Akron Railroads (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Akron Railroads (Images of Rail)

The self-described "rubber capital of the world," Akron was thehome of numerous rubber factories that made tires for America'sburgeoning automobile industry. Many of the raw materials needed tocreate rubber arrived by rail, and the finished products moved tomarket in freight cars. The city's major railroads included theBaltimore and Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Erie Railroads, but threeregional carriers, the Akron, Canton and Youngstown, the Wheelingand Lake Erie, and the Akron and Barberton Belt, also servedAkron-area industries. Written in cooperation with the AkronRailroad Club, this book chronicles the ever-changing Akronrailroad scene since the club's founding in 1936.Craig Sanders is president of the Akron Railroad Club and haswritten two other railroad history books. He also has writtenarticles for Trains magazine. A resident of University Heights,Sanders teaches journalism at Cleveland State University. Membersof the Akron Railroad Club contributed most of the more than 200images appearing in this book.