In chasing the Nickel Plate Road 765 Ashtabula trips last weekend I discovered two things.
First, it is not very easy to chase this line. Second, the majority of good photos were in Youngstown.
Yes, there are some nice locations along the line but at the speeds that the 765 was travelling it was difficult to keep up. No four lane highway directly parallels the Youngstown Line as ws the case for the Indiana trip chase.
However, in Youngstown there were several good spots in close proximity. Even better, the train made several reverse moves to access the loading facility at the Covelli Center.
In the afternoon, the sequence was as follows. The train would pull in from Ashtabula with the 765 leading. Then it would back in on the line to unload.
After unloading, the 765 would pull east. The train would reverse to Hubbard where a wye is located.
The train would turn here and then back into the Haselton Yard to stay overnight. An SD40-2 was provided to assist with these and stayed with the train to help at Ashtabula.
All these moves were at slow speed and provided many good opportunities for photographs and video.