Did It Really Happen?

I’ve had terrible luck trying to catch Norfolk Southern 8103, the Norfolk & Western heritage unit.

Five years ago an eastbound blocked the westbound 8103 at the tot lot in Bedford. A couple years ago a slow shutter cut the nose off when I tried to photograph it in Painesville.

On Friday as I was doing chores around the house I periodically checked HeritageUnits.com.

About 2:20 p.m. I looked at the site expecting to see nothing near me.

I couldn’t believe it. A post at 2:14 p.m. for a sighting of NS 8103 had it at Euclid on the lead of NS manifest freight 310.

I put the dish washing on pause and told Ursula, “I have an emergency. I shouldn’t be gone long.”

Grabbing my camera, keys and jacket I rushed to the NS Lake Erie District bridge over the Grand River near Riverside Drive.

Others were already present and another vehicle arrived soon after I got there.

At train time at 2:51 p.m. everyone was very social distancing, which was easy to do at this location.

Aside from the heritage unit, No. 310 had two DPU units in the middle.

I still don’t believe I finally got it. That post for 310 at Euclid was the first post for that train. Even though it was gloomy with flurries I didn’t care. I’m still pinching myself.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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