Posts Tagged ‘U25B locomotives’

EL Monday: UBoat in Akron

May 23, 2022

Erie Lackawanna U25B No. 2509 is eastbound in Akron in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The train is passing the EL passenger station.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Right Size for a Model Layout

June 14, 2021

Erie Lackawanna GE U25B Nos. 2516 and EL 2517 and their train are in Akron in August 1975. This looks like a local that would be just the right size for a small model railroad.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Notice the Windshield

May 10, 2021

Erie Lackawanna GE U25B No. 2510 sports a one-piece windshield as it leads an eastbound train through Kent in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Another Kent Memory

September 28, 2020

Erie Lackawanna U25B No. 2506 is eastbound in Kent in late 1967/early 1968. Notice the westbound shelter with the bad gutter, the boxcar on the team track, and someone’s 1958 Buick.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Dialing Up Another Erie Lackawanna Monday

March 2, 2020

Courtesy of the wayback machine we’ve been transported back a few decades to another time when the Erie Lackawanna was still a vibrant railroad.

In the top image, a westbound EL freight is in Akron in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Notice the interesting signal mast.

In the next image, EL Alco C424 No. 2408 is in the yard in Kent in the late 1960s. Trailing in the motive power consist is GE U25B No. 2515.

Below that we see four EL E8A locomotives in Kent in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Finally in the bottom image the photographer is standing beneath the overhand of the Kent passenger station to capture an eastbound train.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Penn Central Monday

October 14, 2019

Just about every railroad has someone who thinks fondly of it, particularly once it has become a fallen flag.

In many cases that fondness is rooted in that railroad having been around during the years of your life when you were particularly impressionable.

Perhaps thinking about that railroad is linked with people and places that are no more.

As a business enterprise, Penn Central Transportation Company was a failure, plunging into bankruptcy in June 1970, a mere two years after it began with the merger of the New York Central and Pennsylvania railroads.

For those who came of age in the Penn Central era, the PC might dominate your earliest railfanning memories.

If that is the case, you’ll no doubt enjoy seeing these images. At top isĀ  PC U25B No. 2500 at Collinwood Yard in Cleveland.

Of course if you want to see the 2500 in the flesh, so to speak, all you need do is take a drive to North East, Pennsylvania, and visit the Lake Shore Railway Museum where this unit is on display in its original NYC cigar band livery.

The middle image was made early in the PC era at the Collinwood diesel shop in Cleveland.

Three of the four locomotives are in the paint scheme of their previous owner.

While many will recognize No. 4089 as an EMD E8A, not so many will recognize 2055 as a rare Alco C430.

Providing a bookend to the series is the bottom image, which looks like Penn Central but was actually made early in the Conrail era.

PC F7A remains in full PC paint although it is actually a Conrail unit because the date is May 11, 1977.

PC and Conrail often assigned F units to trains operating through Akron on the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s Akron Branch.

How we would like to go back to that era now if only for one day to photograph those locomotives and their trains.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Railroading as it Once Was: Early Conrail Colors on the Former Erie Lackawanna Mainline in Akron

July 21, 2016

With U25B bookends, this colorful set of power heads east on the former Erie in Akron in July 1978. Most of the old buildings behind the train are gone now and all will be gone soon to make way for a highway project. The tracks the train is on are, of course, long gone.

Photograph by Roger Durfee