I'm currently in Cumberland, MD to ride a Carl Franz Photo Special with Western Maryland #734 this weekend. I figured since Friday was a beautiful day, and I had the entire day to make the 4 hour drive from Columbus-Cumberland, I would take the extreme scenic route and follow the Ohio Central Panhandle east of Columbus the entire way to Mingo Jct. Well, the fact that Original NS Heritage 8114 was in Mingo Jct also might have had a little bit to do with it!
First stop was Newark along the way and OHCR Genset 1402 & also exConrail B23-7 Super 7 were both present in the yard.
Next stop was in Connelsville where OHCR 4023 & 3304 were tied down on the siding north of the AEP Power Plant with a loaded coal train with OHCR 4022 pusher on the rear.
East of Coshocton are the OHCR engine shops at Morgan Run, I probably should've driven up and asked permission to take some photos, but just managed this one shot from public property near the road.
Stopped to see C&O 2700 in Dennison.
I hadn't heard so much as a chirp on the scanner all day while driving, and when I got to Jewett, I thought, "Wow, what an incredible place to see a train if one was lucky enough to catch one coming through..."
Turns out luck was on my side just as I got east of town I saw a WB BNSF empty coal train on the Wheeling approaching the junction, so I hustled back into town to get this shot with some beautiful hills in the background right as BNSF 6388 & 6099 pulled their train onto the Ohio Central trackage west until Bowerston.
Upon arriving at Mingo Jct, I was thrilled to find that Original NS 8114 was still sitting unassigned at the north end of NS Mingo Terminal Yard. All of these pictures were taken with permission from NS at the site. The empty coal train sitting to the right of 8114 was picked up and left the yard around 8:30pm, and 8114 was still there when I left at 9:00pm.