Posts Tagged ‘Railroads of Cleveland’

Penn Central Trio at Collinwood

January 18, 2023

A trio of Penn Central locomotives, Nos. 2552, 2649, and 6337, lead a train through Collinwood Yard in Cleveland during the period of 1969 to 1972.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Cleveland’s Collinwood Yard in 1968

July 22, 2020

We’ve taken another drive up the road to Cleveland and with the help of the wayback machine landed in mid 1968 at Collinwood Yard. It was a New York Central facility until earlier this year when it became part of Penn Central. Here is a scenic view of the venerable yard and shops complex.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

The Way that it Was

April 8, 2020

In mid 1968 Penn Central had been around for several months, but in many ways the railroad could resemble what had been in place a year earlier.

Such was the case on this day in Collinwood Yard in Cleveland when F7A No. 1847 is still strutting its stuff in its New York Central cigar band livery.

It leads a string of motive power at the former NYC yard and shops.

Look at the variety of locomotives, the two steam locomotive tenders, and the infrastructure. That is the way it was then.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Sanders Publishes Book on Cleveland Railroads

February 12, 2014

Craig Sanders announced today the release of his book Cleveland Mainline Railroads, which was published by Arcadia Publishing.

The 128-page book will be released next week. It retails for $21.99 and can be ordered directly from Arcadia at

Cleveland Book CoverThe Akron Railroad Club, of which Sanders serves as president, will be ordering copies of Cleveland Mainline Railroads for sale to members and at various railroadiana shows.

The club will be selling the book at the Railfest 2014 train show at Lake Land Community College on March 15 and 16.

Sanders will also be attending a book signing at the Costco store in Avon (35804 Detroit Road) on March 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Costco store in Strongsville on March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cleveland Mainline Railroads provides an overview of the primary railroads that served Cleveland during much of the 20th century.

These were the New York Central, Baltimore & Ohio, Erie, Nickel Plate Road, Pennsylvania and the Wheeling & Lake Erie.

The book details when the predecessor companies of these railroads reached Cleveland and what freight and passenger markets that each railroad served.

By design, the book does not delve into switching roads and steel mill railroads, which Sanders said deserve a book of their own.

Most of the photographs came in Cleveland Mainline Railroads came from the Bruce Young collection housed in the Special Collections section of the Cleveland State University library.

The late Mr. Young collected railroad images from various sources in order to preserve a history of Cleveland area railroads.

Some images in Cleveland Mainline Railroads also came from the Wheeling & Lake Erie collection of the CSU Special Collections as well as the Cleveland Union Terminal collection. Many of the latter images were made by and/or donated by Herbert Harwood.

A few images in Cleveland Mainline Railroads were contributed by ARRC member Robert Farkas. These were taken in the 1960s and focused on the early Penn Central era when rolling stock and locomotives bearing NYC and PRR liveries was still commonplace.

The book has chapters devoted to each of the aforementioned railroads with the NYC chapter the longest due to its dominance of the Cleveland railroad scene. The second longest chapter is devoted to the Nickel Plate.

The bulk of the images in Cleveland Mainline Railroads show steam operations between the 1920s and the end of steam in the late 1950s. There are a few images that show railroad operations in the late 19th and early 20th century.

The diesel era is represented with images from the 1950s through the late 1960s, with a handful of images from the early 1970s.

Sanders said it was his intent in writing the book to focus primary on the railroad companies that existed through the 1960s. Hence, there is no chapter devoted specifically to Penn Central, which was formed by the 1968 merger of the NYC and PRR.

However, the chapters devoted to the PRR and NYC contain information and photographs about the early Penn Central era.

Likewise, the chapter on the Erie contains a focus on the Erie Lackawanna era, which began with the October 1960 merger of the Erie and Delaware, Lackawanna & Western railroads.

In researching the book, Sanders discovered some little noted railroad operations, one of which is featured on the book’s cover. That is the Euclid Railroad, which opened in 1884 and eventually became part of the Nickel Plate.

Cleveland Mainline Railroads is Sanders’ fourth book with Arcadia Publishing. His other titles include: Akron Railroads, Canton Area Railroads, and Mattoon and Charleston Area Railroads. Railroad history has been a lifelong interest of Sanders and he is a 25-year member of the National Railway Historical Society

He serves on the board of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts has been president of the Akron Railroad Club since December 2004. He is also a member of the Illinois Central Historical Society and the Illinois Central Railroad Heritage Association.