Posts Tagged ‘Todd Dillon photography’

Tale of Two Photographs

January 20, 2023

Here are a couple photos of Nickel Plate Road 765, both taken at Jaite on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. They are from 2021 the last year of fully running trips to Akron.

While similar — they are from the same runby — there are some differences and I have thoughts on what makes for a good photo.

The first image is closer to the camera. The 765 fills the frame and the sun has risen to fully light the side of the engine. 

Another photographer is also taking pictures and I worked him into my photo for human interest.

Many times we tend to shun people being in our train photos particularly other railfans but it isn’t always possible to work them out.

An old saying is when you have a bunch of lemons make lemonade that applies here.  

This is a good photo and I am pleased with the result but let’s look at the second photo. The engine is farther back and we have more of the scene.

The railroad crossing and the two former Baltimore  & Ohio railroad buildings are visible. The 765 is a litter further back in the scene than I would like. Having the engine on or just about to enter the crossing would be ideal or would it? 

Take a look at the shadow that covers the second building.  This is caused by 765 itself and its smoke plume.

If the train was on or near the crossing the shadow would engulf both buildings. In fact I have that photo, this being a sequence of pictures and that is exactly what happened.  

I find that I prefer the second photo even though both turned out well. The first photo is more of a three-quarter wedge while the second shows more of the total scene. 

And the ideal or what I thought would be the ideal photo turned out to be a dud in my view.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Diann Tower Reportedly Being Razed

January 18, 2023

Diann Tower controlled the crossing of the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton with the Ann Arbor Railroads northwest of Toledo.

I just heard that it is being demolished this week. It was built during the Henry Ford era of DT&I ownership and was part of the Malinta cutoff.

Here is a photo from about 1988 give or take a year.

Article and Photograph by Todd Dillon

A Day on the Pittsburgh Light Rail System

January 2, 2023

On Friday Dec. 30 I went to Pittsburgh to ride the streetcar system. I got a few photos including some street trackage running.

The first two photographs feature street running in the Beechview area. That is followed by a

a Silver line train, but I forgot the name of the station

Finally, we see a restored PCC at the Heinz History Museum It was a fun day trip.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Dillon to Present at ARRC End of Year Dinner

November 28, 2022

The Akron Railroad Club will be holding its annual end of year dinner on Saturday (Dec. 3) at the New Era restaurant in Akron. The event is limited to 40 participants.

The program will be presented by ARRC President Todd Dillon.

His program will focus heavily on the Chicago Transit Authority’s 75th anniversary. This will include photographs from the Chicago elevated and the Fox River museum and the Illinois Railway Museum.

Also included will be photographs from the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and a Nickel Plate Road 765 excursion in Indiana.

Shown above are a few images from Todd’s program that he will present on Saturday night.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Chasing the ABC Local to Ravenna

November 3, 2022

On Tuesday I caught the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway local to Ravenna. Wheeling & Lake Erie No. 302, a former Denver & Rio Grande Western GP40 still lettered for that railroad powered the train.

In the photos above the train is shown switching at Kent, heading to Ravenna and on the turn trip at Ravenna

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Catching 3 on the Wheeling & Lake Erie

October 24, 2022

An unidentified Wheeling & Lake Erie train at Wellington.
The same train seen above at Spencer.
Train 291 east of Spencer.
Train 261 in Akron.

I started Saturday by going to Willard trying to catch the new CSX Operation Lifesaver unit. Unfortunately, it went west about 20 minutes before I arrived.

I then went to Bellevue for a few hours and caught about 10 Norfolk Southern trains.  On the way home I followed the Wheeling Lake Erie Hartland Subdivision.

Stopping in Hartland, I found a couple of parked engines but no activity. Continuing to Wellington, an eastbound train was sitting just west of the Lorain County Fairgrounds.

Assuming it was waiting for clearance to cross the CSX Greenwich Subdivision, I waited east of the diamonds.  After a CSX train went west it quickly came, making a lot of smoke in doing so.

I chased this train to Spencer where it continued on to Brewster. I got word on social media that a 291 was coming west from Medina.

I set up at a crossing east of Spencer and caught this train.  I then proceeded to Akron where I caught 261 with seven engines doubling back into the yard.

Not a bad finish for a less than promising start to the day.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

The Hunt for Gold October in Pa. (Part 3)

October 19, 2022

My next stop on my Pennsylvania fall foliage tour was the East Broad Top/Rockhill Trolley Museum in Orbisonia.

The trolley museum was also running pumpkin patch specials while EBT was running regular trips behind diesel M7.  

Three streetcars were in use.  Cars 355 and 311 both from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Car 163 from York, Pennsylvania, were running. 

I focused more on the trolleys as the sun angles were too harsh to chase the EBT train.

I did get a good photo when they were turning M7 on the wye shared with the trolley museum.  There was one tree perfectly situated for getting trains in the photo, so I focused on that mainly.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

The Hunt for Gold October in Pa. (Part 2)

October 18, 2022

My second stop on Saturday during a visit to Pennsylvania to photograph trains and fall foliage was the Everett Railroad.

They were running Pumpkin Patch specials with No. 11, a 2-6-0 Mogul, and No. 126, an SW8 painted in Lehigh Valley colors.

We just missed the 10 a.m. trip but chased the return trip and the noon trip.  I don’t know what the locations of these photographs are but all they were just a few miles south of Hollidaysburg.

One of the photos was made at a farm and a curious donkey came over to see what we were doing.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

The Hunt for Gold October in Pennsylvania

October 17, 2022

This week fall colors are peaking in Pennsylvania, so I took a trip to the Altoona area.

First stop was Cresson to catch Amtrak No. 42, the Pennsylvanian.  I got this train but clouds did not cooperate.

Norfolk Southern then sent a couple trains. one uphill and one downhill, and the sun did come out for these.  Also, a familiar face showed up. Roger Durfee was also up for the weekend.

Here are some of those pictures. Enjoy

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Combined Amtrak Trains in Cleveland

October 11, 2022

On Saturday afternoon NS train 310 derailed at Sandusky taking out all tracks. All trains were either cancelled or rerouted.

The reroutes went from Oak Harbor to Vermillion via Bellevue.  

This included the four Amtrak trains that use the route. Trains 30 and 48 were combined at Toledo and 29 and 49 were combined at Cleveland for the reroute.

I caught the combined eastbound at Cleveland where the trains were split again for their respective routes. 

In the top two images, the combined Nos. 40 and 48 are shown being split at Cleveland station.

The third photo shows the Capitol Limited at East 26th Street while the bottom image shows the Lake Shore Limited at East 38th Street.

On Sunday Amtrak 30 was cancelled. Amtrak 48 turned at Toledo and, I presume, Nos. 49 and 29 will also turn at Cleveland with a bus bridge between the two cities.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon