Sometimes it all works out. I had arrived in Marion at 7:35 a.m. and the sun was high enough to be able to illuminate a southbound (railroad eastbound) train on either the Sandusky District of Norfolk Southern or the Columbus Subdivision of CSX.
How nice it would be right now to have a heritage unit leading an eastbound on NS. That was too much to wish for, but maybe I could get a train on the Columbus Sub.
That might have been too much to wish for, too, because traffic can be sporadic on the Columbus Sub.
Thirty-three minutes after I arrived NS sent a westbound stack train through town. That was nice but it was going in the wrong direction for the light.
Nineteen minutes later came an NS eastbound, but I knew from monitoring the scanner that there was train coming my way on the Columbus Sub.
The Q711 arrived a minutes after the eastbound NS manifest freight began to bang the diamonds of the CSX Mt. Victory Subdivision.
It might have been leading a trash train, but C40-8W No. 7790 looked good in the morning light.