Posts Tagged ‘Horizon Rail’

Shelley Materials Gets a New Locomotive

November 8, 2021

On Friday the Akron Barberton Cluster delivered a new locomotive to Shelley Materials in Kent. HRZX No. 6089 is a former Norfolk & Western SD40-2.

I caught it and Flash, Shelley’s SD18M, which has for several years done the switching at the Kent facility. 

By afternoon Flash had received markings of HRZX 319. Thus far the unit has carried roster number 321. I don’t know if Flash will stay in Kent or be removed to another location.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

What’s Been Pulling the CVSR This Summer

August 13, 2021

A pair of leased Horizon Rail units have been pulling Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad trains this summer.

On the south end of the train have been GP40-2 No. 6321 and a rebuilt EMD road slug, No. 2328.

The 6321 was built in March 1978 for the Chesapeake & Ohio. It later spent time on the CSX motive power roster before Horizon acquired it.

The 2328 was built in May 1968 for the Louisville & Nashville as a GP30. It was rebuilt as a road slug by CSX.

The National Park Scenic is shown at Akron Northside Station on July 10, 2021.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

New Horses On the CVSR

November 13, 2020

This week the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad received a new set of power just in time for the Polar Express trains. Horizon Rail Nos. 6421 and 2328, a former CSX slug set, are on lease to the CVSR. I caught up with the southbound ferry move at Boston Mills and again at Peninsula.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Not What it Seems

September 20, 2018

It may look like an Erie Lackawanna locomotive, but in reality this F7A was originally built in February 1953 for the Bessemer & Lake Erie.

After its retirement from the B&LE it was refurbished in Kent and sent to Michigan where it pulled the Michigan Star Clipper dinner train in Walled Lake, which was operated by Coe Rail.

After Coe Rail folded, the unit became the property of Michigan Air Line Railway. Online reports indicate that the F7 was stored for several years at a CSX yard in Lansing, Michigan.

Another report had it owned by the Stourbridge Line in Pennsylvania, but it is not clear if it ever made it there.

When I caught up with the 725 it was carrying Horizon Rail identification letters and was sitting at the former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse in Cleveland.

Horizon Rail uses the facility, now operated by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society to rebuild locomotives that it leases to various railroads.

Something Borrowed (And Blue) on the CVSR

July 11, 2016




The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is leasing Horizon Rail (HZRX) No. 3134 for the time it takes to fix the 8420.

I made an effort to catch the HZRX 3134 on the bike extra on Saturday since it’s time on the CVSR may be short.

Being the north unit I knew the afternoon shot at Boston Mill would be the best light.

Earlier in the day I checked out Big Bend (near MP 43), an area I knew would be in shadows but figured I could do something there.

What was nice was the green marker lights were on and visible in the subdued lighting conditions at FT (the station letters for Big Bend).

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee