The self-described "rubber capital of the world," Akron was the home of numerous rubber factories that made tires for America's burgeoning automobile industry. Many of the raw materials needed to create rubber arrived by rail, and the finished products moved to market in freight cars. The city's major railroads included the Baltimore and Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Erie Railroads, but three regional carriers, the Akron, Canton and Youngstown, the Wheeling and Lake Erie, and the Akron and Barberton Belt, also served Akron-area industries. Written in cooperation with the Akron Railroad Club, this book chronicles the ever-changing Akron railroad scene since the club's founding in 1936.
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Early Days and Railroad Facilities
Baltimore and Ohio
Akron Canton and Youngstown
Wheeling and Lake Erie
Akron and Barberton Belt
Other Railroad Operations
Streetcar and Interurban Railways
Akron Railroad Club
A&BB AC&Y Akron and Barberton Akron and Columbus Akron and Cuyahoga Akron Junction Akron Railroad Club Akron Union Depot Alco Archival Services Barberton began Bob Redmond built caboose Canton cars Chessie System Chicago line Cleveland Clinton Conrail Corns collection Courtesy of Archival Courtesy of James courtesy of John Craig Sanders CSX Transportation Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Scenic diesels downtown Akron eastbound Erie Lackawanna Railway Erie Railroad freight train Glenn G Grabill James Spangler James Spangler collection January John Beach John Wunderle July June Kent mainline manifest freight Marty Surdyk Northern Ohio Railway November October passenger service passenger trains Penn Central Pennsylvania Railroad Photograph by Bob Photograph by Glenn Photograph by John Photograph by Richard Photograph by Roger Pittsburgh rail Railroad Club members Richard Jacobs Roger Durfee route shown station steam locomotives Summit County trips University of Akron Valley line Valley Railway Valley Scenic Railroad W&LE westbound Western Railroad York Central Youngstown