Posts Tagged ‘CSX trains’

CSX Colorful Two for Tuesday in Clinton

October 4, 2022

Here are two images of CSX eastbound trains made in Clinton on March 6, 2005.

In the top image, Nos. 6421 and 2726 lead a colorful motive power consist that includes former Conrail and Burlington Northern units in their original colors.

That appears to be a railroad signal maintainer watching the train. Note the open door on the control box to the right of the locomotive..

In the bottom image, No. 7719 is leading train entering the single track between that begins at Warwick and runs to Lambert on the Akron-Barberton border.

Those classic Baltimore & Ohio position light signals are now gone, replaced with modern signals.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

In Newton Falls in the Early CSX Era

September 23, 2022

The wayback machine has us in the early CSX era in Newton Falls. GP15T No. 1523 leads an eastbound in June 1988. The unit was built for the Chesapeake & Ohio in December 1982. Note the variation in motive power liveries of this lash-up.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

CSX Trio on the New Castle Subdivision

September 15, 2022

Here are three recent CSX trains. In the top image, ET44H No. 3389 is westbound in Clinton on July 9, 2022. In the middle image, AC44CS No. 533 is heading an eastbound in Clinton on July 14, 2022.  In the bottom image, ES44AC-H No. 836 is in passing through Barberton on July 22, 2022.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

BNSF ‘Grinstein Green’ Trio in Akron

August 28, 2022

Here are three early digital images of BNSF SD70MAC No. 9505 in the “Grinstein green” livery leading a westbound train on CSX in Akron on June 20, 2004.

The top image was made north of East Thornton Street at MP 130.4. In the middle the train is approaching me before passing under the East Thornton Street bridge.

In the bottom image the train, having passed under the East Thornton Street bridge, is approaching Voris Street. The bridge in the background carries Interstates 76 and 77.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

A Sight to be Seen No More

August 18, 2022

CSX earlier this month razed the former Baltimore & Ohio passenger station in Deshler, thus making scenes such as this a thing of the past. That said, there probably are thousands of images in railfan photo collections similar to this of a westbound passing the Deshler depot, which was in rough condition then.

This image was made on June 22, 2014, during an Akron Railroad Club longest day outing.

Photograph by Craig Sanders

Pair of Ex-Conrail Units Working for CSX

June 30, 2022

CSX C40-8W No. 7389 is eastbound in Akron on May 20, 2006. The unit was built in November 1994 as Conrail 741. Speaking of which, the 7389 is working with another Conrail unit that still displays its CR livery.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

McKay Day Memories

April 2, 2022

For more than a decade the Akron Railroad Club had a tradition of gathering on the first Saturday in April for a day of train watching in Berea. Known as Dave McKay Day, the event paid tribute to the second longest-serving ARRC president, David A. McKay, who died in December 2004 shortly after stepping down from his 12-year tenure as ARRC president.

The downside to holding a railfanning event in early April in Northeast Ohio is that the weather could be anything from snow and cold to sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s. During the 14 years McKay Day was held on the first Saturday in April, we saw it all.

In 2019 the McKay Day date was shifted to May in hopes of having better weather and better attendance.

The two images shown above were made on April 2, 2016. The day began partly cloudy and there was nice sunlight for the first few trains that I photographed after arriving around 8 a.m.

But those conditions wouldn’t last. The weather went from partly cloudy to cloudy to back to partly cloudy and then to winter when light snow fell in mid afternoon.

Those conditions prompted the handful of us who were still there to call it a day and head to the Berea Union Depot Taverne for dinner. The snow was really coming down by the time I got home that night.

I chose these two images because they are among the few I made that day with nice light. In the top image an eastbound is passing a westbound between the depot and the Front Street overpass.

The bottom image shows that westbound a couple minutes earlier. It has yet to reach Front Street. This is a view that few photographs seem to seek out while photographing trains in Berea.

When McKay Day fell early in April, which was often the case, the national semifinals of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament were played the same day.

In 2016, the Final Four was Villanova, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Syracuse. Games were played in Houston and the tournament was won by Villavnova. This year the Final Four features two of those 2016 teams, Villanova and North Carolina. Others are Duke and Kansas. The semifinal games will be played Saturday night in New Orleans.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

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

Another Barberton Two for Tuesday

February 8, 2022

We’ve got another two for Tuesday on the CSX New Castle Subdivision in Barberton, this one from July 19, 2021. In the top image, CSX 914 is serving as the DPU for a westbound container train headed by CSX 3179. In the bottom image we see CSX 3428 and 451 on an eastbound auto rack train.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

A CSX Two for Tuesday in Sterling

January 25, 2022

This used to be where the Baltimore & Ohio crossed the Erie, but the latter is long gone and its right of way converted to a trail.

The B&O line between Chicago and Pittsburgh is today owned by CSX and known as the New Castle Subdivision.

In the top image CSX 3326 is on the point of train Q369 heading westbound on July 26, 2021. This train originated in Cumberland, Maryland, and is bound for Clearing Yard on the Belt Railway of Chicago.

A short time later we catch CSX 3463 leading the Q232 eastbound.

Photographs by Robert Farkas