Posts Tagged ‘CSX trains in sunset’

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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Photo Finish

November 9, 2013
Here is what the CSX tracks in Cuyahoga Falls looked like at nearly 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Brilliant late day sunshine is illuminating everything.

Here is what the CSX tracks in Cuyahoga Falls looked like at nearly 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Brilliant late day sunshine is illuminating everything.

At last the westbound K train has come out of the trees and into the rapidly diminishing daylight.

At last the westbound K train has come out of the trees and into the rapidly diminishing daylight.

Compare this image with the one at the top of this post. The shadows are on the march.

Compare this image with the one at the top of this post. The shadows are on the march.

The steel slabs gleam in the late day light.

The steel slabs gleam in the late day light.

One last glint shot.

One last glint shot.

Out for a Sunday Drive

November 6, 2013

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This past Sunday I met up with Roger Durfee and we went for a Sunday drive in search of trains and fall foliage. It would be a challenge because in many places in Northeast Ohio the foliage is past its peak and some trees are bare or nearly bare.

It also would be a challenge because there are not that many places with spectacular foliage next to a railroad track in a relatively open area.

We spotted our first train with foliage west of the Summit Street crossing in Kent. There was just enough color to make for an interesting image of this eastbound auto rack (Photo 1)

We knew there was a westbound intermodal (Q138) behind the rack train and we soon heard on the scanner that westbound Q137 was coming.

So we parked on the Main Street bridge in Kent and waited. The Q137 arrived first and I got images on both sides of the bridge (Photos 2 and 3)

We began heading east, checking possible locations for getting the Q138. We ended up shooting it at Ravenna but there wasn’t much color there.

We intercepted a westbound manifest train just west of Newton Falls. Clouds dampened the lighting and the foliage was past peak, but the image still says fall. (Photo 4)

We dodged the clouds for most of the morning but my early to mid afternoon the skies had turned mostly sunny.

We checked out the area by the location of the former Newton Falls tower and depot. The latter is gone but there is a nice stand of maple trees on the north side of the tracks.

These trees, too, were past peak, but there was enough color to make things interesting (Photo 5). It would have been nice had the BNSF “pumpkin” on the lead not been so faded. We made our way back to Akron in hopes of getting something on CSX at Perkins or Market Street.

There was an Akron Barberton Cluster Railway job ready to go back to Barberton that we heard on the radio talking to the CSX IO dispatcher.

We got to Market Street just before the ABC No. 1501 led a short train past the site of the former Akron Union Depot (Photos 6 and 7). This might have been the money shot of the day.

And maybe not because other good things were yet to come.

The Wheeling & Lake Erie had parked a stone train at Rock Cut with three matched SD40s. The lighting was good so we captured it (Photo 8).

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is back to two trains a day on weekends and we waited for the afternoon train to arrive.

We set up at Cascade Locks Park and were disappointed to see the black LTEX unit in the lead and the FPA-4 No. 6777 trailing. Last week the 6777 has been leading southward and the LTEX trailing, but the power had been turned. Darn!

We hung around to photograph the 4241 leading the train back north shortly after it left Akron Northside station (Photos 9 and 10).

It was now 3 p.m. and we hadn’t had lunch. A check of the signals at Arlington Street showed Track No. 1 lined up for a westbound. But how far away was it?

We stopped at Burger King and then went trackside just east of Bailey Road to eat and wait.

Not long after getting there, a westbound manifest showed up (Photos 11 and 12). Before calling it day we also saw an eastbound auto rack train (Photo 13) and a westbound steel slab train.

Perhaps we had saved the best for last. You decide.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

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