Posts Tagged ‘Cleveland’

Cleveland RTA Receives TOD Grant

November 18, 2022

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will receive a grant as part of a federal $13.1 million Transit-Oriented Development Planning program.

RTA will use the $315,000 grant to develop its proposed Broadway Avenue Corridor project, a multi-modal planning project that will incorporate bus rapid transit with bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

The Federal Transit Administration, which announced the grants, said the grant to Cleveland RTA will increase bicycle and pedestrian access to transit hubs, recommend ways to incorporate green infrastructure, and analyze ways to revitalize commercial and housing opportunities near transit stations.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Public Transportation Authority of Philadelphia will receive a $300,000 grant for planning and analysis of Route 11 and 13 trolley services in the Darby and Yeadon boroughs in Delaware County.

The project will support trolley revitalization, study how best to develop the area, support pedestrian and bicycle access, and plan for ways to address flooding and electrical infrastructure issues.

The FTA awarded funding for 19 transit-oriented development projects nationwide, including 12 that were rail related.

An FTA news release said the TOD program seeks to enable “communities plan for opportunities created by new transit stations, such as affordable housing; economic development; and better connections to schools, hospitals, stores and restaurants,”

Projects “must examine ways to improve economic development and ridership potential, foster multimodal connectivity and accessibility, improve transit access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, engage the private sector, identify infrastructure needs, and enable mixed-use development near transit stations,” according to FTA officials.

The program was launched last May with most of the grant recipients saying they will use the funding to address homelessness within their planning proposals, FTA said..

CR&I Two for Tuesday

October 25, 2022

Here are two photos of New York Central No. 8407 (ex-Chicago River & Indiana) taken in a scrapyard in Cleveland.

The unit is a Lima-Hamilton 1,200 horsepower locomotive that was scrapped after the second photo was taken. The images were made on June 29, 1968, and July 22, 1973, respectively.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Special Time in Cleveland Railroad History

October 13, 2022

Sometimes a scene captures a special time in history. It is Feb. 24 or 25, 1968, in Cleveland. The Penn Central era had begun less than a month (Feb. 1) prior to this photo.  New York Central No. 1049, an Alco FA-2, sits near the diesel shop at Collinwood Yard. In the far background are a few PC boxcars. Had these not been there, this would look like a NYC photo.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Combined Amtrak Trains in Cleveland

October 11, 2022

On Saturday afternoon NS train 310 derailed at Sandusky taking out all tracks. All trains were either cancelled or rerouted.

The reroutes went from Oak Harbor to Vermillion via Bellevue.  

This included the four Amtrak trains that use the route. Trains 30 and 48 were combined at Toledo and 29 and 49 were combined at Cleveland for the reroute.

I caught the combined eastbound at Cleveland where the trains were split again for their respective routes. 

In the top two images, the combined Nos. 40 and 48 are shown being split at Cleveland station.

The third photo shows the Capitol Limited at East 26th Street while the bottom image shows the Lake Shore Limited at East 38th Street.

On Sunday Amtrak 30 was cancelled. Amtrak 48 turned at Toledo and, I presume, Nos. 49 and 29 will also turn at Cleveland with a bus bridge between the two cities.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Conrail Intermodal Train in Cleveland

August 24, 2022

Conrail B36-7 No. 5046 is pulling an intermodal train in the Cleveland area in August 1984. The unit was built in December 1983 and later wound up working for the Eastrada de Ferro Vitoria-Minas railway in Brazil.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Just Hanging Around in Collinwood

August 7, 2022

Penn Central F7As 1807 and 1756 are among several locomotives in the engine facility in Collinwood Yard in Cleveland in March 1973.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: It’s 1971 in Cleveland

August 1, 2022

We don’t know who the photographer was who made this image with Agfachrome slide film. All we know is that it was made in October 1971 at the Erie Lackawanna engine facility. The EL line to Cleveland came out of the Youngstown area and its major claim to fame is that it hosted the last passenger operations west of the New York City commuter zone.

But the EL also had a considerable freight business in Cleveland as well. Perhaps that locomotive looking straight at us was used to pull the Cleveland-Youngstown commuter trains that lasted into the Conrail era.

Collection of Robert Farkas

Lolly the Trolley Rolls Out of Cleveland

May 19, 2022

An era in Cleveland ended this week when Lolly the Trolley rolled out of town.

To be accurate, Lolley was never a trolley in the traditional sense. It was a motor vehicle on rubber wheels designed to have the appearance of a trolley car.

Trolley Tours of Cleveland sent eight of the iconic Lolly vehicles to Clearwater, Florida, on Tuesday, thus ending Lolly’s 37-year time in Northeast Ohio.

Owners Sherrill Paul Witt and Peter Paul said a variety of factors led to Lolly leaving town, not the least of which was the COVID-19 pandemic.

But other factors included insurance issues and what the owners termed burdensome city regulations.

The Lolly trolleys have not plied Cleveland streets for more than a year. The first trolley ran on April 15, 1985.

Over the years Lolly ventured as far away as Kent, Canton, Ashtabula, Geneva and Sandusky.

No matter where the rolling ambassadors for Cleveland would go, they would bring a smile to the faces of passersby and passengers alike.

Lolly took passengers to museums, on sightseeing tours, to sporting events and even on short rides as part of weddings.

Witt said Lolly was involved in more than 4,000 weddings and carried wedding parties of some of the children of people who were married and sat aboard the trolley.

“It’s a memory you don’t forget,” Witt said. “And I think our ability to highlight Cleveland, to change people’s minds and to really, at the end of a tour, say ‘I never knew Cleveland was like this.’”

The operation once had 15 vehicles but the fleet size fell to eight in recent years, each of which could hold 38 passengers.

Lolly the Trolley employed about 150 people over the years and covered 3.1 million miles.

Steam Saturday: N&W 611 in Cleveland

February 26, 2022

Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 No. 611 pulls a westbound excursion through the Flats in Cleveland in early August 1985. The train is on former Nickel Plate Road tracks on a bridge spanning the Cuyahoga River Valley. The 611 pulled two round trips between Erie, Pennsylvania, and Bellevue on Aug. 3 and 4 that year.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Showing its Heritage

February 11, 2022

Penn Central Alco RS11C No. 7603 has its PC roster number but its heritage is bleeding through. The image was made in Cleveland around 1968. The unit was built in July 1957.

Photograph by Robert Farkas