Posts Tagged ‘Alco locomotives’

One Day at Collinwood Diesel Shop

January 28, 2023

This image was made at Penn Central’s Collinwood diesel shop in Cleveland in 1968 or 1969. From right to left there is what looks to be the back of a Pennsylvania Railroad GE U25B, a New York Central Alco RS32, an NYC Alco RS1 and an NYC Alco FB.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

An Alco Two for Tuesday

December 27, 2022

We know many of you enjoy seeing Alco locomotives so here are two of them for Tuesday.

In the top image former Pennsylvania Railroad Alco RS11 No. 7621 has a Penn Central roster number as it sits mostly backlighted by the sun in the Conway Yard engine facility near Pittsburgh in September 1968.

In the bottom image, Alco RS3 No. 5550 is in Conway the same month. To the left are two Alcos and to the right are two Baldwins.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

AC&J Alco Two for Tuesday

December 27, 2022

On Oct. 28, 2007, seven Akron Railroad Club members ventured to Jefferson, Ohio, to ride the weekend excursion train of the Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson.

The AC&J used an Alco S1 that had been built in April 1941 for the U.S. Army. It would pull the excursion train for 5.4 miles to the Norfolk Southern yard at Carson along the Youngstown Line.

No. 7371 would then run around its train as shown above and pull it back to Jefferson. It was the final excursion of 2007 for the AC&J.

For three ARRC members, the day had started early with catching Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited in Lake City, Pennsylvania. Alas, we got cloud skunked as No. 48 rushed past.

After having breakfast at the All Aboard Dinor in the former New York Central passenger station in Lake City, we spent the morning and early afternoon catching CSX, Norfolk Southern and Bessemer & Lake Erie action. We arrived in Jefferson to catch the 3 p.m. AC&J train. As you can see from these images it was one of those days of playing dodge ball with the clouds.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

EL Monday: The Crew Was Not Happy

December 26, 2022

Here is another one from a day of Erie Lackawanna railfanning with Mike Ondecker. EL Alco PA1 No. 856 is in Kent in 1967 or 1968. The PA was one of the two westbound-facing locomotives in the lash-up with the other one also being a PA.

I can’t remember which was in the lead, but one of the two had no heat in the cab while the other had a cab window that would not close.

The two engines swapped places, and the second was put in the lead. A very unhappy crew made its way west.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Down Near Voris Street

December 19, 2022

Erie Lackawanna Alco RS3 No. 1036 is in Akron on Jan. 14, 1973. The image was made near Voris Street and the unit might have been working in nearby McCoy Street Yard.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Rare Alco Find in Altoona

December 9, 2022

Pennsylvania Railroad No. 6808 has a Penn Central roster number and I caught it in the East Altoona, Pennsylvania, scrap line in 1969 or1970. This is a rare Alco RSD-7.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Smokin’ it up in Akron

November 28, 2022

Erie Lackawanna 2456 is westbound in Akron sometime between 1967 and 1972. This is an Alco C425, EMD F7B, GE U25B lash-up that is putting a ton of smoke in the air as it accelerates out of McCoy Street Yard and passes beneath Thornton Street.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Morning at Akron Union Depot

October 21, 2022

It is the late 1960s in Akron. After the arrival of Baltimore & Ohio’s Diplomat, B&O Alco S2 switcher No. 9074  is removing a mail car taken from it. The train has stopped east out of sight beyond the bridge, and the E units have cut off and pulled west of the train.

The 9074 has coupled onto the mail car and getting in the clear. Then the B&O E-units will back up, recouple, and the train will head west to Chicago.

B&O 9074 will cross a couple of tracks and put the mail car on a siding next to Akron Union Depot where the mail car will be unloaded.  

Under the East Exchange Street bridge on the left is Erie Lackawanna No. 501, another Alco S2 switcher.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: A PA1 in Marion

October 17, 2022

My good friend Mike Ondecker took very few railroad photos, and most of these were with an Instamatic camera. Here is a redo of one of his Instamatic photos. Erie Lackawanna Alco PA-1 No. 859 is in Marion in 1967 or 1968.

Article by Robert Farkas, Photograph by Mike Ondecker

You Could Find Alcos There

October 14, 2022

Not only did the Ann Arbor in the early 1980s still have a few Alco locomotives, I found the railroad to be railfan friendly. It’s May 25, 1980, in Toledo where Ann Arbor Alco S3 No. 10 and Alco RS1 No. 21  are sitting for a while in between doing work in the yard.

Photograph by Robert Farkas