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One Saturday Afternoon at Attica Junction

June 18, 2016
At the time I made this photograph I thought it would be a one and done deal. It wasn't, but that is how unpredictable railfanning can be.

At the time I made this photograph I thought it would be a one and done deal. It wasn’t, but that is how unpredictable railfanning can be.

I was driving south on Ohio Route 4 while chasing a Norfolk Southern train on the Sandusky District when I spotted a waiting eastbound CSX manifest freight at Attica Junction.

The NS train was well behind me and didn’t have the signal yet at Attica Junction, so I stopped, snapped a few photos of the CSX train and moved on.

At least I’d be able to say that I photographed one CSX train today.

I got my photos of the NS train I was chasing and then puttered around some more along the Sandusky District before heading back to Bellevue.

As I came into Attica Junction — which on a highway map is the village of Siam — I saw another CSX train sitting at the eastbound home signal.

As I crossed the tracks I saw another CSX train waiting at the westbound home signal. It had some color on its nose so I circled back to get a look.

I determined through my telephoto lens that the westbound had a BNSF unit on the lead. My thinking was to photograph the westbound as it crossed the NS tracks.

In reviewing my photos taken here earlier in the day, I determined that the eastbound was the same train I had photographed an hour and a half earlier.

NS trains crossed the CSX tracks in each direction and I expected both CSX trains to get a clear signal momentarily. It didn’t happen.

After awhile I gave up on this CSX photo opportunity and started to resume my trip to Bellevue. But shortly after leaving Siam on an impulse I turned west.

The eastbound CSX train had the first grade crossing west of Attica Junction blocked so that seemed like a good place to wait it out until the westbound with the BNSF unit came along.

Not long after I arrived, the dispatcher told the eastbound — whose symbol I didn’t record — that it would go behind another train into the yard at Willard.

Could it be that both trains were waiting not for NS traffic but for a third CSX train?

I was hearing a train calling signals over the radio in the distance and then a nearby defect detector went off.

Sure enough, an eastbound stack train came along on Track No. 1, passed the eastbound manifest sitting on Track No. 2 and then crossed over in front of it and the westbound coal train with the BNSF power.

The intermodal train had a new ET44AH locomotive on the point.

Shortly after the stack train passed, the manifest freight and the coal train each began moving. The BNSF unit I had seen from a distance turned out to be an SD70ACe built in August 2014.

For two of the trains I had just seen, the motive power was still fairly new.

I wasn’t quite done with Attica Junction just yet. An eastbound NS train was waiting at West Attica for a signal and I decided it get it splitting those signals.

Two more CSX trains passed by before the NS train could go. And with that I finally was ready to leave for Bellevue. Or so I thought.

The gates for the NS tracks started going up, but then came back down again. A westbound NS train was in the circuit, so I photographed it out the window from the driver’s seat.

When it cleared, I really did leave and drive to Bellevue. It was seven trains later than I expected, but what a story that turned out to be.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

More than an hour later this eastbound has turned a wheel.

More than an hour later this eastbound CSX manifest freight had yet to turn a wheel.

NS crosses at Attica Junction while CSX waits. Later it would be the other way around.

NS crosses at Attica Junction while CSX waits. Shortly after making this image, another NS train came past in the opposition direction, passing each other on the diamonds.

The lead unit of this eastbound stack train is compliant with the Tier 4 emission standards of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The lead unit of this eastbound stack train is compliant with the Tier 4 emission standards of the Environmental Protection Agency.

A pair of BNSF units lead a loaded coal train westward. My guess is this coal came from southwestern Pennsylvania, perhaps from a mine along the former Monongahela.

A pair of BNSF units lead a loaded coal train westward. My guess is this coal came from southwestern Pennsylvania, perhaps from a mine along the former Monongahela.

I waited for NS to clear for CSX. Now I'm waiting for CSX to clear for NS. Such is life at Attica Junction.

I waited for NS to clear for CSX. Now I’m waiting for CSX to clear for NS. Such is life at Attica Junction.

The clouds gathered and they threatened, but they never developed into thunderstorms. A westbound passes the eastbound home signals at West Attica.

The clouds gathered and they threatened, but they never developed into thunderstorms. A westbound passes the eastbound home signals at West Attica.

 

Fire Hits ex-B&O Yard Office in Akron

October 1, 2013

Fire

The former Baltimore & Ohio yard office building in Akron was hit by fire just after midnight on Tuesday. The building, which firefighters said had been vacant and boarded up for years, is located along North Arlington between East North and North Forge streets.

Arlington was closed to vehicle traffic for about two hours and train traffic on CSX was also shut down. Both reopened about 2 a.m.

The Akron Fire Department reported that the rear door of the building appeared to have been forced open, leading them to brand the fire as a possible arson.

No injuries were reported.

The two-story yard office is located next to where the ex-B&O Valley Line crosses beneath the Chicago-Pittsburgh main lines.