They Also Ran in O.F. One Saturday Morning

An eastbound container train rolls through Olmsted Falls on a late spring day.

An eastbound container train rolls through Olmsted Falls on a late spring day.

I was doing some housekeeping on my computer when I ran across photographs I had made in Olmsted Falls in late April that I had meant to post but had forgotten. It didn’t help that they were filed in the wrong folder on my backup hard drive.

As for the backstory of these images, I had gone out to the Falls to catch the Erie heritage unit of Norfolk Southern leading an intermodal train.

I got it and decided to stick around a little longer. In the process I made images of a westbound NS train with a former Union Pacific SD90 still in its UP paint on the lead.

I seldom have seen such locomotives leading so, sure, I photographed it. I also was enthralled by an eastbound with BNSF motive power and no NS units.

And to top it all off, I photographed a Spirit Airlines “yellow bird” landing at nearby Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

All of those images were posted weeks ago. I also captured a few ordinary NS trains and planned to post them, too.Then they got misfiled and I forgot about them.

Most of the trains that we see on NS or CSX in Northeast Ohio are just your usual workaday fare. Maybe you try to do something a little different to give them a new look, but they still wind up looking like the same old, same old.

Yet there may come a day when the models of locomotives, these liveries and maybe even the railroad itself will be gone.

Although thousands if not millions of images have been made of Norfolk Southern trains over the years, there still may come a day when these trains are no longer the same old, same old.

After all, people once said that about steam locomotives and how many of them can you see out on the line today?

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Can you guess where this photograph was made?

Can you guess where this photograph was made?

The trees were still budding even though it was late April.

The trees were still budding even though it was late April.

The last stacks pass the Olmsted Falls depot.

The last stacks pass the Olmsted Falls depot.

Two members of the Cuyahoga Valley and West Shore model railroad club look to make a sale during the club's open house at the former Lake Shore & Michigan Southern depot.

Two members of the Cuyahoga Valley and West Shore model railroad club look to make a sale during the club’s open house at the former Lake Shore & Michigan Southern depot.

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