Good things happen when you go out on an autumn railfan outing with Roger Durfee.
I met up with my fellow Akron Railroad Club member in early November on a Sunday morning for some autumn railfanning around Akron.
We’ve done this in the past and I’ve come back with some very good autumn foliage images of trains images, some of the best I’ve made.
We had a plan of sorts that we didn’t quite wind up fully implementing because events kept interfering.
We didn’t know when we set out that morning that we’d have the opportunity to photograph three Wheeling & Lake Erie trains.
I’ve long said that I usually wind up getting the W&LE when I’m out looking for something else and that is what happened on this day.
Aside from capturing the W&LE, we also inspected the current state of affairs at Voris Street, found that the Amtrak station in Amtrak hasn’t changed much since the rail passenger carrier left Akron more than a decade ago, and took the time to visit the former AC&Y Building in downtown Akron.
We also stopped by Northside Station on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to photograph a departing National Park Scenic train and visited Wingfoot Lake State Park to catch the arrival of Wingfoot Two on a flight from Columbus where it had helped TV cover the Ohio State-Nebraska football game on a Saturday night.
As mentioned in another post, we also visited Akron Junction to check out how things have changed there with CSX removing most of the tracks on the Valley Line level.
En route to Akron Junction we stopped so I could photograph the former Erie bridge over North Forge Street. The names of the cities that the Erie served have faded away, but the Erie herald is still prominent.
Did I mention that we caught CSX intermodal train Q137 at Market Street?
All in all, it was, as Roger remarked as it was winding down, a well-rounded day.
Here is a selection of photographs showing what we landed.
Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders
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