Posts Tagged ‘Photographs of Akron railroads’

Pair of Ex-Conrail Units Working for CSX

June 30, 2022

CSX C40-8W No. 7389 is eastbound in Akron on May 20, 2006. The unit was built in November 1994 as Conrail 741. Speaking of which, the 7389 is working with another Conrail unit that still displays its CR livery.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Early in the Conrail Era

June 27, 2022

Erie Lackawanna F7A No. 7121 is westbound in Akron on May 8, 1976. This is about five weeks into the Conrail era.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Chessie Geep in Akron

June 24, 2022

Baltimore & Ohio GP40-2 No. 4114 is in Akron on May 18, 1977. The unit was built in September 1972. It would later become CSX 6014.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Once A Common Sight

June 20, 2022

Coming or going, this brings back great Erie Lackawana memories. EL F7A No. 6331 is westbound in Akron on Jan. 14, 1973. Lash-ups like this were once common on the EL. Shown are coming and going images.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

When This was Still the B&O

June 12, 2022

I am standing on the Erie Lackawanna passenger station platform in Akron looking across the tracks to an eastbound Baltimore & Ohio train headed by B&O 4496 as it begins to go behind the boarding platform at Akron Union Depot. The image was made in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Double Shot of AC&Y Heritage

June 9, 2022

Wheeling & Lake Erie GP35-3 No. 107, the Akron, Canton & Youngstown heritage unit, leads a train over the ex-AC&Y bridge in downtown Akron on Oct. 8, 2014. The trestle spans the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Chessie Era Intermodal Train in Kenmore

June 8, 2022

The motive power consist of this Chessie System intermodal train heading westbound in Kenmore has all been repainted into the Chessie livery. But the lead unit is a former Western Maryland unit, No. 4355. The image was made on April 8, 1987.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: In Memory of ‘Aunt Mae’

May 30, 2022

This is in memory of May (Marie) Wilson who was John Woodworth’s aunt and my second mother. She and her husband made me a part of their family when my parents moved to Florida in 1979.

Every Thanksgiving, I was invited for dinner. She would call me her adopted son.

She went home to be with the Lord last week, and her funeral was held on May 26.

Both she and this slide are precious to me. As I said, this is in memory of May.

Every once in a while I’ll post a photo from my small set of 2 and 1/4 inch by 2 and 1/4 inch slides I took before I switched to 35mm slides in 1972.

Erie Lackawanna 7111 is eastbound just west of the Manchester Road bridge in Akron in late 1968/early 1969.

Yes, this is one of those “Please don’t do this on your own.” slides. Most likely, I had Mike Ondecker watching my back, so I would not be surprised by a Baltimore & Ohio train.

I also railfanned with both of Mae’s sons, Charlie Wilson, whom some of you know, and Al Wilson.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

A Caboose on the CVSR

May 29, 2022

Private owner caboose FLNX 79896 operated for a short while on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. It is shown in Akron on March 12, 2016. That is Akron’s Y-bridge above, also known as the All-American Bridge

Photograph by Robert Farkas 

Way Back to the A&BB Days

May 26, 2022

Akron & Barberton Belt GP7 No. 4201 works in what is believed to be Barberton in August 1981. Notice the A&BB emblem on the cab. This unit was leased from Precision-National and at one time worked for the Chesapeake & Ohio. It was built in October 1950.

Photograph by Robert Farkas