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Eastbound in Alliance

June 24, 2020

The photographer is standing to the east of the Amtrak station in Alliance at the far end of the interlocking.

NS 9255 leads an eastbound on the morning of Oct. 14, 2016, onto the Fort Wayne Line.

The interlocking controls moves between the Fort Wayne Line and Cleveland Line, which accounts for the majority of movements in Alliance.

The signal heads with the letter “C” on them are for trains whose lead unit is not equipped with working cab signals.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Along the NS Mainline near Motor Yard

October 20, 2016

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Here are a few images of interest of Norfolk Southern action on the Cleveland Line near Motor Yard in Macedonia.

In the top image, the NS “Go Rail” locomotive leads a manifest freight in the vicinity of  the yard.

In the bottom image, NS 8302 leads another manifest freight through Macedonia. It is one of the few remaining standard cab GEs that you can see leading on the Cleveland Line.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

Late Amtrak and the NS Parking Lot

August 28, 2014
The eastbound Capitol Limited is more than seven hours late as it cruises through Brady Lake on Wednesday morning at 10:13 a.m. Although No. 30 has been routinely running late this summer, it usually isn't this late.

The eastbound Capitol Limited is more than seven hours late as it cruises through Brady Lake on Wednesday morning at 10:13 a.m. Although No. 30 has been routinely running late this summer, it usually isn’t this late.

I drove down to Towner’s Woods Park on Wednesday morning to take a hike on the Portage County Hike and Bike Trail. As I passed through Twin Lakes, I noticed a westbound Norfolk Southern stack train parked on Track No. 2. This is not common at this location.

Upon turning on my scanner I heard crews talking about how the railroad was having a meltdown in Cleveland and trains were backed up.

In fact, there was an M5M parked near MP 84 behind the stack train I had seen and a 21T parked in Rootstown near MP 81. Then I heard Amtrak No. 30 call the signal at CP 94 in Hudson. I made the images shown while standing on the Ravenna Road bridge.

No. 30 had been a “mere” two hours late before becoming ensnared in the Cleveland morass. By the time that it departed Cleveland at 8:47 a.m., it was 6 hours, 53 minutes down.

It would lose nearly an hour between Cleveland and Alliance and depart Pittsburgh 9 hours and 53 minutes late.

No. 30 would finally reach Washington, D.C., Thursday morning at 1:32 a.m., 12 hours and 22 minutes late.

The headlight of Amtrak No. 30 was in sight when I heard the rumbling of what sounded like a diesel locomotive. My first thought was that NS was sending another westbound up to wait just behind the stack train that was still sitting west of Lake Rockwell Road. It turned out to be, though, the ABC job coming back from Ravenna. What to do? I wanted to photograph Amtrak, but I seldom get a chance to photograph the ABC job on the former Erie mainline east of Kent.

As a practical matter there was little I could do. There wasn’t time to run over to the crossing of Ravenna Road to get a coming shot. So I made a sideways shot and let it go.

After my hike, I hung around for another 45 minutes to see if the NS parking lot had moved any. The stack train was still sitting west of Lake Rockwell Road and the M5M and 21T were in their respective places.

At one point the Cleveland Line dispatcher asked the M5M if it could move up some. The response was that it could move up a car length but if it moved further it would be blocking a private crossing “that we’re not supposed to block.” The dispatcher also asked the 21T to move up — it was just short of the detector in Rootstown — because the rear of that train was blocking a crossing. But the crew replied that a signal maintainer had inspected the rear of the train and determined that it was not blocking anything.

As I was returning home, the M5M had been given a signal at CP 86 in Ravenna and would cross over to Track 1 and go around the stack train parked at Twin Lakes. Some guy on the radio said that M5M would be zig sagging around seven trains.

Don’t know if that was true, but the comments made by the frustrated railroaders on the radio were quite entertaining as they sarcastically talked about how today was railroading at its finest.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The dining car (left) and Sightseer lounge probably had run out of food by the time No. 30 finally reached Washington.

The dining car (left) and Sightseer lounge probably had run out of food by the time No. 30 finally reached Washington.

The ABC job is returning from Ravenna as it crosses Ravenna Road in Brady Lake. This grab shot was the best I could do under the circumstances.

The ABC job is returning from Ravenna as it crosses Ravenna Road in Brady Lake. This grab shot was the best I could do under the circumstances.

An eastbound stack train is doing track speed on Track 1, having managed to finally navigate its way through Cleveland.

An eastbound stack train is doing track speed on Track 1, having managed to finally navigate its way through Cleveland.

Cleveland Line Flashbacks

December 10, 2012
Conrail Nos. 7029 and 7322 pull empty stone hoppers off the Hugo Stone lead in Brady Lake. Note the caboose left on the mainline back near the former Lake Erie & Pittsburg bridge in this October 1977 scene shot from the Lake Rockwell Street bridge.

Conrail Nos. 7029 and 7322 pull empty stone hoppers off the Hugo Stone lead in Brady Lake. Note the caboose left on the mainline back near the former Lake Erie & Pittsburg bridge in this October 1977 scene shot from the Lake Rockwell Street bridge.

Over the years I’ve spent my fair share of time along the former Pennsylvania Railroad Cleveland Line in the Macedonia/Hudson/Brady Lake and beyond areas. In the 1970s this line had yet to be upgraded to the fast intermodal route that it is today. Mineral trains and locals were the bulk of the traffic you could expect to see. In these four photos we’ll see a sample of both both.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

In February 1979 we are again looking west from the Lake Rockwell Street bridge as a CEI empty hopper train returns east for another load.

In February 1979 we are again looking west from the Lake Rockwell Street bridge as a CEI empty hopper train returns east for another load.

In the 1960s and 1970s big Alcos could often be seen hauling trains along the Cleveland Line. Former Penn Central C630 No. 6775 teams up with C636 No. 6785 on a train of ore in February 1979.

In the 1960s and 1970s big Alcos could often be seen hauling trains along the Cleveland Line. Former Penn Central C630 No. 6775 teams up with C636 No. 6785 on a train of ore in February 1979.

It's Aug. 6, 1982, and Conrail local WYAL-1 works past Bayard Tower with some hoppers. Although I hesitated taking the shot due to it being a bit against the sun, I wanted to include the tower. I am glad that I did as it was leveled a few years later.

It’s Aug. 6, 1982, and Conrail local WYAL-1 works past Bayard Tower with some hoppers. Although I hesitated taking the shot due to it being a bit against the sun, I wanted to include the tower. I am glad that I did as it was leveled a few years later.