CSX Q212-27 led by CN 3115 (BC Rail) and CN 2830

CN 3115 and CN 2830 on the Syracuse Terminal SubdivisionCanadian National (CN) 3115 and CN 2830 made some appearances on CSX's Water Level Route across New York in April 2022. I was able to see and photograph the locomotives leading trains Q212-22 and Q212-27 last month. Train Q212 is a daily autorack/intermodal train. The train runs from Frontier Yard in Buffalo, New York, to Oak Island, New Jersey. Between Buffalo and Syracuse Q212's train consists of only autorack cars. At DeWitt Yard in Syracuse the train picks up a set of intermodal cars. 

CN 3115 and CN 2830 at DeWitt Yard

CN 3115 and Q212-27 are stopped on Track 1 at CP282
CN 3115 and Q212-27 are stopped on Track 1 at CP282's eastward absolute signal (EAS).

Just like when I caught Q212-22, Q212-27 stopped on Track 1 of the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision at CP282 so that the crew could cut the engines off and run lite into the yard. Depending on congestion in the yard and on the mainlines, Q212 will make this move and leave the autorack cars on Track 1 while picking up the cut of intermodal cars.

CN 3115 and CN 2830 are eastbound under the Green Bridge at CP282
Running lite, CN 3115 and CN 2830 are eastbound (moving to the left) under the Green Bridge at CP282.

After uncoupling the locomotives from the autoack cars, the crew took them lite into the yard via CP282. CP282 allowed the locomotives to move westbound from Track 1 to the Outbound/Departure Lead. After entering the yard, the locomotives headed toward the departure yard to pick up the set of intermodal cars that got added to Q212.

CN 3115 is diverging from Track 1 to the Outbound/Departure Lead at CP282
CN 3115 is diverging from Track 1 to the Outbound/Departure Lead at CP282.

Departing DeWitt Yard for Oak Island

Q212-27 is eastbound on Track 1, along Saintsville Rd., nearing Brewer Rd., in Kirkville, NY
Q212-27 is eastbound on Track 1, along Saintsville Rd., nearing Brewer Rd., in Kirkville, NY.

After the crew of Q212 picked up the intermodal cars and added them to the train, a new train crew took over Q212-27. An hour and twenty minutes after Q212-27 arrived at DeWitt yard, the new crew had the train on its way east. 

From the air, Q212-27 is seen heading east along Saintsville Rd. at Brewer Rd
From the air, Q212-27 is seen heading east along Saintsville Rd. at Brewer Rd.

Photographs taken on April 27, 2022, at Minoa, NY., and Kirkville, NY.

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