Posts Tagged ‘NS 8114’

1 Hour, 2 Heritage Units

March 25, 2018

I watched Penn Central No. 1073 this morning at 9:15 a.m. on the Horseshoe Curve rail cam. Also around that time I saw NS 8114 had been posted on Heritage Units as being in Chesterton, Indiana. What would be the chances for seeing two in one day?

I called fellow Akron Railroad Club member Jeff Troutman and he was attending a funeral but said he should be back home in the afternoon.

They were closing in so I figured if I drove we would have to be on the road by 3:30 p.m. I called Jeff and he was to be home a little after 3 p.m. I got him at 3:30 p.m.

We got to the Tot Lot in Bedford at about 4:50 p.m. The first two photos were made about a minute later.

A young railfan from Wisconsin with his father had no idea this was coming and was super excited. Then his excitement returned about 50 minutes later. It was a good day for everybody.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

By the Glint’s Late Day Light

December 4, 2017

I had a trunk load of railfan magazines to convey to Marty Surdyk to be sold at trains shows at which the Akron Railroad Club has a table.

We arranged to exchange the magazines one evening last summer in Olmsted Falls, which is a favorite railfanning haunt for both of us.

After transferring the magazines, we settled in to do some evening railfanning. I had brought my tripod to try some night photography.

But before you get to darkness you get to that time when the low sun angle makes for some nice glint lighting.

Of course you need a train to show up when the light is just right to go glint hunting.

On this evening NS cooperated by sending eastbound manifest freight 16G at just the right time. As a bonus, the Norfolk Southern heritage locomotive was on the lead.

Strictly speaking, the going away shot of the NS 8114 below is not a glint shot. But I liked it and included it in the gallery because it is part of the story.

Recent Norfolk Southern H Unit Sightings

August 28, 2014




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

Coloful Motive Power Consist Brightens NS

June 3, 2014






Last weekend Norfolk Southern ran a very colorful lash up on train 37A from Enola to Conway.  On Sunday this same motive power consist came through Cleveland on train 15N.  I caught this train Saturday evening at Leetsdale, Pa. Among the engines were NS heritage No. 8114; Union Pacific Olympic Torch Relay No. 2001; and Canadian Pacific No. 7581, which had starred in the movie Unstoppable.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

A Spot of Sun Finds NS 8114

December 27, 2013



I got lucky with a spot of sun on Norfolk Southern train Z5R as it passed my work site on the day after Christmas.

A clean “double double,” of NS 8114, got the call to lead this train. It is shown just about noon as it climbs Westinghouse Hill about a mile west of Bridge 1 on the Chicago Line in Cleveland.

Also, here is a late afternoon grab shot of 25V as it rounds the curve east of my work area. Nothing special; I just liked how the setting sun reflected off the distant windows.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

NS 8114 Pays Another Visit to Northeast Ohio

October 4, 2013
Roger Durfee was able to capture the Z4R with the Norfolk Southern heritage unit in the lead at Highland Road near Twinsburg.

Roger Durfee was able to capture the Z4R with the Norfolk Southern heritage unit in the lead at Highland Road near Twinsburg.

Locomotive No. 8114, the Norfolk Southern heritage unit, led oil tanker train Z4R through Northeast Ohio on Thursday afternoon. The train was reported through Cleveland at 1:30 p.m.

Online reports at a railfan website indicated that this train originally had NS No. 8008 on the lead with the NS heritage unit serving as the DPU.

However, the 8008 reportedly developed mechanical problems and the 8114 was moved to the head end ahead of a BSNF unit.

There was speculation on the railfan site that the 8114 might be the lead unit when the train comes back through Ohio in a few days on the return trip.




An ‘H Unit’ From an ‘H Unit’

July 10, 2013


The day’s runs of the Nickel Plate Road 765 in Pennsylvania are over. I’m in the Pennsylvania Railroad heritage unit – note the Tuscan grab irons – in Altoona chatting with the crew. There’s a guy I use to work with over there.

As luck would have it, the 8114 came west leading some empty hoppers. It was a dull day and the windows were dirty from the 765. But how many times am I going to be able to shoot a heritage unit FROM a heritage unit?

Photograph by Roger Durfee

NS Heritage Units at CP 107

August 17, 2012

The Norfolk Southern CNJ heritage unit made a daylight trip through our area on Thursday on train No. 553, empty WEPX hoppers to load at Kensington on the Cleveland Line.

