Posts Tagged ‘Kent Ohio’

Stone Train in Kent Two for Tuesday

May 23, 2022

The wayback machine has taken us back to a time when mainline Class 1 freight trains still often had standard cab locomotives, when there were still pole lines in place even if not in use, and when traffic on the CSX New Castle Subdivision was more frequent than it is today.

We’re standing on the bridge carrying Middlebury Road over the tracks on the southwest side of Kent. A westbound stone train is headed back to the quarry in western Ohio to pick up another load of limestone. I believe this train delivered stone that was unloaded at the nearby Shelly Materials facility.

Both images above were made on Sept. 16, 2007, and scanned from slide film.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

GE Center Cab Switcher in Kent

May 22, 2022

This GE 45-ton switcher is at a locomotive dealer in Kent on June 23, 2012. There are no reporting marks on the engine so we were unable to determine anything about its history or disposition.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

On the West Side of the Kent Dam

May 4, 2022

Here is a September 2007 memory from Kent. An eastbound passes the dam on the Cuyahoga River just south of the West Main Street Bridge. The dam by now was strictly for decoration as the channel of the river had been diverted to flow freely through town.

Photograph by Craig Sanders

EL Monday: Alco, EMD and GE in Kent

January 31, 2022

You can’t see all of the locomotives on this westbound Erie Lackawanna train in Kent. But the photographer’s notes show the train is powered by the 1052, an Alco RS3. Also in the consist are an EMD F3B, EMD F3A and a GE U25B. The image was made in the late 1960s. In the cut below are the Baltimore & Ohio tracks that today are the CSX New Castle Subdivision.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

B&O’s Diplomat in Kent

December 29, 2021

Baltimore & Ohio E8A No 1444 and its train, the westbound Diplomat, is pulling into the passenger station in Kent in the late 1960s or early 1970. This train had once been named the Shenadoah and was renamed Shenandoah in 1964

Because it was one of the few B&O passenger trains to serve Northeast Ohio in daylight it was often photographed in Kent and Akron.

On Jan. 6, 1970, the Interstate Commerce Commission decided not to block B&O’s plans to discontinue the Shenandoah and its eastbound counterpart — the Gateway — between Akron and Chicago.

The surviving trains were renamed Shenandoah and operated between Akron and Washington until the coming of Amtrak on May 1, 1971.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: We Found This in Kent

December 13, 2021

It’s a March day in 1973 in Kent. Mike Ondecker and I caught Erie Lackawanna F7A No. 7124 on the point of an eastbound mixed freight going through the yard. The engine was built by EMD for the Erie Railroad in December 1951 and initially had roster number 712D.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

A Cheese Head in Kent

December 8, 2021

The Wisconsin Central is only a memory now having been acquired by Canadian National in 2001. WC locomotives were not common visitors to Northeast Ohio, thus it was a surprise to find this SD45 trailing a CSX unit on a westbound in Kent on Aug. 5, 2005. The 7512 was built for Burlington Northern in July 1971.

Photograph by Craig Sanders

EL Monday: Coming and Going in Kent

December 6, 2021

That’s quite a motive power consist pulling this eastbound train through Kent on April 6, 1968. Here is a coming and going view. In the bottom image is the photographer’s 1967 Volkwagon that he reports he, John Woodard and Mike Ondecker had some great trips in that car.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Flashback: When Santa Used to Ride No. 321

December 6, 2021

For several years Shelly Materials SD18M No. 321 would deliver Santa Claus to downtown Kent as part of the city’s annual Festival of Lights.

A Shelly Locomotive this year again delivered Santa to town, but it was not No. 321.

The company earlier this year assigned Horizon Rail SD40-2 No. 6089, a former Norfolk Southern unit, to its Kent facility located along the ex-Erie Railroad mainline west of town.

And it was No. 6089 that was dressed up with Christmas lights this year to deliver Santa.

No. 321 has been renumbered 319 and reportedly will be sent to another Shelly facility in Northeast Ohio.

The photograph above was made on Dec. 6, 2008. That was a memorable day.

Veteran transportation reporter Don Phillips was in town to speak to the Akron Railroad Club’s December banquet held at the Martin Center at the University of Akron, a visit arranged by Paul Woodring.

We gave Don a tour of some of the region’s railroads that included a cab ride on the Canton Polar Express train of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, watching CSX trains in Akron, and riding aboard No. 321 that afternoon. Lunch was at the restaurant in the former Erie station in Kent.

Back in those days ARRC member Bob Rohal worked at Shelly and was at the throttle when Santa came to town aboard No. 321.

As the locomotive approached the West Main Street crossing, Bob would “play” Jingle Bells on the locomotive horn.

Bob had nicknamed No. 321 “Flash” and designed the livery. Both paid tribute to Kent State University, whose athletic teams are the Golden Flashes.

Bob fired up the 321 and let Don, myself and Peter Bowler operate the locomotive for short periods of time.

I never got to see “Flash” bring Santa to Kent because the event always occurred the same night as the ARRC banquet.

The banquet has since morphed into an end of year dinner that still is held on the same night s the Kent Festival of Lights although at least once the dinner was held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Bob has since retired from Shelly but some of the traditions he started live on even if carried out by a different locomotive and locomotive engineer.

Shelley Materials Gets a New Locomotive

November 8, 2021

On Friday the Akron Barberton Cluster delivered a new locomotive to Shelley Materials in Kent. HRZX No. 6089 is a former Norfolk & Western SD40-2.

I caught it and Flash, Shelley’s SD18M, which has for several years done the switching at the Kent facility. 

By afternoon Flash had received markings of HRZX 319. Thus far the unit has carried roster number 321. I don’t know if Flash will stay in Kent or be removed to another location.

Photographs by Todd Dillon