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ARRC Longest Day Outing is Sunday in Fostoria

June 21, 2018

A CSX train takes the connection from the former B&O to the former C&O in Fostoria during the ARRC’s 2015 longest day outing. F Tower stands in the background.

The Akron Railroad Club’s annual longest day outing this year will take us to a very well known railfan hot spot, Fostoria.

Three major mainlines converge on Fostoria and all cross each other at grade creating an “iron triangle.”

Two of the three lines are owned by CSX. The busiest of the two is the east-west former Baltimore & Ohio from Willard to Chicago.

The other CSX line is the former Chesapeake & Ohio line from Toledo to Columbus.

Connections on all sides of the B&O/C&O diamonds allow trains to go all possible directions.

If you stay long enough, you should see one on each connecting track during the day.

Norfolk Southern gets into the act at Fostoria with the former Nickel Plate Road mainline from Bellevue to Chicago.

It crosses, first, the former C&O, then the former B&O on its way to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Chicago.

The Iron Triangle Railfan Park in Fostoria sits near the NKP/C&O diamonds.

You can easily see the B&O/C&O diamonds from the park. The B&O/NKP diamonds are about two blocks to the west.

Fostoria is not short on trains. Even with the recent CSX downsizing there will be plenty of action to keep the rails shiny. However, the trains will be much longer than you have been used to seeing.

The C&O north of Fostoria at times resembles an automotive pipeline as many of the trains that ply these rails carry newly-made automobiles from Detroit area assembly plants to all parts of the country.

The other commodity of note on the former C&O line is coal. Coal from mines in West Virginia and Kentucky move to Lake Erie via this line.

Between the auto rack trains and the coal trains, the mixed freights can have a tough time finding track to run on.

The former B&O looks like an intermodal corridor with multiple double stack and single stack trains passing each day.

Mixed freights are more common on this line moving to and from the CSX yard at Willard.

NS also has a nice variety of trains. The intermodals mostly run before daybreak, but there will be plenty of mixed freights along with seasonal grain trains.

As with all ARRC longest day outings, the day begins when the first person arrives and ends when the last person leaves.

Members will most likely be there from just after sun up to sun down. So come for the day, or a morning, or just an hour, but plan on spending some time in Fostoria on Sunday June 24.

Article by Marty Surdyk

Fostoria Rail Park Getting B&O Caboose

June 9, 2016

The Fostoria rail fan park is getting a former B&O caboose.

B&O logoThe Fostoria Rail Preservation Society purchased a 400-foot long C-3008 from an auction service for $1,500. the caboose was located in Alvada, Ohio.

The caboose was built in November 1965 by International Car Company in Kenton.

In Fostoria, it will be placed near the Iron Triangle Visiting Center and Viewing Area at the south side of the platform.

The Fostoria group is hoping that CSX will donate a 40-foot section of track on which the caboose will be placed.

Also coming to the rail park are picnic tables and benches, a concrete sidewalk, WiFi and cameras.

CSX, NS Trains Nearly Collide in Fostoria

December 1, 2015

Railroad officials are investigating a near miss collision in Fostoria that was witnessed by railfans watching trains on Sunday at the Fostoria Iron Triangle Rail Park.

Trains magazine reported that the near miss involved a loaded Norfolk Southern ethanol train and westbound CSX manifest freight.

The magazine cited railfans saying that CSX train Q355 was on a connecting track leading from the Willard Subdivision to the Pemberville Sub en route to Walbridge Yard near Toledo.

NS train 66N was operating eastbound on the Fostoria District.

One of the railfans, who was described by Trains as a former railroad employee, said the engineers of both trains applied their emergency brakes.

The witness said “the NS train hit the air right about Poplar Street” after seeing the approaching CSX train. “CSX landed about 50 feet from NS,” the witness said.

Another NS train, the westbound 412, had just cleared the diamond of the Fostoria District and the Pemberville Sub before the near miss occurred. The connecting track on CSX passes behind F Tower.

Norfolk Southern spokesman David Pidgeon confirmed the incident.

“An eastbound NS train approached the diamond at Fostoria with a clear signal and when the crew spotted a northbound CSX train approaching the diamond, the NS crew put their train into an emergency brake (application),” Pidgeon told Trains.

CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle said the incident is under investigation.

It took about an hour for officials from both railroads to arrive on the scene. Ten CSX trains that were approaching Fostoria were delayed.

