Posts Tagged ‘Wheeling & Lake Erie motive power’

At the Start of the Restoration

August 7, 2022

It is a late November day in 2006 in Lodi. I’ve been waiting for the eastbound Wheeling & Lake Erie manifest freight to show up so I could capture it passing the depot built by the original W&LE in the late 1880s.

It amazed me that that structure was still standing. It probably only survived as long as it did because it was used for maintenance of way purposes. The original W&LE had discontinued passenger service on July 17, 1938.

By the time I discovered this station it was in dilapidated condition. But at least it was still standing and I worked it into several images of W&LE freight trains and Orrville Railroad Heritage Society excursion trains.

The sign on the side of the station when this image was made is the first inkling that a restoration movement was afoot.

The restoration has since been completed and the depot is now the home of the Lodi Railroad Museum.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

W&LE Two for Tuesday

July 25, 2022

Here is a pair of images of Wheeling & Lake Erie action from 2013.

In the top image, W&LE No. 106 is eastbound on CSX after passing the eastbound signal for CP Lambert on the Akron-Barberton border June 6, 2013.

As for the bottom image, no this is not a W&LE Heritage paint job. It is WE No. 5413 Notice the small letters on the cab.

This unit was formerly Denver & Rio Grande Western 5413. The second unit is a W&LE locomotive while the third unit is another former D&RGW locomotive. The train is eastbound in Creston on June 15, 2013.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Double Shot of AC&Y Heritage

June 9, 2022

Wheeling & Lake Erie GP35-3 No. 107, the Akron, Canton & Youngstown heritage unit, leads a train over the ex-AC&Y bridge in downtown Akron on Oct. 8, 2014. The trestle spans the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Another Wheeling Two for Tuesday

June 7, 2022

Here is another Wheeling & Lake Erie two for Tuesday. In the top image GP9R No. 4602 is dropping off a load in Orrville on March 28, 2011. In the bottom image, SD40-2 No. 6356 is eastbound in Navarre on April 13, 2012.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

W&LE Two for Tuesday in Creston

May 16, 2022

Today’s two for Tuesday features the Wheeling & Lake Erie in Creston. In the top image SD40-2 No. 7375 is on the point of an eastbound on April 4, 2012. In the bottom photo, the same unit is eastbound on March 26, 2011. The 7375 was built in March 1975 for the Missouri Pacific.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: NKP 765 in Medina

April 30, 2022

It is Sept. 9, 2010, in Medina on the Wheeling & Lake Erie’s Akron Subdivision. Former Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 is heading east in order to make its first appearance in the Steam in the Valley program of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

In the images above, the Berkshire-type locomotive is waiting for opposing W&LE traffic to clear.

Crew members are taking advantage of the situation to conduct an inspection of their locomotive.

The top two images are the same with the middle image having been cropped. The third image is closer to the action and shows the crew at work.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Wheeling 4000 in Navarre

April 28, 2022

Wheeling & Lake Erie SD40-3 No. 4000 is eastbound in Navarre on April 3, 2012. The unit has spent time on the motive power rosters of the Grand Trunk Western and Canadian National.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

W&LE SD40-2 Two for Tuesday

April 18, 2022

Here is a pair of Wheeling & Lake Erie SD40-2 working east of the Brewster Yard. Nos. WE 6312 and 6316 are east are shown on Feb. 24, 2017, approaching the signal for the W&LE/RJ Corman crossing, and about to cross the Corman.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Just Another Day on the Wheeling in Brewster

April 15, 2022

It is the morning of March 17, 2012, in Wheeling & Lake Erie’s Brewster Yard. BNSF 9933 will be eastbound later in the day, but WE SD40-3 No. 3049 is switching the yard now.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

W&LE Two for Tuesday

March 22, 2022

The Wheeling & Lake Erie provides our two for Tuesday this week. It is Oct. 1, 2021, and we are in Brewster. GP35-3 No. 103 and GP9R No. 4602 are leaving eastbound for the Gambrinus, Yard near Canton. These view show the duo coming and going.

Photographs by Robert Farkas.