Posts Tagged ‘CP motive power on CSX’

Seeing Red

August 10, 2017

Train Q165 roars past the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania.

On a couple of back-to-back outings I had the good luck of seeing Canadian Pacific motive power on four trains.

Two of them were Q165 and Q166, which are Chicago-Buffalo, New York, run through trains on CSX that have been operating for a few years now.

I used to somewhat regularly see one of those trains at Berea, but that hasn’t been the case for a while.

I’ve only seen both of them in the same day twice and each time I was in North East, Pennsylvania.

I also found CP motive power leading a pair of Norfolk Southern trains, the 216 and the 67X. One of those was moving and the other was tied down.

I didn’t mind seeing so much red and wouldn’t mind seeing it again now that CP has resumed putting its beaver tail logo on the flanks of some locomotives.

The light was less than ideal to get Q166, which was one of five consecutive eastbounds allowed to move as CSX was single-tracking the Erie West Subdivision between North East, Pennsylvania, and a point in New York York State.

A pair of CPs lead NS 216 through the vineyard country near Bort Road in North East, Pennsylvania.

The first of two views of NS train 67X tied down near Lewis Road in Olmsted Falls, Ohio.


Consolation Prize? Not Quite, but Maybe

February 8, 2016

CP at Berea

There’s a story behind this photograph of Canadian National No. 8896 leading CSX train Q165 westward through Berea that is not obvious from looking at the image. But that is true of most back stories.

The story began about two weeks earlier. It was mostly sunny day and I wanted to watch trains.

I had not been railfanning in more than a month. I initially went to Olmsted Falls where the most exciting thing I saw was one locomotive pulling one boxcar.

The plan was to spend some time in the Falls and then bop over to Berea to catch some more NS and some CSX.

I pulled into the lots used by railfans by Berea Union Depot Taverne. I got out of my car and got back in on the passenger side.

I had scarcely settled into my seat when I heard the rumble of an approaching locomotive. It was westbound Q165 and the CP unit on the lead gleamed nice and bright in the winter sunlight.

I grabbed my camera, but it was too late to even get a shot through the window, let along to get out of the car for a grab shot.

If only I had looked down the tracks to see if there was an eastbound on CSX. Woulda, coulda, shoulda but I didn’t. I spent the rest of the day beating myself up over that missed photo.

It wasn’t long before clouds began rolling in and that nice sunlight vanished. By the time CSX ran another westbound through Berea the skies had turned cloudy.

That was then and this is now. Fellow Akron Railroad Club members Marty Surdyk, Ed Ribinskas and I decided to get together for lunch on a Sunday afternoon at the BUDT.

Afterwards we hung around for a while to watch trains.

With heavy overcast skies it was not a good day to make photographs although I had my camera next to me.

It was about time to head home when Marty said he wanted to check out the Dave McKay plaque. We got out to walk down there and on a whim I went back to get my camera.

This time I did look down the CSX tracks and did see a train coming. I wasn’t inclined to photograph it given the low light.

But as the headlight got closer I zoomed out my telephone lens to take a look. The nose was all red. It was the Q165 and it had two CP units in the motive power consist.

Had it been a CSX locomotive or a rent-a-wreck I probably would have put down my camera. But the memory of missing the last CP locomotive in Berea that I had seen was still fresh in my mind.

This time I was ready. The image is not as good as what I could have made two weeks earlier in the bright sunlight.

But who knows? Someday I might look at this image and it will bring back fond memories. That’s the nice thing about photographs. How you feel about them today is not necessarily how you will feel about them months or even years from now.

For now it will be a reminder to always look down the track when you arrive at a photo location because you never know what might be bearing down on you.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders