Posts Tagged ‘NS 1071’

Pleasant Surprise Pushing on the Rear

September 27, 2018

Norfolk Southern train 14K is known for having helper locomotives. You might find one in the middle of the consist or on the rear.

I was talking with fellow railfan Sheldon Lustig in Berea a while back when the 14K lumbered through.

Fortunately, I had my camera with me because on the rear was a pleasant surprise, the Central of New Jersey heritage unit.

It is at least the third time I’ve been trackside when a train showed up with a heritage unit that I did not know was coming.

I’ve also caught the Penn Central and Interstate H units that way.

Miss Liberty may not have been leading the 14K, but she wasn’t trailing either.

NS OCS Passes through NE Ohio

May 25, 2018

On Wednesday the Norfolk Southern office car special came through Northeast Ohio. I caught it at Alliance. I was about to head home when I heard a report that the Central of New Jersey heritage unit was leading NS train 15V. This train takes the Fort Wayne line at Alliance. I went to Louisville where I got him at the MP94 signals which are still a Pennsylvania Railroad design.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

And There Was the CNJ Heritage Unit

July 3, 2016
Norfolk Southern train 52V passes the grain silos in Attica with the Central of New Jersey heritage unit in tow.

Norfolk Southern train 52V passes the grain silos in Attica with the Central of New Jersey heritage unit in tow.

There are few things more pleasing when railfanning than lucking into a find you weren’t expecting, particularly when it involves a Norfolk Southern heritage unit.

It hasn’t happened to me often, but it occurred late on a Saturday morning in Bellevue.

I had seen at a distance a pair of trains that appeared to be waiting north of the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum, so I went up there to have a look.

One of the trains was a grain train — the 52V it turned out — and there was some color behind the lead locomotive.

Upon closer inspection I realized I had just stumbled onto the Central Railroad of New Jersey heritage locomotive.

I walked along a city street to get a closer view when the train started moving. That was all right because I had made all the photographs I wanted to make of it in Bellevue.

Fellow Akron Railroad Club member Todd Dillon was railfanning in Bellevue with a friend and he waved at me as they drove off.

Was the 52V going out on the Sandusky District or the Fostoria District?

I had to wait for the 52V to clear before I could cross the tracks, get in my car and give chase. While crossing the Ohio Route 269 bridge over the NS tracks I could see the train taking the Sandusky District.

I gave chase and my first effort to get it ended in failure at Flat Rock. There was not enough time to get out to make a photograph at the crossing where I was.

I was able to catch up and get ahead of it, turning down a rural road and getting it at a crossing. I’m not sure of the name of the road, but it is just south of milepost 88.

I resumed the chase and caught a break because the train had to wait for a signal at West Attica. That enabled me plenty of time to go into Attica and scout photo locations.

I finally settled on an across-the-field shot from the grass parking lot at the fairgrounds.

The dispatcher told the crew of the 52V that it would meet one at Chatfield. That turned out to be a rolling meet.

Satisfied with what I had, I broke off the chase and went on to other pursuits.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

What's that color behind the lead unit of NS train 52V? Why, it's a heritage unit.

What’s that color behind the lead unit of NS train 52V? Why, it’s a heritage unit.

Here comes the 52V at milepost 88 on the Sandusky District.

Here comes the 52V at milepost 88 on the Sandusky District.

A crew member is either striking a pose or trying to see if he can get me to fall for the old "look over there" trick.

A crew member is either striking a pose or trying to see if he can get me to fall for the old “look over there” trick.

Miss Liberty Dodging Snowflakes in Vermilion

February 22, 2015
The snow is flying as the NS 65V with the Central of New Jersey heritage unit in the lead passes through Vermilion. The former New York Central station is the right.

The snow is flying as the NS 65V with the Central of New Jersey heritage unit in the lead passes through Vermilion. The former New York Central station is the right.

The wind-angle perspective of NS 1071. The Vermilion railfan platform is the far right.

The wind-angle perspective of NS 1071. The Vermilion railfan platform is the far right.

My friend Adam and I were doing to get in some railfanning before attending a banquet Saturday night in Berea.

As we drove out that way we saw an online report that the Central of New Jersey heritage locomotive was leading a westbound 65V and getting a new crew at CP Ram in Cleveland.

Our plan was to intercept this train in Olmsted Falls. It was snowing steadily and traffic on I-480 was slow. As we were passing by Cleveland Hopkins Airport Adam saw an online report that the NS 1071 had just passed trough Berea.

We would never make it to Olmsted Falls in time. Plan B was to drive to Vermilion. We easily got ahead of hit despite the snowy conditions.

Much to my delight the snow continued to fall as we waited beneath the overhang of a shop on the north side of the NS Chicago Line.

After waiting longer than expected, the headlight of the NS 1071 came into view to the east. That gal looked good in the snow.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Heritage Locomotive Bonus Day in Pittsburgh

February 4, 2015
The Lackawanna and Central of New Jersey heritage locomotives teamed up to lead an eastbound crude oil train beneath the iconic Pennsylvania Railroad signal bridge at Leetsdale, Pa.

The Lackawanna and Central of New Jersey heritage locomotives teamed up to lead an eastbound crude oil train beneath the iconic Pennsylvania Railroad signal bridge at Leetsdale, Pa.

Last Saturday was almost one of those days that railroad photographers dream about.

Every so often you’ll see a posting on a railfan chat list in which the poster brags about having bagged multiple Norfolk Southern heritage locomotives in a single outing.

There’s an element of luck involved in doing that. You have to be in the right place at the right times on the right day.

I nearly had one of those days last Saturday. The day dawned with four heritage locomotives sitting in Conway Yard near Pittsburgh.

This included the Central of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Lackawanna and Central of New Jersey heritage units.

By mid morning the Monongahela H unit had joined them after coming in on the lead of a manifest freight that had traveled the Fort Wayne Line to Alliance and then the Cleveland Line to Rochester, Pa.

East of Pittsburgh, the Illinois Terminal unit was the second locomotive in the power consist of a westbound tanker train. If you’re not counting that is six heritage locomotives and I saw all of them.

A friend and I were railfanning the Fort Wayne Line at Highland Cut where I was looking to make some winter photographs of the snow and ice on the sides of the cut as trains maneuver through an S curve.

There was a report that the Lackawanna and Central of New Jersey H units had teamed up and were backing onto a train at Conway. But the report was confusing as to whether the train would be doing east or west.

We decided to head for Conway to check it out. It turned out that the train was the eastbound 66Z.

It was just starting to move as we arrived. In the meantime, we spotted the Central of Georgia H unit sitting at the engine service facility.

This is the only NS heritage locomotive that I had not photographed. I still don’t have a photo of it.

Sitting near the fuel rack was the Pennsy H unit. It was coupled to a pair of Canadian Pacific locomotives.

Rather than loop back so I could get a drive-by photo of the Central of Georgia unit, we continued to Leetsdale because the 66Z was on the move.

After checking out the photo angles from the bridge to the industrial park, we elected to shoot at ground level just east of the westbound signals at CP Leets.

That proved to be a good decision. The 66Z came by us shortly after we got situated.

The engineer of the NS 1074 (Lackawanna H unit) reported to the Conway Terminal Dispatcher that the locomotive had stopped loading and he reset everything.

It then began slowly loading again. The dispatcher advised the crew to keep him informed if there was any change.

After photographing the 66Z in Leetsdale, we took off to see if we could catch the train a second time.

It was moving along at a good clip and we got off to a late start. We also didn’t know if it would go via the Mon Line or through West Park near downtown Pittsburgh.

We had to travel the congested and traffic light plagued Ohio River Boulevard. Our chances didn’t look too good, but we tried anyway.

As luck would have it we caught the 66Z and didn’t see it on the Ohio River Connecting Bridge that is part of the Mon Line.

Then Adam missed the turn to get off the freeway. The GPA on his smartphone recalculated and we got off at another exit north of where we wanted to be.

We had to navigate a maze of city streets. In our favor, though, was a report from the dispatcher to the 66Z to take it easy to Milvale because there was a train ahead stopped to get a new crew.

That meant that the 66Z was moving at a near crawl. I spotted the ditch lights as we rolled up to the Ridge Avenue bridge over the trench in West Park.

We probably parked illegally, jumped out and ran to the bridge. At the same time, a cluster of railfans were also converging on the bridge from two directions with cameras in hand.

A couple who were cross country skiing in West Park asked us to step out of the way so they could cross the bridge on the snow on the sidewalk.

We obliged and wondered what they must have been thinking at seeing a bunch of guys with cameras come running up.

I got the photo and we headed back to Leetsdale, checking out the locomotive situation in Conway.

The Central of Georgia and Pennsylvania heritage locomotives were covered up so there was no chance of getting a clear drive-by shot of them.

We saw the Monongahela H unit in a motive power consist at the west end of Conway that appeared to be attaching to a train. But a passing coal train and the guard rail prevented me from getting a clear shot. It was trailing anyway.

With the Illinois Terminal unit on a 65R that was in the Pittsburgh area, we hung out at Leetsdale to photograph that train.

Of the six heritage units I had seen, I was able to photograph three of them. Sure, I’d would have liked to have gotten all six, but I was pleased with what I was able to see and photograph. It had been an amazing day.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

A wide angle view of NS 1074 and NS 1071 at Leetsdale. To the right is a stopped westbound tanker train waiting for a signal.

A wide angle view of NS 1074 and NS 1071 at Leetsdale. To the right is a stopped westbound tanker train waiting for a signal.

Despite traffic signals turning red, heavy traffic and making a wrong turn, we got to West Park just in time to capture the 66Z going through the trench.

Despite traffic signals turning red, heavy traffic and making a wrong turn, we got to West Park just in time to capture the 66Z going through the trench.

The photographers huddled together on the Ridge Avenue bridge cast a shadow on the snow and soon the NS 1074 in Pittsburgh's West Park.

The photographers huddled together on the Ridge Avenue bridge cast a shadow on the snow and soon the NS 1074 in Pittsburgh’s West Park.

 

 

Recent Norfolk Southern H Unit Sightings

August 28, 2014

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Of late, it has been a good time to see Norfolk Southern heritage units in Northeast Ohio. Here are a few miscellaneous heritage unit grabs from the past couple of weeks. Nos. 1071 and 1067 haul North Carolina-bound coal past the former Amtrak station in Canton. The train is the NS 746. Although this motive power consist was still together this week, it did not return via Ohio. The 8114 is shown leading the 20R by Motor Yard in Macedonia. It ia slso shown meeting the 15K.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

H Units, Locomotives of Interest in NE Ohio

August 17, 2014

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A short one-hour stay in Berea on Saturday morning netted the Norfolk Southern GoRail engine and a pair of new GE Tier 4 demonstrators on a CSX train.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Central of New Jersey and Reading heritage units combined on a 746 coal train for a run across Northern Ohio.  I went to Massillon for the curved bridge shot and was rewarded with a nice sunlight view.

I chased this duo to Mansfield where the crew tied down the train but unfortunately the sun did not hold up very far west.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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It’s Been a Good Week for Heritage Units

August 1, 2014

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It has been a good week for Norfolk Southern heritage units with several in and around the Cleveland area.

I elected to skip the Nickel Plate Road unit on a stone train last Sunday due to the fact that the Wheeling & Lake Erie depot in Kent was being moved that same morning. That trumped an H unit in my book.

There were back-to-back trains with H unit power early in the week. These included the Southern unit leading an oil can train followed by a double H set on empty hoppers, both seen at Hudson.

On Wednesday the Penn Central heritage locomotive led an oil train that is seen here at Atwater. The GoRail also paid a visit and the original NS unit was due through on Thursday night.

Although not an NS heritage unit, this ex-Pennsylvania Railroad E8A could be called heritage. It’s nothing special as far as photos go, but I just wanted something on a piece of track that doesn’t see much action. That’s the Interstate 480 Valley View bridge in the background.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

The ‘Paparazzi’ Were Out in Force

August 20, 2013

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I was working on Sunday, Aug. 11, but at the same time keeping tabs on NS train 287 that had departed Buffalo, N.Y., that morning with the Central of New Jersey heritage unit leading.

I managed to get marked off and make it to Bridge 2 in downtown Cleveland in time to catch it exiting the massive former NKP structure with Progressive Field and the new highway construction in the distance. A mad dash toward Rocky River proved futile as this train of empty multi-levels rolled right along.

The next spot would be at the power plant wye in Avon Lake with some coal train power sitting on the east leg of the wye. The train was pulling through the yard to make a cut on the rear cars. As the train was pulling back out on the main for headroom, I elected to crouch down and get an upward view as the units pulled up and out of the runner. There were many fans out on this nice day, including many Akron Railroad Club members. I tried to get as many “paparazzi” as I could to pose for a group photo.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

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My Sunday With ‘Lady Liberty’

August 14, 2013

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This past Sunday I headed to Conneaut as soon as I got word the Central of New Jersey heritage unit was leading a 287 train and had left Buffalo.  I arrived just in time to get an eastbound Norfolk Southern stack train and then the CNJ unit (No. 1071) came into town after that train cleared.

After getting the CNJ unit on the Conneaut creek bridge I got the crew change in the yard.  Next was North Kingsville where the 287 he was doing an easy 60 mph.

I then jumped on Interstate 90 to get ahead but I ran into construction zones with slow and/or stopped traffic. After losing 20 minutes traffic cleared and I was able to beat him to Wickliffe.

After that I headed downtown and got him at Abbey Avenue coming off the bridge there.

I ran into Roger Durfee and we proceded to head for Rocky River. Unfortunately, while I know how to get there I don’t know the shortcuts from downtown Cleveland so we ended up just missing the train there.

Next up was Avon where we got the 1071 at both ends of the yard. Probably half of the Northeast Ohio railfans gathered here and some from Toledo and Pittsburgh as well. Avon is where the chase ended for me as the 1071 would be a couple hours switching the yard.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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The Akron Railroad Club gets the locomotive. Shown are (from left) Tim Krogg, Todd Vander Sluis and Marty Surdyk.

The Akron Railroad Club gets the locomotive. Shown are (from left) Tim Krogg, Todd Vander Sluis and Marty Surdyk.

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