Posts Tagged ‘NS Fort Wayne Line’

No Injuries in NS Derailment in North Lawrence

August 16, 2022

No injuries were reported when a Norfolk Southern train derailed Monday morning in North Lawrence on the Fort Wayne Line.

The derailment occurred after a truck hauling a crane struck the train at a grade crossing in the 3700 block of Manchester Avenue NW.

Authorities said 19 cars derailed, including two that landed in Newman Creek.

Although a Stark County hazardous materials team was called to the scene, no hazardous materials leaked from any of the derailed cars. NS said the cars that derailed were empty

Several roads in the vicinity of the derailment were closed but were expected to be reopened by Tuesday morning.

The derailment occurred about 7:45 a.m. on Monday. One news report quoted fire department officials as saying the truck may have been traveling too fast down a hill leading to the crossing.

Following the derailment, Ohio Route 93 was closed between Orrville Street NW and Youth Street NW to allow heavy machinery to reach the site and remove the wreckage.

Heather Snyder, 51, of North Lawrence, told The Repository of Canton that she heard the crash from her home in the 4500 block of Clermont Street NW.

“I was getting ready for work and I heard the loudest noise I’ve ever heard,” she said. “My son and I went to take pictures.There’s tankers in Newman Creek,” Snyder said in reference to tank cars in the train’s consist.

An online report said the train was the 171, which originates in Conway Yard near Pittsburgh and operates via Columbus and Cincinnati to Chattanooga, Tennessee (DeButts Yard). The truck was reported to have been traveling southward when it struck the train.

A Trio on the NS Fort Wayne Line

July 28, 2022

Here is a trio of images made on from June 27, 2022, on the Fort Wayne Line of Norfolk Southern. No. 5321 is eastbound in Orrville with train C03. No. 6345 is eastbound in North Lawrence with train C67. NS 6308 is on the west end of NS 6345’s eastbound train. These trains are all locals.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

R.J. Corman Two for Tuesday in Massillon

May 3, 2022

Here are two with some fall color taken on Nov. 1, 2021, in Massillon. An R.J. Corman GP20 is entering a short stretch of Norfolk Southern at CP Mace as it heads south. In the other image, the 4119 has left the NS Fort Wayne Line and is branching back to Corman rails.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Winter Day in Alliance

February 12, 2022

The 14N (left), 170 and an eastbound intermodal in Alliance.
Train 170 heading west.
Train 64N on the Alliance runner.
Train 6K4 taking the Cleveland single.  It would get a new crew about 7 p.m. then reverse back onto the mainline to continue east.

Last Saturday (Feb. 5) I spent the day in Alliance.

Upon arriving I found an eastbound intermodal sitting on Track No. 1 and another eastbound moving slowly on Track No. 2.

The reason for this soon became apparent as train 14N was sitting on Track 1 blocking every railroad crossing in town. It had broken several air hoses and had gone into emergency. 

Also sitting on Track 2 east of town was the 170 waiting to go west.  The slowly moving EB train was taking the runner track, a long siding for parking trains, to get around the 170.

After about an hour, the 14N was able to get moving and continue east; However it would need a new crew before reaching Conway.

Once the 14N cleared, the 170 was able to continue west. The 170 takes the Fort Wayne line to Canton and 14N was blocking his move.

The 170 crew was also on short time and ended up tying down at Freshley Road west of town.

Other trains had backed up behind the 14N including 64N an oil or ethanol train.

This train then took the Alliance runner previously used by the intermodal and tied down to wait for a  new crew. 

A little later train 6K4, another oil or ethanol, took the Cleveland single and tied down on the Mahoning siding south of town. 

An empty coal train came an hour or so later, which picked up this crew.  The 6K4 had a GP38-3 leading some Canadian National engines, which was interesting.

Another train that I had hoped to get was the 171 which had the Virginian heritage unit.  Alas it sat in Canton all afternoon before getting a new crew and going through Alliance about 5 p.m.  I had left by then. 

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

NS Local in Orrville

January 28, 2022

We’re back trackside in Orrville and watching the local at work. In the image above, the train is moving eastbound on the Fort Wayne Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

R.J. Corman Two for Tuesday

December 28, 2021

It is Oct. 19, 2021, in Orrville. R.J. Corman’s Wooster Local is rolling westbound on the Fort Wayne of Norfolk Southern, which the Corman uses to reach Wooster.

In the county seat of Wayne County the Corman will serve shippers located on the remnants of a Baltimore & Ohio line that is mostly abandoned elsewhere.

GP16 No. 1804 is on the east end of the train while GP20E No. 4119 is on the west end.

The heritage of these locomotives is Seaboard Air Line and Southern Pacific respectively.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

NS in Massillon on the Fort Wayne Line

December 1, 2021

Norfolk Southern AC44C6M No. 4084 with train 170 is eastbound in Massillon on the morning of July 5, 2021. the 4084 is a rebuilt C40-9 built by GE for NS in March 1995. Train 170 originates at DeButts Yard in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and runs to Conway Yard near Pittsburgh via Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

More Snow Trains

November 16, 2021

Here are some other trains we got on Sunday in the snow while railfanning along the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s Fort Wayne Line.

In the top image is CSX train I132 at Dunkirk. This is a run-through train that CSX gets from Union Pacific. It terminates on CSX in Detroit and usually operates with UP motive power.

The next two photographs were made at North Robinson. This was the second of three 171s running on this day.

Due to crew shortages three of these trains had been tied down at various locations on the Ft Wayne line one for almost a week. On Sunday they found crews to run them.

The last image is the 55K at Mansfield. This was an extra grain train for the big elevator in town.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Wabash H Unit Leads NS OCS

November 15, 2020

Norfolk Southern’s executive train made a pass through Northeast Ohio on Saturday led by the Wabash heritage locomotive.

It traveled the Fort Wayne Line and reported by Crestline at 7:32 a.m. and Orrville at 12:38 p.m.

The six-car train was headed back to its home base in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where it arrived around 11 p.m.

It is shown above passing through Canton.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

When the Pennsylvanian Saw Daylight in Northeast Ohio

November 15, 2020

I enjoyed the few years that Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian ran through Ohio in the late 1990s to early 2000s.

I rode from Cleveland at least twice with family members to Harrisburg and return.

I also rode to Altoona, twice to Pittsburgh and several times just to Alliance. When I wasn’t riding I would be trackside to photograph, make video or just watch.

Here are some of my favorite trackside images of the Pennsylvanian in Ohio.

In the top image, the westbound train is arriving in Alliance where a group of us will board to return to Cleveland during an Akron Railroad Club outing on May 16, 1999.

Next up is a westbound at Hines Hill Road in Hudson on July 25, 1999, followed by the eastbound passing the former Pennsylvania Railroad station in Sebring on Sept. 9, 2001.

In the final image of the sequence, Marty Surdyk introduced me to the Garfield sag after we caught the Pennsylvanian  in Sebring on Sept. 9.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas