Posts Tagged ‘Mike Ondecker photographs’

One Morning in 1968 at Akron Union Depot

November 2, 2022

It is the summer of 1968 in Akron. The westbound Baltimore & Ohio Diplomat with E8A No. 1452 leading is at Akron Union Depot. Across the tracks the westbound Erie Lackawanna Lake Cities is sitting at the EL station, which is partly visible in the background.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker

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

Rare Find on the B&O in Akron

October 27, 2022

In 1968, my friend Mike Ondecker had his aunt’s 120 roll film (2-by-1/4 inch square negatives) camera when he made this image.

It took him around four or five seconds to take a photo, wind the film manually to the next number while looking through a red window on the back of the camera to check the film’s advance, cock the shutter, and then take the next photo.

I was blessed to have a 120 roll film camera that was more modern and took about three seconds to take a photo, manually turn a crank on the side of the camera, cock the shutter, and take the next photo.

Needless to say, sometimes you had to make a choice as to what to photograph since you often got only one shot.

Mike could have taken a shot of the whole eastbound Baltimore & Ohio lash-up as it came under the bridge in Akron that day.

He would have had at least one of the trailing F units in dark shadows under the bridge. Instead, he chose this shot.

Even then, capturing an F-unit in the old paint scheme was uncommon. Finding two together was really rare.

Mike made the right decision taking the last three units this way. Here we have B&O 3818 (GP38), 5442 (F7B), and an F7A with an unreadable number.

Article by Robert Farkas, Photograph by Mike Ondecker

EL Monday: A PA1 in Marion

October 17, 2022

My good friend Mike Ondecker took very few railroad photos, and most of these were with an Instamatic camera. Here is a redo of one of his Instamatic photos. Erie Lackawanna Alco PA-1 No. 859 is in Marion in 1967 or 1968.

Article by Robert Farkas, Photograph by Mike Ondecker

B&O Cab Unit at Akron Junction

August 10, 2022

Mike Ondecker photographed this Baltimore & Ohio locomotive at Akron Junction in Akron in the mid-1968. We couldn’t make out the roster number and were thus unable to determine the model of this unit.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker

EL Monday: An RS3 in Akron

January 24, 2022

The late Mike Ondecker made this image of Erie Lackawanna Alco RS2 No. 1009 in Akron in 1968. Note the Railway Express building behind the locomotive.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker

EL Monday: Inside the Marion Yard

November 22, 2021

The late Mike Ondecker seldom took photographs of railroad operations but he enjoyed traveling to view them.

Except for using a Kodak Instamatic in 1967 and his aunt’s nearly 30-year-old 120 medium format roll film camera in 1968, I doubt Mike took another railroad photo after that.

He, John Woodard, and I had some amazing trips together. Mike was a great friend, first-class driver, and the person who got photographic permission.

Here are some of his Instamatic photos from what I believe to be the Erie Lackawanna yard in Marion in 1967.

There are a variety of scenes including locomotives, rolling stock of various railroads, the coaling tower, the hump and the hump tower. The selection also include some cars damaged in a derailment.

Article by Robert Farkas, Photos by Mike Ondecker

EL Monday: A F Unit in Akron

August 30, 2021

Erie Lackawanna F7A No. 7131 passes the former Erie passenger station in Akron on Aug. 25, 1968. Built in March 1961 as Erie 807A, it was later renumbered by the Erie as 713A. At the time this image was made the station was still being used by EL’s Lake Cities between Chicago and Hoboken, New Jersey.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker

EL Monday: Representing the L in EL

August 23, 2021

Erie Lackawanna SW8 switcher No. 368 works in Marion in late December 1967. The switcher still bears Delaware, Lackawanna & Western markings and was built for that railroad in June 1957

The photographer had photographed this same switcher in Marion the previous summer. The switcher would work for Conrail as No. 8697.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker

Another B&O F7A at Work

May 13, 2021

We don’t know where this image of Baltimore & Ohio F7A No. 4590 was made. We do know it was made in mid 1968.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker