The afternoon of Friday, April 26 was a pleasant spring day so I decided to do some railfanning before traveling to Akron for the Akron Railroad Club meeting. I knew there were some flowing trees in the parking lot of Tim Lally Field/Willis Picnic Area of the Bedford Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.
The park is adjacent to Norfolk Southern’s Cleveland Line. This is the same place that the ARRC will be having its summer picnic this July.
In a case of what a difference a year makes, I had been here on the afternoon before a spring 2012 ARRC meeting and these same trees were blooming. But that was in March and not April. The trees and other vegetation are blossoming about a month later this year due to the extended cold and snowy winter.
Whatever the case, I had a nice day and NS was cooperating by running traffic at a fairly steady pace. Just before leaving home I had checked a couple of Internet sources and discovered that the 65R, a train of empty tank cars bound for the BNSF in Chicago, had been reported past Enon Valley, Pa., at 12:35 p.m.
Earlier in the day, this train had been reported as having the Central of New Jersey heritage unit in the motive power consist. But it had been changed out at Conway Yard near Pittsburgh and replaced with the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit.
The traffic mix was intermodal and manifest freight trains with one auto rack train thrown in. I didn’t see any coal or stone trains.
The flowering trees at this location are small and not overly dramatic. But it still says spring and getting blooming trees and trains together is not easy to do.