Posts Tagged ‘W&LE Brewster Subdivision’

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

That Rio Grande Look

July 10, 2022

The Wheeling & Lake Erie operates a pair of former Denver & Rio Grande Western SD40T-2 locomotives that still wear their Rio Grande livery. Wheeling CEO Larry Parsons once worked for the Rio Grande. Nos. 5413 and 5391 are shown leading a westbound with another unit in Orrville on May 14, 2015.

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

Getting Lucky in Lodi Two for Tuesday

November 30, 2021

Somehow the passenger station in Lodi, Ohio, built by the original Wheeling & Lake Erie survived for decades after passenger service ended. By the time I first encountered it, the Lodi depot no longer served any function for the railroad.

The two images shown above were both made on Nov. 22, 2006, and feature eastbounds on the W&LE Brewster Subdivision passing the weathered structure.

I made several photographs with this depot over the years including some with the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society Santa train.

The ORHS Santa trains are only a memory now, but the depot has fared better. A local group acquired it and has renovated it. Today it looks pretty sharp and serves as a railroad museum.