Posts Tagged ‘Todd Dillon photography’

CSX 911 Passes Through Akron

September 7, 2021

The Spirit of Our First Responders, CSX 911, an ES44AC-H, pulled a coal train through Northeast Ohio on Monday.

The train N758, a coal train that originated at the Bailey Mine in Graysville, Pennsylvania, and was bound for a Duke Energy steam plant in Terrell, North Carolina. Some online reports had the train symbol as N759.

The trailing unit of the train was ES44Cc-H No. 765. The train passed through Akron on the New Castle Subdivision around 11:30 a.m.

It diverged at Greenwich and traveled via Crestline, Galion and Edison to Columbus.

Todd Dillion caught the train at Kent while Robert Farkas got it at Clinton.

The first four images are from Todd while the bottom image is from Bob.

Catching Up with Amtrak’s New Livery

September 3, 2021

I bagged the Amtrak Phase VI unit on Thursday morning – one of them anyway).  I woke up hoping to get another shot at the Midnight Blue Amtrak 50th Anniversary engine – P42DC No. 100 – but realized he was on time and I would have to drive pretty far east to catch him. 

However another 50th Anniversary unit – P42DC No. 108 – was leading No. 49, the westbound Lake Shore Limited, and it was running almost three hours late. 

This one I decided to try for and I ended up catching him on the Sandusky Bay bridge and causeway at Danbury.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Chasing the NKP 765 Ferry Move on Monday

September 1, 2021

Crossing the Vermilion River on the NS Chicago Line in Vermilon.
Soaring over Baumhart Road between Vermilion and Amherst. The sign indicates this is in Lorain.
Crossing Ridge Road. Seeing smoke prompted someone to call the fire department.
Crossing the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.
Backing into Campbell Road Yard in Cleveland

I went out to chase the Nickel Plate 765 ferry move on Monday. We tried to get it west of Bellevue but just missed it.  We then got it at Vermillion and Baumhart Road. 

We then chased it to Eastland Road in Brook Park but got cloud skunked there.  The 765 was supposed to overnight at Rockport yard but instead continued to Campbell Road yard in the flats so we chased it down there, too.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

The Capitol Limited Returns to Akron

August 27, 2021
The CSX office car special passes through Akron Thursday morning.
Rattling the diamonds at Center Street in Youngstown
At Station Square in Pittsburgh. The Capitol Limited of the Baltimore & Ohio used to stop here.
I got cloud skunked just as the train passed the Pittsburgh skyline

Thursday morning CSX ran its ofice car special across northern Ohio and Pennsylvania.

With two F40PHs and 11 passenger cars all decked out in a Baltimore & Ohio inspired livery it looked like the Capitol Limited had returned once again.

I first caught the special at Akron.  The weather was foggy and overcast but my photos turned out okay.

Next was Youngstown where the weather wasn’t any better but I was interviewed by a local TV station curious as to why all the railfans were waiting on the Center Street bridge.

Then it was on to Station Square in Pittsburgh.  The weather was much improved but we unfortunately were cloud skunked when the train arrived.

In times past the Capitol would have made a stop here.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

One Day in Wellsboro

August 23, 2021

A couple weeks ago I made a trip to Chicago for the weekend. On the way I stopped at Wellsboro, Indiana, and caught the Chesepeake & Indiana switching the local grain elevator.

It so happens that one of the engines was the 818, which was just donated to the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum 

Also was SD18 813 still in Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range paint. This and another similar unit have been sold to another short line as they have been deemed surplus.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Combined Lake Shore Limited and Cardinal

August 21, 2021

The Cardinal’s equipment is on the rear of No. 48.

On Friday (Aug. 20) Amtrak combined the eastbound Cardinal and Lake Shore Limited as it ran through Northeast Ohio. 

This was due to a derailment in Indiana on Thursday morning but the Cardinal’s equipment had to be moved to New York. This made for an impressive 16 car train with three engines.

The reason I got up early however was because Amtrak P42DC No. 100, the Midnight Blue, and P42DC No. 46, the 50th Anniversary tribute locomotive, were both on the train.

I was hoping that it would be running a little late but alas the Late Shore did not live up to its reputation today as it was on time.  In fact it arrived 27 minutes early into Cleveland station.

I chased No. 48 east to Ashtabula hoping to get it in daylight and while the sun had started to rise it was pretty dark when it went by me at 6:40 a.m.

Also my camera misfired and cut off the nose of the 100.  At least the going away shot turned out nice. Oh well you can’t win them all.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

We Got the Tribute Unit and Then Some

July 7, 2021

This nd the three photographs below illustrate the dispatching on CSX in which the Q009 passes another train west of Fostoria and then that train crosses over and proceeds westward.

