Getting in Some Winter Shots Before a Thaw

The eastbound NS train near Brady Lake in a view taken from the Lake Rockwell Road bridge.

An eastbound Norfolk Southern ethanol train nears Brady Lake in a view taken from the Lake Rockwell Road bridge. Note the Union Pacific power trailing.

On Tuesday, I reported on a chase of a Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway train that Roger Durfee and I made last Sunday between Mogadore and Kent, Ohio. After getting our last photos of the W&LE train we ambled over to the Norfolk Southern Cleveland Line to catch an eastbound ethanol train.

We were hoping to get swirling snow from the train, but by late Sunday morning nearly all of the snow from the day before had been blown off the rails.

We drove into Kent to check out the CSX tracks. There was plenty of snow between the rails, but with curves in town the trains weren’t moving fast enough to kick up any snow.

By noontime, the clouds had begun gathering and conditions would range from mostly cloudy to some filtered sunlight. A wave of warm air and rain showers were approaching that by Monday would wash away most of the snow.

We had a rapidly closing window to capture some winter weather images because the weather forecast for the week called for warmer than normal temperatures.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

A westbound intermodal train passes the former Baltimore & Ohio passenger station in Kent. I liked the pattern in the snow made by the tire tracks by the station.

A westbound intermodal train passes the former Baltimore & Ohio passenger station in Kent. I liked the pattern in the snow made by the tire tracks by the station.

A westbound manifest freight is about to pass the passenger station. Note the icicles hanging from the edge of the depot’s roof.

A westbound manifest freight is about to pass the B&O passenger station. Note the icicles hanging from the edge of the depot’s roof.

An eastbound intermodal train splits the signals in Kent near milepost 117.

An eastbound intermodal train splits the signals in Kent near milepost 117.

An eastbound empty coke train rumbles through downtown Kent. I liked how the patterns that the snowcover created on the retaining wall next to the Cuyahoga River and on the remains of the dam and onetime locks. The locomotives and the ex-Erie depot are the dominant color. Everything else is pretty much black, white, gray and brown.

An eastbound empty coke train rumbles through downtown Kent. I liked how the patterns that the snowcover created on the retaining wall next to the Cuyahoga River and on the remains of the dam and onetime locks. The locomotives and the ex-Erie depot are the dominant color. Everything else is pretty much black, white, gray and brown.

A westbound intermodal train cruises along the Cuyahoga River in downtown Kent. Like the photo above, the locomotive lends about the only real splash of color. Again, I liked how the snowfall created predominantly black, white, gray and brown tones.

A westbound intermodal train cruises along the Cuyahoga River in downtown Kent. Like the photo above, the locomotive lends about the only real splash of color. Again, I liked how the snowfall created predominantly black, white, gray and brown tones.

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