Posts Tagged ‘NS motive power’

First Train of the Day

December 7, 2021

Getting that first train of the day during a photography outing can feel special, particularly if it comes along shortly after you’ve reached trackside.

Shown is NS train 25A at Ball interlocking in Cowan, Indiana, on the New Castle District. Ball is a set of crossovers toward the middle of a long passing siding south of Muncie, the home of Ball State University and a glass jar manufacturer in whose honor the college is named.

I had first spotted the 25A in Muncie and hustled out here to make this image. I’ve photographed several westbounds in Cowan but never an eastbound.

This train is typical of railroading in the precision scheduled railroading era. The 25A is, in theory, an intermodal train operating from Calumet Yard in Chicago to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

It did have some containers in the consist but these days you can find just about anything in the consist of many trains.

The 25A would not be operating very much further beyond Ball before halting near York Point, where the siding ends. The 142 was coming west.

I didn’t wait around to see that meet. I was heading back into Muncie to catch the 142 on a bridge over the White River.

NS Excursion Train in Coshocton

October 29, 2021

It’s Sept. 28, 1985, and a pair of Norfolk Southern high hood units are pulling an excursion train through Coshocton. We don’t have any information as to where this train originated or was going. If you know, drop us a line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Eastbound in Massillon

October 13, 2021

NS 4390 leads a herd of its stablemates on eastbound at CP Mace in Massillon on June 12, 2021. The train is on the Fort Wayne Line, which these days sees only a few trains a day.

Photogoraph by Robert Farkas

Pole Line Remnants

June 3, 2021

There was a time when major railroad lines had poles carrying code lines used in communications systems. Newer forms of technology did in pole lines and many railroads have removed the poles and wires.

The latter in particular were often targeted by thieves seeking to steal the copper wire to sell at a salvage yard.

When pole lines were common, some railroad photographers disliked them, seeing them as clutter. But I’ve come to view pole lines or what is left of them in a different way.

Where they exist they add a sense of railroad history to a scene.

The photographs above were made on May 29 on the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern just west of Brimfield, Indiana.

I had heard the eastbound 20E calling signals over the radio and looked for a grade crossing at which to catch it. When I saw the remnants of a pole line here I knew this was the place.

It also was nice to have some adjacent farm fields in which the corn is coming up for another harvest season.

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

Super Memory From a Super Day

May 6, 2021

I always loved these photos that I got on the Super Bowl Sunday outing of Feb. 3, 2013, when I was out railfanning with Marty Surdyk and Craig Sanders. Shown is a westbound NS train in the siding and then coming out at Perry on the former Nickel Plate.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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.

The Right Direction This Time

April 20, 2021

About a week ago I was chasing trains on the New Castle District of Norfolk Southern in southwestern Ohio when we wound up in Somerville.

The tracks cross Sevenmile Creek there on a nice looking bridge. I was able to photograph a train here but it was a westbound manifest freight.

The images were fine yet not what I would have ideally wanted.

So last Sunday we got wind that an eastbound was coming and made our way to Somerville to wait on it.

The wait was worth it and the resulting image more what I wanted to get here.

Shown is manifest freight 143 on its way from Eklhart, Indiana, to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Middle Crossing

April 16, 2021

Norfolk Southern’s New Castle District crosses the White River in Muncie, Indiana, on three different bridges. It is not so much because the river winds all over the place but the railroad does, too.

Shown above is the middle of those river crossings. It is located in a park/nature preserve. Here we see eastbound manifest train 189 rumbling over the bridge on its journey from Oakwood Yard in Detroit to East Point, Georgia, near Atlanta.

It was a warm, but windy day in late March of this year when I caught this train.

Creek Crossing in Somerville

April 11, 2021

Norfolk Southern manifest freight 174 saunters westbound through Somerville, Ohio, on the New Castle District and crosses Sevenmile Creek.

Shortly after this image was made, the train received a hotbox alarm and stopped. Upon inspection, the crew discovered sticking breaks on one of its cars and NS supervisors decided to send a mechanical department worker from Cincinnati to the train.

The crew reported that a brake shoe looked as though it had been welded to the wheel.

The train originated in Macon, Georgia, and is bound for Elkhart, Indiana.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders