Posts Tagged ‘Canton Ohio’

E8A Leading Mail 9 in Canton

December 27, 2022

How strange, especially at this time of year, to think that the mail once moved by train. For a long while special cars had postal agents picking up the mail, sorting the mail and getting it ready to drop off at other cities.

When manned mail cars were no longer used, mail trains that just carried already-sorted mail from city to city could still be found.

This is Penn Central’s Mail 9. The PC found a good use for some of their E-units that were no longer needed after Amtrak took over the nation’s passenger trains.

Leading the Mail 9 is PC E8A No. 4246 westbound past Fairhope Tower in Canton around July) 1973.

The motive power consist includes an E8A, E8A, E7A, E7B, E8A, and another E7A.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas 

Study of Proposed Canton Streetcar Continues

August 1, 2022

Stark Area Regional Transit Authority continues to plan for creating a 9.8-mile streetcar service connecting downtown Canton and the Akron-Canton Airport.

Public hearings held last month showed the proposed service would include stops at Pro Football Hall of Fame Village, Belden Village shopping center, Tuscarawas Street West, 12th Street Northwest, Everhard Road Northwest, Dressler Road Northwest, and Mt. Pleasant Road.

Timothy Rosenberger, the project manager at the consulting firm WSP USA, said the streetcar line would cost between $50 million and $100 million and take three to five years to complete.

SARTA has not said how it will fund development of the streetcar line, but federal grants are expected to cover between 50 percent and 80 percent of the cost.

However, SARTA has yet to develop a plan to pay for the operating costs of the service.

Officials said during the public meetings the primary goal of the service is to encourage HOF visitors to visit other economic generators and tourism spots in the area.

An existing rail line parallel to Interstate 77 used by the Wheeling & Lake Erie and at one time by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad would make up much of the route.

New track would need to be built in downtown Canton to the Cornerstone Transit Center on Cherry Street Southeast.

The track is owned by Akron Metro Transit, which acquired it years ago for potential commuter train service between Akron and Canton.

The service would require five streetcars with a capacity of 100 each.

The travel time from downtown Canton to the airport would be about 30 minutes and cars would run between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on 15-minute headways with less frequent service on weekends.

A $100,000 feasibility study paid for with a federal grant is underway and expected to be completed by September.

Once the study is complete additional public hearings will be held before SARTA decides whether to proceed with the project.

Planners have not decided who would own the streetcar service. It could be owned by a private not-for-profit organization or run by SARTA or another entity.

A SARTA official at one of the public meeting said the agency is not considering asking voters to approve an increase in the sales tax to pay for the streetcar service.

Going Back to Early Conrail in Canton

May 24, 2022

We’ve dialed the wayback machine to the early Conrail era for the Fort Wayne Line. Here we see Conrail helpers 7034 and 2420 awaiting their next assignment. They are in the Conrail yard in Canton on June 29, 1978.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Faded Pennsy Glory

January 14, 2022

I made this photograph of the former Pennsylvania Railroad freight station in Canton on July 10, 2008, when I was working on my book Canton Area Railroads.

Obviously, the brick structure was unused at the time and had not been for several years. It was just a matter of time before it had a date with a wreck ball. But that would not occur for another decade.

The freight station was built by the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago in 1865 and expanded in 1903 and 1908.

It sat just to the east of Cherry Avenue near Madison Street. At one time the PFt.W&C had a passenger station 100 feet west of its freight station.

That depot was replaced by the PRR with another passenger station in 1915 on Market Street South and Ninth Street NW. It was razed in 1976 when Amtrak built a much smaller station at the site that it used for its Broadway Limited and later Capitol Limited until November 1990.

As far as I know the former Amtrak station still stands but remains unused.

Article by Craig Sanders

Mail 9 at Fairhope Tower in Canton

January 6, 2022

Penn Central Nos. 4211, 4024, 4035, 4025, 4060, and 2925 with Mail 9 are westbound past Fairhope Tower on the east end of the former Pennsylvania Railroad yard in Canton on Sept. 9, 1972. Mike Ondecker must have been with me to write down all the numbers.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: 10 Years Ago This Week

September 17, 2021

It was 10 years ago Friday (Sept. 17, 2011) that Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 made its first and only foray to Canton pulling a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train.

Photographer Robert Farkas decided to try a technique that day that had been suggested to him by a friend who said that photographers of automobiles seek to use a dark background in an effort to get better images.

Bob tried that technique several times while chasing the 765 as it pulled what was billed as a total track tour that originated at Rockside Road station in Independence and covered all of the track used by the CVSR at that time.

The top and subsequent images were made in Peninsula. In the third image the 765 and its train are slowing for a stop near North Canton.

The fourth image shows the train leaving North Canton while the bottom image was made as the train ran southward in Canton.

The following year Ohio Central 4-5-2 No. 1293 made a trip that proved to be the last steam excursion to Canton via the CVSR.

CVSR suspended service to Canton in August 2013 and it has yet to return.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Cold Day to be Working in Canton

August 25, 2021

Penn Central Alco C628 No. 6301 is in Canton on a cold day somewhere between 1968 and 1972. This motive power consist also has an EMD SD45 and another C628. The 6301 was built for the Pennsylvania Railroad in March 1965 as the 6301. It also carried that roster number during its brief time working for Conrail where it never patched with CR markings.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Two for Tuesday: Mail 9 in the Penn Central Era

June 8, 2021

Mail 9 was an intermodal train that ran well into the Conrail era under that symbol. But the history of the train dates to at least the Penn Central era.

In the top photo PC 4294, 4025, 4024, 4022, and 2287 are on the point of westbound Mail 9 in Canton in later 1972.

In the bottom photo, PC 4284, New York Central 4071, PC 4063, PC 4092, PC 2355, and PC 2839 have teamed up to pull the Mail 9 through Canton in September 1972.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Through a Signal Bridge

June 5, 2021

Conrail SD 60 No. 6754 SD 50 No. 6711 are on the point of an eastbound train in the Canton yard on Jan. 17, 1987. This is former Pennsylvania Railroad territory as evidenced by the position light signals on the Fort Wayne Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Westbound in Canton

February 18, 2021

Led by GE C36-7 No. 6628, a Conrail train of gondolas rolls westbound in Canton in late 1998. The lead unit was built in June 1985.

Photograph by Robert Farkas