I spent the afternoon before the October Akron Railroad Club meeting in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
I had gone down there to see if the fall foliage had reached its peak around Peninsula. It had not.
So I went to Howe Meadow to intercept the northbound National Park Scenic of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
The color here was nice, yet not as intense as it has been in past years. Maybe it is just an off year for autumn leaves.
I had plenty of time to get up to the Columbia Run Picnic Area, park and walk along Riverview Road to the opening where a bend in the Cuyahoga River almost touches the tracks.
I had photographed at that location the previous Sunday when RS18u No. 1822 was on the south end of the Scenic.
But on Friday the 1822 had been replaced by FPA-4 Nos. 800 and 6771. It was the first time I’d seen a double-headed set of locomotives on the Scenic since late autumn 2015.
There figured to be enough light left to catch the last southbound trip of the Scenic to Akron but I had time to kill.
I checked out the ledges overlook, which was even more spectacular than I had thought it might be. And it was easy to reach.
My last photo op with the CVSR was at Indigo Lake. I stood up on small hill on the west side of the tracks to get the train against the background of fall foliage on the east side of the rails.
All in all it was a good afternoon of autumn photography.
Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders
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