Posts Tagged ‘W&LE locomotives’

Wheeling Stone Train on CSX

July 22, 2021

Wheeling & Lake SD40-2 No. 6995 and its train of stone tool along westbound on the CSX New Castle Subdivision in Akron on July 10, 2021.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

What You Gain by Cropping

April 21, 2021

Here are two images of Wheeling and Lake Erie No. 2662 heading east in Navarre on Aug. 16, 2014. The top image is the full scene while the bottom image has been cropped.

Yes, you can lose some quality by cropping, but it can save some photos taken from farther away than you’d like perhaps because you have the wrong lens on your camera.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Good Catches While Trolling CSX, W&LE

March 3, 2021

I always remember Marty Surdyk using the fisherman’s term of “trolling” when hoping for a good catch.

On May 23, 2008, I had a good day of trolling during the afternoon before an Akron Railroad Club meeting. Craig Sanders and I caught a few unexpected prizes.

In Grafton as in photos one through three we caught CSX (ex Baltimore & Ohio) on the former Cleveland, Lorain & West Virginia) crossing the Big Four. Conrail units were still around but the surprise was the B&O caboose restored to excellent condition.

I also got a railfan (Craig) in the first photo. Often I did that on purpose to document who was on the scene.

Afterwards we were working our way to Spencer and we had a catch by surprise on the W&LE. Photos four and five show former Nickel Plate coaches 62 and 90 of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society being shipped to Wellington for short excursions on the Lorain & Wheeling.

Finally in photos six and seven on the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown we caught an empty Wheeling & Lake Erie stone hopper train headed back west to Carey.

Photo six was made west of Spencer while photo seven was at New London about to get on CSX (ex Big Four) on trackage rights to Greenwich.

Today I consider those heritage unit catches: Wisconsin Central, and Denver & Rio Grande Western.

I always wonder since we had good catches, did I have fish for dinner?

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Some Color on the ABC in Kent

February 3, 2021

Although Akron Barberton Cluster motive power typically has handled the ABC job that serves Kent and Ravenna, locomotives from parent Wheeling & Lake Erie often has pitched in to help when needed.

Such was the case on Nov. 4, 2005, when GP35 No. 2662 worked the job. Apparently the crew had not cars to take back to Akron on this day.

No. 2662, one of two locomotives to received this striking red and gold livery, is passing the former Erie Railroad passenger station in Kent.

Photograph by Craig Sanders

W&LE No. 108 in Navarre

November 12, 2020

Wheeling & Lake Erie GP35-3 No. 108 has been around a long time. It was built for the Southern in December 1964 and came to the Wheeling in 1990 when the modern iteration of the company began operations.

A motive power roster online maintained by Chris Toth shows No. 108 still looks the way it does in the photograph above.

It is capable of remote control operation and has Alco-type B trucks.

No. 108 is shown here working in Navarre on Aug. 21, 2013.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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

Stone Train on the Wheeling & Lake Erie

July 17, 2020

W&Lake Erie SD40-3 4001 is leading an eastbound stone train over the R.J. Corman diamond east of Brewster Yard in Brewster on May 2, 2018. Those stone hoppers are a pretty baby blue.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

All By Their Lonesome

July 3, 2020

There is something about this scene that bring to mind the word “lonesome.”

Maybe that’s because we see a lone Wheeling & Lake Erie GP35-3 pulling a lone tank car.

At least I thought it was a lone tank car until I enlarged the photo and determined that there are actually two tank cars.

But the compression from the lens makes the train look quite shot.

The train is westbound on the CSX New Castle Subdivision tracks in Akron on March 27, 2012.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Paying Tribute to the AC&Y

June 2, 2020

It’s not a true heritage unit, but Wheeling & Lake Erie GP35 No. 107 pays tribute to the Akron, Canton & Youngstown by bearing an AC&Y herald.

It is shown crossing the Ohio and Erie Canal in downtown Akron on Oct. 8, 2014, on a bridge that the AC&Y built several decades ago.

This unit, which is still active on the W&LE, was acquired by the railroad in 1990 when it got started.

It was built in February 1965 for the Southern Railway.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Bright Colors in Brewster

May 10, 2020

Wheeling & Lake Erie GP35-3 No. 2662 is one of the most sought after Wheeling units by railroad photographs because of its bright red and gold scheme.

It is shown working in Brewster on Sept. 2, 2009. The W&LE once had two units painted in these colors.

Photograph by Robert Farkas