I finished up work and headed for CP 107 in Bedford. The wait was short as this train was moving right along.
I also managed to grab a photo of the “NS NS” unit leading 60T from my “office” last week, also at CP 107.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

Bagging My First NS Heritage Unit

May 14, 2012

The shot of the day was from the Miami Street overpass in Toledo. The 414 with NS 8114 is moving forward on Track 2 before backing into the Stanley Secondary.

For more than a month, railfan photographers have been salivating at the prospect of catching the Norfolk Southern 30th anniversary heritage locomotives that have been rolling out of shops at the rate of about one per week.

Photographs of NS heritage units have been plastered all over the Internet and tales of catching one of the prized locomotives have dominated many trackside conversations.

But work obligations had me chained to my desk for nearly as long as the heritage units had been plying the rails. “When will I get to see, let along photograph, my first heritage unit?” I often wondered as I saw photo after photo of locomotives celebrating the memory of such railroads as the Pennsylvania, Nickel Plate Road, Conrail and Norfolk & Western, among others.

“Which of these would be the first that I would see?”

My work obligations finally began easing late last week and I vowed that I’d get out over the weekend to bag an NS heritage unit.

Fellow ARRC member Roger Durfee told me on Friday night that the Norfolk Southern heritage unit was at Mingo Junction and we made plans to go see it Saturday morning.

But that idea evaporated due to cloudy skies.

Roger tracks the location of the NS heritage units more closely than many people keep tabs on their stock portfolios. He thought there was a chance that one of the units might make it to Northeast Ohio by Sunday afternoon.

When I called him Sunday morning about 9 a.m. to see what he knew, it was the proverbial bad news-good news-bad news situation.

The bad news was that it was unlikely that any heritage units east of Ohio would make their way here on Sunday.

The good news was that the Norfolk Southern heritage unit had reached Cleveland during the night and would be going west to Toledo on a coke train.

The bad news was that I was tied up with obligations at home through late morning. Roger said I could ride with him on the chase, but would I have time to catch up with him before NS 8114 left town? Things didn’t look too promising.

I finished my domestic obligations and called Roger. The new crew of the coke train, the 414, was not yet on the train, so it would not be leaving just yet. The crew could show up at any minute, though, and the train could charge westward shortly thereafter. Or maybe not.

I began racing toward Roger’s location near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Roger said he’d call me if the train began moving. I eyed my cell phone warily as I glided westward on I-480.

As I approached the exit for the airport, I got some good news. There in bright sunshine was the Norfolk Southern heritage unit in its brilliant orange, yellow and black sitting just north of the Ohio Route 237 ramp leading off I-480 toward the airport.

Maybe this thing will work out after all. At least I got to see it.

The train began moving as I neared Roger’s position. A coke train doesn’t exactly accelerate like a jack rabbit from a standing stop, so I was able to park, get my camera out and get into position.

Let the record show that I got my first photograph of an NS heritage unit at 11:10 a.m. on Sunday, May 13.

Chasing this train would be a challenge. There was no rail traffic ahead of it. Roger figured – correctly – that the crew could taste a short day of maybe three hours before going off duty. It had plenty of incentive to keep the throttle open.

And that is what happened. The lumbering train picked up speed and kept rolling along.

The Toledo East dispatcher offered a glimmer of hope that maybe this would not be the straight shot to Toledo that the crew wanted.

Signal problems near Fairlane had her single-tracking while a maintainer worked to resolve the issues. If the maintainer didn’t clear up by the time the 414 got there, it would have to wait for three eastbounds.

It was what we wanted to hear, but shortly thereafter the maintainer released his track authority and only a grade crossing protection order would slow the coke train’s progress.

Some deft driving by Roger got us ahead of the 414. We figured to make our first intermediate photo stop near Bay Bridge west of Sandusky.

We almost squandered that opportunity. Roger wasn’t sure what road to take to find the spot he wanted to photograph near Gypsum. We didn’t have a DeLorme atlas or a GPS.

We wandered around a bit, keeping an ear on the radio. We did not hear the 414 calling signals. That turned out to be because the NS 8114 didn’t have the greatest radio.

As we made our way down a private road near CP 253, we saw a headlight bearing down on us a short distance to the east as we crossed the tracks. “Where did that come from?”

We had just enough time to bail out, set up and fire away.

We got back to Route 2 and continued the chase. Exiting onto Ohio Route 163, we barreled toward Oak Harbor.

The highway and railroad tracks were within sight of each other for much of this section, so we knew we had caught and passed the 414.

But we also knew that we weren’t that far ahead of it, either. Roger suggested finding a place for an across the field shot, but we couldn’t find anything that was open enough.

Traffic and red lights slowed our progress through Oak Harbor. There was no chance of getting a photograph here.

Indeed, the 414 had gotten ahead of us again. We set our sights on Millbury.

We could hear a stack train, the 21G, calling signals behind the 414. On another day that would have been good news because the stacker was gaining on the coke train.

The dispatcher noticed that, too, but told the 21G that she couldn’t run him around the 414 because there was a steady stream of eastbound traffic ahead on Track 2.

The 414 crew must have sensed its clear path into Toledo because it kept highballing along as though it was Amtrak’s Capitol Limited.

We made Millbury and barely had enough time to get out and shoot at a grade crossing.

Catching the 414 at Vickers seemed out of the question, so Roger made contact with his friend Michael Harding. We met on the road and Harding led us to the Miami Street overpass in Toledo.

As it turned out, the 414 got delayed at Vickers, enabling what I am sure was a good crowd of photographers to get good photos.

Earlier in the journey, the crew of the 414 had told the Toledo East dispatcher that it was a celebrity train today. She didn’t know what that meant.

So the crew explained that it had one of the new NS heritage units and photographers were out taking its picture.

As we were driving through Toledo, we heard the 414 declare an emergency. As it was starting to move at Vickers, it lost its air.

The Toledo Yard dispatcher had informed the 414 that it would be crossing over from 1 track to 2 track and then backing into the Stanley Secondary.

We set up on the Miami Street bridge and waited. I had never railfanned in Toledo before, so I made the most of the wait by photographing an eastbound manifest freight crossing the Maumee River on the swing bridge.

By now the last of the clouds that had cast a pall over Toledo earlier in the day were moving out and we saw clear skies to the west.

That eastbound manifest freight momentarily kept the 414 from moving ahead, which meant the 21G had to cool its heels as well. A northbound CSX train crossing NS at Vickers on the former Toledo Terminal also figured into the traffic flow.

The traffic cleared, the 414 had its air back and everything began unfolding as intended. For a brief moment we thought we might get a side-by-side shot of the NS 8114 and the head end of the 21G.

But it was not to be. The 414’s head end was well ahead of the stack train by the time the 21G arrived at our location.

The crew of the 414 tied the train down after putting it into the Stanley Secondary.

It was still mid afternoon and Roger wanted to wait until about 5 p.m. when the side lighting on the 8114 would be nice.

We killed time by photographing from the Route 795 overpass a Canadian National train creeping into CSX’s Stanley Yard.

Then we went out to Vickers, which Roger had assured me is one of the busiest rail junctions in Ohio. A CSX northbound was crossing as we arrived, but over the next hour or so the place was quiet. There wasn’t even a peep on the NS road channel.

We had started to make our way back to the Stanley Secondary when we spotted a headlight on CSX. It was a southbound stack train and it would have to wait for NS trains in each direction.

After that flurry, we got the static shots of the 8114 that we wanted.

The CN train we had shot earlier at Stanley Yard was ready to go back to Lang Yard so we waited near Vickers to shoot what would be our last train of the day.

The attraction on this train wasn’t the two generally filthy CN units up front, but the third unit, a BC Rail locomotive.

And with that we headed toward Cleveland. Toledo seems like a nice railroad town. I ought to get back there sometime soon.

Article by Craig Sanders

Photographs by Roger Durfee

What a beauty it was in the sunlight.

We almost missed getting this shot at Millbury.

The view from the Miami Street overpass in Toledo was the best of the day.

From here the 414 backed up into the Stanley Secondary. This gave us two opportunities to shoot the NS 8114.

On the Stanley Secondary in late afternoon light.

NS Norfolk Southern Heritage Unit Struts Its Stuff in Daylight on Sunday Across Northern Ohio

May 13, 2012

On Saturday (May 12), while on my way to southwestern Pennsylvania to chase coal trains, I caught the Norfolk Southern heritage unit No. 8114 in the yard at Mingo Jct.

It was coupled to a coke train but the units were dead and no crew was around. After a few quick roster shots—OK , nothing great—we continued our journey.

On the way home we stopped to check and this time it was idling, But since it was dark we left and went home. We considered a night photo op but thought NS wouldn’t take kindly to this.

On Sunday morning about 9:30, I got a call that it was parked at Rockport Yard in Cleveland waiting for a new crew.

A minute later I was on my way and did catch it about quarter after 10. I then waited at Berea where it came through about 11:15.

I’m not really happy with those pictures—the nose was dark—so I continued to chase it all the way to Toledo.

I tried getting it at Vermillion and Sandusky but it seemed that every time another NS train would block the view at the last second.

Finally he stopped at Vickers Jct. and I was able to get some great sunlit views.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon