Posts Tagged ‘Conrail in Akron Ohio’

Conrail Caboose in Akron

May 4, 2022

Conrail caboose 21126 is in Akron on June 21, 1977. It appears to be attached to an intermodal train that is operating on the former Erie Lackawanna.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Another Early Conrail in Akron Memory

February 4, 2022

It’s the early Conrail era and we find former Reading Lines SD45 No. 7600 in Akron on Aug.1, 1976. The 7600 is hooked up to a second EMD SD45, Erie Lackawanna No. 3609.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Work Train in Akron

November 15, 2021

Technically, this is a Conrail train. The image was made on July 2, 1976, in Akron and Conrail was a mere three months old. But NW2 No. 410 still wars its EL livery and markings and is working the former EL tracks. So we’ll call it an EL train even if it isn’t.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Still Celebrating

October 11, 2021

To celebrate America’s 200th birthday many railroads painted or more of their locomotives in a special bicentennial livery, often featuring the colors red, white and blue.

The Erie Lackawanna was no exception. It transformed SD45 No. 3638 into a bicentennial scheme.

This image was made in Akron on June 14, 1979. The bicentennial is long over and the EL has vanished, with some of its components being folded into Conrail.

Shown leading a westbound Conrail manifest freight, the 3638 has since been renumbered 6669 and has had its EL identity either painted over or obscured. Note the “CR” initials toward the rear of the unit.

The train is on former EL track and passing a building once used by the EL and the Erie Railroad.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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