Canton Area Railroads


Canton and the nearby cities of Massillon and Alliance are located in the great steel-making region of northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Railroads brought coal, much of it mined in southeastern Ohio, and iron ore to the steel plants and hauled away the finished products. The Timken Roller Bearing Company moved to Canton in 1902 and in the 1920s began making roller bearings for railroad locomotives and rolling stock. Written in cooperation with the Akron Railroad Club, this book chronicles the history and development of the railroads that served Stark, Wayne, Holmes, Carroll, and Tuscarawas Counties. It shows how rail operations changed as the steel industry declined and railroad consolidations led to traffic shifts and route abandonment. Among the railroads that served this region were the Pennsylvania, Baltimore and Ohio, New York Central, and Wheeling and Lake Erie.

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About the Author

Craig Sanders is president of the Akron Railroad Club and has published four other railroad history books. A resident of University Heights, Sanders teaches journalism and public relations at Cleveland State University. Members of the Akron Railroad Club contributed many of the more than 200 images appearing in this book.

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing; Illustrated edition (March 2, 2009)

Paperback: 128 pages

ISBN: 978-0738561110

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Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 9.25 × 6.5 × .31 in