We Interupt This Trip for a Pair of Tunnel Motors

Passing through the elevators at Clarksfield.

Passing through the elevators at Clarksfield.

I did yet another photo outing to the Willard area last Sunday and photographed a fair amount of action in the morning.

As things were sounding quiet toward afternoon, we headed north toward Avon Lake and the Illinois Terminal heritage unit as our goal because my friend had not photographed it yet.

We caught a radio transmission indicating a Wheeling & Lake Erie westbound was holding for traffic at Wellington, so we headed for Clarksfield.

I set up west of the elevator and was pleasantly surprised when I saw the power set had the two ex-Rio Grande tunnel motors spliced by an SD40-3.

We decided to forget about the H unit and give chase to this train since it was going to work at Hartland. We photographed it as it made its lift at Hartland and a couple more times as it made its way to Bellevue.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

Working at Hartland.

Working at Hartland.

View of the power set at Hartland.

View of the power set at Hartland.

Departing Hartland, starting to drop down the hill into Norwalk.

Departing Hartland, starting to drop down the hill into Norwalk.

Crossing over the West Branch Huron River in Monroeville. That's a former NYC bridge on the right, now a trail.

Crossing over the West Branch Huron River in Monroeville. That’s a former NYC bridge on the right, now a trail.

A “springtime” looking going away view.

A “springtime” looking going away view.

Just east of Bellevue at Yeomans.

Just east of Bellevue at Yeomans.

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