Posts Tagged ‘Wheeling & Lake Erie’

Working off the NS in Canton

February 2, 2023

WE SD40-2 No. 6350 has entered the eastbound Norfolk Southern main in the NS yard in Canton on April 13, 2012. The crew will bring the train east and then back up into the NS yard to interchange cars. The 6350 was built for Canadian Pacific and later rebuilt by Alstom.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Working in the Yard in Brewster

January 13, 2023

A pair of Wheeling & Lake Erie GP35-3 locomotives, Nos.100 and 102 are at the east end of the yard in Brewster on Nov. 10, 2016. Both units were once owned by the Southern Railway with the 102 once having served the Central of Georgia. The Wheeling rebuilt the 100 in July 2000 while the 102 was rebuilt in December 2000. The 100 carries the name Lynn R. Shook under its cab.

hotograph by Robert Farkas

When it Still Had the Rio Grande Look

January 6, 2023

Wheeling & Lake Erie GP40-3 No. 301 sports a Denver & Rio Grande Western look as it teams up with SD40-2 No. 6381 to pull a train across the diamond with the R.J. Corman line east of Brewster on March 18, 2010. Since this image was made the 301 has been repainted into the standard W&LE “tiger stripe livery” of black and orange.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

MoPac and WC Liveries on the Wheeling

December 25, 2022

Wheeling & Lake Erie SD40-3 No. 3102 and former Wisconsin Central SD45 No. 1718 lead an eastbound freight sitting in the W&LE yard in Brewster on July 1, 1996. The 3102 was originally an SD40 built for the Missouri Pacific and in this photograph still sports its MoPac “Jenks Blue” livery. It was subsequently sold to WC/Oxford Leasing and leased to the Wheeling in 1982. Where the MoPac “buzzsaw” herald used to be are the letters WC. The 3102 was rebuilt by the Wheeling in February 2002.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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