Sights Seen on a One Tank Saturday Drive

CSX 807 is leading a 14 unit power move, waiting for a new crew at New Castle.

CSX 807 is leading a 14 unit power move, waiting for a new crew at New Castle.

I went on a little one tank trip last Saturday, mostly to just get out of the house. The weather wasn’t the best but I saw a couple of interesting moves.

We saw several trains over the course of the day, but two stood out due to the number of engines on them.

The first multi-unit move would be on CSX at New Castle, Pa., where we spotted 14 engines on an X series power move to Cumberland.

It pulled up to the crew change point on what was the former Pittsburgh & Lake Erie mainline and parked next to the Baltimore Division sign.

It was going to sit there for a bit, so we headed over to the Norfolk Southern main to intercept the 11V, which was reported to have four ex-Union Pacific units bound for the scrap pile.

The first shot would be high atop the Highland Cut just west of CP Wood on the Ft. Wayne Line. Radio chatter indicated a slight backup of westbound traffic so the chase was on. The 11V would stop for a few minutes at CP Enon, thus  allowing us more photos and a head start to the nice overhead bridge view at Leetonia.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

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NS 11V with a total of 9 units tops the grade as it passes through the cut.

NS 11V with a total of 9 units tops the grade as it passes through the cut.

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NS 11V pulling up to a stop at CP Enon.

NS 11V waiting at CP Enon for traffic ahead to start moving.

NS 11V waiting at CP Enon for traffic ahead to start moving.

NS 11V at Leetonia, Ohio.

NS 11V at Leetonia, Ohio.

Two views of JLCX 8555, a bit rough looking and showing it's guts.

Two views of JLCX 8555, a bit rough looking and showing it’s guts.

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A cleaner looking 8542, but doomed regardless.

A cleaner looking 8542, but doomed regardless.

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