They are overshadowed by the mainline through trains, often shunted into siding to let the big boys go by. But without locals there would not be as many of those mainline trains because locals are the workhorses that go into industrial siding and tread the branch lines to pick up the freight that feeds the mainline trains.
Wayne County, Ohio, is served by three locals, two on Norfolk Southern’s former Pennsylvania Railroad Fort Wayne Line and one from R.J. Corman. The latter uses NS tracks between Massillon and Wooster. In the latter city, the Corman local serves industries on a former Baltimore & Ohio branch line.
Akron Railroad Club members Richard Jacobs and Craig Sanders teamed up on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, to record the Corman and NS locals in action. They followed along as both trains backed into sidings and switched customers in Wooster and Orrville that depend on rail to receive their raw materials.
To read about their adventure and to view a gallery of photographs, click on the link below.