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

 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 the block signals at CP300
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 Road.
CSXT 3181 leads Q004-04 at Herman Rd.

After I turned around to watch Q004 roll east past the intermediate block signals at milepost QC298.6, I saw the headlight of westbound train Q017-05, lead by CSXT 780 and CSXT 5305. Soon, Q017 was rolling quickly along side Q004. Train Q017 runs from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Bedford Park, Illinois.

CSXT 780 leads Q017-05 past the block signals at MP QC298.6
CSXT 780 leads Q017 past Q004

Below, CSXT 780 has reached milepost QC299. Out of sight, to the right of the trains, is the old New York Central marker for milepost 299.

Q017-05 rolls west past eastbound Q004-04 at Herman Road
Q017-05 rolls west past eastbound Q004-04 at milepost QC299

Milepost 299, still standing from the days of the New York Central Railroad, along the CSX's Rochester Subdivision. The milepost is just to the east of the Herman Road Crossing. 

Milepost 299, still standing from the days of the New York Central Railroad
Milepost 299 still standing to the east of Herman Road

Photographs taken on October 5, 2021, at Warners, New York.

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