Posts Tagged ‘NS locals’

NS Action at Mace

May 16, 2021

Here is a series of images made on the Fort Wayne Line of Norfolk Southern in Massillon at CP Mace on May 14, 2021.

In the top image, NS SD70ACe leads a westbound manifest freight. Behind this train was a local led by GP38-3 No. 5822. It is shown in the middle image. The 5822 was rebuilt from an GP50 originally built for the Southern Railway in 1981

The third image shows the east end of the westbound local, which is being pulled by the 5822. On the east end is SD40E No. 6308.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

It’s a Caboose!

April 25, 2021

They used to be on every freight train but then technology and labor reductions consigned them to a long list of things that used to be but are no more on America’s railroads.

But the caboose has a more romantic aura about it and was better known to most Americans than, say, an interlocking tower or trackside telephone booth.

Today the caboose is all but gone, primarily found on local trains. And even then it may not be a caboose per se but a shoving platform even if it used to be a caboose and still looks like one.

Shown is westbound Norfolk Southern local B23 in Goshen, Indiana, on the Chicago Line. The local originates in nearby Elkhart and works only as far east as Goshen before returning to the yard.

When I made this image on April 22, the B23 had two covered hopper cars and a caboose.

It may be battered and bruised but NS 555616 still has the classic look of a caboose and it’s still something out of the ordinary.

At Work With NS Fort Wayne Line Locals

March 3, 2020

Today we pay another visit to the Fort Wayne Line of Norfolk Southern to watch the locals at work.

In the top image local C03 is rolling eastbound on Feb. 19 through Burton City, which is located between Orrville and Massillon.

On the point is GP38-2 No. 5358, which is typical motive power for a local.

In the next photo down the C03 is shown going away with NS 3380, an SD40-2, and NS 5801, a GP38-3, facing westward.

In the next set of photographs, which are posted below, we’ve relocated to Massillon and are watching local C67 at work.

The motive power for this train is SD40E No. 6349 and G38-2 No. 5638.

In the top image the train is splitting the signals at CP Mace on the northwest side of Massillon.

The middle image is a roster shot while the bottom image shows the train drifting downgrade to work an industry.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

 

Waiting on Switch Repairs in Orrville

October 15, 2019

Norfolk Southern local CO6 is shown above with GP38-2 Nos. 5208 and 5321 sitting on the far east end of the industrial park trackage in Orrville on Oct. 9.

A maintainer had been called to fix the switch at the other end of this trackage so the CO6 could enter the mainline, reverse, and head east.

This industrial park trackage is the last remaining part of the now-removed line that ran from Warwick to Orrville and was once known as the Cleveland, Akron & Columbus.

After the maintainer had fixed the switch, the CO6 backed onto the main, reversed directions, and left Orrville to return to Canton.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

 

 

 

NS In Sharon

March 13, 2018

 

Last Sunday I was able to catch Norfolk Southern train C89 a Youngstown to Sharon, Pennsylvania, turn. I caught it leaving the Youngstown Line at Bell Wick Road and again on the street trackage in Sharon. it was almost dark when it returned south led by an Operation Lifesaver GP38-2.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

3 Trains, 5 Minutes, Then the Sounds of Cicadas and Traffic on a Summer Afternoon in North East

September 30, 2015

A woman captures a westbound CSX stacker in North East, Pennsylvania, as her young children eye the approaching train.

A woman captures a westbound CSX stacker in North East, Pennsylvania, as her young children eye the approaching train.

The westbound cleared just in time for an unobstructed view of the eastbound.

The westbound cleared just in time for an unobstructed view of the eastbound.

The NS local completed the trio of trains in slightly less than five minutes. And none of them blocked each other.

The NS local completed the trio of trains in slightly less than five minutes. And none of them blocked each other.

The buzzing of cicadas and periodic muffled sounds of nearby street traffic hung in the otherwise still mid-afternoon air on a late summer day of sun and clouds in North East, Pennsylvania.

It had been nearly three hours since the last CSX westbound had rolled past the Lake Shore Railway Historical Society Museum and more than an hour since there had been an eastbound CSX train.

Norfolk Southern had been quiet since just before noon.

All of that was about to change. The first clue was the scanner inside the museum coming to life with the chirps of what sounded like trains calling signals at a distance.

In due time, the transmissions became strong enough to pick out the location of the signals being called on both railroads. Then there were headlights to the east and west on CSX.

The westbound stack train arrived first. Its rear well car had barely cleared on Track No. 1 by the former New York Central station when the lead locomotive of an eastbound manifest freight came rushing past on Track No. 2.

The scanner barked out the transmission of a detector on NS situated nearly three miles away.

No sooner had the eastbound CSX train cleared, but a headlight came into view of an eastbound NS local, which would later work at the Welch plant in North East after another eastbound NS train had passed by.

It all played out over slightly less than five minutes and when it was over the only sounds in the air were the buzzing of cicadas and the periodic noise of nearby street traffic.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

My Bucket List Just Shrunk by One

November 23, 2013

Looking like it is traveling through a swamp, the NS local works on the Terex branch. Could that be Roger Durfee on the ground working this job?

Looking like it is traveling through a swamp, the NS local works on the Terex branch.

I finally caught a moving train on the Terex branch of Norfolk Southern. That is one more objective that I can cross off my bucket list.

As I was sitting in Hudson, a Norfolk Southern local passed by with two plastic covered hoppers in tow. There was only one possible destination for this train and that would be the Little Tikes facility at Hudson.

 Little Tikes sits just off Barlow Road on a branch initially built in the 1950s for Euclid heavy earth moving equipment, later Terex. It is now JoAnn Fabric.

This line was initally called the Euclid branch by the Pennsylvania Railroad. When Terex shut down in the 1980s the branch was used for car storage. When Little Tikes built a factory it breathed new life into this line.

 I have always wanted to catch a train working this facility but while I have seen parked power on occasion I had yet to see a moving train until Friday. 

The weather was less than stellar. Heavy fog turned into rain, but when given a bunch of lemons you make lemonade. 

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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