Notes of ICC hearing held Jan. 5-6, 1937 in Washington, DC regarding AC&Y Railway Company
Excerpts of Harold G. Watkins testimony – Chief Engineer – AC&Y Railway
• The grade line of the AC&Y Rwy. main track is a maximum rise eastbound of 1.63% and westbound 1.73%. The grade line of the Northern Ohio Rwy. main track is maximum rise eastbound of 1.0% and westbound 0.82%. These are short, but a few hundred feet each. Ruling grade against both east and westbound traffic used for engine purposes is 0.68%.
• On the AC&Y main line 12.84 miles are tangent and 6.8 miles are curved. Average degree of curvature is about 3-degrees, 20-minutes. Maximum curve is 7-degrees, 30-minutes within yard limits, Akron, Ohio. On the Northern Ohio Rwy. main line, 127.95 miles are tangent and 24.38 miles are curves. Average degree of curvature is about 2-degrees, 15-minutes. Maximum curvature is 7-degrees within the yard limits, Delphos, Ohio. All curves of main track outside of yard limes are 6-degrees and under.
• Right-of-way width, Delphos to Carey (55 miles) is 50-feet (originally constructed as narrow gauge); Carey to New London (54 miles) is 66-feet; New London to Akron (53 miles) is 80-feet and Akron to Mogadore (7.6 miles) is 100-feet. Additional land is owned for station purposes and to meet engineering requirements.
• Between Delphos and Mogadore main track is laid with 155.9 miles of 90-pound rail, 6.46 miles of 80-pound and 6.89 miles of 110-pound rail divided as follows: AC&Y – 6.89 miles of 110-pound rail, 4.11 miles 90-pound, 5.85 miles 80-pound; NO – 151.79 miles of 90-pound and 0.61 miles of 80-pound rail.
• All tracks contain approximately 700,000 untreated cross ties. Ties average 18 to the 33 foot panel and tie condition is good, there being very few other than No. 3 or larger White Oak and Chestnut ties in main track. Chestnut ties are confined to tangents.
• 95 miles of main track have not less than 6-inches stone ballast. 22 miles are slag and gravel and the remaining 52 miles are cinders.
• The total length of bridges is 9,900-feet. Major main line structures include 49 steel, 42 concrete (5-feet and over in span) and 60 timber, divided as follows: AC&Y – 12 steel, 11 concrete, 9 timber; NO – 37 steel, 31 concrete, 51 timber.
• At Brittain we are able to take care of all back shop work on our 21 locomotives, as well as running repairs and shop repairs to all other equipment. Passenger cars have been rebuilt and a number of cabooses and work equipment constructed.
• 14-degree wyes laid with 90-pound rail, capable of turning any power on the railroad are located at Delphos, Carey and New London, Ohio. A 74’6” power- operated turntable is located at Brittain.
• 50-ton capacity skip hoist bucket electrically driven coal tipples are located at Delphos, Carey and New London. A 180-ton capacity, two-grade coal tipple is located at Brittain. The Brittain tipple is equipped with bucket-type 10-ton elevated sand tower and steam-jet ash conveyor.
• We have fourteen water stations, of which three are modern 50,000-gallon capacity steel tanks. Anticipated changes at Delphos water station and other terminal facilities at this location are to be made in 1937.
Excerpts of H.B. Stewart, Jr. – General Manager for the AC&Y Trustees
• The rolling stock and other equipment now in the possession of the Trustees is as follows:
No. Class Description Tractive Effort Est. Avg. Remaining Service Life
5 L 8-wheel yard 0-8-0 51,000 22 years
5 M Consolidated 2-8-0 31,800 20 years
7 O Consolidated 2-8-0 42,800 9 years
4 R Mikado 2-8-2 54,700 24 years
There is sufficient road power to handle present business as well as an estimated 10% increase. However, by reason of shortage or yard locomotives, one road engine has been used in yard service. To protect road power and create proper yard operation, one additional yard engine is required at an approximate cost of $50,000. By such expenditure and estimated 25% increase in business may be readily handled by road power.
• Freight cars are summarized as follows:
16 flat cars (15 = 50-ton, 1 = 40-ton)
10 stock cars (5 = 40-foot single deck, 5 = 40-foot double deck)
237 boxcars (all 40-foot, 40-ton)
44 gondolas (30 = 40-ton, 14 = 50-ton)
28 hoppers (all 40-ton)
The 28 hopper cars are remaining from a total of 100 cars rebuilt as used equipment in 1922. They are all of the arch-bar truck-type which will not be accepted in interchange after January 1st, 1938 and their condition is such that it has become necessary to retire them. All are to be scrapped during 1937. The condition of the other freight cars is good.
