Finding Open Views of the NS Chicago Line

A eastbound Norfolk Southern intermodal train crosses Carroll-Erie Road east of Oak Harbor.

A eastbound Norfolk Southern intermodal train crosses Carroll-Erie Road east of Oak Harbor.

One in a periodic series of images I made last summer

Photographers in the western United States seldom have to look far for an open view unless they are in dense mountainous terrain.

There are times when I envy them when searching for open views of railroads here in Ohio.

Northeast Ohio has some rolling hills, but it also has a lot of trees, which makes finding open views a major challenge.

So imagine the feeling of satisfaction we felt upon finding an open field next to the Chicago Line of Norfolk near Oak Harbor.

It was a July afternoon and we had been exploring the Chicago Line for most of the day.

The open area was adjacent to North Carroll-Erie Road. There was a soybean field next to the tracks and the road, but the plants were not so high that they blocked the view.

We had to wait awhile before we got a train and by the time we left we had seen intermodal trains in each direction.

As I had done at an earlier stop not far from here, I sought to emphasize the country feel of the environment by shooting down the road and across the soybean field.

It still didn’t have the same feel as, say, western Ohio or even Indiana or Illinois. But it still felt like the rural Midwest even if it was just a mile or two from the Lake Erie shore.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

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