Archive for the ‘Railfanning News and Features’ Category

Southbound in Beach City

January 29, 2023

On a light engine move after interchanging with the Wheeling & Lake Erie, Ohio Central Nos. 4093 and 3185 are southbound  in Beach City on June 15, 2012. Note that the 3185 has received a Genesee & Wyoming logo on its nose.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Remembering the B&LE Erie Branch

January 29, 2023

I’ve never seen a train on the Erie branch of the former Besemer & Lake Erie, but some of you have. Edward Ribinskas sent along these photographs that he made over the years.

These images are from his “favorites over the years” series.

The top image of Norfolk & Western No. 611 was made on Aug. 11, 1984, when it was running a Buffalo, New York, to Albion, Pennsylvania, excursion.

It is shown crossing U.S. Route 20 in Girard, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 11, 1984.

Also shown are images made at Girar and Platea, Pennsylvania, on April 17, 1997, and at Girard on April 30, 1997.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Jaite Memories

January 21, 2023

Seeing Todd Dillon’s article and photos of Nickel Plate Road 765 at Vaughn Road on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad at Jaite prompted me to look through my files for same location favorites.

Morning photos were preferred on the east side of the tracks and afternoon from the west side. All these photos as Todd’s were are from the east side.

This location is probably now the favored spot since the Ohio Route bridge in Brecksville is so grown in with trees and brush.

Looking through old photos the only photos I have of Grand Trunk Western 4070 are from the west side of the tracks.

From top to bottom, the images were made on Sept. 29,2012; Sept. 14, 2013; Sept. 7 2014, and Sept. 26, 2016.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Passing Beneath Ohio Route 21

January 21, 2023

CSX SD50 No. 8556 and its train is westbound under the Ohio Route 21 bridge in Warwick Yard in Clinton in April 1996. Warwick Tower is just visible in the background to the right of the bridge pillars.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Tale of Two Photographs

January 20, 2023

Here are a couple photos of Nickel Plate Road 765, both taken at Jaite on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. They are from 2021 the last year of fully running trips to Akron.

While similar — they are from the same runby — there are some differences and I have thoughts on what makes for a good photo.

The first image is closer to the camera. The 765 fills the frame and the sun has risen to fully light the side of the engine. 

Another photographer is also taking pictures and I worked him into my photo for human interest.

Many times we tend to shun people being in our train photos particularly other railfans but it isn’t always possible to work them out.

An old saying is when you have a bunch of lemons make lemonade that applies here.  

This is a good photo and I am pleased with the result but let’s look at the second photo. The engine is farther back and we have more of the scene.

The railroad crossing and the two former Baltimore  & Ohio railroad buildings are visible. The 765 is a litter further back in the scene than I would like. Having the engine on or just about to enter the crossing would be ideal or would it? 

Take a look at the shadow that covers the second building.  This is caused by 765 itself and its smoke plume.

If the train was on or near the crossing the shadow would engulf both buildings. In fact I have that photo, this being a sequence of pictures and that is exactly what happened.  

I find that I prefer the second photo even though both turned out well. The first photo is more of a three-quarter wedge while the second shows more of the total scene. 

And the ideal or what I thought would be the ideal photo turned out to be a dud in my view.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Grand Find in Clinton

January 18, 2023

We’re in Clinton on May 21, 1996, to see something a little out of the ordinary. This eastbound CSX train is led by former Grand Trunk Western GP38-2 No. 5715 still wearing its original livery. Note that the trailing unit is a Canadian National locomotive.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Working in the Yard in Brewster

January 13, 2023

A pair of Wheeling & Lake Erie GP35-3 locomotives, Nos.100 and 102 are at the east end of the yard in Brewster on Nov. 10, 2016. Both units were once owned by the Southern Railway with the 102 once having served the Central of Georgia. The Wheeling rebuilt the 100 in July 2000 while the 102 was rebuilt in December 2000. The 100 carries the name Lynn R. Shook under its cab.

hotograph by Robert Farkas

Winter at the Painesville Depot

January 12, 2023

An eastbound CSX container train passes the former New York Central passenger station in Painesville on Feb. 2, 2014. The depot has been restored and now houses a railroad museum.

Photograph by Craig Sanders

At the Westbound Signal in Warwick

January 12, 2023

Here is one in Clinton photographed on Nov. 12, 2021. CSX ET44AH No. 3442 is eastbound at the westbound signal.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Sunday: Flag Stop in Michigan

January 8, 2023

Flagg Coal Company No. 75 is an 0-4-0ST locomotive built in 1940 for a company based in Avoca, Pennsylvania.

During the five years it worked for Flagg, it had roster number 2. It became No. 75 after being sold in 1935 to the Solvay Process Quarry in Jamestown, New York.

It was later acquired by John and Byron “Barney” Gramling. They restored it at their shop in Ashley, Indiana, between 1991 and 2002.

Since then it has traveled to various short line, museum and tourist railroads.

My one and thus far only encounter with No. 75 came on July 23, 2009, at the steam festival in Owosso, Michigan.

Photograph by Craig Sanders