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Steam Sunday: When NKP 765 Was NKP 767

June 14, 2020

For its September 2016 appearance on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 carried roster number 767.

There is a story behind that. When the Nickel Plate donated a steam locomotive to the City of Fort Wayne it said it was No. 767.

The city has asked for the 767 because it had been the locomotive to lead the first trip on the elevated railroad right of way in downtown Fort Wayne in the 1950s.

But when workers began restoring the 767 to operating condition they discovered that it was actually former NKP 765.

The 2016 trips on the CVSR have thus far behind among the few that 765 has made disguised as the 767.

In the top photograph, it is shown at Jaite on Sept. 24, 2016.

It is shown that same day in the middle image at Boston Mill during a photo runby for passengers.

The bottom image was made on Sept. 25 in Peninsula.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Warm Memories of NKP 767 in the Valley

January 28, 2017
Nickel Plate Road No. 765, operating as No. 767, approaches Pleasant Valley Road on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Nickel Plate Road No. 765, operating as No. 767, approaches Pleasant Valley Road on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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Reflecting on past steam trips in the Valley at Indigo Lake.

I waited for quite a while to get the NKP 767 crossing the Cuyahoga River north of Peninsula.

I waited for quite a while to get the NKP 767 crossing the Cuyahoga River north of Peninsula.

Now that winter is here and the warm days of summer and early autumn in 2016 are just another memory, how about some warm memories to take the chill out of the air?

Here are three images of Nickel Plate Road 767 — which is actually NKP 765 — when it was running on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad last September.

All were among my favorite images of the NKP 767 in action, but for various reasons they didn’t make the cut when it came time to post those photographs.

But I kept them with the idea of posting them during the winter. Perhaps NKP 765 willl return to the CVSR in 2017, but that remains to be seen. If it does come back as NKP 767?

Even if it doesn’t, we’ll always have our memories and photographs of when it was the 767.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Outside the Fences: The Boston Mill Steam Train Experience For Those Without a Ticket

January 1, 2017
With a telephoto lens, good positioning and anticipation, you can come away with some good human interest images such this one of a young girl being helped off the train.

Combine a telephoto lens, good positioning and skillful anticipation and you can come away with good human interest images such this one of a young girl being helped off the train. Her small stature in contrast to the wheels gives a sense of size and proportion.

Second of two parts

I like photographic challenges. In my previous post, I wrote about how the strict security measures imposed by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad at Boston Mill station during the photo runbys of Nickel Plate Road No. 767 last September limited where photographers could go in ways that had not been the case in previous years.

Unless you had a ticket, you had to contend with orange plastic fences, large crowds and highway guard rails.

The security was designed to keep people away from nearby locations along the tracks that were some distance from the station. That had not been done in past years, but was taken to a higher level in 2016.

I spent time during the September 2016 visit of Nickel Plate Road 767 in the “ticketless zone” in Boston Park and in the ski resort parking lot on the west side of Riverview Road.

I wanted to see what I could do within the limitations that the railroad and park officials had thrust upon me.

The first thing I decided to do was to live with guard rails and a little bit of orange fencing.

It wasn’t ideal, but being in the ski resort parking lot provided a wider perspective than is available to the passengers at the station.

They had to deal with large, dense crowds. I looked for places away from the crowds and found them.

That was how I came up with an interesting angle on the east side of the tracks along Boston Road. I got the nose of the NKP 767 with the crowd of passengers and the ski resort in the background.

That image wasn’t as ideal as I would have liked due to a grade crossing signal control box getting in the way and the tight angle forced by a line of trees to my right.

However, it was a view that few other photographers thought to try and it was better than most anything I could have gotten in Boston Park.

Some of the most promising images to be had at Boston Mill are human interest photographs.

With a telephoto lens, you can zoom in on the engine crew, get shots of the passengers disembarking, and capture those still on the train during the runbys.

My favorite human-interest image of the two weeks that I chased NKP 767 was obtained at Boston Mill in this manner.

