Posts Tagged ‘NS tanker trains’

NS Bridges of Oak Harbor

February 7, 2017




One in a periodic series of images that I made last summer

The Toledo District of Norfolk Southern in Oak Harbor has two bridges that make for good photo props.

One bridge carries the tracks over the NS Chicago Line on the west side of town while the other carries the Toledo District over the Portage River.

In the top and middle photograph above, a westbound NS tanker train cruises westbound on the Chicago Line and ducks beneath the Toledo District.

I don’t know the age of that plate girder bridge but it might have been installed by the original Wheeling & Lake Erie. The modern day NS Toledo District was back in the day the W&LE’s mainline to Toledo.

A lot of trains of the New York Central, Penn Central, Conrail and now NS have passed beneath that bridge.

The modern W&LE has trackage rights on the NS Toledo District so you can still see Wheeling trains on the bridge.

The bottom photograph shows an NS train crossing the bridge over the Portage River in a view that was made from the Oak Harbor cemetery.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Sunset on the NS Fort Wayne Line

November 12, 2016



It was late on a Sunday and Marty Surdyk and I were headed for home after an afternoon railfannng the Fort Wayne Line of Norfolk Southern east of Alliance.

It has been a productive day that had netted a number of trains at the Garfield sag and the NS executive train in Salem.

I thought I was done photographing for the day, but that wasn’t the case. As we came back through Salem from Leetonia, the gates came down and an eastbound NS tanker train came along.

The sun was setting at the time and on a whim, I jumped out of the passenger seat of Marty’s Jeep and made this image.

We had to cross the Fort Wayne Line again near Garfield and I asked him to stop so I could try my hand at the sunset colors in a down-the-tracks view.

The image didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped it would because there just wasn’t a lot of color in this sunset. But it was something and it would turn out to be the last photograph that I made on this day.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders