Posts Tagged ‘Wheeling & Lake Erie’

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

ORDC Awarding Grants for Rail Projects

May 14, 2022

The Ohio Rail Development Commission this week announced it is awarding five grants totaling $2 million for rail development projects.

The Indiana & Ohio will receive $614,456 to rehabilitate its Midland Subdivision. The work will involve installing a crossover near Oakley Yard in Cincinnati and making improvements to Midland Yard in Clinton County.

The Oakley Yard project involves installing a crossover to be used to pick up staged cars on the mainline without moving the entire consist.

At Midland the work involves removing out-of-service tracks and switches and replacing them with new tracks and switches. The short line is matching the grant dollar-for-dollar for a total of $1,228,912.

The Ashland Railway will receive $613,898 to rebuild and replace five turnouts. Other work includes tie replacement, ballast installation and surfacing work. The Ashland is matching the grant dollar-for-dollar for a total investment of $1,227,796.

P&G Manufacturing will get $400,000 to expand its Bath Township manufacturing facility where it plans to invest more than $500 million and hire 135 new employees after the project is completed. P&G is a customer of the Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern Railroad and needs additional on-site rail infrastructure to serve the new facility, ORDC officials said.

The Wheeling & Lake Erie will receive $250,000 for a project to rehabilitate a swing bridge over the Maumee River in Toledo.

The 19th-century bridge’s mechanical system has outlived its useful life and railroad officials said it would become unusable if the end lift and braking systems are not upgraded.

The W&LE is matching the grant dollar-for-dollar for a total investment of $500,000.

Behr Process Corporation will receive $100,000 to improve on-site rail infrastructure ahead of a new 50-acre planned facility in Heath.

ORDC officials said the new facility comprises an investment of $80 million and the creation of 90 new jobs over the next three years for the manufacturing and distribution of paint products. The rail infrastructure is currently not in the proper condition to service the facility, ORDC officials said.

Behr is a subsidiary of Masco Corp. and is one of the largest North American manufacturers of paints, primers, stains and other surface products.

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

Steam Sunday: Crossing River Styx

April 17, 2022

It is Oct. 8, 2014, east of Medina where Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 is crossing the River Styx trestle. The Berkshire-type locomotive is heading home to New Haven, Indiana, from the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Steam in the Valley excursions and is westbound over the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown-built trestle. Paul Woodring was there also.

Article and Photograph 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

Ex-W&LE ROW in Solon to Become Trail

February 25, 2022

A drawing commissioned by Cleveland Metroparks shows the proposed Solon trail bridge over the Chagrin River.

Brushing aside NIMBY opposition the Solon City Council this week unanimously approved a project to convert a former Wheeling & Lake Erie right of way into a $4.25 million recreational trail.

The council approved an agreement with Cleveland Metroparks to develop the 2.1 trail on the right of way that once was a W&LE branch from Falls Junction in Glenwillow to Chagrin Falls.

The city purchased the portion of the right of way that runs through Solon in 1992 with the intent of converting it to recreational use.

Last week several Solon residents whose homes abut or are near the proposed trail attended a public hearing to demand the city not build the trail.

They cited a number of concerns, including safety and privacy. Some said they didn’t want trail users looking into their backyards while others expressed fears for the safety of their children.

Among the fears expressed during the hearing was that the trail would be used by drug dealers, voyeurs, burglars and pedophiles.

Solon Police Chief Solon’s police chief Richard Tonelli countered that there was no evidence that hiking and biking trails lead to an increase in crime in adjacent neighborhoods.

Metropark officials reiterated that point and also said studies have found that recreational trails do not lower the value of adjoining homes as some trail opponents had claimed could happen.

Cleveland Metroparks will design, build and manage the trail. Park officials said it will extend from the northeast corner of Solon to Bentleyville to connect with an existing trail on the same railroad right of way that already extends into Chagrin Falls.

Plans are for a bridge to be constructed over the Chagrin River in Bentleyville. Metroparks also will develop a 1,500-foot section of trail there to connect with the trail into Chagrin Falls.

Once completed, the trail will be four miles from Solon to Chagrin Falls.

During the council meeting, the council member who represents the area of the city where the trail will be built said he didn’t see a safety issue and believed the vast majority of Solon residents favored the trail.

“I don’t think pedophiles and drug dealers, and rapists are coming to the trails after they’re built,” said Jeremy Zelwin.

 “We can get this stuff done,’’ said Solon Mayor Edward Kraus. “A few naysayers can’t block progress. The not-in-my-backyard mentality has kept so many communities from achieving what they need to achieve for their residents, their businesses, their future.’’

Kraus said residents are probably safer with a trail than an abandoned rail line.”

City and parks officials said they would address privacy matters along the trail by putting up fences along the route.

The Solon trail is seen as a component in the Cuyahoga County Greenways network, which when completed will have 815 miles of trails connecting 59 communities. The network will reach into downtown Cleveland and to Lake Erie.

Supporters of the trails network have described it as an effort to introduce alternative transportation to suburban communities designed with automobiles as the primary mode of transportation.

Some Wheeling Action in Spencer

February 13, 2022

Wheeling & Lake Erie SD40-3 No. 4025 pulls around the connection from the Spencer Yard to the Hartland Subdivision on Oct. 6, 2011. The 4025 wears the second W&LE “tiger stripe” livery, which features smaller roster numbers and lettering on the long hood. Originally built for the Missouri Pacific the locomotive also spent time on the Union Pacific roster.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

New London Coming/Going Two for Tuesday

December 28, 2021

It is late afternoon on Oct. 21, 2007, and the sunlight is warm and illuminating. I’m standing on the bridge carrying Biglow Parkway over the CSX Greenwich Subdivision.

The bridge spans the CP 47 interlocking where the Wheeling & Lake Erie’s Carey Subdivision joins with CSX to Greenwich before Wheeling trains either continue west on CSX to Willard to interchange cars or get back on the Carey Sub to continue their trip.

At one time this location was called Hiles and a tower guarded the diamonds where the Akron, Canton & Youngstown crossed the New York Central (Big Four). But the former AC&Y is gone between here and Greenwich in favor of trackage rights on CSX.

In the top image, the rear of an eastbound auto rack train has passed the westbound CP 47 home signals. But look in the distance and you’ll see the headlight of a fast approaching westbound intermodal train.

In the bottom image the intermodal is about to knock down the signal on Track 2 and blast through the interlocking and New London.

In the distance can be seen the rear of the auto rack train. Note, also the set out track north of the signals.

The road visible on the left side of the frame is North Railroad Street but become Griffin Road a short distance north of here. It runs parallel to the tracks until ending at Chenango Road, which crosses both the CSX and W&LE tracks.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders