Posts Tagged ‘NS Interstate Railroad Heritage locomotive’

Fingers Crossed Then Pushing the Shutter Button

April 12, 2021

When I woke up on Sunday morning, I checked Heritage Units.com and saw that Norfolk Southern’s Interstate heritage unit had been spotted leading an unidentified intermodal train on the Elkhart, Indiana, rail camera.

I went to the site and rolled back to 2:21 a.m. to see it. To me it looked like it could be the 22K.  A later post still showed the train to be unknown. My fingers were crossed.

At 9:10 a.m. a post indicated the 8105 and its train were in Lakewood and designated as the 22K.

Could I finally get it in the lead with the lighting correct? When I left the house it was bright sun.

When I got to my spot behind the school buses in Painesville a huge bank of dark clouds appeared. Keeping my fingers crossed I was hoping.

As I heard a locomotive horn the sun was on the edge of the cloud bank. Success came at 10:50 a.m. 

Photograph by Edward Ribinskas

Double Heritage Unit Friday in Northeast Ohio

September 26, 2020

On Friday Norfolk Southern sent two heritage units through Northeast Ohio.

Todd Dillon caught the New York Central H unit passing the former NYC depot in Olmsted Falls.

It was on the point of the 21Q headed for 47th Street in Chicago after originating in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Next he caught the Interstate H unit going through Hudson leading the 25V. The train originates in Elizabethport, New Jersey, and terminates at Landers Yard in Chicago.

Both units came through during the afternoon.

Ordinarily, Friday night would have been Akron Railroad Club meeting night for September. But that meeting was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

However, there was an impromptu ARRC meeting in Hudson with club president Dillon, Vice President Bill Kubas (shown on the ladder) and Tom Kendrick on hand in Hudson to get some photographs and video.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Am I Allowed to Post These?

May 1, 2018

As you can clearly see, the top image features the Interstate heritage unit of Norfolk Southern. You can also clearly see that No. 8105 is trailing in the motive power consist of a westbound stack train passing through Olmsted Falls on the NS Chicago Line.

The bottom image features the Wabash heritage unit in the motive power consist of NS westbound manifest freight 309.

And you know what they say, “trail equals fail.” Maybe so but I photographed them anyway and I posted them anyway. Feel better now?

Interstate H Unit at Hines Hill Road

July 29, 2016

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This is my only recent Norfolk Southern heritage unit catch, courtesy of good timing from the HeritageUnits.com  site and a clear personal calendar on the afternoon.

I saw the notice and left my mother-in-law’s house in Broadview Heights, hustling to where I felt there would be a clear shot.

This is at Hines Hill Road looking east at the westbound train. I arrived with approximately 15 minutes to spare.

It is hard to catch something with good nose light on the C&P in the afternoon  without a longish drive from my house.

Given that the Interstate heritage unit leading the train was already to Ravenna when the notice appeared, I felt this is all I had time to do.

In retrospect a better lighted shot might have been from the Cuyahoga River, either side of lift bridge. This is not bad.

It has nice side light, good sun that was a bit of luck as the clouds were often blocking it that day. This was made on July 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Article and Photograph by Peter Bowler

A Good Afternoon Failfanning in the Akron Region

October 28, 2015

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Last Sunday started out overcast but by the afternoon the sun had come out for a beautiful fall day.

My first stop was Indigo Lake where I ran into our club president, Craig Sanders. Also, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad No. 800 made for some nice photos.

I chased the CVSR train to Akron and then got a Wheeling & Lake Erie stone train that was parked at Summit Street.

My next stop was Rootstown and the NS 21Q intermodal train led by the Interstate heritage paint.  I had caught this engine last Thursday at Hudson also leading 21Q.

It turned out to be a pretty good afternoon.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

2 Out of 3 H Units on Snowy Monday Morning

January 11, 2015

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On Monday, Jan.5, Cleveland was graced with three Norfolk Southern heritage units leading trains through town. The Erie H unit took an all ex-Nickel Plate Road routing through town on train 287 so I wasn’t able to see that one. I did catch the other two, the Interstate and the New York Central, both seen negotiating the temporary shoo fly track at Battery Park, MP CD 184 on the Chicago Line in a couple of typical winter scenes.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

Year End Present From Norfolk Southern

January 1, 2015

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The last day of 2014 was sunny, but cold. I had no plans to get out trackside. There were things to do at home.

Then I got a phone call that the Interstate heritage locomotive of Norfolk Southern was leading an eastbound train at Sandusky. My plans for the rest of the morning quickly changed.

So here is Norfolk Southern’s going away present to me for and others for 2014, one of its heritage units on the lead in winter sunshine passing through Northeast Ohio.

It’s funny how heritage sightings work for me. For a long time NS 8105 had eluded me. I had not had as much as one near miss with it. But since October I’ve seen and photographed it three times.

For the record, the train is the 20R and I photographed it in Olmsted Falls at 12:05 p.m.

It’s now a new year and I can only wonder what heritage units will cross my path in 2015. Here is hoping that the the last two that I have yet to photograph, NS 8101 and NS 8098 find their way into my viewfinder along with the four other H units I need to photograph leading a train. I also wouldn’t mind if Amtrak No. 156 also made its way to me some day when I’m trackside with my camera.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

There it Was Just Sitting There

November 19, 2014

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After reading an online report as to the whereabouts of Norfolk Southern 8105, the Interstate heritage locomotive, I decided to make a detour last Saturday on my way to Marion to give a presentation to the railfan society there.

The 8105 was reported to be sitting in Willard since Thursday on the Ashland Railway after coming off CSX as train K525.

Reportedly, the train would leave for Mansfield on Sunday morning to be loaded at AK Steel before returning to be interchanged to CSX.

But on Saturday I found the 8105 and its train snoozing near the Willard hospital and behind an R.R. Donnelley plant.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

NS Interstate H Unit Runs on the Ashland

November 18, 2014

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Of late the Ashland Railway has been running coil steel trains between CSX at Willard to AK Steel at Mansfield.  This train has been using Norfolk Southern power instead of the Ashland’s own locomotives.

Last Sunday, the NS Interstate heritage unit led this train from Willard.  I tried chasing but due to a late start I only got the train coming into Mansfield.

It delivered its train of empties to the mill and tied down.  According to another fan it was expected to return to Willard on Monday.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

 

Double Amtrak Entrée With a Creamsicle Treat

October 6, 2014

The observation car on the rear of the eastbound Lake Shore Limited was one of many highlights of a Sunday of railfanning in Olmsted Falls.

The observation car on the rear of the eastbound Lake Shore Limited was one of many highlights of a Sunday of railfanning in Olmsted Falls.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do on Sunday as far as railfanning. The weather forecast called for sun and clouds.

Upon seeing that Amtrak’s Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited were both running many, many hours late my Sunday plans were set.

With daylight Amtrak trains through Northeast Ohio no longer a sometimes thing, I decide to try to do an Amtrak double dip. I had been wanting to photograph the Lake Shore and Capitol on the same day. Here was my chance.

After getting to Olmsted Falls, I called Amtrak Julie to get a status report on the late trains.

The Amtrak website had not been working properly when I left home, rendering inoperative the reservations and train status functions. I would later learn that this problem would last for much of the day on Sunday.

But now the problems had migrated to Amtrak’s reservation phone number.

Instead of getting Julie, I heard a voice I’d never heard before saying that Amtrak was experiencing higher than normal call volumes.

Those who were calling to make a reservation were urged to call later or on Monday. Those who wished to speak to an agent were warned that the wait could exceed a half-hour. Those who just wanted train status were SOL. I would have to rely on my scanner, which, fortunately, was working just fine.

The NS radio channels were quite busy Sunday morning and the railroad was experiencing traffic congestion.

Two eastbound trains had locomotive problems and were stopped in the vicinity of CP Max. The powers that be decided to swap a locomotive from a westbound with one of the eastbounds, whose third and fourth units were not working properly.

West of Cleveland, an eastbound stack train, the 26T, had outlawed between Cleveland and Elyria. That reduced the Chicago Line to a single track but with the Cleveland Terminal tied up, it didn’t matter that much.

It was mostly sunny when I arrived but soon thereafter clouds rolled in and it was mostly overcast skies for much of the afternoon.

Newly-minted ties had been deposited along the south shoulder of Track No. 2. The track work that has made the Chicago Line a single track railroad on many days is moving eastward.

Amtrak No. 48 had left Chicago at 1:29 a.m., nearly four hours late. No. 30 had departed Union Station at 2:54 a.m., 8 hours and 14 minutes late.

And that was before they reached the usual congestion on the Norfolk Southern Chicago Line.

Already eight hours late, Amtrak No. 48 was held at CP 203. As the Toledo East dispatcher put it, “we have to wait for three westbounds to be flushed out of Cleveland before I can get you a route.”

With the westbound traffic out of the way, No. 48 came rolling through Olmsted Falls at 2:16 p.m. It would arrive at the Cleveland station at 2:29 p.m., nearly nine hours late, but not before signal problems at the Drawbridge.

It would finally reach New York Penn Station at 3:50 a.m., which is nearly 9.5 hours late. The rear of No. 48 offered a bonus with four private cars.

I am not sure of the heritage of the observation car, but the tail sign read “The Crescent.” Shades of the days when this was the way of the Great Steel Fleet.

I was aware that the Interstate heritage unit was in Sandusky on Saturday and there had been speculation that it might go east.

Due to a heads up from my friend Adam Barr, who had been unable to get trackside on Sunday, I learned that the NS 8105 was leading a 262 out of Sandusky. It followed the 34N, which had brought out a relief crew for the 26T. The 262 then went around the 26T.

This was the first time I had seen and photographed the Interstate H unit. The 26T followed the 262, albeit slowly. This long stack train had four units, but the fourth locomotive was dead and the third unit wasn’t getting any amps.

The crew discussed the problem with the Toledo East and Cleveland Terminal dispatchers, but I am not sure how the matter was resolved or if it got resolved. I had been about ready to give up on No. 30. For all I knew it might have been annulled in Toledo.

But I decided to stick it out a while longer and my persistence would soon pay off. I heard the Toledo East Dispatcher talking to Amtrak No. 30 to give it a speed restriction through a crossover.

It finally showed up at 4:15 and must have been further delayed because the arrival time at the station downtown in Cleveland was 4:51 p.m.

But what’s a few more minutes when you are already 15 hours late? For the record, No. 30 finally reached Washington Union Station at 5:35 a.m. Monday, 16 hours, 25 minutes late.

The late departure from Chicago on Saturday (Sunday) likely was due in part to the fact that No. 29 arrived at 5:49 p.m. (9 hours, 4 minutes late) on Saturday and the combination of crew rest and equipment servicing moved the departure time way off.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Amtrak No. 48 had to wait for three westbounds west of Olmsted Falls, but what another half-hour of delay when you are already running more than eight hours late?

Amtrak No. 48 had to wait for three westbounds west of Olmsted Falls, but what’s another half-hour of delay when you are already running more than eight hours late?

With tie replacement poised to start in Olmsted Falls, railfans won't have to worry about one train blocking another for awhile.

With tie replacement poised to start in Olmsted Falls, railfans won’t have to worry about one train blocking another for awhile.

I can now check another NS H unit off my "to do" list. What a sight this engine was.

I can now check another NS H unit off my “to do” list. What a sight this engine was.

A wide angle perspective of the NS 8105. It was my first heritage unit sighting since mid summer.

A wide angle perspective of the NS 8105 also featured some interesting cloud patterns and side sunlight just as the train arrived.

It is not quite storm light, but a large crease in the clouds created a nice contrast between the white trailers of the two intermodal trains and the dark clouds to the east.

It is not quite storm light, but a large crease in the clouds created a nice contrast between the white trailers of the two intermodal trains and the dark clouds to the east.

Being persistent paid off in achieving my goal of photograph two late Amtrak trains on the same day in Northeast Ohio.

Being persistent paid off in achieving my goal of photographing two late Amtrak trains on the same day in Northeast Ohio.

No private cars on the rear of the 15-hour late eastbound Capitol Limited, but it was the first time I've photographed that train in Olmsted Falls.

No private cars on the rear of the 15-hour late eastbound Capitol Limited, but it was the first time I’ve photographed that train in Olmsted Falls.