A Bit of the NKP in B&O Land

CSX train K055 waits at Lambert for traffic on Monday with the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit on the lead. The view is from the Interstate 76 overpass.

CSX train K055 waits at Lambert for traffic on Monday with the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit on the lead. The view is from the Interstate 76 overpass.

One of the more interesting moves so far this year occurred on Monday and involved the westward run of CSX train K055, an empty oil can train, from Philadelphia to Chicago via the former Baltimore & Ohio main.

What made this one stand out was the Nickle Plate Road heritage unit owned by Norfolk Southern was leading it.

The fans were out in force, including several Akron Railroad Club members. I wasn’t sure I would get done at work in time to see this move, but a delay to the train in New Castle, Pa., allowed me to catch it in Akron.

NS power on CSX has become a weekly occurrence, but this was the first time one of the H units ran on this line. I had elected to try the Thornton Street bridge photo in an effort to show that the 8100 was indeed in Akron since the skyline would be in the background.

he sun was all but gone by the time it reached the bridge so I lowered my angle to avoid the dark train-bright background photo no no. The train got a bit of a delay at Lambert allowing us to set up for another stab at it. The sun cooperated this time as it approached Fairview Avenue in Barberton.

That’s a small section of the former Erie off to the left that is now used by the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway. A quick stop between the two locations netted the “signal maintainers view” of the 8100 stopped at Lambert.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

The view from the Thornton Street bridge was fine, but the clouds did not cooperate in enabling me to make the image that I wanted to make.

The view from the Thornton Street bridge was fine, but the clouds did not cooperate in enabling me to make the image that I wanted to make.

Coming toward Fairview Avenue in Barberton.

Coming toward Fairview Avenue in Barberton.

 

A parting shot at Barberton.

A parting shot at Barberton.

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