Posts Tagged ‘EL in Akron’

EL Monday: An Akron Scene

December 28, 2020

We’re visiting McCoy Street Yard in Akron in May 1974. It’s the twilight years of the Erie Lackawanna and forces are at work in Washington and elsewhere that will fold the EL into the Consolidated Rail Corporation in spring 1976.

As you know all too well the coming of Conrail would spell the beginning of the end for the EL in Akron.

But that is still a few years away on this day where they are many relics of the EL including a transfer caboose and a box car with EL markings on display.

Then there is that Erie switcher that is pretending that the Erie and Delaware, Lackawanna & Western never merged. This unit would continue to proudly wear its Erie livery until the coming of Conrail.

Also of interest is that Sperry rail car sitting toward the back of the yard.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

It Only Looks Like the New York Central

November 29, 2020

It is the summer of 1968 in dpwntown Akron. Three Penn Central locomotives. al of them still wearing a New York Central livery, are bound for Hudson and beyond.

The fancy building on the other side of the bridge is the Erie Lackawanna freight house. The train is passing the still-in-use at that time EL passenger station.

Both former Erie Railroad structures have since been razed.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

An Intermodal Train in Akron for EL Monday

August 24, 2020

That’s quite an interesting locomotive consist pulling this eastbound intermodal train on the Erie Lackawanna in Akron in mid 1972.

On the point is GP35 No. 2571. The trailing unit is E8A 812, which a little over two years earlier might have been seen in Akron pulling the Lake Cities.

The image was made at Voris Street, a favorite Akron railfan hangout location.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday in Akron

August 10, 2020

We’ve got an Erie Lackawanna Alco S2 switcher for EL Monday today.

No. 518 is working with a train in Akron in 1968 in front of the passenger station.

McCoy Street Yard was a short distance out of sight to the left.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker

EL Monday: You Can’t Get This Anymore

July 27, 2020

Here is a scene that can’t be repeated. Erie Lackawanna F7A No. 6331 is leading a westbound train past EL’s McCoy Street Yard in Akron on Jan. 14, 1973. Everything railroad-related, including the walk bridge, is gone now except for two CSX mainline tracks.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

A Pair of Alcos for EL Monday

May 25, 2020

Today’s theme for Erie Lackawanna Monday is twins. What you see are a pair of Alco RS3 units pulling an eastbound in Akron in September 1972.

Both units were built for the Erie Railroad and both joined the Conrail motive power roster a few years after this image was made.

Lead unit No. 1007 appears to have had the longer career as it was renumbered by Conrail twice.

The train is passing the EL passenger station. I wonder what happened to that building that was being used by IBM at the time.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

GEs for an EL Monday

May 11, 2020

The late Mike Ondecker caught General Electric demonstrators 304 and 303 leading an eastbound Erie Lackawanna freight through Akron in mid-1968.

Note the two trailers on flatcar in the consist behind the motive power.

In recent years intermodal shipments largely moved in dedicated trains, but with precision scheduled railroading dominating operations at most Class 1 railroads such sights as this, which used to be common, are coming back into vogue.

Nos. 303 and 304 were built in June 1966 as U30B models, but were later converted into U36B units when they were transformed to 3,600 horsepower.

After being downgraded back to 3,000 horsepower, the units were sold to the Western Pacific where they had roster numbers 770 and 771.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker

Just Another EL Monday

May 4, 2020

If it’s another manic Monday for you we’ve got just the thing to chase away those Monday morning blues.

Here at Akron Railroads its also another Erie Lackawanna Monday, which is our periodic tribute to the fallen flag that passed through Akron, Kent, Ravenna and Youngstown.

In the top image, an eastbound led by Alco C425 No. 2459 meets a westbound in Akron on Jan. 14, 1973.

The middle and bottom images feature the same train in Akron in the late 1960s, most likely in 1968.

The train is in Akron heading westbound with a motive power consist of an Alco RS3, EMD F7B, EMD F3B, GE U25B, EMD F3B, and an F7A.

In the middle is the full scene while the bottom image shows a closer crop.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Another EL Monday is in Store

April 6, 2020

It’s been awhile since we had an Erie Lackawanna Monday. So here are four images from the camera of Bob Farkas.

In the top image an EL crew is making a pickup or set off at the McCoy Street Yard that is out of sight to the left.

After finishing its work in the yard, it will be heading east out of Akron. The image was made in December 1967.

In the next image EL 1007 and EL 1028, a pair of Alco RS3s, are eastbound in Akron past the ex-EL passenger station platform in September 1972.

In the next image, EL E8A 814 is on the point of a freight in Akron in March 1973, three years after the demise of passenger service here.

In the bottom image a now Conrail and former EL Alco RS3 No. 1040 is in Akron on April 3, 1976, just two days after Conrail was formed.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Dialing Up Another Erie Lackawanna Monday

March 2, 2020

Courtesy of the wayback machine we’ve been transported back a few decades to another time when the Erie Lackawanna was still a vibrant railroad.

In the top image, a westbound EL freight is in Akron in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Notice the interesting signal mast.

In the next image, EL Alco C424 No. 2408 is in the yard in Kent in the late 1960s. Trailing in the motive power consist is GE U25B No. 2515.

Below that we see four EL E8A locomotives in Kent in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Finally in the bottom image the photographer is standing beneath the overhand of the Kent passenger station to capture an eastbound train.

Photographs by Robert Farkas