Sun, Snow and an Immaculate W&LE Loco
Saturday, December 18, 2010, dawned bright and amazingly clear in Northeast Ohio. With several inches of snow having fallen in the past week, it would be the perfect day to get out for some winter rail photography.
I started out up at Falls Junction to see the Cleveland Commercial’s “new” LTEX GP39-2, the 2372. I then headed to Brady Lake to catch 20R on the Norfolk Southern.
With NS and CSX being quiet I headed over to shoot Bob Rohal’s “Flash” in the snow at Shelly Materials just west of Kent.
As I was doing that I heard horns. There was nothing close on CSX or NS so I figured it was the Wheeling & Lake Erie.
A short drive to the Wheeling bridge over Mogadore Road in Kent found the W&LE scrap train heading south for Canton with immaculate GP35 No. 112 in the lead.
I didn’t realize exactly what I was shooting with the 112 on Saturday. That unit “was” the 2679, one of the two high hood red and yellow painted locomotives. The Brewster shops finished it earlier in the month, and this trip had to be one of its first runs as it shows being released for duty four days prior.
It’s now a GP35-3 with new electronics, a new short hood, and a new paint scheme. Gotta love the Wheeling. Who else is putting out GP35 rebuilds that look this good!
The chase was on! All in all I caught the train at 18 locations. Here are a few of them.