Erie Railroad Question

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Erie Railroad Question
Posted by pajrr on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 7:04 PM

Hi, does anybody know where The Erie Railroad's main locomotive shops were? During the steam age? The diesel age? Any information anyone can provide will be appreciated.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 8:26 PM

I believe it was Hornell, NY.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:46 PM

Mike's got it.  In the steam age the shop was at Hornell NY.  However when the diesel age began new shops were built in Youngstown and Cleveland OH.  Diesel-centric improvements were made at the Hornell shop, and smaller diesel servicing facilities were built at Binghamton, Cornell, Gang Mills, Meadville and Akron.

As an aside, the car shop was at Susquehanna PA.

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Posted by rwclx on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 8:47 PM
Hornell was the major shop, but there was also a substantial shop at Marion, OH. Lesser servicing facilities were in many locations: Jersey City, Croxton, Port Jervis, Salamanca, Meadville, Youngstown, Cleveland, Huntington In and Chicago among others.
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Posted by wanswheel on Thursday, April 19, 2018 1:57 AM

Salamanca 1947

Jersey City 1938

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:27 AM

What a great scene at Jersey City. To spend one morning there then.

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Posted by Backshop on Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:27 PM

Main steam backshop was Hornell, NY.  A large diesel shop was built in Marion, OH.  The main carshops were in Meadville, PA.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Thursday, April 19, 2018 5:52 PM

The time to be in Jersey City would have been in the late 40's, any month, say around 4:00 PM when the afternoon commuter trains started rollin'.

The parade o' steam was incredible! One after another after another after another, for a good two hours.  Or so I've been told, I wasn't around yet.

Of course, those commuter runs had been going on for a long, long time.  The late, lamented Joyce Kilmer even wrote a poem about one on the old Erie Main Line, and here it is.



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