Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore & Ohio in Akron’

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

Snowy Day in Akron on the B&O

September 11, 2020

It’s snowing in downtown Akron as Baltimore & Ohio GP30 No. 6915 leads an eastbound past the Erie Lackawanna station in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

Trailing is another GP30 along with an F7B, F7B, and F7B.

As this image was posted in mid July a snow storm might be a welcome relief from temperatures in the 90s and a heat index in triple digits.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

What Was the First Thing You Noticed?

June 16, 2020

When you initially glanced over this image what was the first thing that you noticed?

Was it the Baltimore & Ohio F7A No. 4529 or was it the boxcar behind it?

Whatever it was both feature something you won’t see anymore at Voris Street in Akron.

You won’t see F units in motive power consists anymore and you also won’t see the words “cushion underframe” on boxcars.

Yet were common sights that many might have taken for granted when this image was made in the early 1970s.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

B&O in Akron in 1967

April 25, 2020

As you requested, we’ve set the wayback machine to December 1967, Akron, Ohio, Baltimore & Ohio mainline, Akron Union Depot.

And what pops up but an eastbound train about to pass the station, led by GP38 No. 836.

A couple of things are of interest in this image. The second unit is a Reading Lines GP30.

There is also construction work going north of the tracks. Note the concourse of Union Depot is no longer connected on the north side to the bus station.

But there are buses still parked there as a new building is being constructed nearby.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

At the Akron B&O Engine Facility

December 29, 2019

 

 

 

 

It may be a Chessie System locomotive but GP9 No. 6500 still sports its Baltimore & Ohio identity as it sits at the engine service facility in Akron in July 1973.

Photograph by Robert Farkas