Posts Tagged ‘Alco switchers’

An Alco S1 Working for Timken

August 25, 2022

The Timken Company had a small fleet of locomotives that it used to switch its steel plants. Shown here is Alco S1 No. 5912 working in Canton in February 1975.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Part Alco, Part Baldwin

May 9, 2022

We don’t know the name of the photographer who made this photograph. We do know it was created on July 22, 1973, and shows Erie Lackawanna 521, an Alco S2 with a Baldwin cab, working in Akron.

Collection of Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Alco Switcher With a Noted History

February 21, 2022

Erie Lackawanna Alco S2 No. 518 works in Marion on July 29, 1972. The former Erie switcher was built in November 1948. It would later work for Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company where it was given a U.S. bicentennial livery. It would then later join the motive roster of short line Ashtbula, Carson & Jefferson.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Double Dip of Switcher 507

October 4, 2021

These two photos of the Alco S2 switcher No. 507 were taken only a few years apart. In the top image, No. 507 is shown in Akron 1967 or 1968 still wearing its Erie markings. The bottom image shows the unit in Marion on July 29 1972.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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

Look What We Found

August 18, 2021

The late Mike Ondecker and I found this Alco switcher on the Lehigh Valley in Coxton, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 12, 1973.

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

Ex-Erie Alco Switcher Gets Heritage Treatment

August 14, 2021

New York short line railroad New York & Lake Erie has applied a new livery to its Alco S1 No. 308.

The new look combines elements of the Erie Railroad and Erie Lackawanna liveries.

The 75-year-old unit was built for the Erie in November 1946. It received the new livery as part of a rebuilding process.

No. 308 has been returned to revenue service at Gowanda, New York, and will operate on former Erie trackage along with former VIA Rail Canada FPA4 locomotives.

Retired in Erie

August 4, 2021

The hulk of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Alco HH 1000 No. 2314 sits outside the GE Erie locomotive assembly plan in the late 1960s. The switcher was a trade-in for other motive power.

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