Some Late Saturday Afternoon Action

A westbound cruises past the depot at Olmsted Falls.

A westbound cruises past the depot at Olmsted Falls.

Another railroad club to which I belong was having its annual banquet on Saturday night in Berea. The banquet didn’t begin until 6 and I decided to go out to Olmsted Falls and Berea for some late afternoon railfanning.

Most of the snow was gone when I arrived. That was disappointing. I had not expected anything to be left on the tracks, but I had hoped for more snow than still existed on the periphery.

None of the trains that I saw and photographed featured anything out of the ordinary in the way of motive power or freight cars. But with the high level of traffic on the Norfolk Southern and CSX routes here you never know what you might see.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

No, it is not a train of containers and half containers. It’s actually two trains passing in Olmsted Falls. The eastbound train on the right has a block of single containers whereas the westbound train had double-stacked containers.

The lead locomotive of this westbound CSX intermodal train shows evidence of having plowed through some heavy snow earlier in its journey. It was the weekend following a blizzard that dumped heavy snow on New England and parts of New York state.

The lead locomotive of this westbound CSX intermodal train shows evidence of having plowed through some heavy snow earlier in its journey. It was the weekend following a blizzard that dumped heavy snow on New England and parts of New York state.

The sun is about to set behind a stand of trees as coal hoppers rumble by on the NS Chicago Line at Berea on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The sun is about to set behind a stand of trees as coal hoppers rumble by on the NS Chicago Line at Berea on Saturday, Feb. 9.

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