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Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Jun 12th, 2013, 8:33pm
Although it was a quiet evening... with no train movements... I did catch the Ontario Midland at their main yard. Alco S4 #3 and a critter were sitting outside the engine house after a nasty downpour had passed through the area.  
 

 
Photo taken by me Saturday 6/1/2013 in Sodus, NY.
Posted by: toddsyr Posted on: Jun 16th, 2013, 9:11pm
Hey Matt,  
 
I know I've mentioned to you before about my lack of luck seeing trains on the Southern Tier but that place is Grand Central Terminal compared to the OMID! I've probably traversed the line along Route 104 over 100 times driving truck and such. I've seen a train three times now. At least you got to see a locomotive and the yard. I have a few images posted on fallenflags.org that I took.  The guy who is helping me build my model railroad is building the Sodus Yard in N scale in it's entirety. I guess it's going to be 16 feet long.  
 
Todd K Stearns
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Jun 19th, 2013, 7:55pm
Todd, I haven't had much luck catching OMID in action, either. I have seen it action just twice- back in 1991 (with no camera in hand!) and a chase from a few years ago. I post the chase when I have a chance.
Posted by: conrailandrew Posted on: Jun 20th, 2013, 10:13pm
Matt,
 
That's a nice picture of the yard!
I'm the guy Todd mentioned that's building the Ontario Midland in N scale.
I visited the yard in March, and (with the railroad's permission and a guide) was able to get some closeups and information.  
The #3 is out of service until repairs can be made. It is parked outside to leave room in the engine house for the #36 and #408, which are both in running order.
Also, the railroad is preparing to upgrade the line between the wye at Wallington and Wolcott in preparation for servicing several customers. I'm hoping to catch some of the process and get pictures.
I'll be uploading more pictures as I get time.
 
Andrew
Posted by: toddsyr Posted on: Jun 20th, 2013, 11:02pm
Matthew, looking forward to the pics of your chase, post 'em when you can.
 
Same goes for your pics Andrew and welcome to railfan.net. We appreciate the updated information on OMID 3 and the track between Wallington and Wolcott. Always nice to see a railroad grow, especially a shortline.  
 
Todd K Stearns
Posted by: Charlie Ricker Posted on: Jun 21st, 2013, 9:56am
Nice photos by all, and welcome aboard, Andrew!  
 
Here is a rather back-lit shot of #3 that I took November 2012.
 
Charlie
 
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Jun 21st, 2013, 6:32pm
on Jun 20th, 2013, 10:13pm, conrailandrew wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Matt,
 
That's a nice picture of the yard!
I'm the guy Todd mentioned that's building the Ontario Midland in N scale.
I visited the yard in March, and (with the railroad's permission and a guide) was able to get some closeups and information.  
The #3 is out of service until repairs can be made. It is parked outside to leave room in the engine house for the #36 and #408, which are both in running order.
Also, the railroad is preparing to upgrade the line between the wye at Wallington and Wolcott in preparation for servicing several customers. I'm hoping to catch some of the process and get pictures.
I'll be uploading more pictures as I get time.
 
Andrew

 
Andrew, I look forward to your pics. OMID does not seem to get the same coverage as other shortlines in upstate NY.  
 
Thanks to all for the kind words regarding my pic.  
Posted by: conrailandrew Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2013, 8:59pm
As promised, here are more pictures of my trip to Sodus.
 
 Locomotive 36 sits inside the engine house while the 408 is readied for the day's work. Sorry for the grainy photo, the light is dim in the building and I did not have a tripod.
Posted by: conrailandrew Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2013, 9:01pm
Last minute prep by the engineer before heading out.
Posted by: conrailandrew Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2013, 9:02pm
Ready to leave, Newark bound!
Posted by: conrailandrew Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2013, 9:08pm
After picking up the cars from the CSX interchange, the 408 is northbound again. I also have a video of the 408 leaving Sodus at  http://youtu.be/6hHZ95Iujrg
The video does look like it is shifting around since I applied an video stabilizer effect to cut down on the shakiness. (It was getting cold in the freezing March wind!)
Posted by: conrailandrew Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2013, 9:15pm
Back in Sodus, here is some of their MOW equipment sitting behind the #3.
Posted by: LV319 Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2013, 11:00pm
Nice pictures Andrew, thanx for sharing.
Posted by: Charlie Ricker Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2013, 10:13am
Nice job Andrew.........thanks very much!
 
Charlie
Posted by: toddsyr Posted on: Jul 24th, 2013, 8:18pm
Thanks for posting more pics and the video link Andrew, I enjoyed them all. I didn't know OMID had so much equipment in Sodus. I've never actually seen the yard. I'll have to make a point of it one of these days.
 
Todd K Stearns
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Jun 9th, 2014, 8:14pm
Very nice photos, Andrew! I stopped by the yard and engine house recently.  
 
It looks like #3 is still OOS:
 

 
The station looks great, as usual:
 

 
 
 

 
For reasons unknown, #36 also parked outside the enhine house:
 

 
This cold storage facility is a longtime customer of OMID:
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 5/31/2014 in Sodus, NY.  
 
 
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Jul 4th, 2014, 12:22am
I was driving out to photograph a band last weekend, when I called an audible. A quick detour to the engine house and station of the Ontario Midland RR led me to #408:
 

 
The ex-N&W unit is a rare high nose Alco RS36:
 

 
Number 408 was not alone. OMID #3 is still sitting outdoors, apprarently OOS.  
 

