To Marion and Points In Between

Reflection shot at Crestline.
Parked CSX grain train in Crestline.
Restored N&W caboose in Bucyrus. Behind it is the monster NS coal train.
We got a second shot of the monster coal train in Marion.

First of two parts

For the 4th of July our plan was to head toward Marion but also play things by ear. It turned out to be a very productive day.

Our first stop was in Crestline where we caught a westbound CSX train. There were some large puddles so I took a reflection shot which turned out pretty well. There was also a parked grain train on the old Pennsy main in the yard.

Next stop was Bucyrus where the local society has restored a Norfolk & Westerm caboose. NS train 21N surprised us with the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit trailing.

A northbound followed and then a southbound – east by timetable but not by compass direction – combined loaded and empty coal train. 

NS has been combining trains recently to save crews although I have never seen two separate empty and loaded trains combined before.

The first part was a train 740 for a power plant in North Carolina; the second was empties for the coalfields.

This also turned out to be the largest train I have ever seen at 208 cars in length.

We then went to Marion where CSX 216 was switching the yard and had the entire town tied up for over an hour.

When he finally finished the floodgates opened with waiting trains in all directions. The monster train 740 also came through and we got it a second time.

While waiting we got word that the CSX 3194, the Honoring Law Enforcement engine, was leading a Q016 from Chicago. 

As this was the same situation and train that eluded Marty Surdyk in Fostoria last week during the Akron Railroad Club’s longest day outing we didn’t  want that to  happen to us. 

So we decided to drive to Deshler and, hopefully, catch it in daylight. You can read about that chase tomorrow in Part 2.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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