Memorial Day Weekend With CSX–Part 2

The sudden appearance of a westbound Wheeling & Lake Erie stone train would help me make up my mind about how to spend the rest of the afternoon. It shown approaching the crossing with Greenwich Town Line Road 79 S.

The sudden appearance of a westbound Wheeling & Lake Erie stone train would help me make up my mind about how to spend the rest of the afternoon. It shown approaching the crossing with Greenwich Town Line Road 79 S.

In early afternoon, a Wheeling & Lake Erie train had called the CSX IG dispatcher for permission to get onto the Cleveland Subdivision at CP 47 in New London.

At the time, the dispatcher said he would be waiting for two eastbounds. When those had passed and still no signal, the W&LE crew called its own dispatcher, who said he had talked to the IG dispatcher about 10 minutes previous and been told that the Wheeling train would have to wait for one more.

The W&LE crew, though, didn’t believe it, telling their own dispatcher, “They always say there is one more.”

They had good reason to be skeptical. Not only had they experienced this drill before, but one more would turn out to be three more.

The rumbling of diesels that I heard shortly after 3 p.m. would be the Wheeling train headed for the Carey Subdivision.

I scrambled to the road crossing for photographs. My original plan had been to shoot this train broadside from the top of the reservoir, but there wasn’t time to get up there now.

Although I had been monitoring the radio, I had not heard the W&LE train call any signals.

By now, though, the lighting favored the grade crossing shot.

The lead unit had been repainted recently – or maybe washed – and its nose gleamed in the afternoon sunlight.

A high, thin layer of clouds had moved in, so the sunlight was a bit filtered.

I drove over to Greenwich where I planned to photograph the train west of town on the former AC&Y.

I managed to get ahead of the train, thanks to it having to slow through the crossovers to get back onto its own tracks. I elected to meet it at Edwards Road.

After that, I went back into town where not one, but two Greenwich cops were monitoring traffic for speeding on the main drag.

I parked at the unofficial railfan park. A couple had set up a motor home there, something I had seen before.

There were three other railfans on hand, one of whom had an older model Pentax film camera. Another couple had between them three cameras, one of which used film.

I had just missed a tank car train led by a BNSF unit with two CSX locomotives trailing.

I hung around for about an hour. The prize catch was a westbound manifest freight coming into town on the Cleveland Sub with a Canadian National unit on the lead and a BC Rail unit trailing.

My last train was a westbound grain train on the New Castle Sub. It was time to pack up and head home.

But not before making my first ever visit to the Green Witch for some ice cream. It was a most fitting ending to an enjoyable day with CSX.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The W&LE train approaching Edwards Road west of Greenwich. The crops in the adjacent field are poking through the soil as another growing season gets underway.

The W&LE train approaching Edwards Road west of Greenwich. The crops in the adjacent field are poking through the soil as another growing season gets underway.

Passing some wild flowers in Greenwich as a manifest freight heads for Crestline.

Passing some wild flowers in Greenwich as a manifest freight heads for Crestline.

A notch in the vegetation enabled this shot of a westbound stack train on the long connection at Greenwich.

A notch in the vegetation enabled this shot of a westbound stack train on the long connection at Greenwich.

Canadian National power leads a manifest on the short connection at Greenwich.

Canadian National power leads a manifest on the short connection at Greenwich.

My last train of the day was a westbound grain train on the New Castle Sub.

My last train of the day was a westbound grain train on the New Castle Sub.

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