Posts Tagged ‘NS locomotives’

September Day Railfanning in Northeast Ohio

December 16, 2022

Here are four photographs of trains that I saw in Northeast Ohio on Sept. 20, 2022.

The lot includes BNSF 7875 eastbound on the CSX New Castle Subdivision in Rittman, eastbound CSX 7238 east of Sterling, NS 5165 operating eastbound in Orrville, and NS 6314 on the west end of the eastbound NS local led by NS 5165.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Northeast Ohio Triple Play

December 14, 2022

Here are three photographs of trains in Northeast Ohio on Sept. 30, 2022.

We see RJ Corman 3001 southbound south of Canal Fulton. The same train is later shown entering Massillon.

Finally, Norfolk Southern 5321 and its train are sitting in Orrville. This local works Smucker’s and an industrial park.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Saturday Morning Surprise

November 28, 2022

I saw on HeritageUnits.com on Saturday morning that NS Train 265 (23K) was through North East, Pennsylvania, at 8:03a.m. with the NS Penn Central heritage unit leading. I looked at

the North East webcam to verify. About 9:20 a.m. I was set up at Riverside Drive in Painesville. About 9:30 I heard horns but they were coming from the west. I crossed the street and shot Train 316 with superb lighting.

I now had time to go to Perry and set up at Maple Street to get NS No. 1073. I got it at 10 a.m. Take note of the engineer’s side number board.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Under a Canopy of Gold, Orange and Green

November 11, 2022

As this is written most of the colorful fall foliage has turned brown and dropped to the ground. Some trees continue to display fall color, but autumn color peaked weeks ago.

The fall foliage window is small, sometimes only a few days. Seemingly overnight trees can lose their leaves or be stripped bare by wind and rain.

Shown above is Norfolk Southern Train 25A passing beneath a colorful canopy of leaves in Springport, Indiana, on the New Castle District.

Coming Into Camden

August 25, 2022

Led by a Union Pacific unit, an eastbound Norfolk Southern merchandise train rolls into Camden, Ohio, on the New Castle District in the southwest corner of the state. The train is crossing Barnetts Mill Road on the north edge of town. There is a passing siding here and a westbound was sitting in the siding having been there for several hours awaiting a new crew. The image was made April 2, 2022.

NS Local Switching in Orrville

August 25, 2022

Here are three from Orrville made on Oct. 19, 2021. The Norfolk Southern local that switches Orrville and other locations runs push-pull in order to make the reverse move and to switch industries. NS 6345 and NS 6308 are westbound at the still in-use ex-Pennsylvania Railroad westbound signal at the east end of Orrville. Having pulled into Orrville, the local reverses with NS 5607 on the point as the train heads up the spur to Smucker’s and an industrial park. The two locomotives are being towed up the spur.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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

Early NS in Berea Two for Tuesday

May 3, 2022

Norfolk Southern took over from Conrail the Chicago Line between Cleveland and Chicago on June 1, 1999. Shown above are two views of NS trains made during the first year of NS operation of the Chicago Line.

As seen in the top image, Conrail locomotives were still quite common during that era. Former CR C36-7 No. 8485 leads a westbound with a lease unit helping out. The photo was made on Nov. 6, 1999.

A few months later another westbound passes the former BE Tower with a pair of NS units and a former Burlington Northern locomotive. The latter may be a lease unit as its BN markings appear to have been painted over. The photo was made on Feb. 26, 2000.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

Early Morning at CP 367

April 3, 2022

It is early on a Sunday morning in late March in Waterloo, Indiana, on the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern. An eastbound manifest freight has a clear signal on Track 2 at CP 367, which controls a set of crossover switches, one of which can be seen in this image.

I didn’t get the symbol for this freight but chances are it originated in the classification yard in Elkhart, Indiana, 55 miles to the west.

I made this image while standing on the Amtrak boarding platform. The Chicago Line was busy with eastbounds on this morning, In less than an hour’s time I caught four of them, including a coal train, two intermodal trains and the manifest freight shown above.

Not a bad way to begin a day of railfanning.

Wabtec to Modernize 330 NS Locomotives

March 24, 2022

Norfolk Southern and Wabtec have agreed on a contract whereby the locomotive builder will modernize 330 NS locomotives.

In a news release, Wabtec said the work will improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions on each unit.

It is the third modernization order NS has placed with Wabtec since 2015 with more than 950 locomotives expected to be completed by 2025.

The locomotives in the latest order are D9-44CW units that are more than 20 years old.

They will be converted into AC44C6M locomotives, which Wabtec said will add another 20 years of life to each locomotive.