Posts Tagged ‘Erie Lackawanna’

EL Monday: Life in the Conrail Era

October 3, 2022

Conrail SD40-2 No. 6479 is on the point of a westbound on the former Erie Lackawanna in Akron on May 3, 1980. Above the second unit is the light tower for the EL’s McCoy Street Yard.

At the same time an eastbound Chessie System freight with a caboose has just passed the 6479.

Note the former EL boxcar behind the motive power. The bridge in the background is Thornton Street. Today there are just two tracks at this location near Voris Street.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Much of This is Gone Now

September 5, 2022

On Jan. 21, 1973, Erie Lackawanna E8A Nos. 820, 814 are on the point of a trailer train heading east in Akron. Today the scene would show an expressway ramp and two CSX mainlines. Missing would be the Penn Central branch track closest to the viewer and tracks four and beyond which belonged to the EL. The building and the Voris Street grade crossing are gone.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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: Life After the EL Disappeared

August 22, 2022

Maybe we should call this former Erie Lackawanna Monday. Conrail SDP45 No. 6686 is working in Akron on Aug. 3, 1976. It may be a Conrail unit, but it still wears its EL colors. Note that the unit now has Conrail initials on its nose and flanks.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: F Units in Akron

August 15, 2022

Erie Lackawanna Nos. 7091, 7092, and two more F-units are in Akron in the late 1960s/early 1970s. You won’t see this today, but it was common at one time. Fortunately, we have the wayback machine to remind us.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: The Lake Cities in Kent

August 8, 2022

It’s 1967 or 1968 in Kent and the Erie Lackawanna’s westbound morning Lake Cities is at the station. It was scheduled through Northeast Ohio in the morning hours after its overnight journey from Hoboken, New Jersey. Therefore, there are far more images of the westbound No. 5 than eastbound No. 6, which reached Akron and Kent in the evening.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: It’s 1971 in Cleveland

August 1, 2022

We don’t know who the photographer was who made this image with Agfachrome slide film. All we know is that it was made in October 1971 at the Erie Lackawanna engine facility. The EL line to Cleveland came out of the Youngstown area and its major claim to fame is that it hosted the last passenger operations west of the New York City commuter zone.

But the EL also had a considerable freight business in Cleveland as well. Perhaps that locomotive looking straight at us was used to pull the Cleveland-Youngstown commuter trains that lasted into the Conrail era.

Collection of Robert Farkas

EL Monday: A&BB Excursion on the ex-EL

July 25, 2022

On Nov. 16, 1984, the Akron & Barberton Belt ran a passenger excursion powered by SW1500 Nos. 1501 and A&BB 1502. It is shown in Wadsworth on what used to be the Erie Lackawanna mainline. Today the successor to the A&BB, the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway operates over the ex-EL as far west as Rittman. These units both have operated for the ABC.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: The Lake Cities in Akron

July 18, 2022

Erie Lackawanna E8A No. 825 is leading the Lake Cities west in Akron in 1967-1969. By 1969, the Lake Cities was the last EL passenger train still operating in Akron. Note the numerous head end cars that the train is carrying. No. 825 was built for the Erie Railroad in February 1951, so it has made the journey over these tracks many times.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Still Wearing Erie Markings

July 11, 2022

More than a decade after the merger of the Erie Railroad and the Delaware, Lackwanna & Western that created the Erie Lackawanna, Erie Alco S2 switcher No. 520 is still wearing its original livery. It is shown working in Akron on May 14, 1974. The switcher continued to wear Erie colors until the coming of Conrail in 1976. The switcher was built in June 1949.

Photograph by Robert Farkas