WNYP Alco 424 diesel locomotive No. 426 is in the yard at Meadville.
I drove into Meadville, Pa., on Route 358 from Greenville on Thursday afternoon, August 1. I passed into town and took Route 322 East for the street that would lead me into the former Erie yard office tower and the yard.
The Western New York & Pennsylvania operates east over the former Erie and has their own yard office is across the tracks. Norfolk Southern owns everything and uses the former Erie to Youngstown. NS owns the former Erie line east to Hornell, N.Y., where it connects with its Buffalo Line.
WNYP Alco C-424 was sitting quietly next to the yard office. There was no activity in sight, so I headed off to view the former Erie railroad sites nearby.
I took an access road next to the tracks to photograph the former diesel engine house. Tracks still lead into it, but are no longer connected to the NS line.
The local sewer authority has residence. There are no locomotives. The Erie concrete coaling tower was gone and a baggage car was sitting on the siding across the tracks. The former Erie car shops were plainly visible down the line.
I drove down to Pomona Park at the Water Street crossing. The Erie Lackawanna Historical Society and the French Creek Valley Historical Society have created a small park with an Alco switcher and an EL bay window caboose C356 on display. There are several pieces of large machinery also displayed in the park.
Across the tracks are the former Erie car shops now operated by Seco/Warwick. Track remnants are visible leading into the large door, but are not connected to the railroad.
I then headed in to town for supper. As I was eating, diesel horns blared for the street crossings nearby. After supper I returned to the NS yard to find that a WNY&P train of 20 cars had arrived behind two Alco 430s.
One of the crew members got off and headed into the yard office. The train then moved into the yard. After it left, I headed for a local motel for the night.
Friday morning after breakfast, I headed downtown to look for the former Atlantic & Great Western shops. The A&GW was a predecessor of the Erie. I found the shops, built in 1865, at 764 Bessemer St. They now house the Precision Manufacturing Institute.
After a few photos, I headed for Youngstown via I-79 and I-80. I had lunch in Youngstown, but did not do any railfanning.
I stopped later at Ravenna, returning to the CSX crossing at Diamond Street. I wanted to photograph a westbound CSX train passing through the NS overpass. I thought it would make a nice telephoto shot.
Eastbound intermodal Q 016 crossed Diamond Street at 2:05 p.m. Then at 2:39, CSX local D750 came by westbound. The scanner went quiet, so I headed back to Akron and home.
I would have stayed out for another day but rain was forecast for Saturday. The area shortlines probably would have been quiet anyway.
It had been a good three-day summer break renewing memories from the ‘70s when the Erie Lackawanna was still active.
Article and Photographs by Richard Jacobs
A baggage car is on the siding across from the former EL/Erie diesel engine house in Meadville.
An Alco switcher and an EL caboose reside with machinery displays in Pomona Park in Meadville.
NS Meadville yard (former Erie).
A WNY&P eastbound freight is led into Meadville by Alco 430s Nos. 421 and 430.
Western NY & Pennsylvania Alco Nos.’s 430 and 426 are in the Meadville yard.
The former Erie car shops (l) and diesel engine house (r) still exist in Meadville, Pa., but with different users.
Former Atlantic & Great Western car shops in Meadville, PA, built in 1865. They are now used by the Precision Manufacturing Institute.
CSX eastbound intermodal Q-016 crosses Diamond Street in Ravenna on Aug. 2, 2013.
NS auto racks are westbound in Ravenna on. The train is passing over the CSX New Castle sub mainline.
CSX westbound local D750 passes under the NS Cleveland line.