Posts Tagged ‘switchers’

Working Somewhere Other than Cotter

April 12, 2023

It is Sept. 1, 2022 in Akron. Today is the first day I have seen Cotter Merchandise Storage No. 1231 work anything but Cotter itself. Normally an Akron Barberton Cluster locomotive works this location, which I believe is a paper company.

The crew is about to leave two boxcars, coming out the plant, picking up two more boxcars and pushing boxcars into the plant. Also shown is a roster photo of the 1231.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Lima Switcher in Cincinnati

March 9, 2023

We caught this Lima-built 750 horsepower switcher near Cincinnati Union Terminal near Cincinnati Union Terminal in the late 1960s. It was being stored at the time.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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