Posts Tagged ‘Erie Lackawanna McCoy Street Yard’

EL Monday: Pretty Much Gone

November 21, 2022

EL Monday: A View Inside McCoy Street Yard

August 28, 2022

An unidentified photographer shooting Agfachrome film and standing on the walk bridge over the Erie Lackawanna’s McCoy Street Yard in Akron is looking south toward the East Thornton Street bridge. He caught an EL switcher working in May 1971.

Collection of Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Alco Parade in Akron

February 8, 2021

The late Mike Ondecker and I were in Akron when I took these two images on Agfachrome film on July 23, 1972.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

What a History it Had

January 7, 2021

Many Sperry Rail Service cars that you would have found in the 1970s were having second lives. Such is the case with car 125, which is shown in May 1974 sitting in the McCoy Street Yard of the Erie Lackawanna in Akron.

It was built in November 1925 by St. Louis Car Company as a 60-foot doodlebug for the Lehigh Valley Railroad where it carried roster number 28.

Railroads used doodlebugs to provide passenger service on lightly-used routes. Many of those services were gone by World War II and some doodlebugs were repurposed into maintenance of way use.

This car continued to serve through the 1980s when it was replaced by a newer model of a track inspection car.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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

Railroading as it Once Was: Another Day at Work on the Erie Lackawanna at McCoy Street Yard

January 28, 2016

McCoy yard

Today the Akron Railroad Club blog launches a new feature that will spotlight photographs made by club member Roger Durfee that present railroading as it once was. Roger thus joins ARRC member Robert Farkas in presenting images of things you can’t see anymore and scenes that have changed over time.

This view was made in 1976 from the Thornton Street bridge in Akron. An Erie Lackawanna RS-3 is working the yard as a switcher rests at the engine house in the background on the left. The EL was folded into Conrail on April 1, 1976, and before long the EL yard was phased out in favor of South Akron Yard of the former Pennsylvania Railroad.

Photograph by Roger Durfee

Akron Railfan Spot 40 Years Apart

November 7, 2013



What a difference that 40 plus years make. Here is one of Akron railfan favorite spots near Voris Street. Erie Lackawanna No. 2505 heads up a four unit lash-up waiting to go back to its train in the late 1960s/early 1970s. The EL McCoy Street yard is in the background. Compare this to CSX No. 3139 leading a westbound on Oct. 18, 2013. The only thing that is constant is change.
Photographs by Robert Farkas