Posts Tagged ‘EL in Youngstown’

An EL Monday at Brier Hill

June 8, 2020

Today’s Erie Lackawanna Monday takes us to Brier Hill Yard in Youngstown on Oct. 1, 1972.

In the top image, Alco RS3 No. 923 is getting some maintenance  in the diesel house. The bottom image was made at the engine facility and features Alco S2 No. 913 and EMD F7A No. 7101.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Railroading as it Once Was: A Youngstown Snapshot Shows How I Remember this City

November 23, 2016

grab-shot

In defense of the grab shot, here is one I snapped in the summer of 1975. It was one of those stop the car, jump out, point and press, so I wasn’t expecting museum quality results.

I just wanted a shot of that Alco C425 as this was one of my first trips to Brier Hill in Youngstown.

Tucked away with all the other less interesting negatives, I took another look at this image recently and decided to scan it.

It is, indeed, a snapshot of what the everyday Erie Lackawanna looked like back then in that area.

From what I can see all equipment is lettered either Erie or EL. That’s the old Division Street bridge and what I think was the YS&T furnaces beyond the bridge.

EL Alcos moving ore hoppers surrounded by the mills: That’s the snapshot of Youngstown I’d like to remember.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

Railroading as it Once Was: Some Strange Bedfellows Showed up in Early Conrail Days

August 18, 2016

EL caboose and loco

There were some strange bedfellows in Conrail’s first year or two as the newly merged railroad was leasing anything it could beg, borrow, or even steal for a day or two.

In this August 1976 example we see a former Erie Lackawanna caboose being moved by a former Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Alco RS-3 (renumbered as BN 4065) at Brier Hill Yard, a former EL facility, in Youngstown.

West Coast meets East Coast in the shadow of the YS&T steel mill. In a few short years, Conrail would get its act together and these SP&S/BN units would make their way back to Washington State.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee