Getting Lucky with the Wabash Locomotive

The chase begins when I intercepted the Wabash heritage unit at the Conneaut Trestle.

The chase begins when I intercepted the Wabash heritage unit at the Conneaut Trestle.

I’ve had my share of blunders with heritage units. But on St. Patrick’s Day I had some luck of the Irish when I had caught the Wabash heritage unit on a coal train.

I knew that No. 1070 was out there so I took a chance and went to Conneaut in hope of getting it. I got out there about 3:45 p.m. and it showed up at 5:30 p.m.

I then followed the train to Ashtabula and recorded it backing around the connection from tnhe former Nickel Plate to the former Conrail Youngstown Line.

In the series of images, you can see the train backing into the northwest connection and then heading south on the Youngstown line after an eastbound cleared. The train headed south was my last shot because it just beat me up the hill.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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