NW Ohio by Air, Spring 2011

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NW Ohio by Air, Spring 2011

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Had the chance to do a little flying a few weekends back. Focus of this trip was to check out how the scene had changed at North Baltimore with the yard. We also flew north toward Toledo as well to take in some sights...here are a few photos.

CSX's Robb Avenue yard in Lima as we climb to our cruising altitude. We had to go a little higher this time as the turbulence below 4000' was very challenging.
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Photo 2, 3, and 4: The now open yard at North Baltimore, Ohio.

Looking east:

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Looking west:
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Overall:
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Eastbound train ready to leave:
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Northward to Toledo we see the CSX docks at Presque Isle:
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Close up of the coal dock:
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Ironville Jct. and the W&LE swing bridge:
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CSX Stanley Yard:
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Stanley Yard engine docks:
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CSX Walbridge Tower and north end of yard:
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CSX Stanley Tower:
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Toledo sky line:
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Re: NW Ohio by Air, Spring 2011

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Thanks for posting! What are the wye tracks on the southwest side of North Baltimore?
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Assume a place to turn engines...

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Someone thought that it is a good idea to run the power both facing foward, instead of back to back. This requires a place to spin the power like a wye. And if you have the space, you build one close by as to not waste time looking for a place to get the power headed in the right direction.

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Re: NW Ohio by Air, Spring 2011

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I enjoy your aerial pictures CG Tower. Thanks for taking the time to post them.

I still have a hard time getting used to these new large railroad terminals being built in the middle of nowhere because for a multitude of reasons they cannot build them closer vto city limits.
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Re: NW Ohio by Air, Spring 2011

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Nice arial shots! Are there any places on land where one can legally railfan the New Baltimore yard?

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They are built in the middle of nowhere for reasons other then being near towns but being near other transportation, namely I-75 in the case of NoBalto. Not that anywhere between Akron and Chicago is any real city on the B&O anyway. the two largest towns are Tiffin and Defiance which are both between a population of 15,000 and 20,000.

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RichK wrote:Nice aerial shots!
Agreed :!:
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As mentioned in a previous post, the proximity to I-75 was a large factor that the facility ended up there. Being located between 3 north-south routes on the CSX system was a benefit as well. Having a majority of the land that they ended up using being owned by a single "absentee landlord" made the purchasing a bit easier as well. It's cheaper & less hassle for the RR both during construction & operation compared to attempting to buld in urban areas. (Think of "greenfield vs. Brownfield" for manufacturing - same applies there)
As for the Toledo yards (Stanley & Walbridge) they are located in Wood County while Toledo itself is in Lucas county. For a variety of reasons Toledo has expanded westward out toward the airport instead of eastward.

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Toledo stops very quickly when going east. Downtown to farm fields is only a couple of miles.

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excellent photos. anything going on the ex nyc mainline when you went over it?

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lakeshoredave wrote:excellent photos. anything going on the ex nyc mainline when you went over it?

No, everything was quite on the Lake Shore line.

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