Posts Tagged ‘CSX at Berea Ohio’

Colorful Sunset in Berea

March 18, 2016

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By the time I got to Berea, the light of day had begun to rapidly diminish. I had just over two hours to kill before going to the meeting of the Railroad Enthusiasts and had brought my camera along.

You just never know what you might see that you’ll want to photograph.

The skies had been a mixture of blue and clouds, which would turn out to be an advantage as the last rays of light peaked over the horizon.

Getting the most colorful images during a sunset is a combination of art and science, but one key is to understand that those vivid colors are going to be very short-lived.

Nearly as soon as nature puts on a display of brilliant colors, they are taken away. You better move fast and you better have some luck if you hope to juxtapose a sunset with a moving train.

I caught a little of everything during my time in Berea with the help of a westbound CSX auto rack train.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The lead unit of a westbound CSX auto rack train.

The lead unit of a westbound CSX auto rack train.

A "fiery" auto rack. The effect is created by sunlight coming through crevices and openings.

A “fiery” auto rack. The effect is created by sunlight coming through crevices and openings.

Chasing the setting sun toward the Greenwich Subdivision of CSX.

Chasing the setting sun toward the Greenwich Subdivision of CSX.

Compare and contrast this image with the one below. The colors of a sunset can vary in the span of a few minutes.

Compare and contrast this image with the one below. The colors of a sunset can vary in the span of a few minutes.

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(Slightly) New Look at Berea

October 15, 2015

Berea changes

There is a new look in Berea. Look down the CSX tracks in the photograph above. What do you not see?

The signals that used to protect the connection between CSX and Norfolk Southern at the west end of the interlocking is gone from Track No. 1.

Instead, signals have been placed on the connection itself and those are barely visible in this image of two passing NS trains and an approaching CSX eastbound on Track No. 2.

The signals on the what was known in Conrail days as the Toledo connection have been in place for several weeks and are now turned on.

Another signal that used to stand near the tower to protect eastbound CSX trains on Track No. 1 just to the west of the Toledo connection has also been removed.

It means that all of the block signals in Berea are now modern signals.

What can’t be seen is that CSX now controls all of its tracks through Berea. For years, track No. 1 on CSX has been under the control of the NS Cleveland Terminal dispatcher.

The change was made on Sept. 27. For about 12 hours that day, rail traffic was shut down so that various changes could be made, including the cutting in of the PTC system on both railroads.

The railroads diverted some trains to other routes and moved back the call times for other trains.

NS took advantage of the window to replace the diamonds at CP 207 in Elyria on its Chicago Line.

What’s That? Could it be a Caboose?

September 22, 2014

caboose

I was at Berea for a while on Saturday afternoon. An eastbound CSX rail train was coming through and I thought I’d better have my camera ready in case there was a caboose on the rear. The good news is that the train did, indeed, have a caboose. The bad news is that it was not on the rear of the train. Maybe next time.

Photograph by Craig Sanders