Posts Tagged ‘Painesville Ohio’

Late in the NYC Era in Painesville

December 2, 2021

John Woodard took me railfanning near Painesville in early 1967. Here is an image from that outing. A man on the ground is talking to the engineer of New York Central F7A No. 1685. The A-B-A set of Nos. 1685, 3462 and sits in the sun for a while before moving on.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Early in PC Era But Still an NYC Look

November 25, 2021

It is very early in the Penn Central era in Painesville. How early? The merger of the New York Central and Pennsylvania railroads was less than a month old.

So there was still plenty of motive power around carrying the markings of those carriers, including NYC F units 1675 and 1702, and PRR GP9 7146, which are wheeling a westbound on Feb. 24, 1968.

There was still passenger service here then, hence the boarding platforms in the foreground.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Return of a Familiar Lashup

July 18, 2021

Norfolk Southern intermodal train 206 on Saturday had an attractive leader. It was the Denver & Rio Grande heritage unit making another appearance in Northeast Ohio. Union Pacific No. 1998 came past Madison Avenue in Painesville at 12:16 p.m. Later in the afternoon CSX intermodal train Q010 had No. 1776, the Spirit of Our Armed Forces, in its motive power consist although it was trailing.

Photograph by Edward Ribinskas

Some D&RGW Came to Me

July 17, 2021

I had planned a visit to Colorado last summer that would have been to Denver & Rio Grande Western territory. That got scrubbed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I still felt uneasy this year about making that trip.

Then on Tuesday the D&RGW heritage unit of Union Pacific passed through Painesville on the point of Norfolk Southern train 206.

Here is my catch passing over the Grand River at 11:45 a.m.

The same locomotive came back west Friday morning on the point of NS 205. A week earlier, the UP’s Missouri Pacific heritage unit led NS trains 22K and 23K through Northeast Ohio.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Super Outing, Super Memories

June 4, 2021

Marty Surdyk, Craig Sanders and myself had a super bowl hours before the NFL game started on February 2, 2014.. All of our photos from that day were all keepers thanks to the unique weather conditions from that day. I miss seeing the “late” former Nickel Plate Road trestle every time I see Norfolk Southern train 206 in the top photo. Seeing NS train 145 in the middle and bottom images always brings a smile to my face.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Tracking the Amtrak Phase II Heritage Units

April 11, 2021

With the demise of Amtrak No. 66, the Phase II livery heritage unit, its replacement, P42DC No. 130 debuted late in 2018.

The only time I photographed it was on Nov. 11, 2018, trailing at Painesville on the eastbound Lake Shore Limited.

Looking through older photos, though, I found I did photograph it leading on Train No. 48 at Lloyd Road in Wickliffe on June 28, 2010.

Here it is splitting two coal trains for the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company coal-fired power plant in Eastlake when it was still in operation.

This is one of the many photos that I can say I’m glad I got it when I got it.

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

Monongahela H Unit in ‘Perfect Light’

November 10, 2020

Monday was another unusually warm fall day in Northeast Ohio. When I got word that the Monongahela heritage locomotive of Norfolk Southern was leading train 179 westbound on the Lake Erie District, I grabbed my camera and headed over to Riverside Drive in Painesville.

I caught it in perfect lighting at 3:30 p.m.

Train 179 originates in Buffalo (Bison Yard) and terminates in Irondale, Alabama (Ernest Norris Yard).

Along the way it stops to work six times in Ohio including in Conneaut, Bellevue, Columbus, Middletown, Sharonville and Cincinnati. It also works in Chattanooga, Tennessee,

Photograph by Edward Ribinskas

One Day in Painesville

November 8, 2020

The wayback machine as you requested has landed us in Painesville, Ohio. It’s a little fuzzy as to whether it is late 1967 or early 1968.

Whatever the case, the era of the New York Central Railroad is in its final months so let’s enjoy an all NYC scene while we can.

There are four geeps on the property near the passenger station along with three cabooses and a handful of freight cars.

The top image is full frame while the bottom image is cropped to focus in on that line of motive power and cabooses.

Today most of these tracks are gone and you wouldn’t find CSX leaving four high-nose locomotives sitting around let along four locomotives of any kind.

Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited passes here six days a week but has never stopped to pick up passengers. The boarding platforms visible in these images are long gone.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

The Brake Shoes Are Smoking in Painesville

October 18, 2020

The wayback machine has landed us in Painesville sometime in 1968. A westbound Penn Central passenger train is coming led by E8A No. 4079, which still has a full New York Central livery

This unit was built for the Central in August 1953.

Look closely and you will see brake shoe smoke, which suggests the train is going to stop at the Painesville station located just behind the photographer.

This might be unnamed Train No. 63, an unnamed New York to Chicago train that until December 1967 was been No. 59, the Chicagoan.

It is scheduled to stop in Painesville on signal only to discharge passengers at 11 a.m.

As can be seen here, the consist is head end heavy. By now No. 63 as having coaches and a diner lounge car operating from Buffalo to Chicago. There were sleeping cars on 63, including a sleeper coach — the NYC’s name for a slumber coach — but those operated only as far west as Buffalo.

It wasn’t always that way. Shortly before the Central merged with the Pennsylvania Railroad in February 1968 to form Penn Central, the NYC has assigned to No. 63 a sleeper and sleeper coach that operated from New York to Cleveland.

But that was gone by the timetable change of July 15, 1968.

Train 63 would survive until the coming of Amtrak on May 1, 1971, but be discontinued. Painesville has not had intercity rail passenger service since then although Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited charges past the former Painesville depot six days a week now.

Photograph by Robert Farkas