The D740 Was the Most Interesting Train


CSX westbound local D740 had foreign power as it headed for Willard.

CSX local D740 was the most interesting train on Thursday.  It operates Monday through Friday from Willard to Lester and return.

Leaving eastbound from Willard at about 7 a.m., it drops cars at Sterling in the eastbound siding for the D750.

Then it heads north to Lester on the CL&W Sub, where it sets off its train west of Medina in the Smith Road siding.

It then picks up cars at Lester from D741 (Clark Avenue Yard-Lester) and D742 (Lester-Lorain).  Returning south to Sterling, the D740 picks up cars from the D750 in the westbound siding at Sterling (usually early afternoon), and returns to Willard.

Today’s D740  westbound at Sterling had Wheeling  & Lake Erie 303 (GP-40-2), W&LE 305 (GP-40-2), CSX 2210 (road slug), CSX 6435 (GP-40-2) and LTEX 2710 (GP-38).  The last three units were dead in tow. There were 86 cars on this westbound train.  I do not know the reason or owner/leaser of LTEX 2710.

The train consists of steel loads/empties, paper for The Plain Dealer, chemicals, pipe loads/empties and grain, among other things.

Article and Photograph by Michael Koch

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