Posts Tagged ‘Alco switchers’

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

B&O Alco Switcher in New Castle

November 5, 2022

 Baltimore & Ohio Alco S2 No. 9145 is in New Castle, Pennsylvania in February 1973.

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

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