Posts Tagged ‘Chessie System in Akron’

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

Showing More Than I had Intended

January 19, 2020

Sometimes a photograph shows more than originally thought.

All I wanted was a roster photo of Chesapeake & Ohio SD40 No. 7526, but in 2020, this shows how much we have lost.

We no longer have Chessie System, C&O, the Akron, Canton & Youngstown hopper), the Erie Lackawanna’s McCoy Street yard and yard office behind the locomotive, some or all of the buildings behind the yard, and all but two CSX mainline tracks.

No. 7426, which was built in July 1970 is eastbound in Akron in early 1974. It would later go to work for the Utah Railway.

Trailing is Baltimore & Ohio GP40 No. 4020, which was built in September 1971.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Eastbound at Akron Junction

January 8, 2020

Western Maryland GP40-2 No. 4365 and Baltimore & Ohio GP40-2 No. 4129 cruise eastbound on the main line at Akron Junction in early 1980.

No. 4365 was built in 1979 while No. 4129 rolled out of the EMD plant in September 1972. Both would later serve CSX.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Day Early in the CSX Era

December 15, 2019

It an afternoon early in the CSX era, March 14, 1987, to be exact. I’m standing on “the Hill” in Akron where four locomotives led by Chessie System-painted (Baltimore & Ohio) GP40-2 No. 4308 are eastbound climbing east of the CSX yard. The track on the right is the now-removed ex-Conrail line from Hudson, to Akron.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Let’s Pay Attention to Safety

December 9, 2019

This Chessie System caboose was more than a place for the crew to conduct business. It also carried a reminder to them to work safely. The image was made in Akron on Sept. 9, 1970. The heritage of this car is Baltimore & Ohio.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Golden Oldies

September 27, 2019

Let’s take another spin in the wayback machine of Bob Farkas and go back several years around Akron and other Northeast Ohio locations.

In the top photograph CSX SD40 No. 8308 has just passed beneath the Home Avenue bridge in Akron wearing its gray ghost livery.

To the left is the now abandoned former Akron Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad that has since been removed at this location.

No. 8303 was built in 1969 for the Louisville & Nashville.

Next up below we have a mish mash of motive power on a Chessie System train headed eastward through Akron in June 1981.

The units are (in order) Western Maryland SD40 No. 7546, Chesapeake & Ohio GP40 No. 4096 and Baltimore & Ohio GP40 No. 4061.

Finally, we get Conrail SD45-2 No. 6665 at Mingo Junction in August 1977.

It’s the early Conrail era and the unit still wears its Erie Lackawanna livery. It had been built in November 1972 for the EL.

Photographs by Robert Farkas


Far From ‘Wild Mary’ Territory

July 21, 2019

The Western Maryland was an 800-mile regional railroad that operated largely in its namesake state with lines extending into Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Toward the end of its life in 1969, the WM painted its locomotives in an eye-catching red and white look known as the “circus” livery.

Prior to that it sported a more subdued look of black with gold stripes with the railroad name in speed lettering.

The “Wild Mary” as some called it, was acquired by the Chessie System in 1973 but continued to operate independently until May 1975.

Absorption into the Chessie meant that WM motive power was sent throughout the Chessie network.

As was the Chessie practice, some units continued to have WM reporting marks even after being repainted into Chessie colors.

The images above show WM locomotives in various iterations of how it appeared during the Chessie era.

The top image was made of a westbound train near downtown Akron in October 1976.

The bottom image was made in Clinton (Warwick) on April 13, 1986.

Photographs by Robert Farkas