Posts Tagged ‘Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway’

July 2022 Scenes from Akron

November 10, 2022

Here are three images made in Akron on July 30, 2022. In the top image, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad FPA-4 No. 6771 is southbound approaching Akron Northside Station as the train crosses over the remains of the Ohio and Erie Canal.

In the middle image, the 6777 is is being towed south and will be the lead unit on the northbound trip.

In the bottom image Wheeling & Lake Erie SD40-2 No. 7006 is on the connecting track between CSX and the W&LE. In a few minutes the former CEFX unit will pull forward bringing its train onto the Wheeling. Then it will back down to Brittain Yard.

The Wheeling acquired the 7006 in December 2015 and quickly pressed it into revenue service.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Autumn Colors Two for Tuesday

November 1, 2022

Today’s two for Tuesday features two trains in Northeast Ohio on Oct. 24, 2022, amid varying degrees of autumn color.

In the top image, CSX GP40-2 No. 6248 is about to leave the stub track where power is kept for the local working from Warwick Yard in Clinton.

In the bottom photo Wheeling & Lake Erie SD40T-2 No. 5411 is sitting about a third of a mile down the track crossing Elton Street SW, which is located west of the west end of the W&LE yard in Brewster.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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

W&LE EMD Lease Units Two for Tuesday

October 18, 2022

Today’s two for Tuesday features a pair of Wheeling & Lake Erie trains in Spencer from April 12, 2014. Both units worked for EMD leasing before winding up on the Wheeling where they ran around for years in their blue and white EMD livery. Both locomotives are SD40-2 models. The 6314 is still on the Wheeling motive power roster and still wearing the livery seen above. The 6382 is off the Wheeling’s roster.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Dropping Off a Unit in New London

October 13, 2022

It is late afternoon on Oct; 21, 2007, in New London, Ohio. It is the type of day I live for in the fall with sunny skies, low sun angles and warm colors in the late afternoon sunlight.

I’ve gotten wind that a westbound is coming on the Carey Subdivision of the Wheeling & Lake Erie and have stationed myself on the Bigelow Parkway bridge that spans the W&LE tracks as well as those of the Greenwich Subdivision of CSX.

On the point of the train is high hood GP35 No. 2679, which at the time was painted in the bright red and gold livery some fans dubbed the Kodachrome scheme.

The crew leaves its train on the main and cuts off the power to pull ahead. It then backs into the siding to drop off SD40T-2 No. 5413, one of the Wheeling’s handful of tunnel motors still painted for its former Denver & Rio Grande Western owner.

After that the crew couples the 2679 back onto its train and then awaits the permission of the CSX dispatcher to enter the Greenwich Subdivision to continue its journey to Willard to interchange with the Class 1 carrier.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Heading For the ABC Interchange

September 29, 2022

Wheeling & Lake Erie GP35-3 No. 112 is heading west on CSX in Akron toward Barberton to interchange cars on Feb. 28, 2012.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Finds on the Wheeling & Lake Erie

September 12, 2022

Last Saturday was a nice day weather wise but I didn’t have a specific plan for railfanning.

I went to Berea and then saw on social media that an eastbound Wheeling & Lake Erie train was powered by the Rio Grande tunnel motor pair.

I drove to Wellington in hopes of catching it. I then saw it was still waiting for a crew so I drove to Bellevue following the line just in case.

I got there about 11 a.m. and found them sitting outside of town where I took these photos.  I stayed at the railfan platform hoping they would get a crew and then chase them east.

Another Wheeling train from Norwalk showed up about 3:30 p.m. and went into the Norfolk Southern yard.

I took photos of that, also.  I waited until dark but, sadly, no crew ever showed up so I drove home.

Later I found out that the other Wheeling train combined the trains together on the return to Norwalk.

W&LE 5412 was formerly Rio Grande 5391 but was renumbered last winter.  Sister unit 5413 retains its original Rio Grande unit number.

I also can confirm that NS is indeed using the hump at Bellevue yard again.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

NEO Rail Operations on a July Day

August 12, 2022

Here are three images made in Northeast Ohio on July 10, 2022. Wheeling & Lake Erie SD40-2 No. 7002 is shown in the top image in Copley. Because I did not want to move the cone, this is the best angle I could get. The middle image is a nose shot of the 7002. In the bottom image, CSX AC44CW No. 412 leads a westbound auto rack train in Barberton.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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