It is August 2014 and Amtrak is in the midst of a nightmare summer on Norfolk Southern. It was routine then for the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited to operate several hours off schedule.
NS had instituted a new computerized dispatching system and things were chaotic for several months. It also didn’t help that it was the height of the summer track work season and in some places trains had to fit through a single-track stretch.
Yet another complication was that very late arriving Amtrak trains in Chicago meant late turns due to the need for crew rest and equipment servicing.
Although not good for passengers, it was good news for photographers living in places where Amtrak would under ordinary circumstances pass through in the middle of the night.
In the photo above, train No. 30, the eastbound Capitol Limited should have been through Brady Lake, Ohio, located between Cleveland and Alliance, about six hours ago. But on this date it was making a daylight run through Northeast Ohio.
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