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Neither Flipping nor Flopping in Bellevue

April 28, 2017

Of course the highlight of the day, or any day for that matter, for me is catching an Illinois Central unit. It is leading train W08 on the Toledo District into the mini plant.

OK, so what did my trip to Bellevue in early April have in common with Marty Surdyk’s venture there last winter that he wrote about this week in the Akron Railroad Club Bulletin and the ARRC blog?

Actually, very little. The soles on both of my shoes stayed firmed in place and I did not do any flipping or flopping while waiting for trains. I’m still laughing about that story.

I didn’t get any NS heritage units as Marty did in catching the Lehigh Valley H unit on northbound train No. 174.

But I did chase No. 194 southward (railroad eastbound) and my catch of the day was a former Illinois Central SD70 leading a train into town on the Toledo District.

I posted a photograph earlier of the IC unit along with a few other highlights of my day, so here are a few more images from my day in Belleveue, which also involved a chase down the Sandusky District.

The first train that I saw was a monster Wheeling & Lake Erie manifest freight sitting outside of town.

A railfan who goes by the screen name of Camcorder Sam on Trainorders.com, said that the W&LE didn’t come into Bellevue on Saturday so the Sunday train was extra long.

I would get it creeping around the Brewster Connection at Center Street.

If it wasn’t such a great day for heritage locomotives, it was a good day for western foreign power. Two trains had Union Pacific power sets leading them. BNSF power led the 44G, a grain train that came in on the Fostoria District and west south on the Sandusky District.

The crew putting together the 12V had the mini plant tied up for a good half-hour to 45 minutes, causing three trains to have to sit and wait before they could leave town or come into town.

The dispatcher used a term to describe this that I’ve never heard before. It sound like “shopping” but it could have been “chopping.” Whatever work it was had an “op” sound to it.

The crew of L14 toured the mini plant as they spun their motive power set because the original lead unit had some type of issue.

ARRC members will be going to Bellevue in June for our annual longest day outing and Bellevue will be the subject of the cover story in the June ARRC eBulletin.

Just remember to wear a good pair of shoes that day.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Union Pacific No. 4012 leads train into town as another one leaves town. They are passing at Southwest Street.

A trio of UP units leads a train out of town.

The W&LE always seems to have to wait before it gets into the NS yard in Bellevue. An inbound train is shown on the Brewster Connection.

It’s all about steel wheels on steel rails. Shown are the wheels of a car on the W&LE train.

The L14 maneuvers around the Mad River Connection in the background as seen between two auto rack cars on an inbound train coming off the Fostoria District.

After spinning its power the L14 finally got underway. It is passing the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum on the Mad River Connection.

As the 12V was being assembled and had the mini plant tied up, it operated as symbol L07.

Train 194 had to wait for the 12V to finish its assembly work before it could leave town. The 12V picked up a Mansfield Crew near Flat Rock and the 194 went around and out ahead of it. The 194 is leaving Bellevue with a CSX unit tucked behind lead locomotive 2661.

The 194 had to wait for a CSX intermodal train at Attica Junction before it could resume its journey. It is shown on the south edge of Siam (Attica Junction)

The 12V saunters through Attica in a view made from the cemetery along the tracks.

Tank cars bring up the rear of NS train 188 as it crosses the Fort Wayne Line at Colson in Bucyrus. The 44G was waiting for it to clear.

 

Productive Train Chase on Saturday

May 19, 2014

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I ended up chasing the 25V with the Southern and Wabash heritage units on Saturday.

But first I went to Kent where I caught an Iowa, Chicago & Eastern engine, the City of Lansing, leading a CSX train.

I’ve been told that all of the IC&E SD40-2s will have been sold to Genesee & Wyoming by the end of this month so that is now a rare catch.

Then it was off to Brady Lake where I caught the 25V.  My next stop was Berea where I got other trains before the 25V showed up.  One of those trains had a Union Pacific/Chicago & North Western patch job in the consist.

After getting the 25V again I had a decision to make. My plan was to wait for the Z4R oil train with the Penn Central heritage unit leading.

