How to Get to Akron by Train in the 1940's


(A Look Back in Time)
The recent Cleveland Plain Dealer article featuring Executive Director Steve Korpos and Midwest Railway Preservation Society prompted Bernice Scher Rothman to email MRPS and attach a copy of a talk she gave while returning home from Akron.  She had taken the Myers bus to visit an art exhibit at The University of Akron  and gave her talk entitled "How to Get to Akron" on the way home.
Bernice's mother was from Akron and had many family and relatives in the Akron area.  Her father was from Cleveland and she grew up on East 109th Street near St. Clair Avenue.  They didn't own a car so their excursions to Akron would usually begin on Sunday by boarding the streetcar on at the corner and riding west to the intersection of East 55th Street where they would catch a cross-town streetcar to the Pennsylvania Railroad station just north of Carnegie Avenue.
Bernice said that the train ride was exciting, but that was just the beginning. The PRR would take them south to Peninsula where there was a tiny station and some benches and there they would get off and wait for the train from Pittsburgh that would drop off more passengers heading to Akron.
The train from Peninsula to Akron consisted of a steam locomotive and one passenger car. She said that they referred to the train as "The Dinkey" but she could not remember why.
After the train arrived from Pittsburgh they would all board "The Dinkey" for the final leg of the journey. Upon arrival in Akron they would be met by a family member in a car and taken usually to her Grandmother's house where they would feast and visit and then stay overnight.
The journey back to Cleveland was less complicated.  One family member worked in Cleveland and he would pick them up on Monday morning around 6:30 am and they would travel on Old Route 8 (there were no freeways) eventually being dropped off in downtown Cleveland. There they would catch the streetcar home or in some cases she would go directly to Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School.
Thanks to Bernice for sharing her memories of rail travel in the 1940's with all of us at Midwest.