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NKP H Unit on the Original Nickel Plate

August 27, 2016

The Nickel Plate Road heritage locomotive of Norfolk Southern crosses the trestle in Painesville over the Grand River on Aug. 19.

In a modest way this has been my summer to chase Norfolk Southern heritage units.

In the past month, I’ve photographed the Conrail and Nickel Plate Road H units, both on the original rails of the railroad that they celebrate.

Shown above is NS 8100, the NKP heritage unit on original Nickel Plate rails as it crosses the Grand River in Painesville.

I still am searching for many more, including the Erie, New York Central and original Norfolk Southern. So I have a long ways to go to reach all 20.

Photograph by Peter Bowler

NS 8100 Leads Stone Cars up the Crown

July 28, 2014

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On Sunday morning I was made aware that the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit of Norfolk Southern would be taking a train up the Crown Secondary to Twinsburg.  I always enjoy the opportunity to chase trains on this branch.

The branch diverges from the former C&P mainline at Highland Road in Macedonia and then climbs a tough 2 percent grade crossing Valley View Road and Highland Road again before reaching the summit in Twinsburg.

I arrived at Highland Road just as the NKP unit was returning light for the rest of its train, it having already hauled the first half up the hill.

I was able to get some pictures as the crew retrieved the rest of the train off the new Highland Road overpass.  At this point the train sat for well over an hour as the second engine was having issues with its air lines.

Finally, these problems were resolved and the train continued up the hill to deliver the rest of the train.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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20W Has Been My Lucky Number of Late

July 21, 2014
The NS 20W had a myrian variety of hot intermodal shipments as it saunters through Olmsted Falls on Sunday afternoon.

The NS 20W had a myrian variety of hot intermodal shipments as it saunters through Olmsted Falls on Sunday afternoon.

It’s too bad that the Ohio Lottery doesn’t allow players to choose letters with the numbers that they pick. If so, I would have bought tickets on Sunday with the number 20 and the letter W.

On Norfolk Southern, 20W is the symbol for an eastbound intermodal train with UPS and FedEx trailers, among other cargo. Two weeks ago the 20W enabled me to break a heritage unit drought that extended back to last October.

It was in October 2013 that I photographed my last heritage unit leading a train. Technically, the Reading unit that I photographed wasn’t even leading the train. It was the DPU on the rear of an eastbound crude oil train with its nose facing westward.

So if y0u want to pick nits, my previous H unit sighting leading a train that I photographed was the Norfolk & Western unit leading an intermodal train a week earlier.

In the intervening eight months, I saw an H unit on occasion, but it either was trailing — the Wabash twice — or I wasn’t able to get a photograph.  OK, so I saw the New York Central heritage unit at the National Train Day event in Toledo, but it was a sitting duck and not pulling a train. Ditto for the Reading H unit that I saw in Avon Lake on the wye by the power plant.

My drought finally ended two weeks ago when I bagged the original Norfolk Southern H unit leading the 20W.

Yesterday, I saw a report that the 20W had the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit on the lead. I was headed for Olmsted Falls anyway to get a very late running Amtrak No. 49, so I hoped that I could get the NKP unit, too.

The 20W came through again, passing through the Falls at 12:27 p.m., about a half hour after I arrived. Maybe my heritage unit luck is changing for the better.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Passing the Olmsted Falls depot.

Passing the Olmsted Falls depot.

There was a slight danger of getting blocked, but I was standing at a grade crossing and could see that the 20W would arrive before the westbound stack train.

There was a slight danger of getting blocked, but I was standing at a grade crossing and could see that the 20W would arrive before the westbound stack train.

NS 8100 (NKP) Passes a Backward Conrail Logo

July 14, 2014

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I managed to catch NS train 20R on Friday close to work at the Egbert Road bridge in Bedford. I elected for the overhead photo to minimize the high sun harsh shadows that occur in the afternoons in the summer. It appeared that a “rogue railfan” of some sort had found a can of spray paint and applied a backwards wheels on rails, Conrail logo and “quality” on a cut section box. I guess if there is going to be graffiti, might as well be railroad related, even if it’s done wrong.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

 

A Bit of the NKP in B&O Land

March 26, 2014
CSX train K055 waits at Lambert for traffic on Monday with the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit on the lead. The view is from the Interstate 76 overpass.

CSX train K055 waits at Lambert for traffic on Monday with the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit on the lead. The view is from the Interstate 76 overpass.

One of the more interesting moves so far this year occurred on Monday and involved the westward run of CSX train K055, an empty oil can train, from Philadelphia to Chicago via the former Baltimore & Ohio main.

What made this one stand out was the Nickle Plate Road heritage unit owned by Norfolk Southern was leading it.

The fans were out in force, including several Akron Railroad Club members. I wasn’t sure I would get done at work in time to see this move, but a delay to the train in New Castle, Pa., allowed me to catch it in Akron.

NS power on CSX has become a weekly occurrence, but this was the first time one of the H units ran on this line. I had elected to try the Thornton Street bridge photo in an effort to show that the 8100 was indeed in Akron since the skyline would be in the background.

he sun was all but gone by the time it reached the bridge so I lowered my angle to avoid the dark train-bright background photo no no. The train got a bit of a delay at Lambert allowing us to set up for another stab at it. The sun cooperated this time as it approached Fairview Avenue in Barberton.

That’s a small section of the former Erie off to the left that is now used by the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway. A quick stop between the two locations netted the “signal maintainers view” of the 8100 stopped at Lambert.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

The view from the Thornton Street bridge was fine, but the clouds did not cooperate in enabling me to make the image that I wanted to make.

The view from the Thornton Street bridge was fine, but the clouds did not cooperate in enabling me to make the image that I wanted to make.

Coming toward Fairview Avenue in Barberton.

Coming toward Fairview Avenue in Barberton.

 

A parting shot at Barberton.

A parting shot at Barberton.

NS H Unit Travels the CSX New Castle Sub

March 25, 2014

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I managed to run out quick and stab the westbound K055 empty oil train on CSX with the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit leading. The first two shots were taken at the Exchange Street signals in downtown Akron. The last shot was taken at Lambert in the far southwest corner of Akron near the border with Barberton where the train had to wait on two eastbounds before continuing its trip.

Photographs by Richard Thompson

 

 

2 for Thursday in NS Heritage Locomotives

January 17, 2014

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Thanks to a heads up from the Akron Railroad Club blog I was able to score a twofer of Norfolk Southern heritage units on Thursday.

In the top photograph, the Lackawanna heritage locomotive leads train 205 through Cleveland on the bridge over the Flats.  I barely just got to the University Inn seconds ahead of the train.

Simultaneously, the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit was leading counterpart train 206 through Cleveland with the two meeting at Rockport yard.  I caught this train off the old Broadway Road overpass (or what’s left of it).

These two railroads have more in common than simply ending up owned by Norfolk Southern many years later.

During the 1950s, the Lackawanna owned a controlling interest in the Nickel Plate with freight and passenger traffic handed off to each other at Buffalo.

The Lackawanna even tried to merge with the NKP at this time. That particular merger failed but both ended up under the NS umbrella.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

The Nickel Plate on The (ex) Nickel Plate

January 16, 2014

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Despite the gloomy weather last past Saturday I managed to get a photo of the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit on home rails in Willoughby passing the well known Willoughby Coal landmark. It was leading train No. 206.

UPDATE:  NS 8100 was reported early Thursday morning (Jan. 16) was leading train 206 again. Looks like another repeat of the NKP on the ex-NKP sometime this afternoon. The Lackawanna heritage unit was reported to be leading train 205 from Buffalo to Cleveland early Thursday morning as well.

Photograph by Roger Durfee

Yellow Stripes up the Crown

November 17, 2013

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I got a call to be the helper (pusher) on a 68E stone train for Twinsburg. It turned out that the train had the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit leading, which was a nice surprise.

The top photo shows the train at CP 107 on the Cleveland Line near Walton Hills. Once the rocks were by us we came out, came up behind and tied on for the shove up the Crown Industrial track to Chrysler yard in Twinsburg.

After the train was parked at the dumper, we had instructions to bring the road power back down to Motor Yard with us. But, unfortunately, the clouds had rolled in pretty quickly by then.

The second photo is on the high bridge over Valley View Road while the third image is at the Summit Stone (private) crossing. There were quite a few fans out photographing our train.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

Touch of Spring on the Cleveland Line

April 28, 2013
The 65R rolls past the Bedford Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks just after 3 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

The 65R rolls past the Bedford Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks just after 3 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

The afternoon of Friday, April 26 was a pleasant spring day so I decided to do some railfanning before traveling to Akron for the Akron Railroad Club meeting. I knew there were some flowing trees in the parking lot of Tim Lally Field/Willis Picnic Area of the Bedford Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.

The park is adjacent to Norfolk Southern’s Cleveland Line. This is the same place that the ARRC will be having its summer picnic this July.

In a case of what a difference a year makes, I had been here on the afternoon before a spring 2012 ARRC meeting and these same trees were blooming. But that was in March and not April. The trees and other vegetation are blossoming about a month later this year due to the extended cold and snowy winter.

Whatever the case, I had a nice day and NS was cooperating by running traffic at a fairly steady pace. Just before leaving home I had checked a couple of Internet sources and discovered that the 65R, a train of empty tank cars bound for the BNSF in Chicago, had been reported past Enon Valley, Pa., at 12:35 p.m.

Earlier in the day, this train had been reported as having the Central of New Jersey heritage unit in the motive power consist. But it had been changed out at Conway Yard near Pittsburgh and replaced with the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit.

The traffic mix was intermodal and manifest freight trains with one auto rack train thrown in. I didn’t see any coal or stone trains.

The flowering trees at this location are small and not overly dramatic. But it still says spring and getting blooming trees and trains together is not easy to do.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders