Posts Tagged ‘Painesville Ohio depot’

My Collection of 50th Anniversary Units Has Begun

September 11, 2021

Model trains, railroad collectibles, print photos, slides, slides, movies and video tapes all take up space in rooms, on walls, and in closets.

With the digital age a flash drive has no issues with taking up space.

I’m happy with digital images and I, like several others, have completed my collection of Norfolk Southern heritage units, Amtrak 40th Anniversary heritage units, and half of Union Pacific heritage units.

The new kids on the block are Amtrak’s 50th anniversary units. I how have No. 108, the Phase VI unit; and No. 100, the Midnight Blue unit.

Recently in order to photograph any of the 50th anniversary locomotives on train 48 close to home it train needs to be running at least an hour behind schedule.

Here are two occasions when that worked out. In the top image, No. 108 leads the eastbound Lake Shore Limited through Perry at 7:37 a.m. on July 29.

In the bottom image, No. 100 is on the point as No. 48 cruises past the former New York Central passenger station in Painesville on Sept. 10 at 7:53 a.m.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Paying Tribute to Amtrak P42DC 66 and 156

March 29, 2021

With Amtrak’s 50th anniversary approaching and the upcoming paint schemes to be applied to six locomotives, I looked back to remember P42DC No. 66, which was lost to the scrappers in 2016 due to a bent frame suffered in the last accident it was involved in.

That locomotive was painted in the Phase II scheme to commemorate the 40th anniversary in 2011.

P42DC No. 190 has since had the Phase II livery applied to it to replace No. 66.

I first saw both Nos. 66 and 156 (Phase I livery) on an early outing with a private car excursion to the Rock Island (Illinois) train festival in July 2011.

At the festival it was on many of the excursions with No. 156 and one of the visiting steam locomotives.

No. 156 is also sidelined after being in a collision. With  another P42DC getting the Phase 1 scheme for the 50th anniversary it’s possible that Nickel Plate No. 765 will be the survivor of the three locomotives highlighted in these photos.

The 66 and 156 are shown together at Moline, Illinois, on July 21, 2011, and at Colona, Illinois, on July 22.

No. 66 is shown on the point of the eastbound Lake Shore Limited at Bort Road in North East, Pennsylvania, on July 31, 2011.

Finally, we see No. 66 leading the eastbound Lake Shore at 7:52 a.m. in Painesville on July 11, 2013.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

20th Century, Whoops, I Mean Lake Shore Limited

May 23, 2020

Penny always gets me up between 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. On Friday morning I checked to see if Amtrak P42DC No. 145, a Phase III heritage unit, was on Train 48. Since it was I figured I would get it at 6:20 a.m. at the Painesville station. With this pandemic 48 is very consistent on being on time.

It reminds me of stories from adults from the past telling stories of the New York Central’s 20th Century Limited. Many said you could set your clocks to its passing their homes. Just about every morning I hear 48 at exactly 6:20 a.m.

Note that the eastbound Lake Shore Limited on this day had two Phase III heritage units in the motive power consist.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Winter Arrives Early, LSL Arrives Late

November 13, 2018

Akron Railroad Club member Ed Ribinskas write that he did his first winter photography earlier this week. He landed the new Amtrak Phase II heritage unit at about 10:40 a.m. as a trailing unit in a 4-hour late eastbound Lake Shore Limited.

In the top image, not the Painesville sign on the former New York Central station, which has been undergoing restoration.

Ed also reported that the old Nickel Plate Road trestle over the Grand River is now completely gone.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Painesville Depot Marks 125th Anniversary

August 1, 2018

The former New York Central passenger station in Painesville will mark its 125th anniversary with an open house an Aug. 4.

The station at 474 Railroad Street, was built by the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern and opened on Feb. 1, 1893.

It is now the home of the Painesville Railroad Museum.

The depot served NYC and later Penn Central passenger trains until the coming of Amtrak on May 1, 1971.

Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited passes the station twice a day but does not stop there for passengers.

For a time the depot also served Greyhound buses. But that ended in June 1988 and the station became derelict.

