Posts Tagged ‘Cuyahoga Falls’

Steam Saturday: CB&Q 1548 in Cuyahoga Falls

August 20, 2022

This image was inside a slide box that I purchased at a thrift shop. Former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy No. 1548 is on display at Mack Lowry’s Railways of America in Cuyahoga Falls in September 1965.

The 0-6-0 locomotive was built by Baldwin in December 1912 as a G-3 class steamer.

It was sold in January 1942 to Midland Electric Coal Company of Middle Grove, Illinois. Later it was sold to Galva Iron & Metals of Galva, Illinois.

Lowry acquired the locomotive in 1961 and moved it to Cuyahoga Falls. Today it sits near Quaker Square in Akron where it continues to deteriorate.

Collection of Robert Farkas

Autumn in the Gorge Metropark

November 17, 2016


I went out to do some non-train fall photo stuff one afternoon. Here is a shot looking toward Cuyahoga Falls from Akron in the Gorge Metropark area.

The railroad connection would be those old bridge supports in the river. While many of us remember the “high” bridge and “low” bridge at this location, the high one started out as an interurban bridge (Northern Ohio Traction & Light), built about 1903 and converted to a road about 1938. The link below has some neat old postcard views of this area.

With the removal of the gorge dam coming in the future, this scene will change a lot once again. For more background on this site, click on the link below.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

CSX YN2 Livery Gets Fresh Outlook on Life

June 27, 2016



CSX No. 156 a GE C40-9W led train Q015 through Akron on Sunday and I caught it passing the old Schwebel’s bakery at Cuyahoga Falls.

What makes this 20-something –year-old engine interesting is its paint. It wears what CSX calls the YN2, scheme which was the standard paint during the 1990s.

This engine is freshly painted in 2016, however. Why is that?

Well, apparently, it was involved in a wreck while offline in Mexico. It was rebuilt and received its new paint while there.

Ferromex used another CSX locomotive also painted in YN2 as the basis for this repaint.

And so the YN2 scheme has been resurrected at least for this one engine.

Article and Photographs byTodd Dillon

Love The Deep Reds and Browns of Late Autumn

November 8, 2015


Here is a shot of a pair of newer CSX GE Tier 4 units on the Q137. I stopped at Bailey Road to check out any remaining color. I love the deep reds and browns of late autumn.

Photograph by Roger Durfee

Cuyahoga Falls Seeks to Make CSX Crossing Safer

July 1, 2015

Cuyahoga Falls is working to improve safety at a CSX grade crossing that has been the site of 21 accidents since 1980 in which a car turned into front of a train.

The crossing is located on Broad Boulevard near Ohio Route 8 and two people have been killed in separate accidents at the crossing.

“It looks like a pavement, so people come up here, it’s dark and their GPS tells them to make a turn,” said Bob Comer of Bob Comer Forensic & Electronic Research, Inc.

Comer, who has investigated railroad crossing accidents for the past three decades, said these accidents should not be happening.

The crossing sees about 15,000 motor vehicles and 32 trains daily.

The Ohio Department of Transportation expects to complete by fall a federally-funded project to change the warning devices at the intersection.

In the meantime, Cuyahoga Falls has painted new lines to help motorist grasp the visual differences among the roadway, the railroad tracks and the entrance to Route 8.

“They could put the sign right here, big time right here,” said Comer. “Even if there is no train, they could have yellow lights and a sign saying danger do not turn on these tracks.

“Look at the huge amount of traffic that goes through, large amount of trains going very fast,” said Comer. “Then you have land very close to the railroad tracks, it’s like you’re setting people up to be killed and injured.”

Skeletons Guarding Rust

November 29, 2014



A skeleton guarding rust is about all you can say in regards to this former Pennsylvania Railroad signal in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Known as Payne on the railroad, its head was turned away from the rails in the early ‘90s by Conrail, never to shine again.

This ex-PRR line from Hudson to Akron will likely never see a train again anyway. Heavily overgrown, the business next to the tracks here does see fit to keep the brush down and the grass mowed for this small stretch in front of their building.

About a quarter-mile south of this location was the site of the tragic doodlebug wreck in 1931. I have to wonder if this signal played a part in that sad story.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee