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We were going to visit the folks last weekend so we fit in some railfanning each day. First off we passed through Lima on our way east. The NS L74 had a huge train (huge for the L74) with 3322 SD40-2 Highhood so I took my first shot at the I&O diamond. The Bunge tank was unexpected.
I heard on the scanner the IORY LSL was coming soon with IORY 4070 leading but light was running out and they were still about 15 miles south. Since I had to drive north on I75 anyway I got ahead of the L74 at Beaverdam. Also a grain hopper set stored on the siding there.
Since we were headed east on US30 I had to break off the chase. The only other thing we saw on the way east was in Mansfield. One of the Asland railway locomotives was working in the yard on the south side of the bridge.

Saturday we were in Mentor. We filmed 2 CSX trains and 2 NS trains in about 40 minutes. Right after I set up for the NS intermodal a CSX ethanol with UP power whizzed by. grr! Later we drove through Painesville, spotting a CSX SD40-3 idling west of the power plant on the north side of the yard. I believe 4021 was its number but not 100% positive. Looks like it was unloading a coal train. Was a slow time on the NYC so we went south to the NKP. There was a green for a eastbound but we waited til dark and gave up.

Sunday we drove through Asland on the way home. I really want to railfan this line! Was a good scouting trip in Ashland, have some spots to use when I catch them running here. Can anyone tell me how often they run through town and how much work is NW of here to West Salem? We drove to Mansfield looking for them, finding one of their GP9's working the Mansfiled Railport. It didn't look like they were planning a run out of the yard.

We drove south to see what was going on at the NS yard. 1 yard crew switching, 4 GP38-2's lned up plus a pair of GE's by a grain train. What I thought was odd was they had about 15 cars in the parking lot. I believe I heard only 4 scheduled trains through here so I expected Sunday to be slow. Are there many extras or what? I love the track layout in downtown and really want to spend a day down here soon!

Being impatient and also scouting, we drove north following the Asland's line to Willard. Got some really good ideas here. How busy is the CSX line that crosses in Shelby? When does the WLE and Ashland do interchanges at Plymouth? And what are good times to catch the WLE passing through here? I was hoping to catch a loco left in Willard but no luck. When do they come to Willard and how often? Since I live 100 miles away it is more difficult for me to learn their schedule like I can with the CF&E or Corman!

Well we wrapped our night up with 4 CSX trains. First video is a meet. An autorack leaving eastbound and a trashtrain/manifest coming in.
We followed the Willard Sub to Republic to end out the weekend and probably get the best shots of it! A westbound manifest and an eastbound manifest both coming around the bend in a pinkish orange glow of a sunset.

Also does anyone know what the current Ashland locomotive roster is? I know rrpicachive gives a good idea but I don't know if it is up to date as to what is active on the line.

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