Posts Tagged ‘CSX Erie West Subdivision’

Catching it on the Rebound With a Little Luck

August 4, 2021

Back on July 25 Jeff Troutman and I photographed Canadian National 8952, the Grand Trunk Western heritage unit, leading eastbound CSX train K614.

We caught it in Perry just after 7 p.m. The sun angles at that time of the early evening were not ideal. 

Last Sunday, Marty Surdyk and I drove to the Mahoning Valley to visit the Cornerfield Model Railroad in Huntsburg, and watch a Mahoning Valley Scrappers ballgame in Niles.

We also did some railfanning, but the only train we photographed was the local sitting in Perry (bottom photo above) that was probably getting its crew the next day.

We were hoping that we might get lucky and the GTW heritage unit would be returning. But it turned out to be not that day.

Two days later Heritage Units.com showed that westbound CSX train K615 had the GTW heritage unit leading.

What would be the chance it would get into my neighborhood in time before dark? With tons of luck it showed up near the same time as it had on July 25.

It was about 6:30 p.m. and the sun was nearly at the same angle as it had been on July 25th making it absolutely perfect for westbounds. I’m happy.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

GTW Heritage Unit Visits Northeast Ohio

July 26, 2021

I met Jeff Troutman in Perry on Sunday evening to catch CSX ethanol train K614. There were three other railfans there as well. What was special about his train is that it was led by Canadian National 8952, the Grand Trunk Western heritage unit. It passed through just after 7 p.m.

Photograph by Edward Ribinskas

Topping Off the Day at Bort Road

June 18, 2021

After spending much of last Sunday chasing the FA units on the New York & Lake Erie excursion train in New York State, Marty Surdyk and I headed back toward Cleveland in late afternoon.

We stopped for an hour at Bort Road in North East, Pennsylvania, one of our favorite places to photograph trains on the CSX Erie West Subdivision and the Lake Erie District of Norfolk Southern.

In just over an hour we bagged six trains only one of which was an intermodal train. Our first catch was a CSX westbound at 5:43 p.m. Our last train was NS 315 at 6:53 p.m.

In between we caught NS 309, a CSX auto rack train, a CSX westbound manfest and the Q003.

The westbound manifest freight had a surprise, a pair of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority MP36PH-3C units.

Nos. 010 and 011 are the only such units on the MBTA motive power roster and were acquired used from Utah Transit.

Marty and I speculated that they might be dropped off at the Wabtec plant in Erie for overhaul.

After a productive outing at Bort Road we continued west and exited on Route 19 at Erie to eat dinner at the Eat ‘n Park restaurant just down the road

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Last Stand for Solid Bessemer Power

June 8, 2021

Our June 18, 2014 outing had a game plan in place. Craig Sanders and I set out to start with eastbound Amtrak No. 48 and then focus on the Bessemer & Lake Erie knowing that solid Bessemer motive power was nearing the end.

We were fortunate with our catches on this day, and our predictions were correct because the following year the majority of Bessemer motive power was transferred elsewhere on the Canadian National system.

We began early in Conneaut to set up for the Lake Shore Limited if it was on time which would be about 6:50 a.m. Soon we found out it was running close to three hours behind schedule.

We saw a CSX and a Norfolk Southern train and then put Plan B into place.

We kept a sharp ear on the scanner for the Bessemer since that was our main objective, but worked our way to Lake City, Pennsylvania, knowing we could get back to intercept the Bessemer once we heard radio chatter on its frequency.

At Lake City we photographed five trains on CSX, including Amtrak. Once we heard the Bessemer squawking we worked our way to intercept a train coming out of the Conneaut harbor.

The top image is an eastbound CSX stack train led by BNSF motive power at 10:17 a.m. in Lake City.

Next up is the Lake Shore Limited at 11:02 a.m. Note that it still had Heritage Fleet baggage cars.