I’ve already posted that photo, but it showed a young boy sipping a bottle of soda while seated next to his grandmother in one of the open-window coaches as a look of wonder crossed his face.

Ultimately, what to do with the restrictions at Boston Mill for those outside the ticketed passenger zone comes down to what type of photography you do and how creative you are.

If you are only interested in the train coming at you, then you’d be better off to buy a ticket so you can get a straight-on shot of that.

If you are unwilling to shell out for a ticket, you could go to any number of places in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to photograph the steam engine as rolls past.

If, though, you are interested in documenting the broader story and the environment that surrounds the annual two-week visit of a steam locomotive to the CVSR, then there are opportunities waiting at Boston Mill. You just have to study the scene and try some things.

Some of your efforts won’t work out quite the way you had hoped, but you might be surprised at how a little creative thinking and working the angles can yield a better image than you might have imagined was possible.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

By the time that NKP 767 ended its time on the CVSR, I had starting to get the hang of photographing across Riverview Road. There are decent to good images to be made there.

By the time that the NKP 767 ended its time on the CVSR, I was starting to get the hang of photographing across Riverview Road. There are decent to good images to be made there.

You look past or over the guard rail, this is a pretty decent photo of the NKP 767 charging past. And the guard rail isn't really blocking anything, just adding a touch of clutter.

You look past or over the guard rail, this is a decent photo of NKP 767 charging past. The guard rail isn’t blocking anything, just adding a touch of clutter.

I had not planned to photography this runby, but couldn't resist getting a portrait of my friend Adam Barr getting a video of the runby with his smart phone.

I had not planned to photograph this particular runby, but couldn’t resist getting a portrait of my friend Adam Barr doing video of the runby with his smart phone.

My intent was not to capture the train so much as to show how people on the west side or Riverview seek to capture it. The larger environment is part of the story, too.

My intent was not to capture the train so much as it was to show how people on the west side of Riverview seek to photograph it. The larger environment is part of the story, too.

Not everyone disembarks fro the steam train during the photo runby. Watch the windows for you might get a good human interest image of those still aboard.

Not everyone disembarks from the steam train during the photo runbys. Watch the windows and you might get a good human interest image of those still aboard.

Sometimes you can get a clear angle. Sure, the locomotive is not coming toward me, but it is still putting on a show even though it is backing up.

Sometimes you can get a clear angle of the train. Sure, the locomotive is not coming toward me, but it is still putting on a smoke show even though it is backing up. The image was made at the east side of the Boston Road grade crossing.

By standing back and then zooming in with a telephoto lens, you can get the crew at work.

By standing back and then zooming in on the locomotive cab with a telephoto lens, you can get the crew at work.

The angle was tighter than I would have liked, but I was pleased overall with this take made from the east side of the tracks where far fewer people were standing.

The angle was tighter than I would have liked, but I was pleased, overall, with this image that I made on the east side of the tracks where far fewer people were standing.

Outside the Fences: The Boston Mill Experience With a Steam Train for Those Without a Ticket

December 31, 2016
Hey, it shows the steam engine, right? But for a serious photographer this would not be considered a good image beyond its documentary value.

Hey, this image shows the steam engine, right? But for a serious photographer this would not be considered a good image beyond its documentary value. Nonetheless, it does show something.

First of two parts

Plastic orange fences, multiple police officers watching the crowd, and people standing all over the place and getting in your photos.

Such is the reality of being at the Boston Mill station of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for steam in the valley if you do not have a ticket to ride the train.

The 2016 steam season seemed to have set records for how strict security could be to keep photographers without tickets away from the tracks.

In fact, it seemed to tighten from one weekend to the other. What was OK the first weekend wasn’t allowed during the second weekend.

Let me say up front that I have no problem with the CVSR limiting access to the prime real estate to ticketed passengers.