The station was eventually purchased by Ed Dunlap who planned to convert it to a restaurant. But that didn’t happen and the Western Reserve Railroad Association was formed in 1997 and became owner of the depot.

The City of Painesville made Railroad Street and the Depot a Historic District in 2015.

In the past two to three years, restoration work at the depot has included adding two ADA-compliant restrooms, renovating the walls and ceiling and adding period appropriate chandeliers.

Also being renovated was the express room, which received a new coat of paint, new trim and refinished wood floors. The express room can be used as a meeting room.

In the works is development of a 6,000-square-foot Lionel Experience and Event Center.

The open house will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and feature complimentary birthday cake and ice cream.

Hamburgers and hot dogs with soft drinks will be available for a small donation. There will also be live music, face painting, a balloon artist, games, a Chinese Auction and a 50/50 raffle.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Late 48 at 12:35 p.m. on Consecutive Fridays

January 6, 2018

I photographed Amtrak No. 48 at the Painesville station of the former New York Central  running more than six hours late at the same time – 12:35 p.m. – on consecutive Fridays. The top image shows the eastbound Lake Shore Limited on Friday, Dec. 29. The bottom photo shows the train on Friday, Jan. 5 when the air temperature was 7 degrees.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

3 Ohio RR Museums Get Dailey Foundation Grants

February 10, 2016

Three Ohio railroad museums have been awarded railroad heritage grants by the Tom E. Dailey Foundation.

They were among seven grants totaling $16,000 that were awarded in the first quarter of 2016.

Dailey FoundationThe Painesville Railroad Museum will receive $2,500 to restore and remodel its 1893 depot and museum. Built by the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern, the station will receive running water, restrooms and heat.

The grant will also help pay for installing insulation in the roof, a project expected to take three months.

The Massillon Museum will receive $3,000 to develop a rail history exhibit on railroad moniker art.

The grant will be used to fund research for the exhibit. In its application, the 83-year museum noted that moniker art is a little studied and ephemeral art form of creating unique visual signatures, or monikers, on the sides of rail cars.

It has been perpetuated by a group of largely anonymous artists since the late 1800s.

The museum also plans to create an archive of oral histories and research.

The Bradford Railroad Museum was awarded $1,000 to help fund a permanent exhibit and video titled “Railway Y.M.C.A.”

Bradford was home to a 75-room YMCA that served railroaders and travelers in the early 1900s. It provided meals, lectures, entertainment and religious education for railroaders.

The exhibit will include sketches of the YMCA drawn by Columbus Dispatch cartoonist Billy Ireland. The exhibit also will feature illustrations, paintings, photographs, period newspapers, ephemera and artifacts.

The Dailey Foundation also awarded a grant of $7,500 to the Franklin County Historical Society in Columbus and a grant of $5,000 to the Jubilee Museum and Catholic Cultural Center of Columbus.

Those grants were not part of the railroad heritage grant program.

On Photography: Unintended Success

August 5, 2015

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Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited has been jokingly called the “Late Shore Limited” by many wags. It is not an entirely undeserved reputation given how the train often runs late.

But this is a story about a day when it wasn’t running late enough.

Peter Bowler and I were making plans to go to Painesville to catch the ferry move of the Nickel Plate Road 765.

We didn’t know when it would pass through so we wanted to get there early. We may as well get there in time to catch the eastbound Lake Shore Limited.

Our objective was to get No. 48 passing the former New York Central station, which sits on the south side of the tracks. A local group is restoring the depot, yet it still has a derelict appearance about it.

No. 48 was about 18 minutes late. Fine. That would allow more time for the sun to climb over the trees and illuminate the tracks and depot.

The light kept getting better, but shadows covered the station and the tracks.

I heard the engineer of No. 48 call a clear signal over the radio. An approaching train had that distinctive pattern of headlights and ditch lights of an Amtrak P42 locomotive.

If Amtrak had just been a little later.

The track speed for passenger trains here is 79 mph and No. 48 was doing every bit of that.

There were small pockets of sunlight on Track No. 2 and I managed to get the nose of P42 No. 193 in one of those.

The trailing P42 was No. 822, which wears the Phase III livery. How I wish the order of the locomotives had been reversed. How I wish the sun had been higher in the sky.

Every photographer has had those feelings of when conditions don’t work out the way you had hoped.

There is nothing wrong with making images of objects, moving or static, in shadows. It is just not ideal from a lighting standpoint and so much of photography is about light.

Nonetheless, the inconsistent lighting pattern in the first two images produced some intriguing images.

The sunlight filtering through the trees made the locomotive nose stand out in the top photo and highlighted the trailing unit and Viewliner baggage car in the second photo.

Note how the vegetation and a structure along the right third of the image are illuminated well in contrast with the left third that is in shadows. The front of the train has just enough direct light to create a spotlight effect.

Perhaps images such as these can be planned, but I suspect more often than not they just happen.

The third image is the one that I wished had the full effect of the rising sunlight. But that had yet to occur when the train passed by.

There were still pockets of shadows on the rails 21 minutes later when a CSX freight followed Amtrak eastward on this same track.

Such is life for photographers in Northeast Ohio. We have a lot of trees and they block the rising and setting sun.

The final image in the sequence is the going away shot and it has some of the same effect that I achieved in the first two images, although it is not quite as pronounced.

Look at the track just ahead of the nose of the lead locomotive. The tracks curve here and the the sunlight is already shining on the rails.

There is a streak of sunlight along the lower sections of the Viewliner sleepers and the first three Amfleet cars. The effect is less visible on the side of the heritage diner. It is not quite the classic glint effect, but it is close.

We often think of results in terms of success or failure. Yet many endeavors have elements of both.

This image failed in the sense that the scene with the train passing the depot was not lighted as well as I desired.

Yet I succeeded in photographing the train in this location with enough light to create a recognizable image. Could it have been better? Of course, yet I can’t make the sun rise faster or the train run later. I had to photograph the train when it was here.

I got the train I wanted where I wanted it even if not when I wanted it. Some of these images have interesting lighting that produced images that I’ve enjoyed viewing.

Overall, I would call that a success, some of it in unexpected ways.

Commentary and Photographs by Craig Sanders

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

Lincoln Funeral Train Visits Painesville

June 7, 2015

Amtrak No. 48 with the Phase I heritage locomotive on the point rushes past the Painesville depot and the Lincoln funeral train.

Amtrak No. 48 with the Phase I heritage locomotive on the point rushes past the Painesville depot and the Lincoln funeral train.

Large crowds turned out in Painesville on Saturday and Sunday to visit the Lincoln funeral train.

Akron Railroad Club Treasurer Edward Ribinskas and his wife, Ursula, reported that they arrived at the former New York Central station in Painesville at about 11:20 a.m. and had to wait just over an hour to get inside the replica of the railroad car that carried the body of Abraham Lincoln from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois, in 1865.

Also on hand was the Leviathan, a reproduction of a 19th century steam locomotive. Although the train sat next to a set of railroad tracks it actually arrived on site by truck.

An unplanned visitor to the site was Amtrak train No. 48, which was operating about an hour and 45 minutes late.

However, the Lake Shore Limited had P42DC No. 156 on the point, which is the Phase I heritage locomotive.

“With all the clutter it was the best I could do to incorporate the Leviathan and funeral car,” Ed reported.

Before arriving in Painesville, the Lincoln funeral train had already made stops in Ashland and Wellington.

The original Lincoln funeral train would have passed through Painesville in 1865. The train made 26 stops on a 1,600-mile journey that included Cleveland on April 28.

A special pagoda structure was erected on Public Square so mourners could pay their respects.

After Cleveland, the train proceeded down the Big Four to Columbus.

Ed reported that he was told that 2,400 people visited the funeral train in Painesville on Saturday and he said it appeared that a similar-size crowd turned out on Sunday.

Visitors were asked to make a $5 donation that will go toward the expense of restoring the ex-NYC Painesville station.

Sponsors of the Painesville visit included the Painesville Railroad Museum, which owns the depot; Division 5 of the National Model Railroad Association, the Cuyahoga Valley S Gaugers, and the Lake County Visitors Bureau.

Also on hand were actors portraying Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas