Riding the Capitol Limited to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

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Riding the Capitol Limited to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Unread postby ConrailDetr​oit » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:27 am

Tuesday 6/13.

Toledo, Ohio.

A 40 minute late eastbound Capitol Limited from Chicago to Washington DC arrives after midnight.

ImageAmtrak Toledo, Ohio by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageAmtrak Capitol Limited - Toledo, OH by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Old Pennsylvania Railroad signals at CP Bloom.

ImageCP Bloom by tcamp7837, on Flickr


USS Steel Switchers

ImageUSS Steel - PIttsburgh, PA by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageUSS Steel Switchers - Pittsburgh, PA by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Old C&O Caboose

ImageC&O Caboose - Pittsburgh, PA by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Crossing the Youghiogheny River

ImageYoughiogheny River Bridges - Pittsburgh, PA by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Scenery in Southwestern Pennsylvania / Northern Maryland

ImagePennsylvania Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImagePennsylvania Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImagePennsylvania Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImagePennsylvania Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr


What appears to be a former tunnel that has been daylighted.

ImageTunnel Daylighted on CSX by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Cumberland, Maryland

ImageCumberland, Maryland Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Railgrinder

ImageLoram Rail Equipment - Cumberland, MD by tcamp7837, on Flickr


CSX Trackwork

ImageCSX Trackwork - Cumberland, MD by tcamp7837, on Flickr


West Virginia Scenery

ImageWest Virginia Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageWest Virginia Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageWest Virginia Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

The Capitol Limited heads into the Tunnel entering Maryland.

ImageAmtrak Capitol Limited into the Tunnel at Harpers Ferry by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Eastbound Stack Train over the Potomac River

ImageCSX Intermodal over the Potomac by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Westbound Autorack Train

ImageCSX 990 - Harpers Ferry, WV by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Westbound HiRail

ImageCSX HiRail - Harpers Ferry, WV by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Eastbound Coal Train

ImageCSX Coal Train - Harpers Ferr, WV by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Eastbound Mixed Freight following the Coal Train

ImageEB CSX Mixed Freight - Harpers Ferry, WV by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Eastbound Autorack Train over the Potomac River

ImageCSX over the Potomac - Harpers Ferry, WV by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageCSX over the Potomac River - Harpers Ferry, WV by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Westbound Capitol Limited

ImageAmtrak Capitol Limited - Harpers Ferry, WV by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Meets with multiple eastbound CSX trains while traveling though scenic West Virginia.

ImageWest Virginia Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageEB Clear on CSX by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageCSX Intermodal meet by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageCSX Coal meet by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageWest Virginia Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageWest Virginia Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageAutoracks in West Virginia by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageApproach Signal by tcamp7837, on Flickr
ImageWest Virginia Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr
ImageWest Virginia Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr
ImageEB CSX Mixed Freight in West Virginia by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageWest Virginia Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr





ImageWest Virginia Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageWest Virginia Scenery by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Trump Rock

ImageTrump Rock - West Virginia by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Four Historic Tunnels built by the B&O in 1914.

Randolph Tunnel

ImageInside Randolph Tunnel by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageRandolph Tunnel by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Stuart Tunnel

ImageStuart Tunnel by tcamp7837, on Flickr


The trackage crosses the Potomac River into Maryland and into the Graham Tunnel and then crosses the river again back into West Virginia.

ImagePotomac River Bridge - Maryland by tcamp7837, on Flickr

ImageGraham Tunnel by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Carothers Tunnel

ImageCarothers Tunnel by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Cumberland, Maryland

CSX engines in Cumberland Yard. A mix of GP38s, Switchers, Slugs, and Genesets.

ImageCSX Cumberland Lashup by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Switchers trailing on an EB Mixed Freight.

ImageSwitcher on CSX Freight by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Wednesday 6/14

Sandusky, Ohio

The Capitol Limited held just east of the station to allow the EB Lake Shore Limited to complete their stop first. Traffic was very heavy on the Chicago Line at this time with having to frequently stop or slow down while running on approach signals.

Crossing Sandusky Bay Bridge at daybreak. Cedar Point is faintly visible.

ImageSandusky Bay at Dawn by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Flat farmland in Northern Ohio

ImageNorthern Ohio Farmland by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Sunrise near Clay Center, Ohio

ImageSunrise - near Clay Center, OH by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Northwood, Ohio

Crossing the CSX at CP 285. Q132 waits with intermodal for Detroit.

ImageCrossing CSX at Vickers by tcamp7837, on Flickr


Crossing the Maumee River

ImageMaumee River by tcamp7837, on Flickr

Toledo, Ohio

An NS Stack Train on the Maumee Branch

ImageNS Stack Train on Maumee Branch by tcamp7837, on Flickr

The Capitol Limited departs for Chicago running about 2 hours late.

ImageAmtrak Capitol Limited - Toledo, OH by tcamp7837, on Flickr
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Re: Riding the Capitol Limited to Harpers Ferry, West Virgin

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:38 pm

I meant to reply to this months ago.....I've ridden the Capitol Ltd. east from Toledo several times - it's really scenic over Sand Patch and through West Virginia and Maryland even in the winter which is typically when my trips have been. I can imagine it's all the most scenic with leaves on the trees. I spent one day in Harpers Ferry once (arriving by car on this particular trip). I missed 2 CSX trains but did catch the WB Capitol Limited crossing the Shenandoah. I really enjoy your CSX shots in that area. Thanks for sharing these great photos - now I need an excuse to train to the east coast again!
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Re: Riding the Capitol Limited to Harpers Ferry, West Virgin

Unread postby AARR » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:26 am

Very impressive trip report, CRD!
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