The Central Was Back on Track No. 1 in Toledo

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I attended the National Train Day event in Toledo last Saturday as well as the prior evening’s reception upstairs in the terminal as a representative for the Conrail Historical Society (we had tables there).

After the reception it was downstairs to track level to photograph the display equipment. Due to circumstances beyond the control of Norfolk Southern, its New York Central heritage unit was a tad late to the party.

But thanks to NS (and a BIG thank you to Steve) the star of the show made it in time for the night session. I’ve always liked these late era stations built on the hopes and dreams of continued passenger operations by the major carriers and Toledo is a real gem.

Although many of the tracks are now gone, this station still retains that 1950s feel to it. It was a treat to once again see the NYC name on a locomotive sitting on track No. 1.

The evening started off with a twilight photo of the GLC unit with the station looming above. I then got a standard roster shot later. I elected to turn a few of my images into grayscale because that just seemed to lend itself to the night mood.

Other equipment on display included a Wheeling & Lake Erie SD40-2, a Great Lakes Central GP38-2 and Amtrak P32 No. 517 with a display train.

I want to give a BIG thank you to David Patch and all involved in setting up the night photo shoot the evening before NTD in Toledo.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

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