Posts Tagged ‘NS 1068’

Erie Heritage Unit Leads 22K

July 16, 2017

I saw on Saturday morning that Erie 1068 was on 22K. I had things to do and got home about 2 p.m. and, luckily,  it wasn’t by yet. I got it at 3:20 p.m. at the Painesville trestle. Each week it will be a different view with all the construction of the new bridge underway.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Colorful NS Motive Power Duo

September 15, 2016

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It wasn’t an all heritage locomotives consist, but Norfolk Southern train 64T had an unusual motive power consist when it passed through Northeast Ohio during the morning hours of Monday, Sept. 12.

Leading the train was the Erie Railroad heritage locomotive while the tailing unit was the DC to AC conversion No. 4000.

The same duo had led the train or tank cars westbound through the region last Saturday, but that was during early morning hours and NS 4000 had been leading.

Reports on HeritageUnits.com indicated that on Monday the 64T was reported at Alliance at 11:06 a.m.

No reports were made for the time that train passed through Cleveland.

Rich Thompson was able to get to Hines Hill Road near Macedonia to capture the 64T as it made its way east on the NS Cleveland Line.

Photographs by Richard Thompson

That Erie H Unit, DC-AC 4000 Conversion Unit Combination Made a Grand Sight in Pennsylvania

September 6, 2016

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You mentioned on the Akron Railroad Club blog the Erie Heritage unit of Norfolk Southern and DC to AC conversion unit No. 4000. My girlfriend caught the two together on Sunday. An engine train must have made a power swap between you and Cresson, Pennsylvania. The ethanol train you photographed was now being led by the Erie unit with the 4000 trailing.

Article by Jack Norris, Photographs by Starlene Van Dunk

Labor Day Wanderings: Part 1

September 6, 2016
Most of my railfanning moves on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend were done in pursuit of NS 80xx, the Southern heritage locomotive, which I've seen just once before.

Most of my railfanning moves on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend were done in pursuit of NS 80xx, the Southern heritage locomotive, which I’ve seen just once before.

Many guys take advantage of the Labor Day weekend to make an out of town railfanning trip. I got out of town during the holiday weekend, but not for an overnight adventure. I spent two days railfanning in my “backyard.”

The plan for Saturday was to pick up my friend Adam and head to Alliance. He needed to be back by 3 p.m. to take care of child care duties and after than I would head down to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for the final day of operation of the Saturday-only bike train.

Adam and I had talked on Friday about going over to southwest Pennsylvania to find DC to AC conversion unit No. 4000, which on Friday morning had been reported on HeritageUnits.com as being in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

But by early Saturday there had been no updates on the 4000 and traveling to Pennsylvania seemed risky because the 4000 might have moved on in the middle of the night and no one had seen it.

There was a report on HU about the Southern heritage locomotive of Norfolk Southern heading west on the point of train 740. Another report said the Erie H unit was in the motive power consist of an eastbound 64T going through Lima.

They would both pass through Alliance so that was the place to be. We were going around Ravenna on Ohio Route 14 when Adam’s phone dinged with an update from HU reporting that the Southern H unit had just passed through Alliance. Now what?

I’ve seen NS 8099 just once and Adam thinks it is one of the more attractive NS heritage units. It had been out of service for several weeks due to mechanical issues.

I turned south on Ohio Route 44 and headed for Interstate 76. The new plan was go to Massillon to catch the 740 and the 34T and 740 at Mace from Cherry Road NW bridge.

I had shot the Pennsylvania Railroad heritage unit from this bridge on the day of the Akron Railroad Club picnic this past July.

We made good time cruising westward and managed to avoid delays in the construction zones in Akron.

Adam had just gotten his phone during the past week and no sooner had that happened, but the manufacturer issued a recall because of the danger of the phone catching fire.

That led to a lot of joking about how Adam’s phone would blow up in his hand, the flash of light would momentarily blind me and I’d crash into something. And we would miss the heritage units.

Few of that model phone have actually caught fire and those that did did so while the owner was recharging the battery. So long as Adam didn’t try to charge the battery we were safe.

