Posts Tagged ‘Alco diesel locomotives’

EL Monday: The 500 in Akron

September 6, 2021

I was using Agfachrome film when I photographed Erie Lackawanna Alco S2 No. 500 in Akron in September 1972.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

On the L&N in Kentucky

September 5, 2021

We found Louisville & Nashville Alco FA-2 Nos. 316 and L&N 315 in DeCoursey Yard in DeCoursey, Kentucky, in August 1970. Both units were built in June 1956.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

At Work in a Steel Mill

August 15, 2021

Weirton Steel Alco S2 No. 210 is working at Weirton Junction, West Virginia, on Nov. 25, 1972. The switcher was purchased by Weirton in 1951.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

For Sale or Lease at the Time

August 12, 2021

Equipment dealer George Silcott in Worthington, Ohio, had this Plymouth critter for sale or lease on Jan. 17, 1973. We don’t know if he found a taker. Note that it is coupled to a Penn Central RS1 that had been built in May 1941 for the New York Central.

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

EL Monday: I Just Liked This Scene

July 19, 2021

Sometimes I just like a scene. It’s Sept. 4, 1972, in Akron. The power for a westbound train has cut off and left the train in the Erie Lackawanna’s McCoy Street Yard.

Soon a switcher will add/remove cars, and this power will back on to its train and leave town. EL 2452 is an Alco C425 coupled to what appears to be a former EL passenger unit now working in freight service.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Alco S2s Around Every Corner

July 14, 2021

Marty Surdyk and I had a few more adventures before and after our ride and lunch stop last Sunday as we ventured to Titusville, Pennsylvania, to ride the Oil Creek & Titusville.

On a siding in Titusville were two Alco S2’s. For many years No. 75 was the passenger power for the OC&T.

Back in the 1980s we rode behind and photographed it on the New York & Lake Erie out of Gowanda, New York. It was formerly South Buffalo Railroad. No. 85 was used by the OC&T as standby power.

Erie  S2 No. 518 was donated to the French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society by the Ashtabula,  Carson & Jefferson.

Prior to being on the AC&J roster it was owned by the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company for use at its Ashtabula facility.

Before that it was used by Erie Lackawanna and the Erie. It is now on display in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

EL Monday: An RS3 in Marion

June 7, 2021

Erie Lackawanna RS3 No. 1044 is in Marion in the late 1960s passing the Marion Union Station. Behind me is EL’s Marion Yard with its diesel shop.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

It’s Been Around Awhile

June 4, 2021

Western Ohio Alco RS-1 No. 467 is in Latty, Ohio, on Aug. 14, 1978. The unit is ex-Long Island 467. From the Long Island it went to equipment dealer NIMX (Naparano) then to the Western Ohio. It later was on the roster of Indiana Hi Rail.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Day in Conway

June 3, 2021

Penn Central Alco C425 No. 2429 must feel at home in Conway Yard near Pittsburgh. The unit was built for the Pennsylvania Railroad in March 1965. Conway was, of course, built by the PRR. This image was made in early 1973. No. 2429 would later join the Conrail motive power roster.

Photograph by Robert Farkas