Although the 2016 trips were reported to have sold out, there is still an economic issue involved. If anyone could get into the photo area at the station, then what incentive do people have to buy a ticket?

Besides, the CVSR marketing materials suggested that ticketed passengers would get something that those without tickets didn’t have.

They did, sort of, but that depends on how you look at it. In past years, those without tickets were allowed to roam free at Boston Mill during the photo runbys.

You can get some decent photographs at Boston Mill, but the best images to be had are elsewhere along the CVSR in places open to everyone.

In fairness, CVSR and Cuyahoga Valley National Park officials also are concerned with safety issues.

When you have the type of crowds that were drawn to Boston Mill this year there is the potential for someone to do something foolish.

The orange plastic fencing around the perimeter of the Boston Mill station wasn’t new this year. What was new was that the fencing extended along the tracks south of the station in an effort to keep people from walking down the tracks to stake out photo locations. That probably was a safety precaution.

Some of the security this year, though, was overkill, particularly placing “temporary no parking” signs along Riverview Road well out of view of the photo runby site.

But, again, I wasn’t upset about that because there are plenty of other places to photograph the steam train other than at Boston Mill.

The images that I’ve presented with this post are designed to show the downside of photographing at Boston Mill when you are confined to the non-ticketed zone.

You have to stand in Boston Park on the south side of Boston Road or in the parking area for the ski resort west of the tracks.

Police were strict the second weekend about keeping people from crossing Riverview to stand along the orange fencing and/or the highway guardrails.

None of these security measures mean much if all you want to do is watch the train go by. I saw people sitting in lawn chairs doing just that, some of them elderly.

But what is a serious photographer to do under such conditions?

One approach is to take the view that you are documenting an event. The crowds, the security and the less than ideal photo angles become part of the story if not the story.

All of the images that accompany this post were made with that in mind.

Next time I’ll suggest some strategies for coming away with some good images despite all of the barriers in your way by making the situation work to your advantage.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

In past year, you could have walked up to and shot over that security fence. But not this year.

In past years, you could have walked up to and shot over that security fence. But not this year.

Even with a telephoto lens it is tough getting a good image of the crowd interacting with the crew without that orange fencing getting in the way.

Even with a telephoto lens it can be tough getting a good image of the crowd interacting with the steam locomotive crew without that orange fencing getting in the way.

This what you are up against in Boston Park, crowds of people, poles and wires.

What you are up against in Boston Park? How about crowds of people, poles and wires.

This does OK, I suppose in showing the smoke plume of the NKP 767 and the roadway that stood between the photographers and the tracks. Police and CVSR personnel made sure that those without a ticket did not cross Riverview Road as the train approached.

This photo does OK, I suppose, in showing the smoke plume of the NKP 767 and the roadway that stood between the photographers and the tracks. Police and CVSR personnel made sure that those without a ticket did not cross Riverview Road as the train approached.

It's not a terrible image, but not a good one, either.

It’s not a terrible image, but not necessarily a good one, either.

I was trying to convey a sense of the photo line, but it didn't work out that well because of the distance I had to stand behind them.

I was trying to convey a sense of the photo line, but it didn’t work out that well because of the distance that I had to stand behind them. Such is life outside the fences.

October ARRC eBulletin Features NKP 767, Autumn on the CSX New Castle Subdivision

October 25, 2016

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It was just about a month ago that Nickel Plate Road No. 765, wearing number 767 was steaming up and down the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

The Akron Railroad Club even got out on the last Sunday of the 767’s operation for a picnic in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The October 2016 issue of the ARRC eBulletin takes a look back at the visit of NKP 767 with photographs made by ARRC members Roger Durfee, Todd Dillon, Ed Ribinskas and Craig Sanders.

Also in the October issue is a photo feature on autumn on the CSX New Castle Subdivision.

It is not too late to subscribe to the eBulletin or to obtain back issues, including the September 2016 issue that had coverage of the history of NKP 765 on the CVSR.