Rail traffic through Fostoria is controlled by the CSX IP dispatcher in Indianapolis.

On the Curve in Fostoria

August 29, 2015
The second unit is a former Union Pacific and the first freight car is also UP.

The second unit is a former Union Pacific and the first freight car is also UP.

A container train out of the North Baltimore intermodal facility is heading for Detroit.

A container train out of the North Baltimore intermodal facility is heading for Detroit.

With connections in all four quadrants, the crossing of the CSX Willard Subdivision with the Columbus Sub offers many opportunities to see trains rounding tight curves in Fostoria.

But only the northeast and northwest connections are easily photographed. The northwest connection between the Willard Sub and the Pemberville Sub is the most accessible because it curves around the Iron Triangle Railfan Park.

During a late June outing I was able to get a pair of trains coming off the Willard Sub and onto the Pemberville Sub. For the historically minded, that is going from the Baltimore & Ohio to the Chesapeake & Ohio.

My vantage point was the sidewalk along Columbus Avenue, using a telephoto lens.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Few More From Fostoria

August 20, 2015
A stack train splits the eastbound home signals for the diamonds by F Tower. Morning light in the summer if reasonably good for shooting eastbound trains on the CSX Willard Subdivision from the Iron Triangle railfan park.

A stack train splits the eastbound home signals for the diamonds by F Tower. Morning light in the summer if reasonably good for shooting eastbound trains on the CSX Willard Subdivision from the Iron Triangle railfan park.

The Akron Railroad Club’s longest day outing to Fostoria was more than a month ago, but here are a few more images that I made of CSX operations during my time at the Iron Triangle Railfan Park.

It was a busy outing with trains passing by throughout the day. A track project on the CSX Willard Subdivision had Track No. 1 out of service and that backed up traffic on all three mainlines through town.

As expected, there was a mix of traffic and motive power. On CSX I spotted locomotives of Union Pacific, BNSF and Canadian Pacific.

A UP unit led a westbound on Norfolk Southern and we were also treated to the NS Savannah & Atlanta heritage unit.

It was a good show during an all-day outing.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

A colorful set of red and blue containers brings up the rear of a Detroit-bound stack train.

A colorful set of red and blue containers brings up the rear of a Detroit-bound stack train. The tracks in the foreground are the NS Fostoria District.

A southbound (railroad eastbound) crosses over on the just north of the diamonds where the Pemberville Sub crosses the NS Fostoria District. It was the second of two trains in rapid succession to come down the Pemberville Sub and continue across the diamonds with the Willard Sub at F Tower and onto the Columbus Sub.

A southbound (railroad eastbound) crosses over on the just north of the diamonds where the Pemberville Sub crosses the NS Fostoria District. It was the second of two trains in rapid succession to come down the Pemberville Sub and continue across the diamonds with the Willard Sub at F Tower and onto the Columbus Sub.

A light power move has just cleared Columbus Avenue as it heads northward (railroad eastbound) on the CSX Pemberville Sub.

A light power move has just cleared Columbus Avenue as it heads northward (railroad eastbound) on the CSX Pemberville Sub.

An almost graffiti free Pan Am Railways boxcar on an eastbound manifest freight on the Willard Sub.

An almost graffiti free Pan Am Railways boxcar on an eastbound manifest freight on the Willard Sub.

Three flatcars carrying large pipes made for an interesting and out of the ordinary sight. The train was moving from the Willard Sub through the northeast connection to the Pemberville Sub.

Three flatcars carrying large pipes made for an interesting and out of the ordinary sight. The train was moving from the Willard Sub through the northeast connection to the Pemberville Sub.

C&O Sentinels Still Standing in Fostoria

August 8, 2015
The C&O style block signals still protect eastward movements over the Norfolk Southern tracks in Fostoria on the Pemberville Subdivision.

The C&O style block signals still protect eastward movements over the Norfolk Southern tracks in Fostoria on the Pemberville Subdivision.

Stack trains did not exist when these signals were put up decades ago.

Stack trains did not exist when these signals were put up decades ago.

Photographers who like older railroad block signals have been scrambling in the past few years to make images of training passing those veteran sentinels.

Class 1 railroads have been active of late in replacing signals that have stood for decades and whose design reflected the heritage of the long-time owner of the line.

Some signals have even been associated with a particular railroad. So it is with the Chesapeake & Ohio. It is not that the signals used by the C&O were unique, but they did have a look about them that said C&O.

CSX has been replacing the C&O style signals along the ex-C&O mainline between Toledo and Columbus. The former C&O signals are now all gone in Marion and some of them have been replaced in Fostoria.

But not all of them. The eastward home signals on the CSX Pemberville Subdivision for the diamonds with Norfolk Southern’s Fostoria District were still standing when I visited Fostoria in late June.

If CSX has plans to replace these signals, it is not evident. No new masts or support structures were in place next to the C&O signals.

In time, the C&O signals will probably be removed. As the old adage goes, get your photos while you can.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

On Photography: On the Periphery of the Mainline Lie Some Interesting Operations

July 15, 2015

Fostoria (CSX coming out of mixing center)-x

Railroad photographers in Northeast Ohio are fortunate to have easy access to some of the busiest mainline railroad routes in the United States. These routes can be counted on to provide variation in motive power and train consists.

But not far from the mainline are railroad operations that offer some interesting images if you have patience and an eye for detail.

Consider the image shown above. It shows a CSX local pulling auto racks out of the Ford Motor Company mixing center in Fostoria. The racks are being taken to a yard on the Columbus Subdivision located south of F Tower.

Now the first thing that many viewers will see is that the locomotive is running long hood forward. That might cause some to want to “turn the page” so to speak on this “boring” or “ho hum” scene.

But look around some more, paying attention to the rich detail beyond the locomotive itself.

Notice those dwarf signals? They have probably been there for many years and despite the veteran signals on the nearby mainlines being replaced by modern signals, those dwarfs are likely to continue to be in place for years to come.

Indeed, it was the dwarf signals that attracted me to this photo in the first place.

I also noticed that there is some sort of sign placed behind and slightly above the dwarf signal facing the camera. It has the appearance of a semaphore blade and I’m not sure what it’s purpose is whether it be to mark a boundary or give a signal indication.

Whatever the case, it is a little detail that I had not seen before.

I also found interesting the sharp curve that the train must navigate. I had seen a train on this track in a visit to Fostoria a few years ago and was pleased to get another one.

I like photographing trains on sharp curves, particularly when you can seen the cars that trail the locomotive(s).

Siding and industrial spurs often have the quality of being more integrated into their neighborhoods than do mainlines. Buildings and even houses are close to the tracks and the railroad must coexist with other enterprises that occupy the same neighborhood.

You get a sense of that on the far right of photo where there is a fence and shed that are is part of someone’s backyard. I tried to work some of the nearby homes into the shot, but the space was too tight to show much more than the locomotive nose.

Although not obvious in this image, I am standing in the parking lot of a small business to make this image. The business was closed on Sunday when I was there.

CSX probably uses these tracks just once a day. I was fortunate that the local went into the mixing center during daylight hours. Some spur and industrial operations occur at night.

Hence you have to be lucky and/or study operations in a given location to know when you are likely to catch a train.

Chances are that once you’ve worked a location a few times, you’ll have exhausted most if not all of the possible photo angles to be found there. Tracks such as these are not going to feature much variation in the motive power used or the freight cars moved except over a long period of time.

Yet these peripheral operations can add some variety to your photo collection and to a photo outing.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

 

On Photography: An Assessment of Photographing Inside Fostoria’s Iron Triangle Railfan Park

June 29, 2015
Novelty and roster shots are about the best you can do of the CSX Willard Subdivision when photographing from the observation platform in Fostoria's railfan park.

Novelty and roster shots are about the best you can do of trains on the CSX Willard Subdivision when photographing from the observation platform in Fostoria’s railfan park.

From a purely train watching perspective, the Iron Triangle Railfan Park in Fostoria, Ohio, is a great place. If you are willing to move around, you can see every train that passes through Fostoria.

Trains moving via the southeastern connection between the CSX Willard and Columbus subdivisions are the most difficult to see because of clutter and obscured views.

Straight moves on all three mainlines – which includes Norfolk Southern’s Fostoria District – can be easily seen as well as moves on the northeastern, northwestern and southwestern connections.

But being able to easily see trains does not always translate into excellent or even good photography vantage points.

The trade off for locating the park inside Fostoria’s “iron triangle” is that it is situated north of the busiest of the three mainlines, the Willard Sub, and hence the lighting is often less than ideal for capturing trains on that route.

I also found myself going outside the park to photograph from public sidewalks on Columbus Avenue to get the best photo angles and lighting.

