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Late day, low light, but still not a bad image........CSX #321 with 4109 and 4396 makes its way west thru Niagara Falls by Portage Av, coming up to the Siding Switch Chippawa. I thought that was the Minolta Tower, but it reads Panasonic, and who knows what they call it now. If the clock is right, it is 5:29 PM when I shot this. The area is unrecognizable these days; tracks are long gone and tourist towers (hotels) have sprung up all over the place.
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Caption: Late day, low light, but still not a bad image........CSX #321 with 4109 and 4396 makes its way west thru Niagara Falls by Portage Av, coming up to the Siding Switch Chippawa. I thought that was the Minolta Tower, but it reads Panasonic, and who knows what they call it now. If the clock is right, it is 5:29 PM when I shot this. The area is unrecognizable these days; tracks are long gone and tourist towers (hotels) have sprung up all over the place.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [966] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/21/1981 (search)
Railway: Chessie System (search)
Reporting Marks: B&O 4109 (search)
Train Symbol: #321 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Conrail Mainline (search)
City/Town: Niagara Falls (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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8 Comments
  1. Oops, I hit Submit too soon. Arnold, and others, you also fail to mention that this guy is operating west on the Eastbound.

  2. Correct, these trains would not have become R320/R321 until 1987. To determine what this train was symbolled, on this day, you’d have to know someone with a fairly extensive paper trail. It could be DT41, or ST41 or CG41. The counterpart eastbounds were generally NI42 but sometimes they’d also run a BF42 or simply a “Bridge Turn”. In fact this could well be one of those given the empty racks are right on the head end (returning from Framingham MA or one of those other auto distribution centers in the east/northeast), and handed over by Conrail at Niagara Yard, to move back to Michigan for reloading.

  3. Very nice.

  4. From my understanding, the train numbers in the Chessie era were DT41 and NI42. This would’ve been DT41 being Detroit bound.

    Thanks for sharing as always. Many other lines in Ontario simply were not well documented before being ripped up, so it’s hard to remember what they looked like or what ran on them. If you never took advantage of shooting trains in the Falls strip, there wouldn’t be much to go about in terms of history of the CASO in this area.

    If it hadn’t been for the near complete implosion of Detroit’s economy, it’s weird to think this line could possibly still exist today. Or perhaps CSX would’ve followed suit with NS being routed down the Grimsby and Stamford Subs.

  5. Awh, ya got me on that one. Its a Chessie. I was asleep at the keyboard. Darn.

  6. If this was ’81, then would this be a true Chessie train and not CSX?

  7. Thanks for your comment, Benjamin. Glad you are enjoying these images. I also hope you have checked back in the files, as I probably have posted 25 Niagara Falls photos by now. :o )

  8. Amazing photo:) I live in niagara falls and never got to see trains a clifton hill:( but it sure makes me happy seeing these photos:)

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