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Scenes from Cleveland’s National Train Day

May 17, 2015
An overview of the equipment display at Cleveland's National Train Day event as seen from the parking deck next to City Hall. on top of the bluffs overlooking Lake Erie.

An overview of the equipment display at Cleveland’s National Train Day event as seen from the parking deck next to City Hall. on top of the bluffs overlooking Lake Erie.

Cleveland held its first National Train Day celebration on Saturday, May 9 at the Amtrak station along the lakefront. Other events were held at the roundhouse of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society in Cleveland as well as in Sebring and Alliance. At the Cleveland Amtrak station, Norfolk Southern had a pair of locomotives along with a caboose painted in Conrail colors and markings. Reportedly, this was the last caboose built for Conrail. Also on hand was a locomotive used by the Cleveland Harbor Belt, which is a subsidiary of the Cleveland Commercial Railroad.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

You wanted trains on National Train Day? There were several trains to be seen.

You wanted trains on National Train Day? There were several trains to be seen.

Norfolk Southern ran several trains past the NTD festivities. Although not shown, the Southern Railway heritage locomotive made an appearance, albeit in a trailing position.

Norfolk Southern ran several trains past the NTD festivities. Although not shown, the Southern Railway heritage locomotive made an appearance, albeit in a trailing position.

NS 4658, an Operation Lifesaver unit, is a GP59. It was accompanied by slug No. 615, which is now classified as an RP-E4C.

NS 4658, an Operation Lifesaver unit, is a GP59. It was accompanied by slug No. 615, which is now classified as an RP-E4C.

Conrail caboose 21313 as seen from the parking deck.

Conrail caboose 21313 as seen from the parking deck.

Cleveland Harbor Belt 2639 is a former Missouri-Kansas-Texas GP39-2.

Cleveland Harbor Belt 2639 is a former Missouri-Kansas-Texas GP39-2.

A Waterfront line RTA car cruises past the Cleveland Amtrak Station and  in the background) First Energy Field.

A Waterfront line RTA car cruises past the Cleveland Amtrak Station and in the background) First Energy Stadium.

A Conrail EOT.

A Conrail EOT.

Some railfans record the passage of an RTA Waterfront train.

Some railfans record the passage of an RTA Waterfront train.

Amtrak passengers must cross the RTA Waterfront line tracks to board their train. These grade crossing flashers warn them of an approaching RTA train.

Amtrak passengers must cross the RTA Waterfront line tracks to board their train. These grade crossing flashers warn them of an approaching RTA train.

John Barnett, a former Conrail dispatcher and operator at Berea Tower, is all smile as he poses from the cab of NS 615.

John Barnett, a former Conrail dispatcher and operator at Berea Tower, is all smile as he poses from the cab of NS 615.

Paul Berg, one of the co-organizers of the Cleveland National Train Day, is interviewed by WJR-TV in Cleveland.

Paul Berg, one of the co-organizers of the Cleveland National Train Day, is interviewed by WJR-TV in Cleveland.

Ryan Durfee, the son of ARRC member Roger Durfee, tries out the controls of an NS locomotive.

Ryan Durfee, the son of ARRC member Roger Durfee, tries out the controls of an NS locomotive.

Don Wetzel was one of the men connected with the New York Central’s M-497 jet powered Rail Diesel Car project in 1966. He was on hand to talk about his involvement in the project.

A helmet worn by crew members during the test run of the jet-powered RDC.

A helmet worn by crew members during the test run of the jet-powered RDC.