Posts Tagged ‘Grand River Ohio’

Evening Sighting of the Grand River Railway

June 27, 2019

It was a warm and sun-splashed Friday evening. I was talking with Ed Ribinskas outside Brennans Fish House in Grand River

We had eaten dinner there with our respective wives and were doing some socializing.

I heard a train horn and knew a Grand River Railway was coming. But from which direction?

The Grand River operates down River Street in Grand River. Brennans is located on west side of the street while Pickle Bill’s Lobster House is on the east side.

Some patrons of the latter park next to front of the restaurant and that can cause a clearance issue for the GRR, which hauls salt from a Morton facility north of Grand River to an interchange with CSX in Painesville.

Ed borrows Ursula’s cell phone and snapped the four images shown here.

In the top image the train has entered the street running and is passing Pickle Bill’s. Note the Grand River Police Department cruiser keeping watch on the street.

The shadows in the various images belong to Ed, myself, Ursula and my wife, Mary Ann.

If Horizon Rail GP10 No. 8420 looks familiar that might be because it pulled trains on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in 2015 and 2016 before being return to its owner.

It is only the third ime I’ve seen the GRR running down the street in its namesake city.

One of those times was a couple years ago when Mary Ann and I were having dinner at Brennans and it rolled past the window.

Yet another time we were eating on the deck at Pickel Bills when I heard locomotive horns and went out to take a look and there the train was.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

No Trains Here Today

January 27, 2018

The Grand River Railway operates irregularly and probably not at all on Sundays.

So when I visited Grand River, Ohio, a while back in search of winter photographs, getting a train wasn’t on my expectation list.

We were actually hoping to find a switch engine out in the open that the GRR had been leasing, but it was nowhere to be seen near the Morton Salt Plant where the railroad stores its motive power.

But the trip wasn’t a bust because while in Grand River the town to make some images of the ice-covered Grand River the river, I liked how the snow was covering up the rails in some places.

The top image was made at a grade crossing that leads to a city park and a few private businesses. It has been a while since a train ran here.

The middle image is looking toward the street running in “downtown” Grand River. Note Pickle Bill’s restaurant on the right, whose entrance is by the tracks. Also note the boats in winter storage in the distance.

The bottom image was made from River Street, which ascends a hill alongside the tracks. The view is looking southeastward.

Catching Up with the Grand River Railroad

March 21, 2017

The Grand River Railroad shuttles cars between Grand River and Painesville, Ohio, connecting with CSX at the latter.

It operates a pair of EMD switchers that have been repainted into a livery similar to that of the Baltimore & Ohio.

It doesn’t go very far, just a few miles and has a bit of street running in Grand River.

Akron Railroad Club member Jeff Troutman caught the GRR last week and send along this photos.

In the top image, the train is coming down the hill and about to enter the street running.

In the bottom image it works the interchange in Painesville.

Photographs by Jeff Troutman

Lake Perch and the Grand River Railway

December 9, 2016


We had been out Christmas shopping and decided to go to Brennan’s Fish House in Grand River for a late lunch/early dinner.

Mary Ann and I love the lake perch they serve along with greasy fries. Add a cup of New England style clam chowder and a 22-ounce draft beer — Great Lakes Christmas ale of course — and you have a great meal.

Just outside the windows of Brennan’s are the tracks of the Grand River Railway. This former New York Central branch runs down River Street for a short distance and was out of service for about 13 years until the GRR came along to revive it.

The GRR hauls covered hopper cars between an interchange with CSX in Painesville and a Morton Salt facility near Headlands Beach State Park.

The GRR uses an EMD 1200 switcher painted in a Baltimore & Ohio inspired livery. The railroad began operations in July 2015 and although I’ve seen the motive power of the GRR sitting near Morton Salt, I’ve never seen one of its trains in action.

That changed just before our server brought out our perch dinners. I saw a covered hopper car pass by with a crew member riding it.

I grabbed Mary Ann’s iPhone to get a grab shot. But the phone said there was no room left for additional photographs to be stored on the memory card.

She frantically deleted a few images and then had trouble getting the camera function to work properly. I had visions of missing an opportunity to photograph the switcher because of an inoperative device.

Fortunately, for me, the train had a long string of covered hoppers. With the phone working properly again I was able to get the image I wanted.

It would have been better had I gone outside and made an image of the street running. But I didn’t know how long the train would be so I went with the sure thing.

That’s why there’s that stop sign on the right edge of the frame. But, hey, I got it, right?

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders