Posts Tagged ‘Wheeling & Lake Erie motive power’

Westbound at Creston

August 22, 2021

Wheeling & Lake Erie SD40T-2 No. 8795 is on the point of a westbound in Creston, Ohio on Nov. 15, 2015. This locomotive was acquired by the W&LE in September 2014 from the Squaw Creek Southern and placed into service the following month. It was originally built for the Southern Pacific in April 1980 and also spent time on the Union Pacific locomotive roster. It has since been renumbered as Wheeling 5411.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Shuffling in Spencer

July 1, 2021

It’s a Friday afternoon in May 2008 and I’m out doing some railfanning before tonight’s Akron Railroad Club meeting. Ed Ribinskas is along with me.

This is one of two Wheeling & Lake Erie trains we caught on this day. The train shown above has come into town on the Hartland Subdivision and its motive power has cut off and gone around the connection to the Akron Subdivision to work the yard.

For some reason the power has been separated. Perhaps one unit is being dropped here to be picked up by another train.

Later in we would catch a westbound empty stone train that we would chase as far as New London. We photographed it at Firestone Road and from the overpass on the north side of New London that goes over the CSX Greenwich Subdivision.

That train was worth chasing because it had a former Wisconsin Central unit on the point and a former Denver & Rio Grande unit tailing. But that train is for another post on another day.

What I liked about the image above is that it conveys the feel a railroad at work. As one crew member rides the lead locomotive another walks on the ground nearby wearing a hard hat and safety vest.

Cars sit in the yard tracks on both sides of the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown mainline waiting to be picked up.

There is even one of the old searchlight signals that guarded this diamond. Those signals are gone now, replaced with modern devices.

The hardware in Spencer may have changed but one thing remains constant. It’s still a place to find the railroad at work.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

Another Wheeling 2 for Tuesday

September 29, 2020

Here are a pair of Wheeling & Lake Erie locomotives that each feature a touch of another railroad.

In the top image SD40-2 No. 6316 still wears is Wisconsin Central livery as it helps pull a westbound in Navarre on September 5, 2016.

In the bottom photo, GP35-3 No. 107 pays tribute to the Akron, Canton & Youngstown. It is shown in Canton on Nov. 4, 2011.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Another Wheeling Twofer

August 25, 2020

Wheeling & Lake Erie GP40-3 No. 302, wearing a variation of the Denver & Rio Grande Western livery, is shown in the top image rolling westbound past the old scale house just east of their yard in Brewster on Oct. 20, 2010.

Today this is single track, and the scale house has been removed.

No. 302 was built in August 1968 for Penn Central and was on the Conrail roster before being sold to the D&RGW.

In the bottom image, a dramatic portrayal of SD40 No. 3032 find the former Missouri Pacific unit running westbound through Navarre on Sept. 8, 2014.

It’s a good example of how light and shadows can enhance an image.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

 

Wheeling 2 for Tuesday: Seeing Gray

August 18, 2020

This week’s Wheeling & Lake Erie two for Tuesday takes us to the southern end of the Cleveland Subdivision to capture a couple of images of a “gray ghost.”

In the top image SD40-2 No. 6357 leads an eastbound crossing over R.J. Corman tracks near Brewster on Sept. 25, 2014.

The same train is seen in the bottom photograph at Harmon.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Checking Out Trash and Stone Switchers

August 11, 2020

Here are some more photographs from RRE Fostoria day.  I went to Carey and got some interesting images.

Just south of Fostoria is a landfill that receives trash from CSX and has an SW1 and a couple of trackmobiles (top photograph).

There was another switcher on my last visit here but I did not see it this trip.  I don’t know what happened to it.

Carey is the current end of track of the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown line now operated by the Wheeling & Lake Erie.

Stone is the major business here as there are two quarries, including National Lime and Stone, which has several switchers, and Shelly Materials, which has one switcher, either an EMD SW1500 or SW1000.

Interestingly this engine doesn’t have ditch lights but the National Lime and Stone engines do..

Stone is hauled in a variety of open top hopper cars some dating back to the 1950’s while others are much newer and even have solar panels for electric power.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Tuesday Twofer: W&LE Motive Power

August 11, 2020

One interesting facet of the motive power fleet of the Wheeling & Lake Erie is that you can expect to get some variety.

The railroad is known for putting into service leased and newly purchased used locomotives still wearing their last livery.

Eventually the new units find their way to the paint booth to get the black and orange “Tiger” look but it can be years before some units arrive there.

The top image SD40-3 No. 3034 is westbound on CSX tracks in Akron on July 1, 2011. Trailing it is a former Union Pacific SD40-2 that looks like it is wearing primer paint.

In the bottom image, W&LE SD40-2 No. 6315 is in Akron on Oct. 21, 2009, still wearing its Wisconsin Central colors.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

So Who Was Bo Bo?

June 2, 2020

Wheeling & Lake Erie SD40-2 No. 4003 is noteworthy for two reasons.

It was the first W&LE locomotive to be repainted into the railroad’s orange and black livery.

However, that livery had a slight variation from what became the standard. It had a different font for lettering, and its pilots and the area round the front number boards were black.

No. 4003 was repainted in 2002 to match the rest of the motive power fleet.

As for the name BoBo that appears on the short hood, it’s not clear who that is but it’s probably a W&LE employee or former employee.

In the top image No. 4002 is shown at Navarre on March 9, 2016.

The bottom image shows No. 4003 in January 2001 in Hartland Yard in its original W&LE livery.

Top Photograph by Robert Farkas

Rio Grande of the East: Part 3

March 31, 2020

At one point The Wheeling & Lake Erie had seven former Denver & Rio Grande Western engines on its roster and all still were painted for their former owner.

This included one GP35, four GP40s and two SD40T-2s. The GP35 has since been rebuilt and repainted as have two of the GP40s, one of which was destroyed in a wreck. That leaves just four engines still in Rio Grande paint.

Here are some photos of the former Rio Grande units from when they were still painted and lettered for the Rio Grande.

The top photograph was made in Glenwillow, the middle photograph in Parma and the bottom photograph in Carey.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Rio Grande of the East: Part 2

March 30, 2020

Last weekend the Wheeling & Lake Erie sent its two Rio Grande painted tunnel motors to Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

For many years seeing either one of these on the east end was a rarity. It was pokicy to keep them west of Brewster because of their larger wheelbase.

Recently this has changed. As a result of CSX and NS converting to Positive Train control the Wheeling has been equipping many of their engines with PTC to run on those lines.

The two former Rio Grande tunnel motors have not and will not be so equipped.

As a result they will be confined to ares of the railroad that do not require PTC use. I caught the pair leading a train into Connellsville this past Saturday.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon