Posts Tagged ‘BE Tower’

Early NS in Berea Two for Tuesday

May 3, 2022

Norfolk Southern took over from Conrail the Chicago Line between Cleveland and Chicago on June 1, 1999. Shown above are two views of NS trains made during the first year of NS operation of the Chicago Line.

As seen in the top image, Conrail locomotives were still quite common during that era. Former CR C36-7 No. 8485 leads a westbound with a lease unit helping out. The photo was made on Nov. 6, 1999.

A few months later another westbound passes the former BE Tower with a pair of NS units and a former Burlington Northern locomotive. The latter may be a lease unit as its BN markings appear to have been painted over. The photo was made on Feb. 26, 2000.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

One Day at Berea in June 1971

April 25, 2021

The wayback machine has transported us back to June 1971 in Berea. An eastbound Penn Central mail train is passing BE Tower.

There is much to see here that is of historical significance and much you can’t see anymore. Let’s start with E7A No. 4034. Built for the New York Central in March 1939, it wasn’t all that long ago that it was pulling passenger trains. Now it is in mail train service, which wasn’t a bad place to be given how mail trains operated.

Look closer at the 4034. It may have a PC herald on its nose but its NYC “cigar band” stripe is still easily visible.

If you look back in the consist of the train you’ll find a rider coach and a string of Flexi-Vans, which were a NYC specialty.

You’ve probably also noticed the type G signal heads that lasted into the Norfolk Southern era on the Chicago Line.

Now look in the door of BE Tower. Yes, that is a child waving along with the operator. We don’t know the identity of the kid but it might be the photographer’s son.

Back then not only did towers have operators but some of them could also be quite friendly and accommodating.

Photograph by Richard Jacobs

Classic Berea Image

August 26, 2020

The wayback machine has been set to Oct. 1, 2005, which doesn’t sound like it was all that long ago but it’s been almost 15 years.

Norfolk Southern has been the owner of the former Conrail Chicago Line for six years but some motive power in its original CR blue is still there to be seen and photographed.

Such is the case with NS 6741 leading a westbound past Berea Tower in a classic pose that photographers are still able to get.

BE Tower still stands but the signals shown here have been replaced.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

BE Tower From Aboard a Train

October 18, 2019

If you’ve spent any amount of time in Berea watching trains you are no doubt familiar with the south side of BE Tower.

It can easily be seen from the parking lot of the former Big Four station where railfans like to congregate.

But what does the north side look like?

It is quite familiar to train crews for Norfolk Southern who have passed it countless times and probably pay little attention to it.

If you wonder what the train side of BE Tower looks like, here it is.

A late running Lake Shore Limited last June afforded me the opportunity to get this grab shot as the train passed by.

Different From All The Others

May 27, 2016

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I made this photograph because I liked the contrast of the direct early morning sunlight on BE Tower with the dark clouds behind it.

It is a Saturday morning on the Akron Railroad Club’s annual Dave McKay Day last April. I had walked down to the area east of the former Big Four depot, which is now a restaurant, to photograph an eastbound CSX train passing the station.

The sun was in and out of the clouds. As I was about to get back to my car, it popped out again and I just had to make this image.

I’ve seen and photographed BE Tower dozens of times over the years, but there was something about this image that made it different than all of the others.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders