Posts Tagged ‘Rock Island locomotives’

Vestige of the Rock on the ABC

September 24, 2020

On Wednesday I caught the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway local returning from Ravenna. it had GP40 No. 4005, which was formerly Rock Island 4700. It is shown passing the former Erie Railroad passenger depot, now a restaurant named Treno, in Kent.

Photograph by Todd Dillon

A Collection of Erie Lackawanna Motive Power

August 19, 2019

EL 6621is riding the turntable in Marion, Ohio, in the late 1960s.

Relatively speaking, the Erie Lackawanna had a short if colorful life, lasting from October 1960 to April 1976.

The EL, which many wags dubbed the Erie Lack of Money also had some of the snazziest looking locomotives operating in Northeast Ohio.

Here is a collection of EL motive power from the camera of Robert Farkas.

About the image below that features a Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific locomotive leading a train in Kent, Bob wrote: “My friend Mike Ondecker was friends with many who worked for the EL in Kent, Ohio which arrangement allowed me to take photos in the yard when I was with him.

“Rock Island 201 leads an eastbound Erie Lackawanna freight through the EL yard in Kent in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

“At the time RI, B&M, and D&H power could sometimes be seen mostly on run-through trains.”

Photographs by Robert Farkas

EL 7062 is at Marion on July 28, 1972.

EL 2503 is part of a motive power consist in Akron on Oct. 1, 1972.

EL 1005 is in Akron in January 1973.

EL 3617 is westbound in Kent in the late 1960s.

EL 820 is eastbound in Kent in the late 1960s.

Some Railroad Sights From Joliet, Illinois

April 13, 2017

Amtrak 62 is a French Turboliner that Amtrak used out of Chicago in the mid-1970’s. Here she is in front of Joliet Union Station on June 15, 1974.

Rock Island 654 leads three other Rock Island E8s approaching the crossing with the AT&SF on August 18, 1973.

AT&SF 314C was in Joliet on April 14, 1973. By then some passenger units were on freights as well as on Amtrak.

Mike Ondecker had heard about how Joliet, Illinois, was an excellent location to railfan and wanted to railfan it.

Never did I realize it would become a favorite location and a mandatory stop on westward trips.

Here are three photos taken when Mike and I visited Joliet on different occasions.  By this time Mike had stopped taking photos, but thankfully his being employed by the Erie Lackawanna and his knowledge of railfan locations helped each trip be a great experience.

Of course the fact that Mike loved driving and drove all the time gave me more time to try and navigate to the next location as well as check out the scenery for things of interest. We truly got along well.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

Once an Occasional Sight at Wilbeth Road

December 4, 2016

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Been to the Wilbeth Road footbridge in Akron recently? Then you didn’t see this. Rock Island 244 leads three Rock Island GE U-Boats east on the Erie Lackawanna. It is the early 1970s, and Rock Island; Delaware and Hudson; and Boston and Maine pool power sometimes came through Akron.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

 

Akron Gets a Piece of the Rock

January 12, 2015

 

img479-Edit-Edit533EChicago, Rock Island & Pacific No. 220 heads west through Akron on the Erie Lackawanna on a cloudy late day in the late 1960s or early 1970s.  It was not uncommon to see run-through foreign power or leased power on the EL, but few of the newer members might realize this. Sorry about the less-than-great image, but the original negative was damaged.

Photograph by Robert Farkas