A (brief) look at Cincinnati railroads

Posted by Brian Schmidt
on Thursday, October 19, 2017

I spent a few days around Cincinnati earlier this month while I was in town for a presentation at the Cincinnati Railroad Club's monthly meeting. Here are a few trains I saw during my visit:

A northbound coal train cools its heels at KC Junction in Covington, Ky., just south of downtown Cincinnati. Here, former Chesapeake & Ohio and Louisville & Nashville lines converge to cross the Ohio River and access Queensgate Yard.

A northbound local with a GP40-2 slug set passes the former Baltimore & Ohio station in north suburban Glendale. The community was the subject of a Trains Hot Spots story in the March 2013 issue.

Glendale is 15 miles from downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River and is a popular railfan spot. A parking lot downtown, behind the police department, includes a couple benches that are well suited for railfans.

A northbound auto rack train with a pair of classic EMDs rolls under the signal bridge at Glendale. Due to directional running on the north side of Cincinnati a majority of the trains through Glendale are northbound, but traffic includes a mix of Norfolk Southern traffic, too.

The next day included a look at the new Cincinnati streetcar, including car No. 1176 arriving at the new maintenance facility. The modern cars are numbered above the city's classic streetcar fleet that ended service in the early 1950s.

The train is in Kentucky, but I'm still in Cincinnati – Mount Echo Park to be exact. The city's western hills provide a great view across the Ohio River of the trestles that carry Norfolk Southern traffic above the community of Erlanger.

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