Canton Area Railroads (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Canton Area Railroads (Images of Rail)

Canton and the nearby cities of Massillon and Alliance arelocated in the great steel-making region of northeast Ohio andwestern Pennsylvania. Railroads brought coal, much of it mined insoutheastern Ohio, and iron ore to the steel plants and hauled awaythe finished products. The Timken Roller Bearing Company moved toCanton in 1902 and in the 1920s began making roller bearings forrailroad locomotives and rolling stock. Written in cooperation withthe Akron Railroad Club, this book chronicles the history anddevelopment of the railroads that served Stark, Wayne, Holmes,Carroll, and Tuscarawas Counties. It shows how rail operationschanged as the steel industry declined and railroad consolidationsled to traffic shifts and route abandonment. Among the railroadsthat served this region were the Pennsylvania, Baltimore and Ohio,New York Central, and Wheeling and Lake Erie.Craig Sanders is president of the Akron Railroad Club and haspublished four other railroad history books. A resident ofUniversity Heights, Sanders teaches journalism and public relationsat Cleveland State University. Members of the Akron Railroad Clubcontributed many of the more than 200 images appearing in thisbook.