2011 Longest Day in Deshler
Eight Akron Railroad Club members ventured into western Ohio on Sunday, June 26, 2011, for the club’s annual longest day outing. They were treated to 31 trains, which included a good variety of consists and motive power. Traffic was evenly spaced throughout the day with no exceedingly long lulls.
Paul Woodring was the first to arrive at about 8 a.m., having spent the night at Findlay. He was joined a half hour later by Craig Sanders and Marty Surdyk. Also arriving during the morning was Rick Houck. Richard Jacobs had spent the night in Findlay as well, but did not arrive until around noon. Jake made a weekend of it, railfanning in various locations in the region. Rounding out the list of attendees were Bill Kubus, and Tom and Mark Ward.
The vast majority of traffic through Deshler this day was eastbound and westbound moves straight through town on the former Baltimore & Ohio mainline between Chicago and Pittsburgh. This same route passes through Akron, although most of the traffic diverts at Greenwich to Cleveland via the former Big Four.
Traffic on the north-south CSX Toledo Subdivision was sparse. Two northbound moves went straight through town, but there were no corresponding southbound trains. A trio of trains swung around the southeast connection, with two going west to south and one going north to east. One train went east to north on the northwest connection. No trains used the southwest connection during our visit.
Most of the motive power was CSX. BNSF locomotives headed two trains, one loaded with Powder River Basin coal from Wyoming and the other a mixed freight. Union Pacific power pulled the eastbound reefer train that operates on an expedited schedule between California and the Pacific Northwest to a produce terminal near Albany, New York.
Unlike the ARRC’s last visit to Deshler in June 2007, the weather was good. In 2007, the forecast was for mostly sunny skies, but it turned out mostly cloudy and even rained. This was the product of an upper level disturbance. The sun didn’t appear until late afternoon.
In June 2011, the forecast was for cloudy skies and rain. There was considerable cloudiness early in the morning, but by late morning most of the clouds had moved out. There were some puffy clouds out and about, which look nice in photographs but can momentarily block the sun for a few minutes at inopportune times. By the time the last ARRC members left about 7:30 p.m. the skies were clear.
Also unlike 2007, there was no traffic on the nearby Indiana & Ohio line that passes to the west and crosses CSX at Hamler. We had been told that I&O does not operate north of Lima on Sundays these days. There was a grain train that was to use the north end, but it didn’t move on Sunday.
Marty, Craig and Paul capped the day with dinner at a Bob Evans restaurant in Fremont.
Train Log from 2011 ARRC Longest Day at Deshler
8 a.m. WB-SB manifest CSX 4828 (na)
8:09 WB intermodal CSX 5297 Q157
8:28 WB intermodal CSX 8718 (na)
9:15 NB hoppers CSX 7315 K185
10:10 WB intermodal CSX 7733 Q161
10:35 EB intermodal CSX 7723 Q136
10:59 EB auto racks CSX 606 Q226
11:56 WB mixed freight CSX 4540 Q395
12:30 p.m. WB intermodal CSX 7769 Q149
12:40 WB coke train CSX 7869 K311
12:45 EB intermodal CSX 7322 Q148
1:30 EB mixed freight CSXT 7350 Q382
1:45 EB intermodal CSX 5340 Q110
1:57 EB coal BNSF 6289 U994
2:06 NB mixed freight CSXT 775 Q512
2:16 EB-NB mixed freight BNSF 1031 Q324
2:23 WB intermodal CSX 7894 Q113
2:53 WB-SB auto racks CSX 5474 Q231
3:18 EB reefers UP 5408 Q090
3:40 EB mixed freight CSX 9021 Q380
4:05 EB hoppers CSX 7387 E490
4:54 EB mixed freight CSX 8536 Q368
5:18 WB ethanol CSX 9035 K687
5:38 WB mixed freight CSX 8137 Q387
6:22 WB-SB mixed freight CSX 7737 Q365
6:28 WB intermodal CSX 141 Q137
6:40 NB-EB mixed freight CSX 8095 Q340
7:08 WB coke train CSX 7493 K381
7:22 WB mixed freight CSX 7309 Q371
7:30 WB grain train CSX 5411 (na)
7:40 WB intermodal CSX 969 Q163