Posts Tagged ‘F3A’

EL Monday: An F3A in Kent

March 13, 2023

Erie Lackawanna F3A No. 8044 and two other units are eastbound in Kent in the late 1960s. The 8044 was built for the Erie Railroad in July 1947. The train is passing through the yard, which was one of the largest on the former Erie in Ohio.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: An F7A in Akron

January 23, 2023

It is 1967-1970 in Akron. Westbound Erie Lackawanna F3A No. 7091 has stopped, and I was very careful as I took this scenic photo.

The bottom image is the same train only the image has been cropped, which gives it a different look and feel from the original photograph.

The train is on the Voris Street crossing and looks like it is backing into McCoy Street Yard.

How strange to think in a few years Conrail would change all this. The 7091 was built for the Erie Railroad in February 1949.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: An F3A in Akron

October 31, 2022

Erie Lackawanna F3A No. 8014 in shown in downtown Akron in 1968. In the background are the spires of St. Bernard Catholic Church at 44 University Avenue. Those spires have appeared in countless photographs of Akron railroads that have been made over the years. The church opened in 1905 so it has seen many railroad companies come and go over the decades.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker

EL Monday: Passing Trains in Kent

August 9, 2021

EL F3A No. 8044 and its train are being passed by a westbound in Erie Lackawanna’s Kent Yard in the late 1960s/early 1970s during the winter months. A third train on the far track has a mixture of intermodal and manifest freight during a time long before anyone had ever heard of precision scheduled railroading.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Eastbound Pigs in Akron

July 12, 2021

Between 1967 and 1972 most of my photographs were taken on 2-and-1/4-inch by 2-and-1/4-inch roll film. Each roll had 12 exposures. Rolls of slide film plus processing were exceedingly expensive, so I rarely took slides.

The image above is an exception.. Erie Lackawanna F3A 7094, Alco FB1 7263, F3B 7072, and F3A 7091 are eastbound in Akron in the late 1960s.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Early 1960s in Akron

May 3, 2021

It is the late 1960.s in Akron. Erie Lackawanna Alco C-424 No. 2406 and EMD F3A No. 8061 are westbound with their train passing under the Interstate 76 bridges. Note that the 8061 still sports an Erie Railroad herald.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Awaiting its End

April 30, 2021

It’s the late 1960s at the New York Central Bridge Yard in the Collinwood facility in Cleveland where NYC F3A No. 1635 awaits its end. Built in April 1948, we don’t know how it wound up getting smashed in like this.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Reposing in Marion

January 25, 2021

Erie Lackawanna No. 7091 sits at the engine house in Marion in December 1967. The unit was built by EMD in February 1949 for the Erie Railroad where it has roster number 709A. It was later converted to an F7A and given EL roster number 7101.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Yes They Had Lashups Like This All the Time

October 26, 2020

It’s hard to imagine today but motive power lashups like this were once common. Erie Lackawanna F3A leads a westbound in Kent in the late 1960s with a B unit and another A unit. There is even an EL boxcar in the consist.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday Beneath Akron’s Famous Twin Spires

July 20, 2020

The twin spires of St. Bernard Catholic Church in downtown Akron are among the most photographs icons in town.

Countless photographs made over the decades of Erie, Baltimore & Ohio, and Pennsylvania Railroad trains featured those spires in the background because of their location near the tracks and Akron Union Depot.

The original St. Bernard’s was built in 1861 on the site now occupied by the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. Construction of the current church at 44 University Avenue began in 1902.

Imagine all the trains that those spires have seen in the past century.

That would have included EMD F3A No.  8031 leading an eastbound in Akron in 1968.

This locomotive was built in July 1947 for the Erie Railroad, so it must have seen these spires a lot over the years of its service life.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker