NS Norfolk Southern Heritage Unit Struts Its Stuff in Daylight on Sunday Across Northern Ohio

On Saturday (May 12), while on my way to southwestern Pennsylvania to chase coal trains, I caught the Norfolk Southern heritage unit No. 8114 in the yard at Mingo Jct.

It was coupled to a coke train but the units were dead and no crew was around. After a few quick roster shots—OK , nothing great—we continued our journey.

On the way home we stopped to check and this time it was idling, But since it was dark we left and went home. We considered a night photo op but thought NS wouldn’t take kindly to this.

On Sunday morning about 9:30, I got a call that it was parked at Rockport Yard in Cleveland waiting for a new crew.

A minute later I was on my way and did catch it about quarter after 10. I then waited at Berea where it came through about 11:15.

I’m not really happy with those pictures—the nose was dark—so I continued to chase it all the way to Toledo.

I tried getting it at Vermillion and Sandusky but it seemed that every time another NS train would block the view at the last second.

Finally he stopped at Vickers Jct. and I was able to get some great sunlit views.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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