Second of two parts

We arrived in Deshler to find the railroad fairly busy with east and west traffic.  

There was an interesting lash-up of an un-rebuilt SD40-2 leading an un-rebuilt GE Dash 8 that had been recently reactivated from the dead line.

It was still in YN2 paint but pretty shoddy looking. Unfortunately, I did not get a photo as I had left my camera in the car.

Another westbound, this time with BNSF power and flying two small USA flags, showed up. I did get this one having learned my lesson.

Finally the Q016 came but stopped west of town.  We didn’t know why but found out that North Baltimore yard was congested and he needed to wait for room.

We went to Ohio Route 65 crossing and got him there about 7 p.m. When he got underway we raced ahead to Hoytville where he again stopped.

 He finally got into the yard just before 8 p.m. and the dispatcher said he didn’t have any work here today. He would just re-crew and since that crew was on duty we hoped he would quickly get underway again.

Alas those hopes were dashed by some of the strangest dispatching I have seen or heard of.

Just west of Fostoria a westbound double-stack train was stopped on Track 1. The Q009 passed him on Track 2 and crossed over to Track 1 ahead of him.

So far so good but when the other train got going it crossed over from Track 1 to Track 2 and proceeded west.

We were extremely befuddled and annoyed knowing that any hopes of getting the Q016 again in daylight were not good.  

I found out later that North Baltimore was having issues with switches not working. This could be the reason why the trains were crossed over outside of Fostoria. 

We continued to Fostoria and saw a garbage train turn south on the former Chesapeake & Ohio. This took a good 15-20 minutes after which we went to dinner. The Denny’s in Tiffin was the only sit-down restaurant still open.

The Q016 did come through Fostoria just after 9 p.m. and didn’t have any more delays as it headed east but our chase was over.

As we drove home through Attica we saw a signal for a southbound Norfolk Southern train.

We waited and soon heard a northbound climbing the grade with two Union Pacific engines led by another old GE Dash 8 pulled from the deadlines with about 200 cars behind it.

After he cleared, the southbound came with another almost 200-car train. This ended our day and we drove home.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

To Marion and Points In Between

July 6, 2021

Reflection shot at Crestline.
Parked CSX grain train in Crestline.
Restored N&W caboose in Bucyrus. Behind it is the monster NS coal train.
We got a second shot of the monster coal train in Marion.

First of two parts

For the 4th of July our plan was to head toward Marion but also play things by ear. It turned out to be a very productive day.

Our first stop was in Crestline where we caught a westbound CSX train. There were some large puddles so I took a reflection shot which turned out pretty well. There was also a parked grain train on the old Pennsy main in the yard.

Next stop was Bucyrus where the local society has restored a Norfolk & Westerm caboose. NS train 21N surprised us with the Nickel Plate Road heritage unit trailing.

A northbound followed and then a southbound – east by timetable but not by compass direction – combined loaded and empty coal train. 

NS has been combining trains recently to save crews although I have never seen two separate empty and loaded trains combined before.

The first part was a train 740 for a power plant in North Carolina; the second was empties for the coalfields.

This also turned out to be the largest train I have ever seen at 208 cars in length.

We then went to Marion where CSX 216 was switching the yard and had the entire town tied up for over an hour.

When he finally finished the floodgates opened with waiting trains in all directions. The monster train 740 also came through and we got it a second time.

While waiting we got word that the CSX 3194, the Honoring Law Enforcement engine, was leading a Q016 from Chicago. 

As this was the same situation and train that eluded Marty Surdyk in Fostoria last week during the Akron Railroad Club’s longest day outing we didn’t  want that to  happen to us. 

So we decided to drive to Deshler and, hopefully, catch it in daylight. You can read about that chase tomorrow in Part 2.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Preview of Tonight’s Program

June 25, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club will meet tonight at 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the New Horizons Christian Church.

It will be the club’s first in-person meeting in more than a year.

President Todd Dillon will present a digital program of images made during his travels in the past year between Ohio and Florida.

Here is a preview of Todd’s program. The top image shows Tampa streetcars at Ibor City, Florida, the middle image is a U.S. Sugar cane train at Clewiston, Florida, and the bottom image is CSX 1776 at Waycross, Georgia.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Day on the East Slope

June 23, 2021

About three weeks ago I took a trip to Altoona, Pennsylvania, and railfanned the east slope of the former Pennsylvania Railroad Alleghany Mountain grade.

Here is a selection of some of my photographs, all of which were taken at Bennington Curve.

In order they include a downhill stack train, Amtrak’s westbound Pennsylvanian, and an eastbound coal train that had the PRR heritage leading and the Lehigh Valley heritage as a DPU

Photographs by Todd Dillon