Posts Tagged ‘Erie Lackawanna Railroad’

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

EL Monday: One Day in the Kent Yard

April 4, 2022

It is the late 1960s in Kent. An eastbound Erie Lackawanna freight is leaving the Kent Yard. The lash-up of motive power is an EMD F3A, Alco FB, Alco FB, EMD F3A and an Alco RS3. Today all that is left of this scene is one track ending in Ravenna.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: A GP35 in Akron

February 14, 2022

Erie Lackawanna GP35 No. 2560 and F7A No. 6311 are westbound in Akron on Jan. 14, 1973, near Voris Street at the far west end of the yard. Such motive power consists like this were common during the 1970s.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Back to July 1972 in Kent

August 2, 2021

The wayback machine is set for 1972 in Kent. We see SD45 No. 3610 on a westbound on July 22, 1972. The unit was built for the EL in June 1967 and would later spend time on the Conrail roster.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: I Just Liked This Scene

July 19, 2021

Sometimes I just like a scene. It’s Sept. 4, 1972, in Akron. The power for a westbound train has cut off and left the train in the Erie Lackawanna’s McCoy Street Yard.

Soon a switcher will add/remove cars, and this power will back on to its train and leave town. EL 2452 is an Alco C425 coupled to what appears to be a former EL passenger unit now working in freight service.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: An Akron Trio

May 24, 2021

A trio of Erie Lackawanna road locomotives with roster numbers 2509, 2568, and 7082 lead a westbound in Akron in September 1972.

Photogrraph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Intermodal in Kent

May 17, 2021

As pair of Erie Lackawanna SD45s, Nos. 3608 and 3607, are on the point of an eastbound TOFC in Kent in the late 1960s. It is passing the passenger station and about to cross Main Street.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Notice the Windshield

May 10, 2021

Erie Lackawanna GE U25B No. 2510 sports a one-piece windshield as it leads an eastbound train through Kent in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

On the Path of the EL’s New York 99

November 20, 2013

A lone jogger exercises on the Freedom Trail in Tallmadge on a Sunday morning in early November. To the right is the former Erie Lackawanna mainline.

A lone jogger exercises on the Freedom Trail in Tallmadge on a Sunday morning in early November. To the right is the former Erie Lackawanna mainline.

You won’t see the New England 99, Croxton 99 or the New York 99 – which the Erie Lackawanna officially nicknamed The Flying Saucer – but you can walk, run or bike on the path that those trains once took.

The Freedom Trail is a 4.2-mile hiking and biking trail that operates between Middlebury Road west of Kent and Tallmadge Circle.

Dedicated last May, the trail runs parallel with the eastbound track of the former Erie Lackawanna mainline, which is owned by the Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority.

That track is still in place, but is overgrown with trees and other vegetation. Akron METRO purchased the rail line from Conrail more than a decade ago to rail bank it for potential commuter train use.

Conrail sharply curtailed operations on the former EL within a year after Conrail began on April 1, 1976. The ex-EL route east of Akron were renamed the Freedom Secondary, because it traversed Freedom Township in Portage County.

Next year, construction is expected to begin on extending the Freedom Trail into Akron where it will eventually connect with the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in downtown Akron near the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Northside Station.

When completed in 2015, the 8.4 mile trail will link Akron and Kent, connecting at the latter with the Portage Hike & Bike Trail. Some sections of the Portage trail parallel the former EL east of Kent on tracks that still sees freight serviced provided by the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway.

Funding for the trail came in part from a $700,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration and a $250,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Phases two and three are currently projected to cost another $5.5 million.

The trail has parking lots at Middlebury Road and Tallmadge Road.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

There is a break in the ex-EL tracks at Tallmadge Road.

There is a break in the ex-EL tracks at Tallmadge Road.

This whistle post for westbound trains is yet another reminder of the past.

This whistle post for westbound trains is yet another reminder of the past.

A caboose and passenger car repose at a restaurant and bar alongside the Freedom Trail in Tallmadge. The passenger car traveled the ex-EL tracks to get here.

A caboose and passenger car repose at a restaurant and bar alongside the Freedom Trail in Tallmadge. The passenger car traveled the ex-EL tracks to get here.