Posts Tagged ‘excursion train’

Nickel Plate Road 759 at Conneaut

July 17, 2017

Before Nickel Plate Road 765 was restored, there was NKP 759. Here NKP 759 is heading eastbound over the Norfolk & Western (ex-NKP) trestle in Conneaut on Sept. 8, 1968. This was her first excursion after rebuilding in 1968.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

One Summer Day in Kent Not all that Long Ago

January 20, 2016

Trains at Kent July 5, 2003

I have a hard time thinking of something that occurred in the first decade of the 21st century as having been a long time ago.

Yet we are halfway through the second decade of the 21st century and things that occurred nearly 13 years ago can be said to qualify as old, particularly if they show something you don’t see anymore.

And so it is with the image shown above that I made on July 5, 2003, in Kent.

First, let’s make the case that this is not uncommon. Wheeling & Lake Erie No. 200, which is shown sitting with an excursion train on the former Erie Lackawanna (nee Erie) mainline, is still in service. In fact, I photographed it a year ago near New London.

CSX 7697 is still in service, too, and wears the blue, gray and yellow livery it was wearing more than a decade ago.

C40-8W locomotives on CSX hardly are a rare sight. You could hang out any day of the week in Kent and have a good chance of seeing at least one of them.

Yet this image has one thing going for it that relegates it to the realm of the uncommon if not gone for good.

Passenger train rides on the former EL used to be a fixture of the annual Kent Heritage Festival held every year around July 4.

But about five years ago the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway said it would no longer host the trips.

Given the hostility of the Wheeling & Lake Erie, the owner of the ABC, toward public passenger excursions in the past two years, its seems unlikely that there are going to be train rides anytime soon during the Kent Heritage Festival.

This image brings back a lot of fond memories. Earlier in the day, I had ridden this train, which ran a couple miles east toward Ravenna Road.

At the time, I was thinking of joining a group called the Akron Railroad Club. Later that month I attended my first ARRC meeting.

Also, this photo was made on one of my earliest railfan outings in Kent.

It would have been nice had that tree growing along the bank of the Cuyahoga River not been there for its obscures the noses of both locomotives.

At the time, though, I was happy to get an image of a train above and a train below. I have not seen that opportunity come along since then.

So this image brings back many pleasant memories. Isn’t that one of reasons why we make photographs?

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders