Posts Tagged ‘NS Erie heritage locomotive’

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




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 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




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

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




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



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




On Sunday after I got home from church I checked 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

In This Case, Trail Equaled Triumph

December 23, 2014




Of the thousands of photographs that have been made of the Erie heritage locomotive of Norfolk Southern, the three appearing on this page will not rank among the best.

In fact, they are likely to rank in the bottom quartile because they violate the cardinal rule of photographing NS H units: Trail Equals Fail.

Not only is NS 1068 trailing it is the middle of three units. That is about as desirable as sitting in middle seat on a long flight between two burly men on each side of you.

No way would I post these images on

About the only thing these images have going for them is that they are sharp, exposed well, feature nice composition and were made on a sunny day.

But these images having something that no other images of NS 1068 have. They are mine. They are the first images I’ve ever made of the Erie heritage unit.

Until this past Monday, NS 1068 was one of three NS heritage units I had not photographed and one of two that I had not seen.

The closest I’ve come to seeing the Erie H unit was an HO model pulling a train on a layout at the Berea train show this past October.

I don’t know how many times the Erie H unit has been through Northeast Ohio, but it is several. On none of those occasions was I able to get out to photograph or even watch it.

I never lost hope that someday I’d be in the right place at the right time and/or be able to get there.

But having hope and seeing what you wish for come to fruition are not the same thing.

My breakthrough came in an email message this past Monday saying that the NS 1068 was at Toledo at 7:30 a.m. on the 206, an intermodal train that takes the ex-Nickel Plate route east of Cleveland to Buffalo, N.Y.

It was a rare sunny day and I had time to get out. So off to Olmsted Falls I went.

It took the 206 a while to show up. Around 11 a.m. I thought I heard a radio transmission that said in part “NS 206.”

I made my way to the other side of the tracks and waited.

Until I actually saw it I couldn’t know for sure that I hadn’t missed it.

Like so many things in life, you want something for a long time and it seems as though it will never come or is out of reach.

Then one day when you are not expecting it the opportunity comes along.

I kept glancing down the tracks until finally a headlight appeared. Minutes later I could see green between the two black NS units. I was not going to be denied.

Months of frustration vanished into thin air. I saw and photographed the Erie heritage unit.

I wasn’t expecting to get a great shot. There is a reason for the “trail equals fail” bromide and there wasn’t anything I could do in Olmsted Falls to transform an average photo into a stellar one short of taking extraordinary methods that would require resources that I don’t have.

The 206 was really moving so my glimpse of the NS 1068 was brief.  I only saw it through my camera’s viewfinder.

Of course, I now want to get this thing leading a train. But who knows when that opportunity will come if it comes at all.

But I now have the NS 1068 in my collection. That leaves just the Central of Georgia and Conrail H units on my list of “yet to photograph.”  I’ve seen the former, but not the latter.

Five of the 18 H units that I’ve photographed were trailing so I only sort of have them.

There will be more missed opportunities and frustration in the pursuit of the final two and getting all of the “trailing 5” onto the lead.

But that is for another day. I want to savor the sweet taste of success at finally corralling the Erie H unit.

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.



Roger Finally Bags ‘No. 20’ Leading in the Wild

January 15, 2014
The first of two views of No. 1068 and its train in the yard.

The first of two views of No. 1068 and its train in the yard.

Like many fans out along the railroad these days, I always try to nab one of the Norfolk Southern Heritage units when I can.

A goal of many, myself included, has been to get them all in service after the 2012 Spencer (N.C.) gathering. I’m one of those “trail = fail” people when it came to crossing one off the list. It has to lead or it doesn’t count.

One unit in particular, NS 1068 the Erie Railroad heritage unit, proved to be most elusive to me as a leader.

I had missed an opportunity to catch it back on Nov. 20 due to being at work. This past Sunday, though, gave me a chance, with a little effort, to finally get that hard to catch 1068 and now have all 20 H units “in the wild.”

The 1068 had led a grain empty into Toledo at the end of the week and it would be parked in the former Wabash Sumner Street yard until it was its turn to head for the elevator in Maumee. Reports had it still in that yard Sunday morning, so off to Toledo I went. The sky was overcast but showing a few weak “sucker holes.” Maybe I could get a little spot of sun on it.

I arrived and sure enough it was still there. I did get some filtered sun on the train which helped the look of the photos a lot.

I was still in the process of shooting various angles of the train when a crew showed up. They would start up the units, cut away from the train and run around to the other end for the trip south.

The Erie would at that point revert back to that “trail-fail” position that I’d seen it in several times before. But at least now this one last unit was crossed off my list.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee


Overhead view from the I-75 ramp.

Overhead view from the I-75 ramp.

A puff of smoke as it starts up.

A puff of smoke as it starts up.

Nose photo.

Nose photo.

The conductor pulls the pin to cut away from the cars.

The conductor pulls the pin to cut away from the cars.

The two units run around their train.

The two units run around their train.

Now on the south end, the 1068 would trail to Maumee.

Now on the south end, the 1068 would trail to Maumee.