A subscription and back issues free. Send an email to ARRC President Sanders at csanders429@aol.com if you wish to subscribe or obtain a back issue.

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Some of My Faves of NKP 767 on the CVSR

October 24, 2016

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I got out twice last month to chase Nickel Plate Road No. 767 when it ran on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

In this post, I’ll show three of my best images from my chase of Sept. 25. That was the day that the Akron Railroad Club had its picnic at the Valley Picnic Area.

The day began early with a drive to Jaite to catch the ferry move of the train from the Fitzwater maintenance facility to Akron.

It was cool and foggy that morning and the 767 was putting out a lot of steam and smoke. The top image shows the ferry move passing the restored train order station at Jaite.

I returned to Jaite to photograph the first passenger trip back to Akron, which is shown in the middle image. The smoke show wasn’t too bad, either.

For the last trip of the day back to Akron, I drove to Merriman Woods to catch the train at milepost 43. While there I saw fellow ARRC member Roger Durfee.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Sanders Photo Published in Railfan & Railroad

October 21, 2016

A photograph made by Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders of Nickel Plate Road No. 767 meeting a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train in Peninsula last month has been published in the November 2016 issue of Railfan & Railroad magazine.

ARRC logoThe image shows NKP 767 next to the Scenic train as it waited in the siding by the Peninsula depot. The photograph was made on Sept. 18.

It was published on Page 8 of R&R in the Mainline Railnews section.

R&R associate editor and art director Otto M. Vondrak saw the image posted on Sanders’ Flickr page and asked to use it.

Roger’s Favorite NKP 767 Photographs

October 10, 2016

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While I didn’t do much with the Nickel Plate Road No.767, a.k.a. as 765,  this year, mostly due to being out west, I did manage two photos I liked. The top one shows the locomotive and its train coming into Peninsula and the other image is at MP 43 in Akron in a nice “rods down” action grab.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

Chasing That 767: Part 3

October 7, 2016
The chase of Nickel Plate Road No. 767 on Sunday, Sept. 25 began with a new location and a successful venture.

The chase of Nickel Plate Road No. 767 on Sunday, Sept. 25 began with a new location and a successful venture. The train is crossing the Cuyahoga River north of Peninsula.

Unlike the previous two days that I had spent chasing Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 767, Sunday, Sept. 25 dawned sunny and clear.

It was a beautiful day to chase a steam train and have an early autumn picnic in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Twenty-seven Akron Railroad Club members and guests showed up to eat hamburgers and hot dogs along with snacks and desserts.

I began my third day chasing the 767 by walking the towpath trail to the culvert where the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad tracks cross over the trail north of Peninsula.

My objective was to get a shot I’d never done with any steam locomotive.

In 2015, I had photographed the 765 crossing the Cuyahoga from the west side of the bridge. But now I wanted to get the view from the east, something I had done just once with a CVSR train.

That image had been made, by coincidence, on the day of the ARRC’s October meeting.

The east side is a tougher shot than the west side because the angle is tighter. I had it all to myself.

Later, I arrived in Boston Mill just as the train was backing up for its first photo runby.

I made a few images, but got nothing of note. I walked to the east side of the crossing of Boston Mills Road with the idea of getting the 767, the Boston Mill station and the ski resort in the background. It worked out all right.

It was too early to do the goldenrod field shot, so I went to Jaite for a going away image that I ended up liking better than what I had made here the week before.

While at Jaite, I met ARRC member Steve Heister. I would see several ARRC members on this day and the number of photographers trackside on Sept. 24 and 25 was greater than what I had seen on Sept. 18. It must have been the good weather.

After Jaite, I went to Brecksville, which was quite crowded. I had to park on the access road, which wasn’t a bad thing because it would enable me to get a faster getaway. I would need that in order to get to Deep Lock Quarry in time.

My objective in Brecksville was to get the 767 and its train along the Cuyahoga River from the Old Station Road bridge.

There were dozens of people with cameras staking out their photo spot when I arrived at Brecksville station.

The woman standing to my immediate left had two dogs. She had arrived around 7:45 a.m. just as the ferry move to Akron was passing beneath her as she drove over the Ohio Route 82 bridge. Steam and smoke from the 767 below had risen to road level and it was quite foggy.

I immediately wished I had made my way to the Valley much earlier. I had not because I had been out all day on Saturday and got home late. I didn’t want to leave home early on Sunday.

Fog can make for some dramatic images. It was cool and that meant lots of steam. I should have gone for it.

I’ve seen some images made by other photographers of the ferry move and they were pretty good.

As I stood on Old Station Road bridge, it began sinking in that I would not be able to do all of the locations with the 767 that I had envisioned. There wasn’t enough time and opportunity.

The image I had gone to get at Brecksville turned out so-so. The better image was the wide view showing the river, the Route 82 bridge and the train. I wished I had stayed with that image longer than I did.

There was plenty of time to get to Deep Lock because the 767 made an unexpected stop north of Jaite when some daisy pickers ran across the tracks as the train neared their position.

The images I made at Deep Lock met my expectations. It was time to get to the ARRC picnic.

Marty and I had planned the picnic about two weeks before it was held. We had a complication when we gave the wrong name of the picnic site and the September meeting was moved back a week due to parking lot resurfacing at New Horizons Christian Church.

Helped by good weather and the lure of a steam locomotive, the turnout exceeded our expectations. We set up a photo line to catch the northbound move of the afternoon excursion out of Akron.

Many ARRC members stayed at the picnic site to get the southbound return to Akron about two hours later.

I photographed the first Boston Mill photo runby, but skipped the second one. Instead, I drove north on Riverview.

I saw Kyle Ori standing with his wonder pole next to the road near the Columbia Run Picnic Area.

The pole enables him to gain elevation of as much as 30 feet with his camera. He uses his smart phone to control the camera.

I decided to catch the northbound run of the steam train here rather than trying for the goldenrod field.

As the train went by, my camera lens began malfunctioning. It would not zoom past about 85 mm.

I twisted it a few times and finally got it out to 135 mm. But the auto focus wasn’t working properly and all of the images I made at my maximum focal length were blurry.

The same thing happened at the Chippewa Creek bridge where fellow ARRC members Ed Ribinskas and Jeff Troutman were already set up when I arrived.

This time the 135 mm images came out all right, but the wide angle images of the 767 crossing the bridge were blurry. This was not a good thing.

The remainder of the ARRC picnic gang was standing with their cameras in hand by the side of Riverview as I drove past.

My intent was to drive into Akron and get the train at milepost 43 in the Merriman Woods housing development. Riverview Road is closed south of Bath Road and the detour pointed west on Bath.

I’m unfamiliar with the roads west of the tracks so I decided to stay at Bath Road and go for the sure thing.

I had not photographed south of Indigo Lake during the two-week stay of NKP 767 and wanted to get something on the southern end.

I saw a small clump of wild black-eyed Susans next to the tracks and placed those in the foreground as I got a low angle of the 767. The autofocus function worked fairly well.

It was nearly 4:30 p.m. and I was feeling discouraged due to my camera issues. I still didn’t have the goldenrod shot but there was time to get it during the ferry move to the Fitzwater maintenance facility from Akron.

I elected instead to head home. I had done the goldenrod shot with the 765 and with my camera lens on the fritz I might not get the 767 in focus or get the focal length I desired.

I was tired and having a beer and a snack while watching the rest of the Sunday afternoon football games sounded enticing.

The next day I took my camera to Dodd Camera in Cleveland. The store manager removed the lens and shook it. We could hear something rattling inside. The lens was broken.

But this story has a happy ending. The estimated repair cost was $200 to $300 if the camera could be economically repaired. A comparable new zoom lens would cost between about $400 to $600.

I was elated when Dodd sent me an email with a repair cost of $177. The lens has been fixed and is back on my camera.

I didn’t know how my camera saga would end on that late Sunday afternoon of the last day of the NKP 767 in the valley.

I had the same thought that I always do after making my last images of the day. Will this be the final time that I see NKP 765, 767 or whatever they choose to number it on the CVSR?

Thus far the Berkshire-type 2-8-4 has returned every September since 2013. But one of these years it might not.

As was the case in 2015, I ended my 2016 chase feeling slightly unfulfilled. I had missed the goldenrod field shot along with a few other locations. I still regret not going for the ferry move on the last Sunday morning.

But if the NKP 765 never returns to the CVSR again, I’ll be satisfied with the body of work that I was able to produce of that locomotive running through the Cuyahoga River Valley.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

I ended up liking this shot at Jaite better than a similiar image I had made at this spot a week earlier.

I decided that I like this shot at Jaite better than a similar image I had made at this spot a week earlier.

Passing the south switch of Jaite siding.

Passing the south switch of Jaite siding. It almost looks like the locomotive is leading rather than trailing.

I ended up liking this "preliminary" image of NKP 767 along the Cuyahoga River in Brecksville than I did the image I set out to create here.

In the end, I thought this “preliminary” image that I made of NKP 767 along the Cuyahoga River in Brecksville is better than I the image I set had out to create here.

The opening between the trees and brush growing alongside the Cuyahoga River at Brecksville was smaller than I expected and not all of the NKP 767 fit in that opening.

The opening between the trees and brush growing along the Cuyahoga River at Brecksville was not quite wide enough to fit all of the NKP 767.

 Crossing the Cuyahoga River south of Peninsula in a duplication of a image I've made a few times with NKP 765. Oh, wait, this is NKP 765 but with a different number.

Crossing the Cuyahoga River south of Peninsula in a duplication of an image I’ve made a few times with NKP 765. Oh, wait, this is NKP 765 but with a different number. This location never gets old with me.

The towpath trail is just off the nose of NKP 767 as it nears Deep Lock Quarry.

Getting the wide angle view near Deep Lock Quarry. The towpath trail is just off the nose of NKP 767, which is crossing over the trail.

The light at the ARRC picnic site was not as favorable as I expected when the NKP 767 and its train went north for the afternoon trip out of Akron. So I got creative with the nearby leaves.

The lighting conditions at the ARRC picnic site were not as favorable as I expected when the NKP 767 and its train went north for the afternoon trip out of Akron. So I got creative with these leaves.

NKP 767 runs backwards alongside Riverview Road near the Columbia Run Picnic Area. This shot turned out fine, but a malfunction of my zoom lens meant that the telephoto shots I made here were blurry.

NKP 767 runs backward alongside Riverview Road near the Columbia Run Picnic Area. This shot turned out well, but a malfunction of my zoom lens meant that the telephoto shots I made here were blurry.

Fortunately, the autofocus and zoom functions of my lens both worked for my last image of the NKP 767 on the CVSR. The train is approaching Bath Road.

Fortunately, the autofocus and zoom functions of my lens were working when I made my last image of the NKP 767 on the CVSR. The train is approaching Bath Road. It was a good way to end my chase of the 767.

Chasing that NKP 767: Part 2

October 6, 2016
Had the sun been out when the steam train rolled by East Pleasant Valley Road, that goldenrod field might have looked brilliant.

Had the sun been out when the steam train rolled by East Pleasant Valley Road, that goldenrod field might have looked brilliant.

My second day of chasing Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 767 began as a case of déjà vu all over again.

It was Saturday, Sept. 24, and the excursions were leaving from Rockside Road station in Independence.

As had been the case the previous Sunday, it was cloudy when I arrived at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad tracks.

I had arranged to meet my friend Adam Barr at Jaite, where he left his car, and we headed to East Pleasant Valley Road.

I’ve photographed there once, in 2012 when Jerry Jacobson’s Canadian Pacific No. 1293 was running in the Valley.

