Posts Tagged ‘Precision National’

Working With Precision in Barberton

July 21, 2021

In 1972 the Akron & Barberton Belt leased from Precision National some rebuilt GP7s. No. 4201 is in shown in Barberton on Oct. 10, 1980. No. 4201 was one of just two A&BB locomotives to receive an emblem, which is slightly visible beneath the windows. The Geeps were brought in to replace worn out Alco and Baldwin units.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Working With Precision

June 9, 2020

In 1972 the Akron & Barberton Belt acquired refurbished GP7 locomotives from Precision National, a locomotive leasing company, to replace worn out early generation A&BB diesels.

A&BB No. 4201 was the one of two PN locomotives to receive an A&BB emblem. It is was affixed below the cabs windows on both side.

The 4201 is shown with A&BB caboose No. 1 and a short train in Barberton in mid-1981.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

At Work on the A&BB

December 11, 2019

Akron and Barberton Belt leased Precision National GP7 No. 1508 which is shown on a now-removed stretch of track in Barberton in May 1974. Now I wish I had photographed the red PPG tank car.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Bygone Days, Bygone Motive Power

October 21, 2019

There is something about seeing something you can’t see anymore. It brings back fond memories of days that maybe weren’t quite as wonderful as you remember them to have been, but yet still conjure pleasant feelings.

Railroad enthusiasts often feel that way about motive power from an earlier generation. So here is a trio of bygone units from a bygone era.

In the top image, Norfolk & Western Fairbanks-Morse H12-44 No. 2139 is in Gambrinus Yard in Canton on April 21, 1974.

No. 2139 was one of several FM switchers assigned to Gambrinus at the time.

In the middle image, Monongahela GP7 No. 1502 is in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, on March 15, 1980.

In the bottom image, Akron & Barberton Belt GP7 No. 434 is shown in Barberton in 1981.

It was one of a pair of units the A&BB leased from Precision National.

Photographs by Robert Farkas


Pleasant Surprise

October 17, 2019

Akron & Barberton Belt GP7 No. 4201 is in Barberton, Ohio, in October 1980. It was a surprise to see A&BB’s new emblem on this leased Precision National locomotive. The 4201 was just one of two A&BB locomotives to have the emblem.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

A&BB Crossing Wooster Road

October 29, 2016


Today the background in this image is an empty field, but in October 1980, Pittsburgh Plate Glass had a large plant in full operation. Akron & Barberton Belt 4201 crosses Wooster Road West as it leaves the plant. The 4201 was leased from Precision National.

Photograph by Robert Farkas