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Opening Day 2014 on the CVSR

January 19, 2014
Three passengers cross the tracks at Brecksville to board their train.

Three passengers cross the tracks at Brecksville to board their train.

It was “highball” for the first time in 2014 on Saturday on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The first train departed Peninsula at 9:05 a.m. and arrived back there shortly after 5 p.m. after making a pair of roundtrips between Akron and Brecksville.

The CVSR is not operating to Rockside Road during the winter. Between now and March 10, the CVSR will operate on weekends only between Akron and Brecksville with an intermediate stop at Peninsula.

Starting on May 22, the trains will operate only between Akron and Peninsula with no intermediate stops. On May 3, the CVSR will reopen all stations and resume its Bike Aboard! service. Service will be on weekends only through May 25.

Motive power for the first weekend of CVSR service was the LTEX 1420 on the south end and RS-18 No. 1822 on the north end. The dome car Emerson was in the consist, but not so the Saint Lucie Sound observation car.

I first encountered the CVSR on Saturday at Brecksville and ended my day’s chase in Peninsula with the last southbound train of the day.

I was hoping that there would be more snow on the ground in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park or that there might be some snow showers. But snow was scarce on the ground and in the air.

But there is still a lot of winter left, so I’ll be back on another weekend.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

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Rolling southbound at Jaite. It would be the last time I encountered sunlight on the nose of the train.

Southbound at Indigo Lake. A couple with long telephone lenses on their cameras walked past and looked at the train, but didn't photograph it. Maybe they were after birds.

Southbound at Indigo Lake. A couple with long telephone lenses on their cameras walked past and looked at the train, but didn’t photograph it. Maybe they were after birds.

Indigo Lake was frozen, but I didn't want to test how frozen that it was by walking out on the ice. The northbound train passes by.

Indigo Lake was frozen, but I didn’t want to test how frozen that it was by walking out on the ice. The northbound train passes by.

The yellow car pacing the northbound CVSR train along Riverview Road south of Peninsula might have been driven by a railfan.

The yellow car pacing the northbound CVSR train along Riverview Road south of Peninsula might have been driven by a railfan.

Trains won't be stopping at Boston Mill until May.

Trains won’t be stopping at Boston Mill until May.

The Boston Mills ski resort was doing a good business on Saturday.

The Boston Mills ski resort was doing a good business on Saturday.

With no leaves on the trees, most of the iconic Ohio Route 82 bridge can be seen at Brecksville station.

With no leaves on the trees, most of the iconic Ohio Route 82 bridge can be seen at Brecksville station.

Crossing over Chippewa Creek on the second southbound trip of the day from Brecksville

Crossing over Chippewa Creek on the second southbound trip of the day from Brecksville

A handful of passengers enjoyed the view from the dome of the Emerson.

A handful of passengers enjoyed the view from the dome of the Emerson.

Sheets of ice lined the creek on the banks, but the water was still flowing.

Sheets of ice lined the creek on the banks, but the water was still flowing.

Their shift over, two crew members carry their grips as they head for the bus at Peninsula for the ride back to the crew base.

Their shift over, two crew members carry their grips as they head for the bus at Peninsula for the ride back to the crew base.

My Early Digital Images

April 9, 2013

I bought my Nikon digital SLR camera in last summer. As often happens when you make the transition from film to digital there is an overlap period in which you are still shooting off the film that you have left while also getting digital images with your new camera.

Here are three of my first digital images made with my new Nikon.

I didn’t have to go far for the first two. I caught an NS intermodal train crossing the trestle in Painesville over the Grand River on Sept. 2, 2012. This is just a few minutes from my home. The perspective is from Riverview Drive.

The attraction of this train was NS 8025, the Monongahela heritage locomotive, which was in the trailing position of this stack train.

Also shown is LTEX 1420 on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad leading one of the scenic trains at Brecksville with the iconic Ohio Route 82 bridge over the Cuyahoga River in the background on Sept. 12.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Sunday Snow Showers and 4 Railroads

March 5, 2013
A Wheeling & Lake Erie stone hoppers train sits near Summit Street in Akron on Sunday morning. I liked the beauty of the snow-covered rails.

A Wheeling & Lake Erie stone hoppers train sits near Summit Street in Akron on Sunday morning. I liked the beauty of the snow-covered rails.

This past Sunday I met up with fellow Akron Railroad Club member Roger Durfee at about 8 a.m. and we hit the road for a day of train chasing. It was snowing and we would encounter snow showers for most of the day. It was RAD weather!

Our plan was to track down the Erie heritage locomotive. But by the time I got to Roger’s house he had learned that NS had taken this unit off the coal train bound for Wisconsin to which it had been assigned on the Mon Line in southwestern Pennsylvania and put it on another coal train bound for Norfolk, Va.

This meant that it would be coming through Ohio on the Fort Wayne Line via Canton, not the Cleveland Line via Ravenna. In its original assignment, the Erie unit had been the leader. Now it was trailing. So much for that.

Instead, we turned out attention to hunting NS 1070, the Wabash heritage locomotive, which was leading an eastbound 14N out of Elkhart, Ind., and would be working Rockport Yard in Cleveland en route to Conway Yard near Pittsburgh. I’d photographed the NS 1070 before but Roger did not yet have it on the point in the wild.

Before setting out for the NS tracks, we found another “Erie” heritage unit. We made a pass by the Wheeling & Lake Erie tracks at Summit Street in Akron. Sitting in a siding known as Rock Cut was a train of empty stone hoppers. This train was unlikely to move until Sunday night.

Based on information that Roger received from a friend in Toledo, we decided to intercept the 14N at Olmsted Falls rather than venture further west on the Chicago Line.

