New Year’s Day Chase

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New Year’s Day was bright and sunny and fairly warm at 45 degrees. Norfolk Southern helped by running a full compliment of trains.

One of these was symbol 054, a high wide train with a Schnabel car carrying a $50 million generator for a power plant in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.

I caught it at Hudson and gave chase catching it eight more times before calling it a day. The other places were Brady Lake (twice) Ravenna, Rootstown (after getting lunch), Atwater (also twice) Limaville and, finally, Alliance.

Now normally this would be an impossible feat but two things helped immensely.

One was a 10 mph speed limit and the other was frequent stops for other trains. For instance, it took 30 minutes to travel between just Hudson and Brady Lake and another two hours to reach Alliance.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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