A complete listing and detailed history of diesel locomotives operated by the Akron Barberton Belt railroad.
A growing resource filled with information and images of the magnificent steam locomotives used on the Akron Barberton Belt railroad.
The Akron Barberton Belt Railroad Historic Archive is dedicated to recording and sharing the history of Barberton, Ohio’s little railroad, the Akron & Barberton Belt – predecessor to the Wheeling and Lake Erie’s Akron Barberton Cluster Railway. Because the true history of the A&BB RR cannot be separated from the history of the communities, businesses and people it served, our work includes historical information surrounding this railroad.
In industrial towns of the early 1900, death by train was not an uncommon event. The area near Barberton’s Diamond Match factory was busy with main line freight and passenger traffic as well as the switching
Rockcut was the only real geological obstacle between Barberton and Rittman for the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad to overcome. When first constructed, the line used a non-standard 6 foot gauge. As the years went
Akron’s Union station sat between Market Street and Park Street on the western side of the tracks. It served travelers on the B&O, Erie, and Pennsylvania Railroads. For more great Akron Postcard images visit the
Follow the A&BB from Barberton to Rittman The terminus of the A&BB heading west along the former Conrail-Erie line is at Rittman, Ohio. Follow the tracks from Barberton, through Norton (Rockcut), Wadsworth and ending at