Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore & Ohio in Akron’

The Diplomat Arriving in Akron

December 17, 2022

This is a very early scan from an old computer. Baltimore & Ohio E9A No. 1456 leads the westbound Diplomat as it is about to stop at Akron Union Depot in the late 1960s. The train to its left is an eastbound Erie Lackawanna freight.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Rare Find on the B&O in Akron

October 27, 2022

In 1968, my friend Mike Ondecker had his aunt’s 120 roll film (2-by-1/4 inch square negatives) camera when he made this image.

It took him around four or five seconds to take a photo, wind the film manually to the next number while looking through a red window on the back of the camera to check the film’s advance, cock the shutter, and then take the next photo.

I was blessed to have a 120 roll film camera that was more modern and took about three seconds to take a photo, manually turn a crank on the side of the camera, cock the shutter, and take the next photo.

Needless to say, sometimes you had to make a choice as to what to photograph since you often got only one shot.

Mike could have taken a shot of the whole eastbound Baltimore & Ohio lash-up as it came under the bridge in Akron that day.

He would have had at least one of the trailing F units in dark shadows under the bridge. Instead, he chose this shot.

Even then, capturing an F-unit in the old paint scheme was uncommon. Finding two together was really rare.

Mike made the right decision taking the last three units this way. Here we have B&O 3818 (GP38), 5442 (F7B), and an F7A with an unreadable number.

Article by Robert Farkas, Photograph by Mike Ondecker

No. 7598 Two for Tuesday in Akron

September 20, 2022

Here are two images of locomotives carrying roster number 7598 taken at different times in Akron. In the top image Baltimore & Ohio SD40 No. 7598 is eastbound on May 5, 1979. In the bottom image CSX C40-8 is westbound on Aug. 2, 2010.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

B&O Cab Unit at Akron Junction

August 10, 2022

Mike Ondecker photographed this Baltimore & Ohio locomotive at Akron Junction in Akron in the mid-1968. We couldn’t make out the roster number and were thus unable to determine the model of this unit.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker

Chessie Geep in Akron

June 24, 2022

Baltimore & Ohio GP40-2 No. 4114 is in Akron on May 18, 1977. The unit was built in September 1972. It would later become CSX 6014.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Once a Common Sight

April 18, 2022

Erie Lackawanna Nos. 819 and 818 are on the point of the approaching Lake Cities while Baltimore & Ohio No. 1440 is on the point of the Diplomat, which is already at the Akron Union Depot. It is the late 1960s, and it was not uncommon to have both westbound trains at their respective stations at the same time.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

B&O Passengers Two for Tuesday

March 9, 2021

If you know your Baltimore & Ohio passenger train history then you recognize the Diplomat was for several decades the name of a Washington/Baltimore-St. Louis train.

But as part of a restructuring of B&O passenger service in 1964, the Chicago-Washington Shenandoah was renamed the Diplomat.

Four years after that renaming occurred, the westbound Diplomat is shown in the top image at Akron Union Depot.

Some switching of head end cars also occurred here. Note that the train has a railway post office car behind its two locomotives.

The bottom image shows the Diplomat stopped at the station in Kent. If you look carefully along the right edge of the frame you’ll see a caboose from an eastbound freight

By the time these images were made, the B&O passenger department was in retreat. In November 1967, the eastbound Diplomat had been discontinued within Ohio.

The consist of the westbound Diplomat by 1969 had shrunk to a coach, a food bar coach and two or three head end cars.

It was discontinued west of Akron in early January 1970, leaving the Capitol Limited as the B&O’s lone Chicago-Washington train.

The Shenandoah name was revived for use on the surviving Akron-Washington train, which continued to operate until the coming of Amtrak on May 1, 1971.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Rusty Rails in Akron

March 1, 2021

A Chessie System train is on the Baltimore & Ohio mainline running westbound in Akron in June 1981. The two very rusty tracks to the left of the train are what remains of the Erie Lackawanna mainline through Akron. To their left, the empty field was where the EL’s McCoy Street Yard was.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

A Favorite Grab Shot

February 26, 2021

This is one of my favorite grab shots. It’s an early May or June 1978 morning at Voris Street in Akron where eastbound and westbound Baltimore & Ohio trains are meeting. On the right are parts of the crossing signal and a view of some of the front of my 1976 Pinto.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

At the Akron B&O Engine House

October 2, 2020

The Baltimore & Ohio engine facility in Akron on Feb. 25, 1973, was crowded. From left to right the identifiable locomotives are B&O 9054, 6518, 9048, 6423, and 6426 while at the above right the nose of Penn Central 3738 can be seen going southbound on a trip from Hudson to Akron.

Photograph by Robert Farkas