The Society actually has the proposed Youngstown extension right-of-way drawing. It measures about 20-25 feet when rolled out. I'm not familiar with the survey plan, but understand it roughly paralleled Route 224. Perhaps someone can add more context and detail on the exact route? The drawing was donated to the University of Akron Archive this January (2014) together with the bulk of the AC&Y-A&BB Archive. We will be working with UofA to enhance the collection and perhaps can support having this drawing made available online.
The proposed extension of the AC&Y to Youngstown (and/or New Castle, PA) dates to 1911. The July 3rd, 1911 Massillon Evening Independent reported the New York Central backed a plan whereby the AC&Y would be extended to Youngstown, thence combined with the Northern Ohio Rwy (then controlled by the NYC's Lake Erie and Western), thus completing a new East-West truck line. Some financing was arranged including a secondary $15,000,000 mortgage by the AC&Y.
The AC&Y resurrected the idea of extending the road from Mogadore to Youngstown about 1948. Ultimately, it was declared cost prohibitive and a risky investment given the highly competitive and volatile nature of the steel mill trade. The AC&Y did strike agreements with the Erie and B&O on joint routes via Akron (in connection with the NKP at Delphos and Bluffton) on steel traffic (mainly pipe) to western destinations. Bob
My grand[parents owned the Suffield Inn at Rts 224 and 43. It would have an easy walk the the AC&Y tracks. Maybe it did in a parallel universe!
Next time I'm in Akron I'll visit you folks and pester you to see the ROW plan. Thanks for answering a question that's vexed me for many years.
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