Last Broadway Limited in Akron

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It’s the wee hours of the morning on Sept. 10, 1995. Amtrak’s Broadway Limited is making its final trips.

Earlier, No. 41 had passed through Akron, Ohio, en route to Chicago. Now, No. 40 is making its final station stop in Akron.

A small crowd had gathered on the platform. One guy was even hawking tee shirts to mark the end of an era.

No one knows that within a couple years Amtrak will be back in Akron using the numbers 40 and 41 although under the name Three Rivers.

Actually, Nos. 40 and 41 didn’t go away after this September 1995 day. The trains simply began operating under the Three Rivers name between Pittsburgh and New York.

I rode the last Broadway Limited from Chicago to Akron. I’ve just disembarked and I’m walking toward the station. The view is looking eastward. I made this hand-held view with print film that I later scanned.

Although the image shows Amfleet coaches, I rode in a Heritage Fleet coach to Akron. Heritage Fleet sleepers, a dining car and a baggage car are on the head end behind the two F40PH locomotives.

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