Long Train on a Short Line Railroad

NS train 66W passes the WAS home signals on the Cleveland Line at Alliance.

NS train 66W passes the WAS home signals on the Cleveland Line at Alliance.

You don’t usually associate “unit train” with shortline Ohi-Rail in Minerva, Ohio, but that’s not the case anymore.

On Saturday, March 22, an 80-car unit train of frac sand was handed off to them by Norfolk Southern via the Bayard interchange.

The train had arrived in Cleveland with Union Pacific power. A helper set was added to the front for cab signals at Rockport.

Once at Bayard the helper set was cut away, the Ohi-Rail crew boarded the UP power, and it was off to Minerva.

It made quite a sight with two big UP six motors and 80 cars of sand rolling, albeit slowly, down this ex-Pennsylvania Railroad and ex-New York Central track through Minerva.

The unloading facility is at the east end of Minerva yard. The train started unloading as soon as it arrived. If this test train works out there will be more, so keep your eyes and ears open for more moves like this one.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

It's an uphill climb from Alliance to near Homeworth. The sound of the EMD's (the UP GE was offline) was sweet.

It’s an uphill climb from Alliance to near Homeworth. The sound of the EMD’s (the UP GE was offline) was sweet.

The 66W passes the high car detector, an old schoolhouse, and a barking dog at DCS station Moult.

The 66W passes the high car detector, an old schoolhouse, and a barking dog at DCS station Moult.

The NS power has cut away and ran ahead to clear the switch- note it in the distance- as the Ohi-Rail crew starts down its railroad using the UP power.

The NS power has cut away and ran ahead to clear the switch- note it in the distance- as the Ohi-Rail crew starts down its railroad using the UP power.

Passing through Minerva; note the blue sign.

Passing through Minerva; note the blue sign.

Some sand dust flies as the train starts to unload at Minerva.

Some sand dust flies as the train starts to unload at Minerva.

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One Response to “Long Train on a Short Line Railroad”

  1. Jim Leasure Says:

    My granddad would be excited to see this. After hauling coal from southeast Ohio to Alliance, Ohio for thirty some years. I can see the future of oil products coming out on the same lines. This will be history again, only on a larger scale. Jim

    On Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 5:23 AM, WordPress.com

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