Our first shot of the Bessemer after its Conneaut departure was at Pond Road in Pennsylvania at 11:55 a.m. The same train is seen at 12:38 p.m. passing the site of the location of the B&LE passenger station in Albion, Pennsylvania. I’ll continue describing our good fortune in Part 2.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Sunday Spent Watching Trains, Baseball

May 17, 2021

I had a great outing with Marty Surdyk on Sunday. We left Painesville shortly after 9 a.m. and railfanned our way to Erie.

Our first photo was of an eastbound CSX stack train at County Line Road in Unionville.  Shortly after that a westbound CSX train came past at the same location.

Photograph 3 shows what in the past would have been two trains now run as one. In this case it is double-stacked containers and auto racks.

We then motored on to Geneva where we caught an eastbound intermodal at Geneva.

We made our way to Lake City, Pennsylvania, where we caught a manifest freight passing the former New York Central passenger station there.

At nearby Girard, Pennsylvania, we caught a eastbound Norfolk Southern intermodal train, either the 22K or 206 about a half-mile  west of Wallace Junction.

You can see the relocated former Nickel Plate Plate station perpendicular to the tracks.

Afterwards we worked our way toward Erie and UPMC Park where we watched the Erie Seawolves beat the Akron Rubber Ducks 7-6 in an action-packed game that lasted 3 hours, 29 minutes.

We had no luck finding a train on the former Bessemer & Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. Will be back there on another day to try again.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Looks More Like January Than March

May 11, 2021

On March 16, 2013, which was a day of the train show at Lake Land College in Kirtland, Craig Sanders and I started  out in Perry in extreme winter conditions as a lake effect squall dumped heavy snow on the area.

We were fortunate to get great photos in a 24-minute span, which included a late Amtrak No. 48. The top image of a Norfolk Southern train illustrates the fierce elements.

Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited showed up at 8:42 a.m. and a CSX eastbound came along at 8:51 a.m.

We then retreated to the warm car. Later we would catch a train Painesville before heading to the rain show to work the Akron Railroad Club’s table. By then the snow had stopped.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Good Way to Start the 2021 Railfan Year

March 15, 2021

Railfans and their cameras were out in force on Saturday in Northeast Ohio as CSX train 166 came through the Canadian Pacific No. 6644 on the point.

The SD70ACU is adorned in a special livery paying tribute to World War II veterans.

It is shown above passing through Perry at 12:24 p.m. on the CSX Erie West Subdivision. On the rear of the train was a distributed power unit with its nose facing outward, a bonus for photographers.

Catching the 166 with something out of the ordinary was the highlight of the photographer’s first railfan photography trip of 2021

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

While Waiting for Something Else

March 14, 2021

It is an unexpected but pleasant surprise that while waiting for one train you sometimes get the opportunity to photograph another train that also has something attractive in the consist.

That happened on Saturday to Ed Ribinskas about noon on Saturday as he waited in Perry for an intermodal train with a special Canadian Pacific locomotive.

But first came this eastbound grain train with a pair of BNSF units. It never hurts when railfanning to have the railfan gods smile on you.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

A Favorite Ex-NYC Signal Bridge in Ashtabula

February 18, 2021

I’ve always enjoyed using signal bridges as photo props in railfan photography.

One of my favorites was the former New York Central signal bridge at the west end of the Ashtabula yard near the grade crossing with North Bend Road. 

It was easily accessible without any trespassing on railroad property. The signals shown in these images were for eastbound traffic so the best photos were westbounds.

The top photo shows a Conrail train on April 16, 1989.

The remaining photos were made on May 4 2007. In the last photo behind the BNSF units another road crossing can be seen.

Past that crossing and closer to the entrance of the yard is where a relocated signal bridge is now in use, obviously without NYC style signals.

These are another example of what I’m glad I got when I got it.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Something Out of the Ordinary in NEO

February 15, 2021

On Saturday a CSX westbound came through Northeast Ohio with some unusual cargo.

Tacked behind the lead CSX locomotive was a set of ultra low emissions diesel Genset switchers.

The Gensets were ordered by Union Pacific and have been converted by Super Steel in Glenville, New York, from GE B40-7A locomotives.

I caught them being delivered at Lake Road in Lake County.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas