Posts Tagged ‘NS Central of New Jersey heritage locomotive’

1 out of 3 Wasn’t a Bad Day’s Work

December 23, 2013

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This past Sunday I went to Pittsburgh to tour some model railroad clubs.  We got some railfanning in along the way.

Online reports had three of the Norfolk Southern heritage units at Shire Oaks, a coal train staging yard on the Mon Line.  Hopefully, we might see a couple.

While driving to McKeesport, Pa., we saw the Central of New Jersey heritage unit leading a coal train north.

We got a grab shot at a crossing. This train was No. 776 and it would later head west across Ohio.

That made it one H unit down and two more to go. After visiting the McKeesport model railroad, we continued south to Shire Oaks yard.

Driving past the south end of the yeard, we saw the 8101 (Central of Georgia) or, more precisely, the roof of the 8101. But the engine was buried behind other locomotives andno photo would be possible.

A quick check on Heritageunits.com  confirmed that the Monongahela unit was at the Bailey mine with a train.  This was too far away for this day’s trip.

Still one heritage is better than none and a good time was had by all.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Pair of Thoroughbreds Race Through CP 107

October 12, 2013

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Here is a grab shot of Norfolk Southern’s 20Q and 24W passing each other at CP 107 in Macedonia on Thursday. I had set up on the sunny – a relative term that morning – side of the tracks first, but once I saw two headlights coming my way I went to the “H side” of the tracks. It’s not a stellar photograph, but it was neat to see two hotshots at speed running side by side.

Photograph 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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Vermilion Outing Photos, Article Posted

August 12, 2013
After a lot of driving around, we finally caught up with CNJ unit again, this time at Lake Breeze Road in Sheffield. It was the star of the Akron Railroad Club's outing in Vermilion on Sunday

After a lot of driving around, we finally caught up with CNJ unit again, this time at Lake Breeze Road in Sheffield. It was the star of the Akron Railroad Club’s outing in Vermilion on Sunday. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

The Akron Railroad Club ventured to Vermilion on Sunday for a day of train watching and photography. The star attraction as the New Jersey Central heritage locomotive, which lead the 287 west from Buffalo, N.Y. We had to go to Avon Lake and Sheffield to get it, but we did. To read an article about the Vermilion outing and view a full gallery of photographs, click on the link below.

https://akronrrclub.wordpress.com/about/activities/2013-outing-in-vermilion/

Jersey Unit Takes Cleveland by Storm

April 19, 2013
Near Motor Yard in Macedonia where the 64R added a buffer car on the rear. (Photograph by Roger Durfee)

Near Motor Yard in Macedonia where the 64R added a buffer car on the rear. (Photograph by Roger Durfee)

A couple years ago, the Broadway musical Jersey Boys had an extended run in Cleveland. On Thursday, the appearance of Norfolk Southern’s Central of New Jersey heritage unit had the railfan community working sending texts, emails and phone calls as it made its way about town.

The action began on Wednesday morning with No. 1071 arriving in town as a DPU on coal train No. 572. At the time, the 1071 was facing westward and its nose was against the rear coal hopper.

No. 1071 and fellow DPU helper No. 8083 were removed at Rockport Yard. The Jersey Central unit spent the night at Rockport and at some point was spun around and assigned to eastbound train 64R, a crude oil train bound for the East Coast.

Dan Davidson reported that after the 1071 tied onto the train the EOT was not working properly. The crew eventually decided to move the train so that rear end was positioned at CP Max, the better to allow the car department to more easily access it.

With the problem finally resolved, the 64R with the Jersey Central unit leading departed at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Adding to the excitement was the fact that three BNSF units were positioned behind the Jersey Central unit, making for a quite colorful motive power lashup. The BNSF power included two “pumpkins” and a “Grinstein.”

The 64R passed through Bedford at 2:43 p.m. The crew, though, was on short time and NS had planned a crew change at milepost 104.

Although reportedly planned for 4:30 p.m., the train was still sitting at MP 104 at 6 p.m.

In the meantime, word had filtered out that the Interstate heritage unit was leading a westbound “oil can” train, the 65R had departed Conway Yard near Pittsburgh.

An apparent erroneous Internet report had the 65R operating westward much earlier than it actually did.

The eastbound tanker train with the Jersey Central unit finally got a new crew and was off. The 64R and 65R passed each other within 10 minutes near Alliance. The 65R with the Interstate unit did not make it through Cleveland until after dark.

Waiting for the crew change at milepost 104. (Photograph by Roger Durfee)

Waiting for the crew change at milepost 104. (Photograph by Roger Durfee)

A meet with the NS 24M. (Photograph by Roger Durfee)

A meet with the NS 24M. (Photograph by Roger Durfee)

 

Plenty of ‘Powdered Sugar’ at LTEX

January 9, 2013
Snow covers the locomotives waiting to to into the shop for rebuilding or repair at LTEX on Jan. 5, 2013.

Snow covers the locomotives waiting to to into the shop for rebuilding or repair at LTEX on Jan. 5, 2013.

I paid a visit to Youngstown last Saturday, mostly in search of Norfolk Southern No. 1071, the Central of New Jersey heritage locomotive on slab train 67Z.

I found the train tied down in Haselton Yard and not going anywhere. I checked out a couple other locations in the area, including LTEX.

The “powdered sugar” snow covering the dead units made for some interesting photos. CSX was generally quiet, but I did a photo of the Q016 just about to knock down the EAS at Center Street with the Youngstown skyline in the background. You couldn’t get this angle back in the 1970s.
The clouds were moving in quick so it was over to the NS yard to take a few grab shots of the 1071.

The sun never really moves around during these short days so I had to settle for a slightly back lighted roster view and a cloudy train view.

Article and Photographs 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

‘Miss Liberty’ Pays a Visit

August 16, 2012

Norfolk Southern heritage locomotive No. 1071, the Central Railroad of New Jersey tribute unit, passed through Cleveland Thursday afternoon on the head end of a coal train. NS train 553, bound a mine along the Cleveland Line passed by Berea after 1 p.m., changed crews at West Park and then departed about 2:30 p.m.

The views seen here are in Bedford just south of the Glendale Street crossing at 3:12 p.m.

Photographs by Craig Sanders