An online report indicated that the 64T was following NS train 170, which had gone into emergency west of Orrville.

The Fort Wayne Line is single track between Mace and Orrville and we played guessing games as to whether the 740 would meet the 170 at Orrville or at Mace.

We also learned that the NS 4000 was in Conway and planned to lead a coal train west on the Fort Wayne line. That looked to be an afternoon move. The New York Central heritage unit was leading a train eastward on the Sandusky District. So, the day was filled with colorful possibilities.

The 170 was going through Mace when we arrived and all I could manage was an image of the rear of the train passing the PRR position light signals.

Railfan Matt Arnold arrived not long after we did. I’d never met Matt before Saturday, but had long admired his photographic work of the Wheeling & Lake Erie. He is a talented young photographer who often railfans with his Dad.

Matt said the 740 was moving slowly, which suggested the 64T would go through Mace first.

That plan was confirmed when an R.J. Corman northbound unexpectedly showed up and keyed up the Pittsburgh West dispatcher.

To our surprise, the dispatcher said the Corman train would go through Mace south to north immediately after the 64T passed through.

The Erie H unit was second of two units, trailing a Union Pacific locomotive. The R.J. Corman train had two units.

I’ve photographed Ohio Central trains a number of times on the former Baltimore & Ohio line in Massillon at Mace, but gotten the Corman there just once while chasing an OC train during the ARRC picnic at Warwick Park.

After the Corman train cleared Mace, the westbound signal for Track 2 went to clear, which is only the second time I’ve seen that indication at that signal.

Although I’ve been to Mace several times over the years, I’ve rarely seen an NS train there. I was never there during the Conrail era.

The Pittsburgh West dispatcher called the 740 crew and said he was ready for them at Mace.

It took awhile but the 740 came into view with NS 8099 on the lead. The lighting was not favorable for a westbound coming into Mace, but I did what I could with what I had to work with.

After getting the train coming image, I dashed across the road and got a side shot and a couple of going away views.

We still had some time before I had to take Adam home. It was at this point that things started falling apart.

Matt had received a phone call from a contact saying the Corman train was going to drop its cars and go to Wooster.

But I neglected to ask him where the cars were going to be dropped. I presumed it would be in Massillon, but it might have been Warwick.

I decided to chase the 740 to Orrville and figured the Corman train would be behind it.

The route to Orrville was slow going and the 740 easily got ahead of us. I ducked down a country road to a grade crossing but nothing was in sight.

I heard the 740 call a clear signal in Orrville and realized we were too late.

We waited in Orrville for about an hour but the Corman train never showed up. Either the information about going to Wooster was incorrect and/or they had gone to Warwick first.

We also learned that the NS 4000 was bad ordered in Conway with flat spots. Either those got worked out right away or the report was in error.

As it turned out, the NS 4000 became the trailing unit on the 64T, the UP unit was removed in Conway and the Erie H unit became the leader.

I felt rather dejected as I took Adam home. Had I gone to Warwick we might have caught the Corman train leaving there. It has been a good five years since I’ve photographed the Corman.

I had better luck on the CVSR later in the afternoon. Aside from photographing the last run of the Saturday bike train, I was curious as to what motive power was running on the CVSR these days.

It turned out that the Scenic train had Horizon Rail 8420 on the north end and the Baltimore & Ohio 800 on the south end.

The bike train had the newly repainted 6771 on the north end and the 1822 on the south end. I was glad to see the 6771 because I like the spiffy new livery adorning it.

I got both trains at Indigo Lake and caught a break when the Scenic had a longer than usual dwell time in Peninsula.

The conductor had told the engineer of the 8420 that there might be several people in wheelchairs in Peninsula and if so the train would need to follow a special operating plan.

As I drove north with the intention of getting the bike train at Jaite, I saw the Scenic sitting at Boston Mills station.

I would get both of them at Jaite. With that objective accomplished I headed for home and made plans for another day of holiday railfanning on Sunday.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The last cars on train 170 were tank cars. The train is moving onto track No. 1.

The last cars on train 170 were tank cars. The train is moving onto track No. 1.

The R,J. Corman train approaches the Cherry Street NW bridge. It had a red board at Mace.

The R,J. Corman train approaches the Cherry Street NW bridge. It had a red board at Mace.

Here comes the 34T with a UP in the lead splitting the PRR position signals at Mace.

Here comes the 34T with a UP in the lead splitting the PRR position signals at Mace.

A closeup of the Erie heritage locomotive. Yeah, it's trailing, but I don't get to see it often.

A closeup of the Erie heritage locomotive. Yeah, it’s trailing, but I don’t get to see it often.

I've always like the sight of uniform looking unit trains, particularly when they are snaking through switches and curves.

I’ve always like the sight of uniform looking unit trains, particularly when they are snaking through switches and curves.

The two units of the R.J. Corman train are on the move.

The two units of the R.J. Corman train are on the move.

The Corman train has the signal at Mace. I've never seen an indication like this. One light is green and other either amber or lunar.

The Corman train has the signal at Mace. I’ve never seen an indication like this. One light is green and other either amber or lunar.

The Corman train is about to briefly the NS Fort Wayne Line and move through a pair of switches.

The Corman train is about to briefly the NS Fort Wayne Line and move through a pair of switches.

Going south to north at Mace.

Going south to north at Mace.

At last the 740 made its way through Mace. Seeing four trains here in just over an hour was unusual.

At last the 740 made its way through Mace. Seeing four trains here in just over an hour was unusual.

Horizon Rail GP10 No. 8420 is back in service and the blue loaner unit has apparently returned for assignment elsewhere. It was nice to see while it lasted.

Horizon Rail GP10 No. 8420 is back in service and the blue loaner unit has apparently returned for assignment elsewhere. It was nice to see while it lasted.

Reflections of a CVSR coach in the waters of Indigo Lake.

Reflections of a CVSR coach in the waters of Indigo Lake.

CVSR 800 at Indigo Lake station.

CVSR 800 at Indigo Lake station.

The 1822 was the south unit on the bike train on its last day of operation.

The 1822 was the south unit on the bike train on its last day of operation.

Boarding the bike train at Indigo Lake.

Boarding the bike train at Indigo Lake.

As much as anything, I made this image to get the old truck waiting at the grade crossing for the northbound Scenic.

As much as anything, I made this image to get the old truck waiting at the grade crossing for the northbound Scenic.

A B&O "heritage unit" passes the former B&O train order office in Jaite.

A B&O “heritage unit” passes the former B&O train order office in Jaite.

Another photo op with the new look CVSR locomotive livery, this time at Jaite.

Another photo op with the new look CVSR locomotive livery, this time at Jaite.

The last scheduled bike train of the season is on the last leg of its last trip to Brecksville.

The last scheduled bike train of the season is on the last leg of its last trip to Brecksville.

 

Catching the Erie H Unit, Again

May 7, 2016

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There was a time when I was frustrated at my inability to catch the Erie heritage locomotive of Norfolk Southern.

When it was coming through Cleveland I was unable to get out to the tracks with my camera. I remember sitting at the Akron Railroad Club table at the Berea train show and seeing an HO model of the Erie heritage unit leading a train around a layout across the aisle. It was my first time “seeing” NS 1068.

I finally photographed the real thing, although it was the trailing the first time that I saw it in person. Then I got it leading a train into Bellevue last August, in an image was that all right, but not great.

Within the past month, the Erie heritage locomotive has been a regular visitor through Northeast Ohio on the 22K eastbound and the 23K westbound.

Sometimes it leads and sometimes it trails. If it goes east to Massachusetts leading, it will return leading.

But then it will go east and west in the trailing position, only to reverse course the next time through.

On a recent Saturday it was the leading east turn. I thought about going somewhere east of Cleveland to get it but for various reasons I wound up in Olmsted Falls instead.

It seems appropriate that trailing the two-tone green Erie tribute locomotive was a cut of green containers.