In fact, most of the images that I made during a 10-hour visit during the Akron Railroad Club’s longest day event were made just outside the park. That annual event coincided this year with the date of the summer solstice.

None of my photographs were made on the park’s viewing platform even though it offers a good view of the NS tracks.

To its credit, the park does have many positives for the photographer. Chief among them are fences that are high enough to establish a boundary, but low enough so that an adult of average height can shoot over them.

A small child might not be able to do that, but he/she could shoot through the wide gaps in the fence with a little coaching from a parent.

The park is expansive enough that photographers can roam about freely and get right next to all three rail lines. Thus far there are no trees or bushes getting in the way of the sight angles.

Be advised that unless you are standing against the fence and/or leaning over it, you are going to have fences in your photos. The fences won’t obscure the trains, but will be noticeable.

Lighting is not a static thing and lighting conditions on all three rail lines will change throughout the day and even throughout the year as the sun angle shifts.

Here is a summary of photography conditions for each of the three mainlines from the perspective of shooting within the park proper.

Willard Subdivision

This busy east-west mainline is the most challenging to photograph. Aside from the lighting conditions, there is also the challenge of making photographs amid a lot of clutter from signal boxes, utility lines, and parked railroad motor vehicles and equipment.

The park’s southern boundary runs along the Williard Sub for a good distance, but it is tough to get good angles because of the clutter, some of which is south of the railroad tracks.

You can stand by the viewing platform and use a telephone or wide angle lens to photograph passing trains, but will be limited in what you can include of the train.

It is tough when standing next to the fence to get angles that include the motive power consist and the rest of the train because of the trackside clutter.

Columbus/Pemberville Subdivisions

This former C&O route changes names and jurisdictions in Fostoria. From a photography perspective, the best photography conditions of this line occur during the afternoon when the sun has shifted further west.

In the morning, you’ll be shooting toward the sun because this line runs along the park’s eastern boundary.

Some of the best images to be made are of trains coming off the northeastern connection to go north because they are facing you as they enter a curve.

The northwestern connection curves along the park’s boundary, but you’ll need a wide angle lens to get anything on it.

The home signals for southbound (railroad eastbound) traffic make good photo props for trains making straight moves northward (railroad westbound).

Yet most of the traffic on this line uses one of the connections rather than running straight through town.

Fostoria District

This line runs along the northern border of the park and features the best photo angles. With a good telephoto lens, you can get straight-on shots of eastbound trains after they cross the diamonds with the CSX Willard Sub and are coming into a curve just east of Poplar Street.

The eastward home signals for the diamonds with the CSX Pemberville Sub are located right in front of the viewing platform, but by moving down to the fence and setting up west of the platform, the photographer can get great, if not ideal, angles for westbound trains splitting those signals.

The park also features a good view of the Fostoria District/Pemberville Sub diamonds.

If you stand at the far eastern boundary of the park, you can get a good angle of eastbound trains splitting those same signals.

Because the sun will behind you, there are good photo angles to be had all day of the Fostoria District.

Going Outside

There is a pedestrian gate leading onto Columbus Avenue. The sidewalks of this street more often than not offer the better photo angles of traffic on the Pemberville/Columbus subs.

That’s because although you can see trains coming southward as they cross the diamonds with NS as you stand inside the park, you can’t see much beyond that.

I wanted to use my zoom lens to get trains passing the C&O signals that still stand north of the NS diamonds. You can’t see those from the railfan park.

Likewise, if you want to get more of a straight-on angle on either the Fostoria District or the CSX Pemberville/Columbus Sudvidisions, then you need to get outside the park.

You don’t have to go far. There is a sidewalk leading out of the park and across the NS tracks. There is a sidewalk on the north side of Columbus Avenue next to a business east of the Pemberville Sub tracks. I found myself standing on that sidewalk a lot in the morning and early afternoon because of lighting and photo angle considerations.

As for more straight-on views of trains on the Willard Sub, you’ll need to go over to Main Street by the old Baltimore & Ohio depot to get those. Another option is the Poplar Street crossing, but on the day that I was there it was closed because CSX is rebuilding it.

There is still a large open area between the Willard Sub and the Fostoria District that is outside the park. Perhaps the city is seeking to buy that property and expand the park. Perhaps there are other reasons why it is not part of the park.

This area used to be industrial property and the ground may be polluted. A large concrete pad in this open area is a reminder of what used to be here.

I mention this because if the park’s boundaries could be extended along the NS tracks all the way to Poplar Street that would open better photo opportunities for shooting eastbound NS trains without the need for a super telephoto or zoom lens.

Photographer can be a picky bunch and even the best possible, practical and affordable park design is sure to leave them wanting something they can’t have. The Iron Triangle Railfan Park is no exception.

Photographers more inclined toward making roster-type shots will find the park more than adequate for their needs.

More artistically-inclined photographs might find themselves exhausting their possibilities rather quickly and setting out for other vantage points and locations.

Nonetheless, the city and park designers deserve a lot of credit for creating a safe and accessible area from which to watch and photograph trains in this busy railroad junction town.

Commentary and Photographs by Craig Sanders

In the morning on a summer's day this might be as good as it gets for photographing eastbounds on the Willard Sub while staying inside the park. On balance, it's a nice photo angle.

In the morning on a summer’s day this might be as good as it gets for photographing eastbounds on the Willard Sub while staying inside the park. On balance, it’s a nice photo angle if you are trying to get the motive power and the consist of the train.

With people hanging around all day, there are going to be opportunities for human interest images. In the background is an eastbound on the Willard Subdivision. If you photograph from back here, you will have live with fences.

With people hanging around all day, there are going to be opportunities for human interest images. In the background is an eastbound on the Willard Subdivision. If you photograph from back here, you will have to live with fences being in your photos.

Heading toward the camera on the northeast connection yields a nice angle, but oh that clutter around F Tower.

Heading toward the camera on the northeast connection yields a nice angle, but oh that clutter around F Tower.

A Toledo-bound train passes beneath the home signals for the diamonds with the Willard and Columbus subdivisions.

A Toledo-bound train passes beneath the home signals for the diamonds with the Willard and Columbus subdivisions located to the right of the lead locomotive of the train.

Even in late day summer sunlight on the longest day of the year there will be shadows on westbound CSX trains on the Willard Sub.

Even in late day summer sunlight on the longest day of the year there will be shadows on the north side of westbound CSX trains on the Willard Sub. In the foreground is the northwestern connection between the Willard and Pemberville subs.

NS ‘Drag Races’ In Fostoria

June 28, 2015
A westbound intermodal train on CSX passes in front of a pair of Norfolk Southern stack trains stopped west of the diamonds. The CSX train had two NS locomotives pulling it.

A westbound intermodal train on CSX passes in front of a pair of Norfolk Southern stack trains stopped west of the diamonds. The CSX train had two NS locomotives pulling it. Note the CSX track equipment and workers standing clear by the diamonds.

Thanks to track work on the CSX Willard Subdivision, Akron Railroad Club members on hand for the annual longest day outing were treated to Norfolk Southern trains engaging in “drag racing” past the Iron Triangle Railfan park.

The action started late in the morning when a pair of NS stack trains, the 234 and 218, halted west of the diamond with the former Baltimore & Ohio east-west mainline while CSX crews worked on Track No. 1 and CSX traffic moved on Track No. 2.

Interestingly, one of those CSX movements was a westbound intermodal train with two NS locomotives for power.

Eventually, the CSX IP dispatcher determined it was time for NS to run. Because the IP dispatcher, who controls all three sets of diamonds in Fostoria, could not line the signals for NS trains to cross the Willard Sub, the dispatcher had to give both NS trains verbal permission to pass the stop signals.

Each NS train then had to contact the NS Fostoria District dispatcher for permission to proceed because the CSX dispatcher had no authority to grant track authorization on the NS main beyond the opposing home signals.

The NS 218 offered a special treat with the Savannah & Atlanta heritage locomotive on the point.

Both trains got underway at the same time with the 234 pulling ahead. The 218 was not far behind and caught and began overtaking the longer 234 as the trains passed the viewing platform of the railfan park.

The NS dispatcher had indicated that the 218 would go ahead when the double track ended at Ilers to the east of Fostoria.

A similar ritual then played out about two hours later and involved three westbound NS trains. The 217, an auto rack train coming out of the mixing center; the 17K, a manfest freight; and the 288, a stack train. All had to wait until CSX traffic had cleared and the MOW foreman gave the diamonds back to the IP dispatcher.

As had happened in the morning, each NS train had to get permission from the IP dispatcher to pass the red signals and obtain permission from the NS dispatcher to make the move as well. All three NS trains also halted briefly just before crossing the diamonds.

