Posts Tagged ‘switchers’

EL Monday: Doing What it Does

September 26, 2022

It is July 2, 1976, in Akron and thus only a few months into the Conrail era. Former Erie Lackawanna NW2 No. 410 is doing what it does best. Conrail would later renumber the switcher No. 9217. It was built for the Erie Railroad in January 1948. Note that No. 410 is switching an EL gondola.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Quite a Find During a Michigan Trip

January 16, 2022

The late Mike Ondecker and I found Manistique Pulp and Paper’s recently-repainted Whitcomb (possibly No. 3) in Manistique, Michigan, on Aug. 27, 1975. We trust you also noticed the Rock Island boxcar behind the switcher.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Day in Ludlow, Kentucky

December 12, 2021

The wayback machine has landed us in Ludlow, Kentucky, where we admire Southern Railway switchers sitting at the engine facility on Dec. 28, 1972. Wouldn’t you like a Christmas present of time travel to go back and capture scenes such as this one? Of course you would.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Working for Conrail Now

November 26, 2021

Although still painted in its Toledo Terminal livery, switcher 9300 was working for Conrail at the time this image was made. The date is March 30, 1983.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Another View

October 14, 2021

This image or a similar one may have been posted on this site some time back. An Erie switcher sits west of the Main Street bridge over the tracks in Akron in the late 1960s. This was taken from the long-ago removed walk bridge west of the road bridge. This image is a higher quality redo of this photograph.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Day at the Cleveland Steel Mills

September 22, 2021

At the time this photo was made, there was a public road that ran in front of this scene. Republic Steel 345, River Terminal 92, and Republic Steel 200 are in Cleveland on Oct. 10, 1983.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

ABC 1501 in Akron

July 1, 2021

Akron Barberton Cluster Railway EMD SW 1500 works in Akron on June 5, 2021. The unit was built for the Indianapolis Union and later was on the Conrail motive power roster before it wound up in Northeast Ohio.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Down on the Monongahela

June 20, 2021

We haven’t paid a visit to the former Monongahela Railway for a while so let’s got back to July 1, 1971, to Brownsville, Pennsylvania. Hard at work at Baldwin S-12 switchers 424 and 401 in the yard.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Two for Tuesday: Outside Cotter Merchandise

June 1, 2021

Here are two photos of Cotter Merchandise Storage switcher No. 1231 outside the company’s fence in Akron on May 12, 2021.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: An Akron Scene

December 28, 2020

We’re visiting McCoy Street Yard in Akron in May 1974. It’s the twilight years of the Erie Lackawanna and forces are at work in Washington and elsewhere that will fold the EL into the Consolidated Rail Corporation in spring 1976.

As you know all too well the coming of Conrail would spell the beginning of the end for the EL in Akron.

But that is still a few years away on this day where they are many relics of the EL including a transfer caboose and a box car with EL markings on display.

Then there is that Erie switcher that is pretending that the Erie and Delaware, Lackawanna & Western never merged. This unit would continue to proudly wear its Erie livery until the coming of Conrail.

Also of interest is that Sperry rail car sitting toward the back of the yard.

Photograph by Robert Farkas