I could get used to a regular rotation featuring this heritage locomotive. You just don’t know how your luck might turn and something that seemed out of reach for so long suddenly become attainable.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

Pair of Good Catches in Lake County

May 5, 2016

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Here are a couple of catches I’ve been able to make recently out in Lake County.

I was able to get Erie heritage locomotive No. 1068 last Saturday on 22K just moments before I left for work. The location is at Madison Avenue in Painesville.

On Wednesday morning I was able to get double heritage on a 45-minute late Amtrak No. 48.

I saw last night that the Amtrak exhibit train was going to be combined with the eastbound Lake Shore Limited.

No. 48 being slightly late helped Jeff Troutman and myself get excellent lighting at the new Shamrock Boulevard overpass just west of the Ohio Route 44 overpass.

Leading No. 48 was Phase IV heritage locomotive P42DC No. 184 followed by P40 N o. 822 and NPCU 406, a former F40PH. The latter two units wear the Phase III heritage livery.

The consist of the exhibit train was cars 10020, 10093, 10094, 10095 and 85999, followed by baggage 61032, Viewliner sleepers 62029,62035,62031, Heritage diner 8524, Amfleet lounge car 28004 and Amfleet II coaches 25065, 25117, 25107, 25008 and 25120.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Erie Heritage With the Erie H Unit in Cleveland

April 30, 2016

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The Erie Railroad heritage unit has been assigned to Norfolk Southern intermodal trains 22K and 23K for about a month now. Sometimes it leads, sometimes not, but until today (April 30), I had not been able to catch it.
One challenge in chasing H units is to somehow work in the actual railroad the heritage engine represents.

Catching the New York Central on the NYC or the Pennsylvania on the Pennsy is like a double bonus. Getting the Erie on the Erie is difficult to do in northeast Ohio.

But the 22K, which the Erie lea today, traverses the former Nickel Plate Road east of Cleveland and it passes former although now abandoned tracks that the Erie used.

The Cleveland Union Terminal hosted passenger trains from the NYC, Baltimore & Ohio, NKP and Erie.

This is appropriate as the Erie heritage is based on the two-tone green colors of Erie passenger engines and trains.

Another Erie connection is the Terminal Tower complex seen in the background. Passenger trains ended their run here but Erie also had its headquarters located in this complex.

The Erie at one time was a Van Sweringen road. The Van Sweringen brothers owned a consortium of railroads including the Nickel Plate, Erie, Chesapeake & Ohio and Pere Marquette.

They were also responsible for building the massive Terminal Tower complex, a Cleveland landmark.

Their intent was to merge these holdings into a giant rail system. Alas, these plans fell through and while Pere Marquette did merge with the C&O, the Nickel Plate and Erie went their separate ways.

I wonder how today’s rail network would look had this merger happened. It would likely have been a dominant player in the rail scene.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

My Only Snow Shot of the Season Was the Erie Heritage Locomotive on Painesville Trestle

April 12, 2016

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On Sunday after I got home from church I checked HeritageUnits.com and saw that Norfolk Southern 1068 — the Erie heritage unit — was on the 22K.

Here are my shots at 11:20 a.m. at the Painesville trestle. Actually, these are my only snow shots this season. Also, the trestle is much more visible at this time as compared to mid-summer like when Nickel Plate Road 765 came through last July.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

They Will Never Get Old For Me

April 11, 2016

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I have a history with Norfolk Southern No. 1068. For quite a while it eluded me. It was the last of the 20 H units that I saw in person and the second to last one that I photographed.

And when I did finally bag it, it was a trailing unit. I got the Erie Railroad heritage unit on the lead last August in Bellevue, but it wasn’t the greatest image.

Shortly after getting up and turning on my computer on Sunday morning I received an email message that NS 1068 was leading the 22K eastbound and would be through Cleveland in daylight.

It was cloudy, but I was hoping I might get a snow shower as the train came through Olmsted Falls.

There were no other railfans around when I arrived shortly after 9:30 a.m. I set up my external scanner antenna and waited.

It wasn’t long, maybe 10 to 15 minutes, before I heard the 22K calling the signal at CP 197, so I got into position. By then one other guy had pulled up in a car, but I don’t know if he had a camera.

There was no snow showers and the dark lighting probably kept some guys at home. The first report on Heritage Units.com was at 9:28 a.m. through Amherst.

It remains to be seen how long the NS heritage locomotives will remain in service in their heritage liveries. Given the cost cutting that NS has been engaging in of late it seems likely that if an H unit needs to be repainted it will receive the current NS livery rather than have its heritage livery renewed.

The NS CEO who authorized the heritage unit program has retired and the 30th anniversary that was the impetus to create the heritage locomotives must seem like ancient history to NS management.

The heritage units may well continue to pull NS trains in their commemorative liveries for years to come. Still, I don’t see one all that often so getting one is still a big deal. My last previous heritage sighting had been in mid February.

I may not be as eager to get out just to photograph a heritage unit as I once was, but given that some day these locomotives will be gone means that seeing one is still a thrill.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

 

 

The Great Locomotive Chase

March 17, 2014
It was cloudy, but there was no way that I was going to not make this image of the Erie heritage unit leading Norfolk Southern train 11K at CP Wing.

It was cloudy, but there was no way that I was going to not make this image of the Erie heritage unit leading Norfolk Southern train 11K at CP Wing.

No, not the one of Civil War fame, but Saturday’s Norfolk Southern train 11K with the Erie heritage unit leading.

Considering the fact the Erie is (was) a hometown road in Akron, it remains my favorite of the 20 NS heritage units.

Once word filtered out about a daylight run west of Altoona the plan was set. I knew where I wanted to catch it first, the curves at CP Wing (Wilmerding, Pa.) with the town of Pitcairn in the background.

The one unknown was the weather. It would be a tough thing to time any sucker holes in the mostly overcast sky with the train, so multiple locations would be the plan in order to up those Vegas-like odds.

After my arrival at CP Wing, several other trains that were ahead of the 11K passed, then the 1068 showed up.

I was not even close on having sun, but even an overcast photo has some interest at this location so I fired away.

A quick run through downtown Pittsburgh got me ahead of the train. Leetsdale was the next location choice.

Of all things, I was hoping for a little overcast on that one due to backlighting, but the sun was out when it passed under the classic ex-Pennsylvania Railroad signal bridge.

A crew change at Conway Yard allowed me another to leap frog to Rochester and get photos of it departing Conway and approaching the Rochester home signal showing a “clear to Ohio” aspect.

My next stop was East Palestine just inside the Ohio border. This would prove to be the best light of this long chase.

Salem was next with the sun playing peek a boo as the train passed. Despite the long train this 11K rolled right along at track speed and would beat me to Alliance.

Weather reports from guys in the field indicated a few breaks in the clouds up in Cleveland, so, hey, why not? So off to Rockport Yard I went.

Cleveland had its usual backlog of trains but things were starting to move out. Radio chatter indicated a crew change at Rockport.

By the time the crews swapped out and an inspection was done on the units, what little sun there had been was gone.

I settled for a few photos from up above CP Max of the crew change and the train before it departed west. All in all a long day but an enjoyable one following the Erie.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

Passing the iconic PRR position light signals at Leetsdale, Pa.

Passing the iconic PRR position light signals at Leetsdale, Pa.

Rolling out of Conway Yard with a new Crew, the 11K is rumbling through Rochester, Pa.

At Rochester, the 11K received a "clear to Ohio" signal indication.

At Rochester, the 11K received a “clear to Ohio” signal indication.

A touch of sunlight splashed over the Erie H unit at East Palestine, Ohio.

A touch of sunlight splashed over the Erie H unit at East Palestine, Ohio.

Passing through Salem, Ohio.

Passing through Salem, Ohio.

Wrapping up the chase by getting the crew change at Rockport Yard in Cleveland.

Wrapping up the chase by getting the crew change at Rockport Yard in Cleveland.

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