The 288 went first with the 217 coming behind it and soon overtaking it. With those trains down the road, the 17K, which had a Union Pacific leader, then went.

The hogger on the 17K is on Trainorders.com and he reported that all three trains had “approach” signal indications for the crossing of the CSX Pemberville Sub, the former Chesapeake & Ohio route between Toledo and Columbus.

With the 217 in the lead, the 288 had to loaf along and the 17K ended up being stopped for an hour at DA while the traffic ahead sorted itself out.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The crews of the 218 and 234 have each received permission from  the dispatchers to proceed and both are moving ahead.

The crews of the 218 and 234 have each received permission from the dispatchers to proceed and both are moving ahead.

NS 1065 rounds the curve and passes colorful K Line containers on the 234.

NS 1065 rounds the curve and passes colorful K Line containers on the 234.

The 218 is starting to overtake the 234 and would go ahead of it at Ilers.

The 218 is starting to overtake the 234 and would go ahead of it at Ilers.

The afternoon westbound NS "drag race" in Fostoria begins to set up with the "contestant's getting into position. The 17K with UP power and the 217, an auto rack train at the far right, are already at the "starting line." The 288 is approaching in the distance.

The afternoon westbound NS “drag race” in Fostoria begins to set up with the “contestant’s getting into position. The 17K with UP power and the 217, an auto rack train at the far right, are already at the “starting line.” The 288 is approaching in the distance.

It is NS' turn to move and the 288 begins the parade. The 288 and 217 (not visible at right) would run side by side through Fostoria before the 217 moved ahead.

It is NS’ turn to move and the 288 begins the parade. The 288 and 217 (not visible at right) would run side by side through Fostoria before the 217 moved ahead.

The 217 has gained the mainline as it moves out of the mixing center yard.

The 217 has gained the mainline as it moves out of the mixing center yard.

The 217 is starting to gain on the 288 as the trains pass the railfan park. The 217 had a CSX unit in its motive power consist.

The 217 is starting to gain on the 288 as the trains pass the railfan park. The 217 had a CSX unit in its motive power consist.

Two Union Pacific and one BNSF units power the 17K past the eastward home signals for the crossing of the CSX Pemberville Sub. The signals are located in front of the viewing platform of the Fostoria Iron Triangle railfan park.

Two Union Pacific locomotives and one BNSF unit power the 17K past the eastward home signals for the crossing of the CSX Pemberville Sub. The signals are located in front of the viewing platform of the Fostoria Iron Triangle railfan park.

The rear of the 17K signals an end of the afternoon "drag race."

The rear of the 17K signals an end of the afternoon “drag race.”

Fostoria ‘Drag Race’ on Norfolk Southern

June 22, 2015

S&A Meet 2

CSX track work had the former Baltimore & Ohio mainline through Fostoria reduced to one track between East Fostoria and North Baltimore for  much of Sunday. The crews were also working on and near the diamond with Norfolk Southern just west of Main Street.

Late Sunday morning a pair of NS stack trains halted short of the diamonds and waited. It would not be a short wait.

After running some CSX traffic, the IP dispatcher gave both NS trains verbal permission to cross the diamonds. Each NS train also contacted its own dispatcher to reiterate that permission.

In the process of doing that, the NS Fostoria dispatcher indicated that the 218 would go first at Ilers where the former Nickel Plate Road track goes from double to single track.

We took more than  passing interest in the 218. It had on the point NS 1065, the Savannah & Atlanta heritage locomotive. It would be on the near track to the Iron Triangle railfan park. That was more good news.

Finally, each train began moving. The 218 nosed ahead, but was soon overtaken by the other train, which I believe was the 234.

That train was leading when it leaned into the curve by the railfan park. But the 218 with the S&A unit leading soon caught and overtook it. The 218 was far shorter in length than the other train.

It made for a captivating experience as the engineers of both trains were sounding their horns as they approached the grade crossings. The different-sounding horns made for a nice symphony if you like to hear the sound of locomotive horns.

Fellow Akron Railroad Club member Paul Woodring commented that it was the first time he had seen an NS heritage locomotive that wasn’t attached to the Nickel Plate Road No. 765 steam engine.

“That’s one down and 19 more to go,” he said after his first sighting of an NS heritage locomotive leading a train.

It would turn out to be the highlight of the ARRC’s longest day outing in Fostoria, which attracted three members and a guest.

Aided by the CSX track work, the day featured steady rail traffic. More photographs from the outing will be posted later this week.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders