Posts Tagged ‘CSX locomotives’

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

CSX Action in Clinton

December 23, 2021

Veteran railroad photographer Bob Farkas often makes images of CSX trains in Clinton on the New Castle Subdivision. That’s not surprising given it is just a few miles down the road from his home in Canal Fulton.

In this series we get a perspective of CSX trains in various locations, including at the far west end of Warwick Yard. Other vantage points include Warwick Park, the east end of the yard and the area near Warwick Tower.

All of the images were made during 2021 and offer a snap shot of Class 1 railroad operations in the era of precision scheduled railroading of longer and fewer trains.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

CSX Two for Tuesday in Barberton

December 21, 2021

It’s Tuesday and we have a pair made in Barberton on the CSX New Castle Subdivision on July 19, 2021. In the top image, Union Pacific 5940 wheels train K593 is eastbound. In the bottom image CSX leads a westbound stack train.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Nova Tower Two for Tuesday

December 21, 2021

Nova Tower was razed in late 2013, but for many years it was a “must visit” site on any photo expedition on the western end of the CSX New Castle Subdivision.

Shown above are a pair of trains that I caught passing the “leaning tower of Nova” on Aug. 7, 2009. I must have spent some time there because both trains are eastbound on Track 2.

It was not my first visit to Nova. I was there a year earlier and perhaps even that had not been my first sighting of Nova Tower. I have a hazy recollection that my first visit to Nova Tower occurred on an outing with Marty Surdyk in which we drove past the tower but no train was coming so we continued on.

At one time Nova tower controlled signals and a crossover here when the rails were the Baltimore & Ohio. Going back even further the Lorain, Ashland & Southern crossed the B&O in Nova at grade.

Nova can still be a good place to photograph trains, but without a former interlocking tower as a photo prop.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

CSX Two For Tuesday With Some UP Style

December 14, 2021

Here is a pair made on Sept. 30, 2021, in Clinton. In the top image Union Pacific SD70M No. 4199 leads a westbound. In the bottom image, the Q137 is rolling past on its daily journey from Baltimore to 59th Street Yard in Chicago. Now known as the I 137, this train usually passes through Northeast Ohio in daylight.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

CSX Triple Play in Clinton Third Day of July

December 8, 2021

Here is a trio made on July 3, 2021, in Clinton on the CSX New Castle Subdivision. In the top image,  CSX 590 leads a westbound. In the middle is No. 6425 sitting on the track normally used for train D750’s power. The bottom image features Nos. 6415 and 6425 on D750’s power’s track.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Coming Out of the Dark

November 28, 2021

With a background of dark green leaves and shadows it appears that CSX road slug 2252 is coming from a dark place. The back story on this image is that train Q394 had motive power problems while traveling between Clinton and Akron. The motive power normally used on the D750, which is based at Warwick Yard in Clinton, was sent to tow the consist of the Q394 to Warwick. The image was made on July 2, 2015. The 2252 was originally built in December 1962 as a GP30 for the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Meet Me in Warwick

November 24, 2021

A CSX eastbound passes an inbound R.J. Corman train in Warwick Yard in Clinton on June 14, 1996. Corman GP16 1826 is entering the yard to interchange cars with CSX.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

A Little Further Back

November 18, 2021

Usually photographers stand on South Main Street when trying to get an eastbound on the CSX New Castle Subdivision with the iconic Firestone sign in the frame. But this image was made from Miller Avenue and incorporates both the Firestone sign and the Main Street bridge. The gravel path off the right is where the Erie Lackawanna mainline once ran. The track to the left leads to behind the Firestone complex. The photograph was created on May 20, 2010.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

CSX Two for Tuesday in Akron, Clinton

October 26, 2021

CSX GP40-2 No. 4411 leads an eastbound through Akron on Aug. 20, 2021, in the top image. The same train and locomotive is shown in the bottom image earlier in the day making a setout/pickup in Clinton at Warwick Yard. No. 4411 was built for Conrail as No. 3303.

Photograph by Robert Farkas