Posts Tagged ‘NS on Painesville Trestle’

Erie Heritage Unit Leads 22K

July 16, 2017

I saw on Saturday morning that Erie 1068 was on 22K. I had things to do and got home about 2 p.m. and, luckily,  it wasn’t by yet. I got it at 3:20 p.m. at the Painesville trestle. Each week it will be a different view with all the construction of the new bridge underway.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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Working on the New Painesville Trestle

May 24, 2017

Preparation work has begun for construction of a new bridge to carry the Lake Erie District of Norfolk Southern over the Grand River in Painesville.

During a recent visit, construction workers were working below the current trestle and at track level on both sides of the bridge preparing the site.

It appears that the new bridge will be built just south of the existing structure.

Railfans watching the work and waiting for a train said that the NS police have been patrolling  the area and making sure that “visitors” don’t get on the property.

The project is expected to take two years to complete. Shown is westbound intermodal train train 23K.

NS May be Planning New Painesville Bridge

March 31, 2017

Norfolk Southern train No. 206 rattles the trestle over the Grand River in Painesville in 2014.

Norfolk Southern appears to be taking steps that might result in the building of a new bridge over the Grand River in Painesville.

Akron Railroad Club member Ed Ribinskas reports that in recent weeks crews have been out putting in small flags and markers that point toward building a new bridge south of the existing single-track trestle.

Crews have also been removing trees and brush on both banks of the river valley.

Known as a steel stringer bridge, the current trestle was built by the Nickel Plate Road and is now part of the NS Lake Erie District.

Ed said that based on the location of the flags in the ground, the single track would bend a little southward to cross the new bridge.

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

My Only Snow Shot of the Season Was the Erie Heritage Locomotive on Painesville Trestle

April 12, 2016

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On Sunday after I got home from church I checked HeritageUnits.com and saw that Norfolk Southern 1068 — the Erie heritage unit — was on the 22K.

Here are my shots at 11:20 a.m. at the Painesville trestle. Actually, these are my only snow shots this season. Also, the trestle is much more visible at this time as compared to mid-summer like when Nickel Plate Road 765 came through last July.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

UP Wings Greets the Sunrise in Painesville

July 29, 2015
A brace of Union Pacific locomotives faces the rising sun in Painesville on the CSX Erie West Subdivision.

A brace of Union Pacific locomotives faces the rising sun in Painesville on the CSX Erie West Subdivision.

The former New York Central depot was well illuminated, but the CSX tracks still had shadows over them.

The former New York Central depot was well illuminated, but the CSX tracks still had shadows over them.

A short while later on the other side of the town Norfolk Southern train 316 also had Union Pacific motive power in the lead as it crossed the trestle over the Grand River.

A short while later on the other side of the town Norfolk Southern train 316 also had Union Pacific motive power in the lead as it crossed the trestle over the Grand River.

It must have been my lucky day. Not only did I get some good images of Nickel Plate Road 765 during a ferry move, but I also managed to snag Union Pacific motive power leading freight trains of CSX and Norfolk Southern into the sunrise in Painesville.

Fellow Akron Railroad Club member Peter Bowler and I rose early to go to Painesville to catch the 765. We figured if we’re going to get up early, we may as well catch Amtrak while we’re there.

We set up by the former New York Central station in the county seat of Lake County and caught No. 48. We then stuck around for some CSX action.

Not too far behind Amtrak was an eastbound manifest with a trio of UP motors and a slew of UP rolling stock. If this was still the Conrail era, I’d think it was the NPSE (North Platte to Selkirk), a train that originated on UP in Nebraska.

The sunlight wasn’t quite above the trees enough to light the tracks by the Painesville depot. But I was still pleased with what I was able to do.

We then relocated to the Norfolk Southern tracks by the trestle over the Grand River. We had been there less than about 10 minutes when I heard train 316 calling a signal over the radio.

The light favored being on the north side of the tracks whereas at the ex-New York Central depot on CSX the sunlight had favored the south side.

I got into position by the Riverside Drive crossing and waited. To my surprise and pleasure, the 316 had a UP leader.

That made me two for two on getting UP locomotives going into the sunrise in Painesville in a single morning.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Double Capture of the NYC H Unit on ex-NKP

May 28, 2015

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Last Monday (Memorial Day) evening, I saw on HeritageUnits.com that Norfolk Southern 1066 – the New York Central heritage locomotive – was heading west on the former Nickel Plate Road line to Cleveland. It left Conneaut just after 10 p.m.

The 1066 had led a train eastward over the ex-NKP early Saturday morning.

Since many times H units make just one round trip on the ex-NKP, I figured I’d better try to get it. I was working on Saturday when it went east.

I got it at about 10:40 p.m. in Painesville.

On Tuesday night, there was speculation on Trainordrs.com that the NYC H unit would be leading NS train 206 on Wednesday 206.

Here are the results at the Painesville trestle over the Grand River where Ursula, myself and five other railfans were waiting at just before noon Wednesday when the 206 came by.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Trestle Trek in Painesville

February 3, 2014
Norfolk Southern train No. 206 rattles the trestle over the Grand River in Painesville on Sunday. The view is from the north side of the bridge.

Norfolk Southern train No. 206 rattles the trestle over the Grand River in Painesville on Sunday. The view is from the north side of the bridge.

It rained in Northeast Ohio for a good part of Saturday, which washed away a lot of the snow cover.

I had plans to spend Super Bowl Sunday railfanning with fellow Akron Railroad Club members Ed Ribinskas and Marty Surdyk in Lake County

It’s an early tradition with us and for the past two years we’e done it on the day of the NFL’s biggest event.

Last year we had created some good winter images during a lake effect snowfall. But this year’s weather didn’t look promising.

The forecast was for mostly cloudy skies with snow showers before 9 a.m. We wouldn’t get trackside until late morning.

So imagine how pleased we were to wake up Sunday morning and see a nice, fresh blanket of snow coating everything.

We decided to go to the trestle carrying Norfolk Southern’s Cleveland-Buffalo line (ex-Nickel Plate Road) over the Grand River in Painesville. The plan was to do some static shots along East Walnut Street (Ohio Route 84) that passes beneath the trestle on the east side. There is not an abundance of train traffic on this NS line. You can wait for hours to see a train.

We photographed a train on CSX and then headed for the trestle. We noticed that the intermediate signal on NS at Madison Avenue was lined for an eastbound move. Maybe the 206. We had seen the 22K earlier, but had not been in position to photograph it.

We parked next to the road and waited. Because of the cloud cover, we would be able to shoot from the north side of the trestle, something that might be tough to do on a sunny day. Finally, we heard the 206 on the radio and it was show time.

A few hours later the NS 145 was coming west. Why not try to capture that train at the west end of the trestle at track level?

We had to walk through some deep snow in a former industrial area to get a view, but the images we got made it work the trek.

Later this week I’ll have images we took elsewhere during our day out.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

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