Posts Tagged ‘Conrail in Akron Ohio’

When Conrail Still Served Akron

July 11, 2021

How is this for an early Conrail era scene? GP9 No. 7074 still wearing Penn Central paint leads another GP9 that has received Conrail blue near Voris Street in early 1979. Note the former Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car in the consist.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Working for Conrail Now

May 31, 2021

It’s two days before America’s Bicentennial celebration as well as the first year of Conrail operation. This Conrail switcher remains in full Erie Lackawanna paint as it works in Akron on July 2, 1976.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail in Akron

November 19, 2020

An eastbound Conrail manifest freight passes through downtown Akron in June 1987. It is passing what used to be tracks leading to the Erie Railroad’s McCoy Street Yard as well as the Erie mainline tracks. Conrail had a hand in eliminating the former Erie’s presence in Akron by abandoning most Erie trackage west of the city.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail Two for Tuesday

September 15, 2020

It’s Tuesday and time to present a pair of images from the same railroad.

In the top image, we see Conrail SD60M leading an eastbound manifest freight on the Fort Wayne Line in Orrville on May 25, 1996.

The bridge it is passing beneath carries the Wheeling & Lake Erie.

The photographer wrote about the image, “while Conrail tolerated my entering their little-used yard in Orrville, Norfolk Southern would not allow this today.”

In the bottom image, Conrail SD45 No. 6130 is shown in Akron in June 1979 during the railroad’s relatively short life in the rubber city.

Photographs by Robert Farkas



Not What it Appears to Be

March 12, 2020

It may look like a Penn Central caboose but when this photograph was made this car was on the roster of Conrail.

Conrail No. 24546 is shown in Akron in July 1976. Note the Pennsylvania Railroad boxcar ahead of it.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Conrail? What’s That?

November 17, 2019

It is a month into Conrail and former Erie Lackawanna GP35s 2555, 2586 and 2561 are still in full EL paint. They are seen in Akron in May 1976.

Photograph by Robert Farkas


Railroading as it Once Was: Yes, It’s Conrail

December 22, 2016


Conrail 5985, a former Erie Lackawanna GP-7, prepares to head west on the ex-EL in Akron in March 1978 with local PE-1. The Erie searchlight signal was still in use at this time as were the ex-EL mains. Nothing of the EL remains at this location today and all the buildings behind the train have been torn down.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

Railroading as it Once Was: Conrail Wreck Train in Akron. These Trains Were Always Interesting

June 16, 2016

Conrail wreck train in Akron

A common sight during those first few years on Conrail was the relief train or wreck train as it was often called.

I’m not sure what had happened or where, but the entire train with crane and some cripples was eastbound at Akron in August 1978.

This train is on the former Erie and the blue GP9 is a former Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive. The trains were always interesting with gondolas full of track panels and wheel sets, and old converted passenger equipment.

The hook is in Conrail blue and I’m guessing it was the former Erie Lackawanna Brier Hill (Youngstown) hook.

To those who know Akron, this was before they turned those old Quaker Oats silos into a hotel . . . and before the EL was ripped out at this location.

The train has entered JO interlocking. Note the signal bridge.

The tracks to the left of the train were the joint Penn Central/Baltimore & Ohio mains, which was CR/Chessie System by this date.

Also note the elevated side track up in the weeds along that white building on the right, which at one time provided access to the oats yard up above.

It branched off the EL in the distance and reconnected with the B&O on the other side of JO.

I remember watching an eastbound detour train come off the EL main and up this siding to get to the B&O, but the grade and probably some slippery weeds stalled the train.

All that remains here today is the two former B&O/PC mains, which are now the CSX New Castle Subdivision.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

Railroading as it Once Was: Seeing Conrail Blue on the former Erie Lackawanna Tracks in Akron

February 25, 2016

CR in Akron

The Erie Lackawanna was one of six bankrupt railroads folded into the Consolidated Rail Corporation on April 1, 1976.

The government-formed company soon adopted an identity of blue locomotives with a herald of the letter “C” on a set of rails below.

For a while, Conrail continued to use the ex-EL tracks in Akron. Locals worked in Barberton and Rittman and there was a train that ran all the way to Marion on the ex-EL.

In the photograph above, a Conrail westbound train will run the “Erie side” west of Akron on this July 1977 evening . The freshly-painted former Penn Central U25B looks good in it’s new blue livery.

In the background is the Interstate 76/77 bridge over the tracks. Note the Taber Coal Company building off to the right. Of course it has a pile of coal out front.

Photograph by Roger Durfee

Railroading as it Once Was: The Glory and Variety of Early Conrail Locomotive Power in Akron

February 10, 2016

Early Conrail

The early years of Conrail were a locomotive watcher’s delight as units of Northeastern railroads regularly made their way westward. For a while, these locomotives remained in their original liveries with the initials “CR” painted over the heralds on their noses and on their flanks.

Conrail No. 3277 waits on the former Erie Lackawanna near Voris Street in Akron as a Chessie freight passes on an adjacent track. No. 3277 is a GP40-2 built in December 1973 for the Reading.

Photograph by Roger Durfee