Amtrak No. 48 with a heritage locomotive rushes eastbound on Thursday, July 11 at the station in Painesville.
A week and a half ago when the flash floods were occurring in western Ohio and Indiana I kept my eye on our Amtrak trains. I saw that No. 30 (eastbound Capitol Limited) had been re-routed but No. 48 (eastbound Lake Shore Limited( was expected its normal route for the July 10 departure from Chicago with Phase II livery P42DC No. 66 on the lead.
However, this train had experienced some delay and I had to work on Thursday, July 11. So, I decided to get up early and check the status.
No. 48 was expected about 1.5 hours late into Cleveland so I took care of Justin (our dog), showered, ate breakfast and got ready for work.
No. 48 departed Cleveland about 7:15 so I got into position at the Painesville station, shot it at 7:52. I then brought my camera home and got to work in plenty of time.
The rest of my photos are from this past Sunday. I call it four trains in 20 minutes then home for breakfast.
Three days later, I knew that No. 48 would be late because of a very late No. 49 (westbound Lake Shore Limited) into Chicago the previous day. No. 48 left Cleveland at 8:19 so I decided for something in Perry. I crossed Maple Street and saw a CSX eastbound on Track No. 2 stopped west of the crossing.
I went to the usual spot on Main Street, figuring that No. 48 would run around the eastbound on Track No. 1.
However, the CSX train pulled up to a spot between both crossings and stopped, blocking Maple.
In the meantime a westbound CSX train on Track No. 1 was approaching with BNSF power. After shooting him and because I feared that the eastbound CSX would start up, I moved down to Davis Road. Here I ran into fellow ARRC member Dave Shepherd.
He also was waiting for No. 48. He told me that Norfolk Southern No. 306 was near so we positioned ourselves between the two railroads.
I got the BNSF power with the eastbound CSX train in Perry at 8:45, NS 306 at 8:54, Amtrak 48 at 8:59 and the CSX eastbound at 9:06. I was back home in less than an hour.
Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas