Posts Tagged ‘CSX Erie West Subdivision’

Winter at the Painesville Depot

January 12, 2023

An eastbound CSX container train passes the former New York Central passenger station in Painesville on Feb. 2, 2014. The depot has been restored and now houses a railroad museum.

Photograph by Craig Sanders

What It Would Have Looked Like

December 24, 2022

Friday and Saturday were the type of days I will not venture out anymore except to the mailbox and to feed the birds.

Why I didn’t really need to go trackside is because I am more than satisfied with the results I got in Perry in March 2013 in similar conditions. However, things were worse on Friday than they were in March 2013 when there was heavy lake effect snow but not the extreme cold.

Of course I wouldn’t have been able to see Amtrak No. 48 anyway if I had gone out since it was cancelled. Stay warm everyone.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

One Morning at Lake City

December 14, 2022

About a mile or two west of Lake City, Pennsylvania, State Route 5 curves over the CSX Erie West Subdivision on a bridge that the last time I was there had no fences. It is or at least was a good place to photograph although you had to park a short distance away and walk up.

I’ve probably been over that bridge a dozen or more times over the years but only photographed from it a couple of times that I remember. One of those was early on the morning of April 27, 2008.

Peter Bowler and I had stopped there to catch Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited and stayed a while to photograph some eastbound CSX intermodal trains.

I don’t recall the symbol of this train, but in looking at this image more than a decade later I’m struck by how the consist includes a string of trailers on flat cars. Those can still be found on intermodal trains, but like so many other things in railroading are fading away in favor of double-stacked containers.

And yet the motive power looks pretty much the way it has for more than 20 years. Or so it seems.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

CP 8757 at Perry

July 15, 2022

On Thursday I saw on that Canadian Pacific No. 8757, the Every Child Matters unit, was on CSX intermodal train I165. After it was reported at North East, Pennsylvania, I went out to Main Street in Perry about an hour later. It showed a little after 4:30 p.m..

Photograph by Edward Ribinskas

Productive Afternoon in Perry

May 18, 2022

I was out photographing CSX and Norfolk Southern trains in Perry on May 10. It was a good day and I logged 11 trains, all but two of them on CSX.

I later realized that date was the 153rd anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike. Last year I learned that a director of the Union Pacific back then was John Casement.

He was present at the ceremony at Promontory. He also is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery just down the road which I passed on the way to Perry.

Someday I’ll remember to see if I can find his grave site since it is so close. 

Here are three favorites from that May 10 outing. The top image has three trains in it including the NS local from Grand River and two CSX trains. Even though I was on the wrong side for middle photo of a westbound NS manifest freight, I still like it. In the bottom photo the lighting is ideal for this westbound CSX stack train.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Getting a Lucky Catch on CSX

May 13, 2022

On Thursday April 21, Ursula and myself had planned a visit to Rosabella Winery in Austinburg on Route 307. Since last Fall we have been sampling the numerous wineries in Lake and Ashtabula counties, which have more than 30 wineries.

Our routine is to pick a different one each week when there is good weather, pick a wine, have a glass and lunch, if food is available, and check it off the list. Our visits are usually on a Wednesday or Thursday when patronage is very light.

Before we leave in the morning, I always check Heritage just in case.

I saw that Canadian National (BC Rail) No, 3115 was leading an eastbound CSX general freight with a destination of, I think it was, Buffalo.

I can’t remember the train symbol, but it turned out to be a long, long general CSX manifest freight. The report on was at Lagrange about 10 a.m. 

We got to the winery at noon. Again, I checked HU and a new report showed it in Cleveland at noon.

A little after 2 p.m. we left Rosabella and figured we would stop at a coffee house in Geneva on Route 534 on the north side of the Norfolk Southern (ex-Nickel Plate) tracks. It has become a favorite stop for us when we are out that way because with the right table you can see NS trains.

Prior to crossing the NS tracks I heard a locomotive horn. When we crossed the tracks nothing was in sight, so the horn had to be from a CSX train, which is about a half-mile north.

I figured that was the BCRail locomotive but I would be out of luck on this day.

Arriving at the coffee house, we found it closed. We then started on our way toward home on Route 84.

Approaching Perry, I turned down Main Street and told Ursula that I wanted to see if any headlights were visible. It was now about 3:10 p.m.

As we approached the NS and CSX crossings, the CSX flashers lit up. An eastbound was approaching slowly. It did not look like CSX colors.

Ursula saw my excitement, so she put her iPhone on the camera app and handed it to me. Bingo.

Article and Photograph by Edward Ribinskas

Catching up With the NKP Heritage Unit

March 4, 2022

I saw Wednesday night that CSX train Q567 with the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit of Norfolk Southern was coming up the Hudson River. I was hoping I would have some good luck on Thursday for my first photographs of 2022. I waited a little over an hour and it did arrive about 1 p.m. Despite being a cold 27 degrees, it was sunny in the perfect spot and I came away very happy with the results. The train was captured at milepost 153 in Painesville on the Erie West Subdivision.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Genset Two for Tuesday

February 1, 2022

I recently saw on a photograph made on Jan. 12, 2022, of two now Sierra Railroad Genset locomotives with the first being former Union Pacific No. 2627. I saw the latter being delivered at Lane Road near Perry on March 13, 2007, on a CSX train. Here are my images from that day.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

During a Transitional Era in Ashtabula

January 9, 2022

It is a late November day in 2008, a Sunday to be exact. A few days earlier a snowstorm had swept through Northeast Ohio but on the CSX Erie West Subdivision the passing trains have blown the snow off the tracks.

Peter Bowler and I got together on a photo outing that covered CSX between Perry and Ashtabula. We made a stop at North Bend Road, which crosses the CSX tracks west of the entrance to the yard.

I had photographed this signal bridge a year earlier when it had signal heads for Tracks 1 and 2. But now a track configuration within the past year has resulted in the removal of the Type G signal heads for Track 1 eastbound.

Shown is a westbound approaching North Bend Road that appears to be coming out of the yard.

A decade later on Jan. 14, 2018, Peter and I would visit this location again. By then modern signals had been installed and were in operation further to the east to control movements at the west end of the yard.

The signal bridge shown in the image above was still standing but sans all signal heads. I haven’t been back to this location since then but a check of Google Maps streetview showed the signal bridge has since been removed.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

Three-Way Meet in North East

January 2, 2022

It’s a three-way meet with history at the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania, on Sept., 29, 2012. The CSX westbound is on Track 1 of the Erie West Subdivision. Looking on are Norfolk Southern B32-8 No. 3562 and South Shore 2-D+D-2 No. 802. The 3562 is the first Dash 8 to be preserved at the museum, which specializes in locomotives built by GE at its Erie locomotive assembly plant in Lawrence Park. The South Shore “Little Joe” is one of just two such locomotives of that carrier that have been preserved with the other located at the Illinois Railway Museum.

Photograph by Craig Sanders