Got some pretty interesting stuff in store for today...
First up, the best shot I've ever gotten of an end-cab switcher (which isn't saying much, as I've only caught a few). Here we have CWRO 1552, an EMD SW1500 built in October of 1969 as Southern Pacific SP 2545. 52 years old this month. CWRO stands for Cleveland Works Rail Operations, which, because of the reporting mark CRWO bearing a resemblance to the word "Crow", the railroad is also known as "The Crow", as can be seen on the sides of the hood here.
A bascule bridge built in 1913 by Corrigan McKinney & Co, Republic Steel, and Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company. 108 years old!
CWRO 217, an EMD SW1001 built as Interlake Steel ISCX 17 in October of 1974. 47 years old this month.
A mediocre shot of CWRO 200, another EMD SW1001, this one built as ASFX (American Steel & Foundry) 9G10. Odd to see a letter in a locomotive number.
Another mediocre shot, WE 3102, an EMD SD40-3 built in September of 1971.
The history on this unit is a little fuzzy, but from what I was able to piece together, it started out as an SD40 for Missouri Pacific as their 3102, then on to Union Pacific as UP 3102, then sold to Wisconsin Central as WC 3102, then on the the Wheeling & Lake Erie as their 3102. At some point there, probably just prior to or just after being sold to WC, it was rebuilt from a straight SD40 to an SD40-3.
Thanks so much for looking, and have a great rest of the week!
Note: the area around the CWRO is extremely industrial and busy, so use extra caution when checking it out. A lot of the action is very visible from public roadways (which is where my shots were captured from).