However, that train had been sitting in Toledo all afternoon – it was now 4 p.m. – and it didn’t look like it would get moving anytime soon.

I was told the 25V would change crews at Bellevue so that would be a good opportunity to catch it a few more times. So, off to Bellevue I went.

After arriving at Kimball, I discovered that I had missed the Penn Central unit by 15 minutes, such are the breaks.

Well, I waited and waited, and waited some more.  Finally, an ethanol train came after an hour later but no 25V.  I decided to head into Bellevue and at least see some moving trains.

I went back to the Route 4 overpass for some more activity and finally the 25V arrived.

I managed to get it by the old Pennsylvania Railroad tower and again at Route 18 west of town with the sun finally making an appearance.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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Out on the NS Chicago Line Tanget Track

May 16, 2014
A lone unit pulls a westbound auto rack train through Pettisville, Ohio.

A lone unit pulls a westbound auto rack train through Pettisville, Ohio.

Between Toledo and Butler, Ind., the New York Central maintained one of the longest stretches of tangent track in the country. The former Toledo Air Line is 68.5 miles and has witnessed its share of fast running over the years.

A portion of this route was used for the famous run of an RDC car with jet engines mounted on the roof.

Today, though, federal regulations limit top speeds to 79 mph and most Norfolk Southern train lying the route don’t need that much speed.

It’s one of the busier mainline in the NS system and one that offers may opportunities for photographing trains in action at speed.

Shown is a selection of images that I made during a Saturday visit to the line in early May.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Former New York Central signals are still common on the Chicago Line, but for how long? Their replacements are already up in several places.

Former New York Central signals are still common on the Chicago Line, but for how long? Their replacements are already up in several places.

A westbound ethanol train sashays through Archbold, Ohio.

A westbound ethanol train sashays through Archbold, Ohio.

A Canadian Pacific run-through train crosses over from Track 2 to Track 1 in preparation for getting on the former Wabash line to Detroit at Butler, Ind.

A Canadian Pacific run-through train crosses over from Track 2 to Track 1 in preparation for getting on the former Wabash line to Detroit at Butler, Ind.

Intermodal trains are quite common on this stretch of railroad. The eastbound 20E splits the signals at CP 350 west of Butler, Ind.

Intermodal trains are quite common on this stretch of railroad. The eastbound 20E splits the signals at CP 350 west of Butler, Ind.

This one is for you, Marty. The grain elevator at Edgerton, Ohio, looms over a westbound manifest freight.

This one is for you, Marty. The grain elevator at Edgerton, Ohio, looms over a westbound manifest freight.

Yes, there will be a spring this year. Flowering trees witness the passing of a stack train with UP power on the lead.

Yes, there will be a spring this year. Flowering trees witness the passing of a stack train with UP power on the lead.

 

 

Color, Diversity and ‘Oh, Wow!’ at Blue Island

September 4, 2013

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In a weekend full of great catches a lash up shown below that I caught at Blue Island this past Sunday tops them all.

While shooting an Iowa Interstate local freight I heard another train coming.  I raced to get in position and see what it might be.

At first glance I saw yellow paint and assumed Union Pacific. Then I saw the green stripe and went “Oh WOW!”  Then I saw the second engine and went double “Oh WOW!”

 The lash up turned out to be Chicago & North Western 8701 and 8646, Canadian National 5419, a GE cowl unit;, and LTEX 210, a former Duluth, Minnesota & Iron Range SD 38-2.

I couldn’t take enough pictures as it slowly went by. 

 After this train rolled by I checked Heritage Units.com. I had had been checking all day and had not seen any reports of this lash up. 

Well the last report for these CNW units was dated Aug 10 when they took a transfer from Homewood to Proviso.  Goes to show the Internet isn’t perfect.   

I’ve included this lash up and some other photos from Blue Island that afternoon. It’s tough to describe the traffic here.

We have nothing in Ohio to compare it with, maybe Marion when the EL was running or Berea but supersized. Still it was a great place to spend the afternoon.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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