Posts Tagged ‘EL passenger service’

EL Monday: The Lake Cities in Kent

June 28, 2021

Erie Lackawanna E8A No. 815 is on the point of the Lake Cities in Kent on a winter morning in the late 1960s. By now this was the last intercity passenger train left on the EL although the railroad had commuter trains in Cleveland and the New York City region.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Happy Old Year 1967

January 2, 2020

It was Kent State University’s Christmas vacation in December 1967, and Mike Ondecker and I had ridden Erie Lackawanna’s Lake Cities to Marion, Ohio. EL 823 and another E8A would power the Lake Cities west to Chicago while EL 833 would be left behind in Marion. The open nose door suggests that 833 had had a problem. How strange and wonderful the railfan world of 1967 looks through 2020 eyes.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Down at the Akron EL Station

June 29, 2019

Erie Lackawanna 6311 is eastbound past the EL passenger station in Akron in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

By then passenger service on the former Erie Railroad had shrunk to the Lake Cities between Chicago and Hoboken, New Jersey.

The Lake Cities would continue to operate through early January 1970. It would be the last EL intercity passenger train although the carrier continued to operate a commuter train between Cleveland and Youngstown, and it had extensive commuter rail operations in the New York City region.

But the Lake Cities would be the last EL varnish to carry a dining car and sleeping cars.

The Akron EL station, which was built by the Erie in the late 1940s, no longer stands. It was razed and a bank branch is now on the site.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Group Prepares, Serves Meal in Moving Diner

April 4, 2016

Members of the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society prepared and served dinner in an EL dining car last month, the first time in more than two decades that a meal was been prepared aboard the car while it was in motion.

The diner used was No. 469, built by Budd in 1949 for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western and used on its New York-Buffalo, New York, flagship train, the Phoebe Snow.

The SociEL logo2ety served the dinner as the car was rolling on the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad in Pennsylvania.

The dinner crowd included executives from the DLR, Norfolk Southern, Genesee Valley Transportation, and the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Rail Authority.

Helping to prepare and serve the meal were students from the Lackawanna College culinary education department.

The EL dining car group purchased the diner in 2010 and volunteers have worked to raise money and restore the care since then.

Previously, the society had served catered meals aboard No. 469 while it was on static display. Future dinners will be hosted aboard the car to raise money for the society.

Further work is needed to make the 469 Amtrak certified so that it can travel farther distances.

The society also is eyeing restoration of dining car No. 741, a Pullman lounge-diner that was used by the Erie and later the EL.