The fields west of the tracks were filled with goldenrod and it would have made a brilliant image had the sun been out. The upside, though, was good going away images of CVSR FPA-4 No. 6771.

Akron Railroad Club members Todd Dillon and Peter Bowler were on the bridge when I arrived.

After getting what we wanted at Pleasant Valley, we headed south on Riverview Road, not really sure where we wanted to go. We decided to get the train crossing Furnace Run by Szalay’s Farm.

Those plans got interrupted when we saw a cluster of railfans by the Ohio Turnpike bridge.

We figured they knew a good photo spot so I pulled out and we ran over join them.

They were a group of young guys from Virginia who didn’t know the CVSR as well as I thought they did.

The photo location here was not that great and I didn’t get anything worth sharing.

The Virginia gang raced back to their car and peeled out like they were chasing a fire truck.

The previous Saturday, the first excursion of the day out of Rockside had gone to Akron and done its photo runbys on the return trip.

But just after we got back in my car, I turned on my scanner and learned that the steam train would meet the CVSR Scenic in Peninsula and follow it back to Boston Mill.

I didn’t plan to photograph the runbys. I wanted to watch and enjoy the 767 at work.

Photographers can get so caught up in getting that perfect image that they forget to enjoy what they are photographing.

I sat in my car and pretended to be at a drive-in movie not unlike that famous O. Winston Link photo of a couple watching a movie at the drive-in as a Norfolk & Western steam train passes by.

I did my “drive-in movie” plan for the first runby, but couldn’t resist making photographs of the second runby.

We scouted Furnace Run, but decided instead to do the open field south of Everett Road.

Afterwards, we went to Peninsula, which was even more crowded than usual because there was a front porch festival going on.

Musicians were playing on the front porches of business and homes. That included the train station.

Our plan was to have lunch at the Winking Lizard and photograph the meet of the steam train and the Scenic.

I was barely able to find a place to park in the overflow lot for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Winking Lizard had a 25 to 30 minute wait for a table.

We put our name on the list but lucked out and got two seats at the bar where we ate and enjoyed a pint of Thirsty Dog Brewing’s Barktoberfest.

My chicken quesadilla had not yet arrived as the meet loomed, so Adam told me to go out and get my photos and he would stay at the bar. The meet occurred about 15 minutes late.

I got my photos, but there were people jumping into my shot.

After finishing my lunch I took Adam back to Jaite. He had to pick up his daughters from a day school they attend on Saturdays.

The clouds had moved out and I wanted to try East Pleasant Valley Road again.

The steam train was supposed to leave Rockside at 3, but didn’t get away until about 3:30.

I got the images I wanted and headed down Riverview with the idea of getting a side view of the locomotive across the goldenrod field north of Boston Mill.

I saw cars parked on the west side of Riverview, but didn’t know if there might be a small ditch in the grass that I couldn’t see.

There is a parking area near a pond just south of the goldenrod field and there was space to park there, but I knew there was a substantial drop off from the pavement of the road to the gravel of the parking area.

That wouldn’t be a problem if I had a big arse pickup truck, but I don’t and I didn’t want to risk potential damage to my small car.

I pulled into a small road a little farther south, but by now the 767 was bearing down on me. There was no time to walk or even run to where I wanted to be. Darn!

I pulled into the ski resort at Boston Mill. A week earlier, the photo runbys for the second excursion from Rockside had been done on the way to Akron.

Given what had happened earlier in the day, I figured the steam train would, again, follow the Scenic back to Boston Mill.

I turned on my scanner and waited. When I heard the 767 announce that it was leaving Peninsula yard limits, I knew I was in trouble.

I had parked near an exit and was able to get out onto Riverview just fine, but the combination of the festival in Peninsula and a dozen guys chasing the steam locomotive resulted in the worst traffic jam I’ve ever experienced leading to the traffic light at Riverview and Ohio Route 303.

I wasn’t hearing the NKP 767 talking on the radio so I didn’t know where it was.

