A few chases this week, RJ Corman CF&E IORY CSX NS

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Monday I did my usual drive to Lima after going to Celina. I had already missed the Y101 go into the South Yard and the D744 was running late. I heard RJ Corman call the CSX Yard master for permission to cross into the SPEG branch. He called it something else but could not understand what was said. I waited for the Y102 before looking for them. It had a YN2 SD50-2 and I wanted to get that on video.
I ended up waiting almost an hour after Corman had called. I followed the SPEG west zig zagging across varoius crossings but did not see them. Once I crossed 66 in Spencerville I saw them to the east, they had gotten past me and were a mile away already! After chasing back 5 miles to get ahead of them I set up at S Wapak Rd. I chose this spot because of the remains of the EL signals here. Looks like they had some empties coming from Mercer Landmark in Elgin.
I wish I had the money buy a pair of Quality tripods and figure out this wind shake issue! I don't mind the wind noise anymore but I think its hard to enjoy the long shots when the picture is dancing. From what I've noticed it seems the CF&E regularly switches Delphos and Landeck Monday mornings so I went to Delphos next. I made it just in time to catch 6415/4034 taking a cut to D&D in Landeck.

Later in the afternoon we needed to go to Ft Wayne. I figured it was a perfect opportunity to catch a few locals return to the terminal. I caught 2, the first being the Woodburn local. I set up a camera on each side of the crossing. I did my best to feature the New Haven station despite the the fence around it.
The other was the L96 returning from the north. Still got the W&LE locos. This time I was better set up for them. The train heard midway through the video is a Triple Crown Roadrailer coming in from the east on the Fostoria District. The power was a SD70M/Dash 9 lashup.
NS 5103 with NS Caboose on the Woodburn Local by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
We also spotted this in Payne Ohio "on the way" back home.
True Penn Central Heritage by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr

Tuesday I dropped my wife off at work in Celina and started the long trek east, my goal was to catch the Ashland Railway making a run. I took back roads following the CF&E instead of of US 30. At Dunkirk I saw a CSX train, either a short manifest or a local heading north about 9am. I tried to get ahead of them but they were doing around 50 so it would have taken me at least 10. I gave up and turned around after 4 miles. Just as I go back to heading east my wife called and said she got off early and I had to drive back. I was a little mad about the time and gas I wasted.'

On my way through St Marys I spotted RJ Corman working Omni Source's siding so as soon as I had my wife in the car we set up and waited for them.
RJ Corman 1856 by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
I avoided the I75 construction in Lima by following SR 65 north (and also following the DT&I lol). I heard the LSL get their track warrant just before we made it into town so we set up at E 4th St just across the street from Omni. I have not filmed this one before! Seems the LSL has been pretty short the last few times I've seen it. I also haven't seen any gons for Delta lately. Anyone hear anything about that?
We headed east after that. We followed the CF&E roughly close all the way to Crestline. We saw a CF&E maintainer working in Bucyrus. Their trucks now have the G&W logo. I had been meaning to get a look at the roundhouse in Crestline. It looks worse than I thought it would be. Also there was a CSX grain train and a slug set in the yard. This grain train was a mix of older cars and the one I had hoped to see was a uniform set of new logo CSX hoppers. It came east Sunday morning just about 2:30 am. I saw it in Convoy. I did catch one train in Crestline before moving on to Mansfield.

We didn't get any activity in Mansfeild. There was a NS local idling in their yard and ASRY 30 was working the NW end of the Railport. I believe we could see 6 locomotives (other than 30) tied down plus an ex Conrail which looked like a parts source. Does anyone have a current roster list for them? It would really make it easy if I knew what to look for so if locos were out I would be able to see that! It is a 2 hour drive for me to come looking so if anyone knows when they run to Willard and back, work the W&LE interchange or anything else that would be awesome! There was 1 gon on the interchange track in Plymouth. When does the W&LE work on this line. I still need help finding them too!

We followed the CSX from Willard to Fostoria seeing several east bounds but not stopping to film them. Since we were going to pass through Fostoria I wanted to take the opportunity to film the L76 leave for Findlay. I didn't have to wait more than 3 minutes. A manifest headed west down the Fostoria District and the L76 followed them out of town down the Lima District.
In Findlay I was surprised to see this!
Herzog Train on the NS Lima District Findlay Ohio by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
The last catch of the day was the L74. It came through Bluffton about an hour after the L76 arrived in Findlay. I am really enjoying being able to shoot with 2 cameras, pleased with how this video turned out!

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