Posts Tagged ‘Joe Farkas Photographs’

Cleveland From Atop Terminal Tower

November 26, 2021

In March 1969 and again in early 1973 the late Joe Farkas, made a series of photographs of railroad operations in Cleveland from atop Terminal Tower.

He most likely was using a 50mm lens because he did not have a zoom at that time.

Consequently all the railroads are small, but they are there.

He also captured a Great Lakes freighter and, of course, some of the many bridges over the Cuyahoga River.

You can see such detail as where the wires once had been for Cleveland Union Terminal electrics and the rapid transit line out to the airport.

There is much to see here including much that is no longer. Cities are in a constant state of evolving even if the pace of change seems glacial at times.

Photographs by Joe Farkas

Difference of Several Years

July 20, 2021

In the top image CSX AC44CW No. 7004 leads a westbound in Akron on June 16, 2021, near Voris Street. In the bottom image Baltimore & Ohio GP30 No. 6913 leads a westbound passing an eastbound Erie Lackawanna train at nearly the same location on Jan. 14, 1973. What a difference a few years makes.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

A Cleveland, Akron Pair

April 25, 2020

Here are two images that are both more than half a century old. Both are redos of earlier images using new scans.

In the top image, which I made, is a leased Great Northern locomotive on the point of an EMD F7A, F7B, F7A set in Collinwood Yard in Cleveland in the first year of Penn Central.

The bottom image was made by my Dad, Joe Farkas. He took only a few railfan photos, but this one is my favorite.

An EL Alco FA, FB, FB, FA set is westbound at the Wilbeth Road foot bridge in Akron in the mid-1960’s.

The tracks are (from left to right) an Erie Lackawanna track to service industries, westbound EL main, eastbound EL main, unknown, westbound B&O main, eastbound B&O main, Pennsylvania Railroad line from Hudson to Warwick.

In the back right is a Chicago & North Western boxcar at a lumberyard served by the Akron & Barberton Belt.

Article by Robert Farkas