ICE was Nice on a Hot Day

I spent a couple hours on Saturday afternoon walking on the trail between Brady Lake and Kent that uses part of the right of way of the former Erie Railroad. Near Kent the trail is immediately next to the CSX New Castle Subdivision, a former Baltimore & Ohio mainline between Chicago and Pittsburgh.

A clear signal for Track No. 2 at “Davey Tree” indicated that the route was linedup for an eastbound. Due to track work in the area on Track No. 1, this is a single track railroad between FS and CP 120.

I continued walking and shortly upon reaching the section of the trail that is next to the CSX tracks I heard a horn in Kent. That must be the eastbound.

I quickly scouted for photo locations. The sun angles were not ideal, but not awful either. The horn had sounded strange but I figured it would not be the ubiquitous Gevo or other widecab CSX locomotives.

It turned out to be an ethanol train with an Iowa, Chicago & Eastern with an SD40-2 in the lead lettered “City of Buffalo.” Trailing was a Canadian Pacific SD40-2 in well-worn paint. What a pleasant surprise.

Such sites on CSX are not uncommon although not an every day occurrence either. It was the first time I’d seen an ethanol train on the New Castle Subvision. The ICE sure was nice sight on a hot afternoon.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

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