For the Love of Candy Apple Red CP Units

Getting onto the CSX Willard Terminal Subdivision by GN Tower (visible at far right) in Greenwich. If you look closely, the conductor is flashing us the peace sign.

Getting onto the CSX Willard Terminal Subdivision by GN Tower (visible at far right) in Greenwich. If you look closely, the conductor is flashing us the peace sign.

West of Greenwich approaching Old State Road, the Q351 has crested a grade visible in the background.

West of Greenwich approaching Old State Road, the Q351 has crested a grade visible in the background.

Tjhe Q351 is about to duck under the Old State Road bridge. How could we not just love that bright red Canadian Pacific leader?

The Q351 is about to duck under the Old State Road bridge. How could we not just love that bright red Canadian Pacific leader?

We were sitting in downtown Greenwich alongside the former Big Four route from Cleveland to St. Louis. We could see a train making the turn to take the long connection onto the former Baltimore & Ohio, which is now the Willard Terminal Subdivision of CSX.

It was Q351 and on the front were two Canadian Pacific locomotives. This train often operates with Union Pacific motive power because it hauls cars bound for interchange to the UP.

Interestingly, we had been waiting for a K train on the New Castle Sub to get a signal and proceed through the southeast connection to come down the Mt. Victory Sub.

We barreled over to the vicinity of GN Tower and tumbled out to get a grab shot.

Then it was off to Old State Road for some photos from the bride over the CSX tracks.

My favorite image made there is the bottom third photo shown above. The lead CP locomotive was a bright and clean candy apple red. Oh how it shined in the January sunshine.

I went with a wide angle view to give a sense of place and season. It was a bitterly cold winter day.

We chased the train and caught up with it near Boughtonville. The plan was to photograph the CP power across the snow covered fields.

But Q351 had a stop signal at Walnut Road and we had to get back to Greenwich. The across the field shot will have to wait for another time.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

 

 

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One Response to “For the Love of Candy Apple Red CP Units”

  1. bigboy4006 Says:

    Good pics of a beautiful paint scheme!

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