While waiting for the 14N, we observed the westbound manifest freight that we had seen sitting at CP Max as we crossed over the NS tracks on I-480.

We had a report that the 14N had passed Sandusky shortly after 10 a.m. and estimated this would put it by us around 11.

In the meantime, we chatted with some railfan friends, one of whom said that the 14N had nothing behind him and the intermodal trains ahead of him were well ahead. This suggested that no traffic would be impeding his movement.

Roger was talking to a guy on his cell phone when one of our friends began waving. The 14N was on the approach. Time to move into position – quickly.

The snow as coming down steadily as the 14N with the Wabash heritage unit in the lead passed through Olmsted Falls. It was the second time I’d caught the NS 1070 and both times had been during a snow shower.

We were able to get over to Eastland Road and into position to catch the 14N passing beneath the intermediate signals on the signal bridge near MP 192.

The 14N worked Rockport, setting off 20 cars and picking up five. It was ready to head east by about 1 p.m. We got our final images of the NS 1070 leading this train near CP 107 just north of Motor Yard in Macedonia.

With our main mission accomplished, I suggested checking out the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which runs twice a day on Saturday and Sunday during the winter.

We found the northbound CVSR train coming into Peninsula and then moved on to Boston Mill to photograph it again.

As the northbound train came into Boston Mill, it had begun snowing again. That must have pleased the owners of the ski resort across the road.

After getting the CVSR, we motored back to Akron where we heard a CSX train calling signals on the radio. We set up at Arlington Street where we got two eastbounds, the Q394 and the Q296, before calling it a day.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

A westbound manifest freight rumbles through Olmsted Falls, the first moving train of the day that we photographed.

A westbound manifest freight rumbles through Olmsted Falls, the first moving train of the day that we photographed.

A westbound NS intermodal kicks up some snow on the Chicago  Line at Olmsted Falls.

A westbound NS intermodal kicks up some snow on the Chicago Line at Olmsted Falls.

NS 1070, the Wabash heritage unit, rolls past the depot in Olmsted Falls. Also on hand was ARRC member Dennis Taksar.

NS 1070, the Wabash heritage unit, rolls past the depot in Olmsted Falls. Also on hand was ARRC member Dennis Taksar.

Another view of NS 1070 leading the 14N through Olmsted Falls.

Another view of NS 1070 leading the 14N through Olmsted Falls.

The 14N passes CP 107 just north of Motor Yard in Macedonia. The train would later take the Bayard line out of Alliance.

The 14N passes CP 107 just north of Motor Yard in Macedonia. The train would later take the Bayard line out of Alliance.

A westbound NS stack train approaches the signals at CP 107 just before the 14N rolled eastward.

A westbound NS stack train approaches the signals at CP 107 just before the 14N rolled eastward.

A former Santa Fe GP30 running long hood forward wheels a CVSR train into Boston Mill where it paused to drop off a passenger going to the ski resort. The locomotive is now LTEX 2436.

A former Santa Fe GP30 running long hood forward wheels a CVSR train into Boston Mill where it paused to drop off a passenger going to the ski resort. The geep is now LTEX 2436.

Roger doesn’t like LTEX 1420, a GP15-1 painted all black with some white trim. Because he wouldn’t photograph it, I decided that as a public service I would do so and post this image so that you all could see what power is on the south end of the CVSR these days.

Roger doesn’t like LTEX 1420, a GP15-1 painted all black with some white trim. Because he wouldn’t photograph it, I decided that as a public service I would do so and post this image so that you all could see what power is on the south end of the CVSR these days.

The Q394 splits the B&O style color position lights at AY just west of Arlington Street in Akron.

The Q394 splits the B&O style color position lights at AY just west of Arlington Street in Akron.

The ‘Other’ Black Loco in the Valley

September 18, 2012

LTEX No. 1420 leads the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad scenic train past the south edge of Jaite siding on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

Like many Akron Railroad Club members, I’ve spent the past two weekends on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad chasing after and photographing Central Ohio steam locomotive 1293. It is rare to have the chance to photograph a steamer in action and I’ve felt compelled to take advantage of that chance because it is in my backyard.

I’ve also made it a point to photograph the CVSR scenic train when I was out chasing the 1293. Those hoping for a colorful locomotive on the south end of the scenic have been no doubt disappointed.

LTEX wears a utilitarian black livery. It’s only CVSR marking is a small logo below the cab window on the engineer’s side.

This GP 15-1 was built by EMD in November 1979 for Conrail, where it wore number 1643. It is now owned by LTEX and online photographs of it indicate that it has seen quite a few locales during its service over the past few years.

It has reportedly been on the CVSR for the past 10 months and before that was working for the Cleveland Commercial Railroad.

The 1420 is not likely to be something that will show up much in railfan photography programs or be printed, framed and hung on den or office walls. There are thousands of locomotives like the 1420 that get some notice but not a lot of love.

The 1293 may be the glamor locomotive on the Valley these days, but the 1420 has simply gone about its business. Perhaps some day it will wear CVSR colors or maybe it will be sent back after its lease expires. Then again, maybe the lease will be renewed and the 1420 will soldier on in its basic black dress.

Whatever the case may be, here is a tribute to the 1420 even if this month it is the “other” black locomotive running around on the CVSR.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Motoring past the Jaite depot on Saturday ahead of the steam train to Canton. At this point, I was the only railfan here.

Coming into Everett on the point of Train No. 53 on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. A few trees here are showing early signs of fall color.

A northbound scenic train is making its station stop at Botzum. The image was recorded at a private crossing south of the depot.