Posts Tagged ‘Erie Lackawanna locomotives’

EL Monday: Early in the Conrail Era

June 27, 2022

Erie Lackawanna F7A No. 7121 is westbound in Akron on May 8, 1976. This is about five weeks into the Conrail era.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Once A Common Sight

June 20, 2022

Coming or going, this brings back great Erie Lackawana memories. EL F7A No. 6331 is westbound in Akron on Jan. 14, 1973. Lash-ups like this were once common on the EL. Shown are coming and going images.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Another One at Brier Hill

June 13, 2022

Erie Lackawanna GP35 No. 2555 is in Girard at Brier Hill yard on July 15, 1973. The unit was built for the EL in September 1964. It later was on the Conrail motive power roster where it carried number 3661.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: In Memory of ‘Aunt Mae’

May 30, 2022

This is in memory of May (Marie) Wilson who was John Woodworth’s aunt and my second mother. She and her husband made me a part of their family when my parents moved to Florida in 1979.

Every Thanksgiving, I was invited for dinner. She would call me her adopted son.

She went home to be with the Lord last week, and her funeral was held on May 26.

Both she and this slide are precious to me. As I said, this is in memory of May.

Every once in a while I’ll post a photo from my small set of 2 and 1/4 inch by 2 and 1/4 inch slides I took before I switched to 35mm slides in 1972.

Erie Lackawanna 7111 is eastbound just west of the Manchester Road bridge in Akron in late 1968/early 1969.

Yes, this is one of those “Please don’t do this on your own.” slides. Most likely, I had Mike Ondecker watching my back, so I would not be surprised by a Baltimore & Ohio train.

I also railfanned with both of Mae’s sons, Charlie Wilson, whom some of you know, and Al Wilson.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: UBoat in Akron

May 23, 2022

Erie Lackawanna U25B No. 2509 is eastbound in Akron in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The train is passing the EL passenger station.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: In Familiar Territory

May 16, 2022

Erie Lackawanna Alco RS3 No. 918 is in the Brier Hill engine facility in Girard on July 15, 1973. The unit was built for the Erie Railroad so this is familiar territory for it.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Part Alco, Part Baldwin

May 9, 2022

We don’t know the name of the photographer who made this photograph. We do know it was created on July 22, 1973, and shows Erie Lackawanna 521, an Alco S2 with a Baldwin cab, working in Akron.

Collection of Robert Farkas

EL Monday: An Old Favorite From Akron

May 1, 2022

Here is an over-a-half-century-old favorite. After picking up some cars, Erie Lackawanna Alco C424 No. 2407 is pulling its eastbound train out of McCoy Street Yard in Akron. The image was made in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Note that it is passing the EL’s Akron passenger station.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: A Duo of GP35s in Akron

April 25, 2022

A pair of Erie Lackawanna GP35s, Nos. 2563 and 2560, lead a westbound manifest freight in Akron in the late 1960s/early 1970s. The train is passing beneath the concourse of Akron Union Depot. Passengers would descend from here to the boarding platforms. At one time, the concourse led to the Greyhound bus station on the north side of the tracks.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Once a Common Sight

April 18, 2022

Erie Lackawanna Nos. 819 and 818 are on the point of the approaching Lake Cities while Baltimore & Ohio No. 1440 is on the point of the Diplomat, which is already at the Akron Union Depot. It is the late 1960s, and it was not uncommon to have both westbound trains at their respective stations at the same time.

Photograph by Robert Farkas