Posts Tagged ‘MACE tower’

Massilon Two for Tuesday

December 8, 2020

Here are two views in Massillon that show some of the changes in the past 40 plus years.

In the top image, Conrail GP38 7793 is at Mace Tower in March 1978.

Notice the freight cars in the small yard. The steel industry (now gone) and local industries made this yard needed.

The Baltimore & Ohio crossed Conrail (ex-Pennsylvania Railroad) on a diagonal here and there were two tracks west out of Massillon.

In the bottom image it’s April 17, 2009. Notice how the B&O line, now part of R.J, Corman, switches onto NS and then switches directly off. Look at all that’s missing.

Today even the ex-PRR signals are gone, having been replaced by modern signals.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

Before Fallen Flags, Loco Builders Had Fallen

October 18, 2016



In the late 1960s a railfan in Northeast Ohio daily encountered what to us are now fallen flag railroads and fallen flag builders.

In the top image, Brewster, Ohio was “little Hagerstown” for several years because so many Western Maryland locomotives could be found there.

Up to 10 WM locomotives could be seen there on a given day. Here WM Nos. 3579 and 3578 occupy a service track in the late 1960s.

At the beginning of Penn Central, ex-New York Central Baldwin road switchers were common in the Canton-Massillon area.

In an early Penn Central view, NYC No. 8067 works the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad yard in Massillon north of MACE tower whose roof can be seen above the second gondola.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

How Things Have Changed at MACE Tower

July 7, 2016


It is June 3, 1977, in Massillon. Conrail No. 7878 and PNC No. 1506 are westbound helpers on Conrail’s Fort Wayne line.

They are at MACE Tower on the diamonds and are crossing the Chessie System (ex-Baltimore & Ohio) line that goes to Holloway and then to the Ohio River.

MACE Tower is still an active tower. The tracks closest to the viewer are part of the Conrail yard tracks and the line that goes north to Warwick.

If you closely look around the curve, you can see the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad signal bridge and to its right a now-removed factory.

How things have changed. Trees now cover the hillside. MACE Tower, the diamonds for the crossing, one of the two lines that made up the Fort Wayne line at that time, and some of the yard tracks are gone.

The Conrail line is now Norfolk Southern while the ex-B&O line is the single track R.J. Corman line that only goes as far south as Urichsville.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

Closer to Home Than I Remembered

May 21, 2016


While I may have been railfanning for 50 years, I usually remember most locations.

Still, this one stumped me. Here is a Baltimore & Ohio coal train crossing an unknown heavy-duty line in what looks like a semi-industrial area.

I was fairly positive this was southern Ohio, West Virginia, or Pennsylvania, but I wanted to know for certain.

When I posted this on, I was shocked by the answer because I had visited this area almost every year.

In fact, I lived in this city for four years, Still, this might have been the only time I took a photo from this angle. How things have changed.

B&O 3846 is northbound from Holloway and is crossing the Pennsylvania Railroad diamonds at MACE in Massillon.

MACE tower is hidden by the locomotives. Who would have thought 50 years could bring so great a change?

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas