Enough Snow Left to Still Say ‘Winter’

A westbound NS manifest freight passes a snow-covered hillside near Brady Lake on Sunday, Feb. 10.I waited three hours to get an eastbound here.

A westbound NS manifest freight passes a snow-covered hillside near Brady Lake on Sunday, Feb. 10.I waited three hours to get an eastbound here.

By the time the second weekend of February arrived, much of the snow that had fallen in Northeast Ohio had vanished in the warmer temperatures. Rain that would arrive early the next week would take care of the rest of it.

Nonetheless, there was still enough snow left that if you worked it just right you could get some photographs that said “winter” even if they did not say “winter storm.”

I felt like spending the day on my own so I headed for Brady Lake and Towner’s Woods Park. It was a sunny morning there, but I knew this wouldn’t last. By early afternoon a weather system would bring overcast skies and the threat of rain.

I was hoping to get some eastbound NS trains in the morning light, but everything was going west. It was just past 1 before NS sent an eastbound past this location. That train barely beat the cloud cover.

After that, I drove into Kent and set up shop on the Main Street bridge. I had been hearing CSX trains blowing their horns all morning but now the New Castle Sub was quiet.

It was a good thing I had brought plenty of things to read because I spent far more time reading than photographing anything.

When CSX did come back to life, it sent a train in each direction in late afternoon in quick succession. So my afternoon in Kent was for not for naught.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

A nice long cut of tank cars made for a nice image. Wonder what the blue coloring ont he ends of those cars means.

A nice long cut of tank cars made for a nice image. Wonder what the blue coloring on the ends of those cars means.

There was just enough snow left on the lock in the Cuyahoga River at Kent to make things interesting. An eastbound CSX manifest freight passes as a couple watches from above next to the former Erie Railroad tracks.

There was just enough snow left on the lock in the Cuyahoga River at Kent to make things interesting. An eastbound CSX manifest freight passes as a couple watches from above next to the former Erie Railroad tracks.

The now decorative dam on the Cuyahoga River at Kent appears to be holding back a large accumulation of snow as a westbound CSX auto rack train noses past.

The now decorative dam on the Cuyahoga River at Kent appears to be holding back a large accumulation of snow as a westbound CSX auto rack train noses past.

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