• Non-revenue rolling stock is summarized:
3 passenger coaches
2 combination mail and baggage cars
33 work and wreck train equipment cars
All of this equipment is in serviceable condition. 335 freight cars and 73 service equipment cars and a grand total of 408 units of rolling stock is owned by the AC&Y Railway Company except five cars owned by the Northern Ohio Railway and 247 leased box and stock cars. The Trustees and First Central Trust of Akron entered into an agreement whereby the Trustees will lease and eventually acquire 100 rebuilt 50-ton steel hopper cars. The acquisition of these cars Is necessary to protect on-line loading of various commodities as well as company fuel shipments.
Excerpts of J.C. Williams testimony – Chief Traffic Officer for the AC&Y Trustees
The number of cars received and delivered by the AC&Y System through its various interchanges during year 1936 is provided:
Total received from the B&O is 3085 cars and forwarded is 3456 cars from:
• Akron – 966 cars received and 1960 delivered
• Columbus Grove – 966 cars received and 1086 cars delivered
• Medina – 2035 cars received and 340 cars delivered
• Plymouth – 258 cars received and 340 cars delivered
Total received from C&O 3309 cars and delivered is 760 cars, all at Carey.
Total received from DT&I is 1153 cars and delivered is 2371 cars, all at Columbus Grove.
Total received from the Erie is 476 and delivered is 1673 cars, all at Akron.
Total received from the NYC is 6849 cars and delivered is 7923 cars from:
• Carey – 2509 cars received and 3291 cars delivered
• New London – 2090 cars received and 3482 cars delivered
• Sycamore – 1369 cars received and 255 cars delivered
Total received from the NKP is 4507 cars received and 6911 cars delivered from:
• Bluffton – 1404 cars received and 2155 cars delivered
• Delphos – 3103 cars received and 4756 cars delivered
Total received from the PRR 1156 cars and delivered is 1193 cars from:
• Chatfield – 234 cars received and 80 cars delivered
• Akron – 662 cars received and 550 cars delivered
• Delphos – 205 cars received and 318 cars delivered
• New Washington – 55 cars received and 245 cars delivered
Total received from the W&LE is 17702 cars received and 9076 cars delivered from:
• Spencer – 4173 cars received and 4108 cars delivered
• Mogadore – 13529 cars received and 4958 cars delivered
The coal traffic consists of bituminous coal originating in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Western West Virginia. The Ohio and Pennsylvania coals are used largely form steam (generating) purposes and the other coals for domestic (industrial) purposes. The bulk of the steam coals reach us at Mogadore from the W&LE while the bulk of domestic coals reach us at junction points on the Northern Ohio. About 35% of the total coal is domestic use. Other inbound business is made up largely of grain for milling-in-transit and of materials used by the manufacturers of rubber goods, consisting mainly of crude rubber, which is imported through North Atlantic ports; scrap rubber, used by the rubber industry for the manufacturer of reclaimed rubber and which originates at points within a 500-mile radius of Akron; cotton fabric largely from points in the South; carbon black from Texas and Louisiana; zinc oxide largely from New Jersey; solvents (gasoline, naphtha) from Michigan and the Southwest. The outbound business is made up of rubber products moving to all parts of the country and to various Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf ports for export; soda products, salt, matches, and machinery to all parts of the country and grain products moving to points east of Akron. It might be interesting to know that of the business of the AC&Y System, local traffic is 1.5%, overhead is 10.8%, traffic originated or destined stations on the Northern Ohio is 8.5%. (The remaining percent is originated or destined the Akron freight district). Now, our stone which is produced on the Northern Ohio is of two kinds: stone for contracting construction purposes, roads, building and so forth. Another class of stone produced by the same concern is known in the trade as Dolomite and is used as a flux in open hearth furnaces. This is marketed in the Iron & Steel territory of Northern Ohio, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Volumes depend on the success of the producer in marketing his product. We have had months when we would have 900-1000 tons of this commodity move out daily and other months when we would only have a hundred tons of Dolomite move out. 99.5% of LCL tonnage is to and from AC&Y (Akron) proper stations. 25-years ago the dominant commodity was sewer pipe, vitrified sewer pipe and the milled products of the Quaker Oats company. Now, 60% of the tonnage of the Akron district is dependent upon rubber goods.