Railfan Sam Sponseller Dies

Northern Ohio railfan and videographer Sam Sponseller died late last week at age 58.

A resident of Plymouth, Mr. Sponseller was born Oct. 11, 1962, and was a native of Pasadena, Texas.

He worked until retiring in December 2020 as a custodian in the Plymouth-Shiloh Local School District. His Facebook page did not show any family members and an obituary for Mr. Sponseller was not available.

Known by the nickname “Camcorder Sam,” he liked to railfan at Greenwich, Bellevue and Willard but could be found chasing trains just about anywhere in northern Ohio.

Tributes written by his friends on his Facebook page indicated that Sam also collected glass bottles and enjoyed nature photography.

The last photographs that he posted on his Facebook page were dated May 21 and featured Amtrak’s westbound Capitol Limited making its station stop in Sandusky. Another post of the same date showed the Norfolk Southern executive train in Sandusky.


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