Posts Tagged ‘CSX Pride in Service units’

We Got the Tribute Unit and Then Some

July 7, 2021

This nd the three photographs below illustrate the dispatching on CSX in which the Q009 passes another train west of Fostoria and then that train crosses over and proceeds westward.

Second of two parts

We arrived in Deshler to find the railroad fairly busy with east and west traffic.  

There was an interesting lash-up of an un-rebuilt SD40-2 leading an un-rebuilt GE Dash 8 that had been recently reactivated from the dead line.

It was still in YN2 paint but pretty shoddy looking. Unfortunately, I did not get a photo as I had left my camera in the car.

Another westbound, this time with BNSF power and flying two small USA flags, showed up. I did get this one having learned my lesson.

Finally the Q016 came but stopped west of town.  We didn’t know why but found out that North Baltimore yard was congested and he needed to wait for room.

We went to Ohio Route 65 crossing and got him there about 7 p.m. When he got underway we raced ahead to Hoytville where he again stopped.

 He finally got into the yard just before 8 p.m. and the dispatcher said he didn’t have any work here today. He would just re-crew and since that crew was on duty we hoped he would quickly get underway again.

Alas those hopes were dashed by some of the strangest dispatching I have seen or heard of.

Just west of Fostoria a westbound double-stack train was stopped on Track 1. The Q009 passed him on Track 2 and crossed over to Track 1 ahead of him.

So far so good but when the other train got going it crossed over from Track 1 to Track 2 and proceeded west.

We were extremely befuddled and annoyed knowing that any hopes of getting the Q016 again in daylight were not good.  

I found out later that North Baltimore was having issues with switches not working. This could be the reason why the trains were crossed over outside of Fostoria. 

We continued to Fostoria and saw a garbage train turn south on the former Chesapeake & Ohio. This took a good 15-20 minutes after which we went to dinner. The Denny’s in Tiffin was the only sit-down restaurant still open.

The Q016 did come through Fostoria just after 9 p.m. and didn’t have any more delays as it headed east but our chase was over.

As we drove home through Attica we saw a signal for a southbound Norfolk Southern train.

We waited and soon heard a northbound climbing the grade with two Union Pacific engines led by another old GE Dash 8 pulled from the deadlines with about 200 cars behind it.

After he cleared, the southbound came with another almost 200-car train. This ended our day and we drove home.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Seeing Blue in Lake County

July 4, 2021

It was a star spangled start to the railfanning weekend in Lake County with three locomotives focusing on the color blue passing through on Friday and Saturday.

Ed Ribinskas missed the first passage of CSX 3194, the “pride in service” locomotive that pays tribute to law enforcement. It ran east on Q020 on Friday and returned on Saturday afternoon on the Q017.

Ed writes that on Saturday he then saw an online report that this unit was at Ripley, New York at 2:40 p.m.

“I predicted it would be by the Painesville station about 4:10 p.m. Based on that I would have to go to mass at 5 p.m.

He got it in Perry at 4:07 p.m. so his prediction was not that far off.

On Friday, Ed saw on HertageUnits.com that the Norfolk & Western heritage unit was leading Norfolk Southern train 23K.

He called his friend Jeff Troutman to see if he was available. Several years ago the two of them got skunked when they tried to photograph NS 8103 in Bedford at the tot lot on a westbound. But an eastbound blocked it.

Although Ed was fortunate a few years ago getting good photos of the 8103 on two occasions, Jeff still needed it for his collection.

They got it at about 6 p.m.  the Giant Eagle at the U.S. Route 20 crossing in Painesville.

“What was strange were the auto racks on the front of the train. Is 23K now a combined train or was this just an isolated incident? I’m not sure.”

But Ed said when he spotted the 23K with the N&W heritage unit leading as it went past the Elkhart, Indiana, webcam, the auto racks had been removed.

Early on Friday morning Amtrak’s Midnight Blue P42DC No. 100 passed through in the motive consist of the eastbound Lake Shore Limited.

No. 100 was the fourth of four units assigned to the train.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

CSX Tribute Locomotives to Visit Lake Shore Museum

October 3, 2019

The Lake Shore Railway Historical Society said this week that it will host a visit on Oct. 12 and 13 of the three CSX Pride in Service locomotives at its museum in North East, Pennsylvania.

The GE units, which were all built at the nearby Erie locomotive assembly plant, honor America’s military veterans, first responders, and police.

In a news release posted on its website, the museum said it open at noon on both days and host a night photo session with the three visiting locomotives and its own collection of General Electric locomotives.

The three tribute locomotives were built between between 2008 and 2015 at the Lawrence Park plant when it was owned by GE. The plant is now owned by Wabtec.

The units were repainted in special liveries by CSX workers at its locomotive shops in Huntington, West Virginia.

Those same workers also recreated the “Chessie Cat” Chessapeake & Ohio Railroad paint scheme on GE locomotive No. 8272 that CSX donated to museum in 2017.

Additional information about the museum event can be found at https://lakeshorerailway.com/

CSX Tribute Unit(s) to Visit Lake Shore Museum

September 23, 2019

At least one of the CSX tribute locomotives is expected to be at the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 12 and 13.

The museum said on its Facebook page that it hopes to have all three of the CSX Pride in Service units that weekend but there is no guarantee that will be on hand.

Local fire departments and police departments will be bringing their equipment to the museum during the weekend and a night photo shoot is being planned.

Details on the latter will be announced later, the museum said. The night photo shoot will also focus on the museum’s GE-built Little Joe electric locomotive.

The museum will not be offering on-site parking during event. Visitors will need to park on nearby streets.