? The places they’ve seen? The close calls at grade crossings?

They would probably discuss all of that and more.

This image was made in late 1968 or early 1969 at the Norfolk & Western engine facility in Akron.

There is still a mix of N&W and Akron, Canton & Youngstown locomotives to be seen, including three Alco switchers, two Fairbanks-Morse road switchers, and an EMD geep.

All too soon the FM’s would go on to other locations and any AC&Y lettered locomotives would be re-lettered or repainted into an N&W identity.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Sitting at the Akron Engine Facility

July 22, 2021

Norfolk & Western Alco RS11 No. 398 sits at the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown engine facility in Akron in mid-1974. The unit was built for N&W in 1959.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Still Traces of the AC&Y

June 30, 2021

It’s December 1966 or January 1967 in Akron where Norfolk & Western No. 503 still wearing its Akron, Canton & Youngstown livery in the engine facility. The 503 is a rare FM H20-44 road switcher. Parts of AC&Y 105 (Alco S-2) and AC&Y 506 (FM H20-44) can be seen.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

The Best I Could Do With It

May 26, 2021

The original slide from which this was taken was non-Kodak processed, underexposed, and had a strong purple color to it. Still, this may be of interest to some. Norfolk & Western Alco S2 switcher No. 105 (ex-Akron, Canton & Youngsrtown) is still in full AC&Y paint in Akron in December 1966 or January 1967.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: 50 Year Old Memories

May 8, 2021

Fifty years ago last month, (April 24, 1971) ex-Reading 4-8-4 T-1 No. 2102 pulled an excursion on Norfolk & Western (Ex-Akron, Canton & Youngstown) tracks from Akron to Spencer.

In the top image, the train is boarding in Akron west of downtown. In the next two images it it shown westbound en route to Spencer.

One hundred Akron residents had raised $40,000 to purchase the Northern type steamer from the Reading Company. It was overhauled at the South Akron roundhouse of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

After restoration, the owners had a difficult time getting a railroad to agree to host an excursion before N&W agreed to allow it to run trips on April 24 and 25 over the former AC&Y.

Nearly 2,000 rode the 16-car train.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: NKP 765 on ex-AC&Y

January 16, 2021

The wayback machine has taken us back to June 25, 1983. We’re on the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown mainline, which is now owned by the Wheeling & Lake Erie. Here comes Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 running westbound out of Akron. Just as quickly as it came it’s gone with only a bit of coal smoke lingering in the air. But what a sight it was.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: NKP 765 in Akron

January 2, 2021

It is early on the morning of June 27, 1983 at the Norfolk & Western (ex-Akron, Canton & Youngstown) engine facility in Akron where Nickel Plate Road No. 2-8-4 No. 765 is getting ready for a westbound trip.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Mailbag: Train Consolidation, AC&Y Trail

August 2, 2020

We don’t get many comments in response to postings on this blog but on occasion we get some. One of those was an email from a friend who used to work for a Class 1 railroad.

He wrote to say that although most trains these days being operated by Class 1s are a mish mash of various type of freight, don’t expect to see UPS trailers or containers moving as part of a monster length manifest freight.

“They are the hottest trains on any railroad that gets a contract for them, and they move,” he wrote.

Any intermodal train that has even one UPS trailer or container is considered to be a UPS train for dispatching purposes.

As for auto racks moving in manifest freights, he wrote that automobile traffic probably has not come back to the point where it is economical to separate them out again.

“The advantage of operating dedicated auto rack trains is that they are considered intermodal trains, like trailer/stack trains, and can operate at the maximum allowable speed for whatever subdivision they are on.”

On CSX, for example, that can be a top speed of 70 mph. But auto racks placed in the consists of manifest freights are limited to a top speed of 50 mph.

He said that sales of new vehicles probably are not good enough currently to warrant paying more for a dedicated train.

We also received a comment from a reader involved with a new recreational trail group, New London-Greenwich Rail Trail, Incorporated.

He wrote to say his group purchased the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown right-of-way between New London and Greenwich in May of 2019 from the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway.

NLGRT has been working to remove overgrowth and construct the trail, which has been named The AC&Y Trail.

Late last year CSX removed a piece of panel track from the former AC&Y right of way that had sat at Greenwich East Town Line 79 road.

I remember photographing that panel track a few years back and know that it sat there for some time.

The AC&Y Trail is expected to open to the public by the end of summer 2020.

Perhaps that will create some new photographic opportunities of the CSX Greenwich Subdivision.

The trail will pass the New London Reservoir, which sits above ground and is a good place to photograph CSX trains and W&LE trains using CSX trackage rights.

Steam on the AC&Y

June 6, 2020

The wayback machine has landed us in the steam era. No, not the steam in revenue service era but the steam excursion era.

That is Reading 4-8-4 Northern type No. 2102 coming toward us on the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown.

Of course by the time the train ran on April 25, 1971, these tracks were property of the Norfolk & Western. The image was made in the Akron area.

Photograph by Robert Farkas