Chasing the W&LE Westbound on Saturday

The view of the Wheeling & Lake Erie from the Ohio Route 18 overpass at Norwalk.

The view of the Wheeling & Lake Erie from the Ohio Route 18 overpass at Norwalk.

I ended up chasing the Wheeling last Saturday and here is the story.

After having lunch at a diner in Wellington, we headed west toward Bellevue.

Just west of town at Quarry Road we found a parked Wheeling & Lake Erie train with a colorful motive power lash-up.  It was waiting to cross CSX but didn’t seem to be going anywhere fast.

We continued west and saw another Wheeling train slowly going west.

This train had two SD40-3s up front and one on the rear.  I later discovered that this is standard procedure now for trains crossing the NS at Bellevue.

Instead of doing a backup move on the wye tracks, which is how the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society passenger cars derailed last summer, the crew changes the locomotive they control instead.

Not only does this prevent possible derailments, it also saves time.

This train picked up a cut of freight cars at Hartland yard just east of Norwalk before continuing on to Bellevue.

We set up on the Ohio Route 18 overpass and then at the Huron River bridge in Monroeville.

These were the same locations where I photographed the Nickel Plate Road No.765 during a chase last fall.

After that we headed for home as it was starting to get late.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Crossing the Huron River in Monroeville.

Crossing the Huron River in Monroeville.

At Quarry Road in Wellington.

At Quarry Road in Wellington.

The locomotive on the rear was not a helper.

The locomotive on the rear was not a helper.

In Hartland Yard.

In Hartland Yard.

 

 

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