Akron Railroads (Images of Modern America) by Craig Sanders

By Craig Sanders

within the six many years previous 1960, Akron�s community of railroads have been fairly strong. Then a sequence of mergers started that yr, altering the face of the city�s railroad community. through the early Seventies, the commercial base�particularly the rubber industry�that had sustained the region�s financial system used to be in decline, and the fortunes of the railroad fell with it. The self-described �rubber capital of the area� was once hit not easy, and the construction of tires for the car all yet disappeared. The Sixties additionally observed a precipitous decline in rail passenger provider, with the final passenger trains discontinued in 1971. A restructuring of the railroad that begun within the mid-1970s left the Akron area with 3 railroad businesses. a few railroad traces have been deserted, whereas others observed the scope in their operations replaced or lowered. Today�s rail community in Akron could be slimmer, however the railroads are financially fit and proceed to play a tremendous position in assembly the region�s transportation needs.

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