Heritage Sunday at NS Motor Yard

One of these locomotives is a “heritage” unit. Can you guess which one? NS 3401 and 3405, both ex-Conrail, pass LTEX 2519 at Motor Yard.

I stopped at work (Motor yard) on my way on Sunday morning up to the Division 5 train show in Kirtland and was rewarded with two “heritage: units.

The first one was the Norfolk Southern No. 1065, the Savanna & Atlanta unit, which was leading an eastbound 64R oil train.

It was the same train that I had photographed in Toledo the previous Sunday heading west for loading in North Dakota. Like the Toledo encounter, the light wasn’t the best given the overcast and early hour. But I took a few photos anyway.

The second heritage unit wasn’t an NS locomotive. The Cleveland Commercial Railroad was getting a “new” unit from LTEX and after several round trips on CSX between Willard and Cleveland, the powers that be at the CSX Collinwood Yard finally figured out where to sent it and had CSX local Y122 drop it off at Rockport.

It made its way to Motor on the BX44 on Friday night and we delivered it to the CCRL on Sunday.

Sporting a decent coat of Santa Fe blue and yellow qualifies this former BNSF GP35 as a “heritage unit” in my book.

I took a few photos at Motor as they ran around the unit for the trip to Von Willer on the BF10, then went to CP 117 to watch them do the hand off to the CCRL crew.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

LTEX 2519 with the BF10 power next to it.

LTEX 2519 with the BF10 power next to it.

It's a pretty clean machine on the engineer's side. There is some tagging on the other. Plans are to power wash that off.

It’s a pretty clean machine on the engineer’s side. There is some tagging on the other. Plans are to power wash that off.

C 5 is a former Erie cement milepost. That's five miles from the old Erie Riverbed yard where their Huletts were located.

C 5 is a former Erie cement milepost. That’s five miles from the old Erie Riverbed yard where their Huletts were located.

CCRL No. 2372, a former Katy GP392, has coupled onto the 2519. That's the BF10 in the background departing the interchange on this ex-Erie Railroad track.

CCRL No. 2372, a former Katy GP392, has coupled onto the 2519. That’s the BF10 in the background departing the interchange on this ex-Erie Railroad track.

First up was actually the 64R with the S&A unit passing outside the Motor Yard office.

First up was actually the 64R with the S&A unit passing outside the Motor Yard office.

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