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CSXT 3448 and train Q003 kicking up leaves

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 Back on October 10th, I headed over to Pottery Road, near Warners, New York, to see if I could catch a train or two on CSX's Rochester Subdivision. After waiting for half an hour or so, I heard a westbound train set off the defect detector at milepost (MP) 291.9, of the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision. The detector reported no defects, so I knew a train would be approaching from the east soon. Q003-10, led by CSXT 3448 and CSXT 3034 Soon I heard the roar of the train's locomotives in the distance, and then a short time later the crossing gates at Pottery Road came on and the gates came down. Around the curve came CSXT 3448 and CSXT 3034 leading priority intermodal train Q003-10. Q003 is a daily intermodal train that runs from South Kearny, New Jersey, to Bedford Park, Illinois (near Chicago).  Q003-10 rounds the curve, east of Pottery Road. Q003 carries priority domestic intermodal cargo. Today, Q003-10 wasn't losing any time, and was moving fast at Pottery Road (MP 297.76 o

Juvenile red-tailed hawk in Central New York

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 While looking out of my dining room window this past week, I spotted a hawk flying above the forest behind my house . It soon quickly swooped down and landed on a branch of a dying ash tree at the forest's edge.  Juvenile red-tailed hawk After researching what type of hawk this one was on Cornell University's All About Birds website , I believe this is to be a juvenile red-tailed hawk. Juvenile red-tailed hawks don't have red tails yet, but some do have dark bands across their tails like the one seen here has. I also believe this is a red-tailed hawk due to the dark patagial marks on the front edge of its wings (you can see those better in the last photograph below), as well as its other colorations.  A juvenile red-tailed hawk perched on a tree branch. The Central New York area is at the northern edge of the red-tailed hawks year-round habitat. This time of year the red-tailed hawks that spend the warmer months further north in Canada are starting to migrate a little furt

West Pierhead Lighthouse on Lake Ontario

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 Back on September 26th, my family took a day trip up to Oswego, New York, to see Lake Ontario and Fort Ontario. While there we were able to see the West Pierhead Lighthouse. West Pierhead Lighthouse From the bluff along the northern edge of Fort Ontario you can see the West Pierhead Lighthouse. West Pierhead Lighthouse sits at the end of  a breakwater, about a half a mile from the shore. West Pierhead Lighthouse, viewed from Fort Ontario. West Pierhead Lighthouse was built in 1934, and replaced a previous lighthouse on the harbor at the mouth of the Oswego River. The lighthouse's light is still actively used as a navigation aid, and is operated by the United States Coastguard. The structure itself is owned by the city of Oswego.   A closer view of West Pierhead Lighthouse. West Pierhead Lighthouse from the bluff at Fort Ontario. Breakwater The breakwater that West Pierhead Lighthouse sits at the end of is on the western side of the harbor. It is made up of three straight sections,

CSXT 112 leading train Q560 at DeWitt Yard

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 Back on the morning of October 2, 2021, I was photographing trains on the western end of CSX's DeWitt Yard. A few hours later I wound up on the eastern end of the yard, at what is locally known as the Green Bridge. A pedestrian bridge that crosses over the tracks between North Main Street and South Main Street, in Minoa, New York. CSXT 112 and CSXT 5350 on Q560-01 Earlier in the day, I caught CSX train Q560-01, being led by CSXT 112 and CSXT 5350 coming east into DeWitt Yard at CP285, in East Syracuse, New York. Later in the day I wound up on the eastern end of the yard, at Minoa, New York. After CSXT 4089 and CSXT 4046 were done switching on the east end of DeWitt Yard and had cleared the track, Q560-01 showed up.  CSXT 112 and Q560 stop just shy of the service road at CP282. Q560 is a daily manifest freight train that originates at Queensgate Yard, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and terminates at Selkirk, New York. The train makes stops along the way to work in different yards, with De

A turkey vulture above Oswego harbor on Lake Ontario

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 Back in late September, we took a drive up to Oswego, New York, to see Fort Ontario and Lake Ontario. While there I tried to capture some of the birds flying above the lake. Most didn't turn out well, but I was able to get this one photograph of a turkey vulture that I was pretty happy with. Soaring above the Oswego harbor on Lake Ontario. By using Cornell University's All About Birds website , I discovered that this is a turkey vulture. And, according to the Audubon Society , the area around Lake Ontario is part of the turkey vulture's breeding grounds. Turkey vultures are large birds. According to the All About Birds website, their length ranges from approximately 25-31 inches (64-81 centimeters), and their wingspans can range from 66.9-70.1 inches (170-178 centimeters). They are also carrion birds, meaning they prefer to eat dead animals.  Photograph taken on September 26, 2021, at Oswego, New York.

CSX trains Q004-04 and Q017-05 meet on the Rochester Subdivision

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 On an overcast morning earlier this month, I my youngest and I headed out to see some fall colors , and along the way we were able to see CSX trains Q004-04 and Q017-05 meet at milepost QC299 on CSX's Rochester Subdivision. Q004-04 and Q017-05 meet Upon arriving at the Herman Road crossing in Warners, New York, I saw that the control point signals at  CP300, milepost QC300.7, were on and looked to be lined for a westbound train on Track 1.  Looking east from Herman Road toward CP300. A short time later the headlight of CSXT 3181 appeared to the west of the CP300, leading eastbound train Q004-04. As luck would have it, we were going to see two trains. Soon Q004-04, a priority intermodal train, was roaring down Track 2 of the Rochester Subdivision, at Herman Road (milepost QC299.12). Q004 runs from Bedford Park, Illinois, outside of Chicago, Illinois, to South Kearny, New Jersey. CSXT 3181 leads Q004-04 at Herman Rd. After I turned around to watch Q004 roll east past the intermediat

Fall colors in Onondaga County, New York

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I first saw trees leaves changing colors in late August, but then it seemed nature hit the pause button and color change stopped. However, recently the leaves began to change again. With many of the leaves here in Central New York finally starting to change into their fall colors I have gone out a few times trying to capture some of the colors.  Thompson Road, at Camillus, NY. The below two photographs were taken near Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct, along Thompson Road. These views are looking eastward as the road curves and twists its way through the fall foliage.  Colorful leaves along Thompson Rd. A twisting Thompson Road, surrounded by color. Pottery Road, at Warners, NY. While out waiting for a train to at Pottery Road, in Warners, NY., I spotted this sliver of yellow leaves being highlighted by the mid-afternoon sunlight.  A sliver of yellow among green. Fog shrouded hilltop along Warners Road While driving down Warners Road, I took a turn onto Sheets Road. When I turned around on Shee

Waiting for Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited at DeWitt Yard

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On a partly cloudy morning in East Syracuse, New York, I was waiting at on the western end of CSX's DeWitt Yard for Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited. While waiting, I was able to catch two other trains at the yard. CSXT 112 and CSXT 5350 leading Q560-01 The first train I caught was Q560-01, a daily manifest freight train that runs from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Selkirk, New York. Along the trains journey to Selkirk, it makes a stop at DeWitt Yard to drop off and pick up cars. Below, at Bridge Street, Q560 comes around the curve on Track 1 of the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision (STS) at CP285. Behind the bridge and train are the old New York Central coaling towers .  CSXT 112 leads Q560 at CP285 Below, CSXT 112 and CSXT 5350 lead train Q560-01 onto the New Lead, from Track 1 of the STS. The block signals on the cantilever signal bridge control the yard's departure lead tracks. Q560-01 eastbound on the New Lead at DeWitt Yard While train Q560-01 continues east through the rail yard in th

CSX track geometry train at DeWitt Yard

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Back in mid-September, I read some chatter on Virtual Railfan's Fairport, New York, YouTube camera page saying that a CSX track geometry train had gone east but had not come back west yet. Rumor was that the train was parked at DeWitt Yard in East Syracuse, New York . I couldn't get out to see if the geometry train was at DeWitt Yard, on the day I read about the train. Then a few days later I happened to be nearby the freight yard and saw the cars sitting on a side track along the North Runner Track at the yard. The only camera I had with me was my phone, so I snapped a quick shot with my phone's camera. TGC3 and Hocking Valley sit at DeWitt Yard I had to capture my photograph by shooting against the sun, from the north side of the yard. Above are CSXT 994366 (TGC3), the track geometry car, and CSXT 994365 (Hocking Valley), a support car, are sitting in CSX's DeWitt Yard.  Photographs taken on September 18, 2021, at East Syracuse, New York.

A male northern cardinal among the leaves

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 The other day I spotted this male northern cardinal wandering around my back yard, near the edge of the forest. He appeared to be looking for food, as he would peck down toward the ground every so often. Male northern cardinal I've seen quite a few northern cardinals in my yard over the last few months. The cardinals really stand out well, so they are easy to spot among the forest.  Photograph taken on October 4, 2021, near Syracuse, New York.

CSXT 913 leading train Q367-06 out of DeWitt Yard

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 While out running an errand in downtown Syracuse, I decided to take a quick detour over to DeWitt Yard to see if any trains were arriving or departing. Upon arriving I spotted a manifest train sitting on the North Runner track. The train started to move west, as I was driving down toward Bridge Street, but was moving slow enough that I was able to capture a few images. CSXT 913 and CSXT 450 leading Q367-06 Leading train Q367-06 was CSXT 913 and CSXT 450. I caught the train as it snaked it its way along the North Runner track on the western side of DeWitt Yard. The train had made a stop in DeWitt Yard to switch freight cars before moving on to Bedford Park, IL. (near Chicago, IL.). Q367 originates in Worcester, MA.  Q367-06 makes its way past a container crane The North Runner track, as its name implies, runs along the northern edge of the yard. The two foreground tracks are Track 2 (closest) and Track 1 of the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision (STS). The intermodal yard and staging tracks

CSXT 4089 and CSXT 4046 switching on the east end of DeWitt Yard

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 While out roaming around for photographs, I came across a switch job working on the eastern end of DeWitt Yard in Minoa, New York. CSXT 4089 and CSXT 4046 were working with a string of freight cars along North Central Avenue, just to the east of the pedestrian bridge (known as the Green Bridge).  CSXT 4089 and CSXT 4046 CSXT 4089 and CSXT 4046 are  SD40-3 rebuilds . They were both originally built as SD40-2 models, by EMD. According to RRPicturesArchive.net, CSXT 4046 was built as Louisville and Nashville (LN) 8122, in 1980. I'm unsure when 4089 was built. The SD40-3 rebuilds feature new cabs, control systems, and positive train control (PTC).  CSXT 4089 and 4046 stopped, before shoving backwards. After capturing the above image, I walked up onto the Green Bridge to capture a few more photographs of the switching job from above. The Green Bridge is a bit difficult to take photographs from due to the chain link fencing on it, and some power lines roughly fifty feet west of the brid

CSXT 5321 leading Q386 and CSXT 3398 leading Q169

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The plan of heading to Onondaga Lake Park quickly got dashed when rain storms rolled through the Syracuse area. So, instead, my youngest and I went looking for some trains.  CSXT 5321 leading train Q368-29 At Pottery Road, on the CSX Rochester Subdivision, the first train we caught was Q368-29, being led by CSXT 5321, CSXT 261, and BNSF 4270. The train is traveling east on Track 2. The first photograph is as the train passes the old New York Central 298 milepost , which is just to the west of the crossing.  Q368-29 passing the NYC 2298 milepost. Q368 is a daily manifest train that travels from Chicago, IL. , to Selkirk, NY., via Buffalo, NY., Rochester, NY., Syracuse, NY., and Albany, NY. CSXT 5321 leans into the curve east of Pottery Road. Today, a long string of empty flat cars brought up the end of Q368-29. Below the end-of-train (aka, FRED) device hangs off of the couple of the last flat car, just to the east of Pottery Road. FRED taking a ride on the end of train Q368-29 CSXT 3398

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