Beating Winter Blues at Sterling with Sun, CSX

Lot's of power! CSX westbound Q355 crosses Kauffman Avenue in Sterling.

Lot’s of power! CSX westbound Q355 crosses Kauffman Avenue in Sterling.

It has been a long hard winter for me. I’ve had bronchitis for three months, since Thanksgiving, and extreme shortness of breath. With the snow and cold weather, I mostly have been hibernating like an old bear.

On Wednesday, March 11 we had a special gathering of Loop railfans at Sterling. It was a rare opportunity to get all nine members there.

Luckily, at 3 p.m. the sun was out and the temperature was close to 50. CSX cooperated by running a number of trains in the sunshine.

There were several westbounds running into the sun. The first was Q355, a manifest freight with seven engines on the head end. The westbounds also included intermodals Q015 and Q137, and auto rack train Q299.

Q641, the Buffalo, N.Y. , to Cumberland, Md., train, came down the CL&W Sub and went east on the New Castle Sub, the mainline, at 6:07 p.m. after we had chowed down at Bradley’s.

That train carries trash cars from the Buffalo area for LaFarge, Ohio, near Lordstown. The setout of trash cars there is the reason that Q640/641 uses the CL&W.

The last train of the day was Q296 eastbound out of the setting sun. It was led by Canadian Pacific No. 9655 at 6:17p.m.

We then left for home as the train activity had quieted down. It was a welcome cabin fever reliever on a sunny afternoon.

Article and Photographs by Richard Jacobs

CSX/UP units lead intermodal hotshot Q015 westbound at Sterling.

CSX/UP units lead intermodal hotshot Q015 westbound at Sterling.

Westbound CSX Q137 passes over Kauffman Avenue in Sterling.

Westbound CSX Q137 passes over Kauffman Avenue in Sterling.

CSX eastbound Q647 enters Sterling.

CSX eastbound Q647 enters Sterling.

CSX auto rack Q299 is westbound at Sterling.

CSX auto rack Q299 is westbound at Sterling.

CSX 833/8785 lead Q641 off the CL&W Sub.

CSX 833/8785 lead Q641 off the CL&W Sub.

CSX Q641, Buffalo to Cumberland, is eastbound off the CL&W Sub.

CSX Q641, Buffalo to Cumberland, is eastbound off the CL&W Sub.

Trash cars on CSX Q641.

Trash cars on CSX Q641.

Lumber cars on CSX Q641.

Lumber cars on CSX Q641.

CP power leads an eastbound auto rack train into Sterling at sunset.

CP power leads an eastbound auto rack train into Sterling at sunset.

CP power led by 9655 is hauling a CSX auto rack train Q296 eastbound at Sterling.

CP power led by 9655 is hauling a CSX auto rack train Q296 eastbound at Sterling.

 

 

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One Response to “Beating Winter Blues at Sterling with Sun, CSX”

  1. James Leasure Says:

    HI Richard, That being sick and cooped up is no good! Hapy to see
    that your out by the rails again.
    I am planning a four day trip to Pennsylvania and W.Va. the late of
    the month! I need to get familiar with my new camera, before leaving
    for California
    Jim..

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