Jim Sponholz’s Erie Railroad photos are a small part of his full collection. Visit his website “The Erie Railroad, Linking Chicago and Jersey City-New York” .
Joe Strickland – His father Willard (Bill) T. Strickland was an engineer on the Allegany division of the Erie, making almost daily runs from Hornell to Salamanca during the 1920s, 30s, & 40s.. He was also known as Diesel Bill on WLEA’s Birthday Train radio show with Mike Ryan in the early 50’s.
May 1945 Erie Magazine Cover
November 1942 Erie Magazine Cover
Old Erie locomotive - unknown year
Bill Strickland, Erie Engineer 1950s
1920 Erie pass
1934 Erie pass
1951 Erie envelope
Old advertisements from Erie book
Letter from President of Erie Railroad - 1951
Erie Locomotive 3355 & support crew .(1st row, 3rd from left, is identified as Domenic "Mickey" Mauro an inspector assigned to the Hornell yards)
Bill Strickland - Erie passes
From the other side of the river
1960s when a string of locomotives exited the rear of the Erie Shops. After the equivalent of a "brake failure", the only thing preventing the engine from going into the Canisteo River was the weight of the locomotives connected behind it. It is also believed that William Peisher of Hornell was at the controls.
July 1937 - the gentleman in the back row, 2nd from right (dark shirt), is identified as Basil Guidara
July 1937 - Basil Guidara is the first man on the "shelf" with goggles on his hat (light colored shirt)
Erie Shop Crew
Erie Shop Crew
Erie Shop Crew on Turntable