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
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A&BB AC&Y acquired Akron Junction Akron Railroad Club August Barberton began Bob Redmond bridge build built Canton carried cars charter Chicago Cleveland Clinton Club members coal collection Columbus Company connection Conrail Courtesy courtesy of John crossing CSX Transportation Cuyahoga Falls December diesels downtown Akron early East ended engine Erie Lackawanna Railway Erie Railroad excursion February former four freight train industrial interurban January John John Beach July June Kent Lake Erie late later leads Light Limited located March November October opened operated original Park passenger service passenger trains passes Pennsylvania Railroad Photograph by Bob Photograph by John Photograph by Richard Photograph by Roger Pittsburgh pull Quaker rail retired Richard Jacobs Road Robert Roger Durfee route seen September served shown South Southern station steam locomotives Street switch System Tower track traffic trips Valley W&LE westbound Western Railroad Wheeling Yard York York Central Youngstown