I still didn’t know where the 767 was when I finally got out of Peninsula. The lack of photographers standing along Riverview was not a good sign.

An even more ominous sign was that I was able to get a parking space at Indigo Lake.

I had missed the southbound run, but I waited it out at Indigo Lake, getting a reflection shot of the 767 trailing as the train went north.

It wasn’t as good as what I had made the previous Sunday, but it was still a nice image.

People were making photos northward down the tracks by the Indigo Lake station. I was surprised to see the NKP 767 sitting a short distance away. It was still sitting there when I drove up Riverview.

I parked at Everett and had plenty of time to get into position for a bonus location.

I got my photos and headed north again on Riverview. The steam train was loafing along and I was able to easily get ahead of it.

I parked at the Valley Picnic Area – where the ARRC would be having its 767 picnic the next day – and walked to the tracks.

It took awhile before the train came into view and it stopped just after clearing the Riverview Road diagonal crossing.

I would later learn that the Scenic was running about 45 minutes late due to heavy bicycle traffic.

I was told that at one point the baggage car was full and there were 400 bikes on board.

After getting my second bonus location shot, I went to Boston Mill. The steam train still wasn’t there.

With the sun at a low angle, I was able to get some good images during the runbys.

There was one last chance to get the goldenrod field shot that I had missed earlier in the day.

Alas, the sun was below the trees and hills when I arrived. There was an area south of the pond that still had sunshine so I worked with it, getting what turned out to be a better image than I had expected.

The goldenrod field would have to wait for Sunday. There was still time.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Nearing East Pleasant Valley Road with the late morning trip out of Rockside Road.

Nearing East Pleasant Valley Road with the late morning trip out of Rockside Road.

One of better smoke shows that I would see NKP 767 produce during its time on the CVSR. The afternoon trip is approaching Pleasant Valley Road.

One of better smoke shows that I would see NKP 767 produce during its time on the CVSR. The afternoon trip is approaching Pleasant Valley Road.

About the duck beneath Pleasant Valley Road in the afternoon.

About the duck beneath Pleasant Valley Road in the afternoon.

Cameras are out at Everett and everywhere else the NKP 767 ran on the CVSR.

Cameras are out at Everett and everywhere else the NKP 767 ran on the CVSR.

Rolling south at Everett with the first excursion of the day. Unlike a week earlier, the train did not go all the way to Akron Northside station.

Rolling south at Everett with the first excursion of the day. Unlike a week earlier, the train did not go all the way to Akron Northside station.

I interrupted my lunch to go out and get this image of the meet between NKP 767 and CVSR 1822.

I interrupted my lunch to go out and get this image of the meet between NKP 767 and CVSR 1822.

It was still a nice reflection shot at Indigo Lake even if the NKP 767 was running backward.

It was still a nice reflection shot at Indigo Lake even if the NKP 767 was running backward.

Stopped north of Indigo Lake station while trying to kill time due to a late running CVSR Scenic train.

Stopped north of Indigo Lake station while trying to kill time due to a late running CVSR Scenic train.

Getting the NKP 767 crossing Everett was a bonus location.

Getting the NKP 767 crossing Everett was a bonus location.

A few railfans watch the train as it rolls away from Everett.

A few railfans watch the train as it rolls away from Everett.

I liked the shadows and light that I was able to get at my second bonus photo op, this one along Riverview Road near the Valley Picnic Area.

I liked the shadows and light that I was able to get at my second bonus photo op, this one along Riverview Road near the Valley Picnic Area.

Vanishing into the patchwork of light and shadows along Riverview Road south of Peninsula.

My last photo of Saturday, Sept. 24, of NKP 767 what wasn't I had in mind but turned out to be surprisingly good. Maybe it is better than what I wanted to get.

My last photo of Saturday, Sept. 24, of NKP 767 what wasn’t I had in mind but turned out to be surprisingly good. Maybe it is better than what I wanted to get.