 
Also, #408 wears the same number she had while working for the N&W.  
 

 
Sodus Cold Storage is still receiving rail shipments:
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Friday 6/27/2014 in Sodus, NY.
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Aug 20th, 2014, 8:57pm
I pass through Rt.104 and Salt Rd in Webster on my way to and from work.  Last week, I saw a crew doing something at the Salt Rd crossing of the OMID.  Checked it out last Friday, to find rotted ties stacked up, and new switch ties waiting to be installed at the switch(es) for Xerox.  Given that Xerox continues to downsize (in the news today), the company may be leasing or selling buildings in that part of the complex to business(es) that may be using rail service.
Track equipment on the main line and sidings at Xerox today (August 20):
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Aug 20th, 2014, 9:00pm
Another shot...
Excuse the quality - I-touch on a cloudy day.
Posted by: toddsyr Posted on: Aug 20th, 2014, 9:40pm
That's great news firstbelt, thanks for filling us in. It's been a LONG time since the Xerox track has been used.  
 
Todd K Stearns
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Sep 6th, 2014, 12:38pm
Nice shots! It would nice to be able to see an Alco from Route 104 again.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Jun 24th, 2015, 8:50pm
I paid OMID another visit recently. This is the view at the Belden Avenue crossing:  
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 6/13/2015 in Sodus, NY.  
 
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Jun 24th, 2015, 8:54pm
The view from Maple Avenue including OMID customer Great Lakes Cold Storage:
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 6/13/2015 in Sodus, NY.  
 
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Jun 24th, 2015, 8:59pm
I also took a look at what used to be a segment of the Pennsy Elmira Branch. This was the northernmost portion of PRR's vast network 100 years ago. There was a yard here under Penn Central, Conrail and OMID, too. The rails were pulled in the early 2000s, about a decade after traffic dried up  Now it's a boat yard on both sides of Margretta Road:
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Satruday 6/13/2015 in Sodus Point, NY.  
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Jun 29th, 2015, 7:07pm
I feel I've been playing cat-and-mouse with OMID for the past week or two.  I sometimes spend my lunch hour near the OMID interchange with CSX on the north side of Newark.  A week or so earlier, I heard a horn blow around 12:30 for the Welcher Road crossing; apparently the crew was headed for Sodus.
Around Wednesday, June 24, a high-rail truck hit the crossing as I was headed for my lunch spot, as I saw the crossing signals but heard no horn.  As I headed back for work, the truck was making its way through the Newark "yard" for some trackage along Country Club Drive.  The truck had a pretty good size tank with some hose coiled on the back.
 
OMID #36 appeared early Friday morning, June 26, to pick up a few cars in Newark.  I could hear it blow for the crossing around 7:45 AM.  Didn't pursue it, as I was headed in to work.  On the way home, I passed through Sodus, to find a couple cars at the cold storage and #36 alongside the shops.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Jun 29th, 2015, 7:42pm
Nice shot! OMID has been tough for me to catch but I've seen signs of activity there, too. For example, I saw #408 at different spots in the yard at Sodus last summer... so I know the RS36 was operating. Number 3 doesn't seem to move, though.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Aug 16th, 2015, 7:50pm
Nice catch, Bob! I stopped by the depot and engine hose last weekend. RS36 #408 was parked outside:
 

 
 
S4 #3 is still sitting on the spur. I don't think she has moved since last year. Also, I noticed what appears to be a small ballast dumper(?) behind #408. Is OMID doing more trackwork?
 

 
Both photos in this post were taken by me Friday 8/72015 in Sodus, NY.  
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2015, 8:07pm
I scanned a print that my mom took in the early 1990's when OMID was running excursions, using ex-CN FPA4 6777.  The 6777 made its way out to the Cuyahoga Scenic in Ohio.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Dec 4th, 2015, 7:58pm
I wanted to ride that excursion so bad... but didn't have a car in those days. Thanx for sharing.
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Dec 17th, 2015, 9:43pm
I've been working in Newark, spending lunch hours once or twice a week by the mainline at the OMID connection.  I've been waiting to see if I could catch the OMID making a showing there.  Westbound stack train passes under former PRR Sodus branch.
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Dec 17th, 2015, 9:49pm
This past Monday, I spotted a puff of Alco smoke at the other end of some cars on the interchange track.  I made it to the nearby grade crossing in time to catch OMID #36 and several cars squealing around the tight curve, heading north.
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Dec 17th, 2015, 9:55pm
One more shot.  I wonder who had a need for the empty center-beam flatcars... those usually carry lumber.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Dec 18th, 2015, 4:58pm
Nice shots! With Webster Lumber out of the picture now, I'm also curious about the destination of the centerbeam flat car.
Posted by: Charlie Ricker Posted on: Dec 19th, 2015, 8:24am
Nice shots Bob!  
 
Assuming Webster Lumber is still in business, I wonder if they are transloading to spotted cars at OMID's extreme west end-of-track (near Xerox I presume?). That is very interesting indeed!
 
Charlie
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Dec 19th, 2015, 10:41am
on Dec 19th, 2015, 8:24am, Charlie Ricker wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Nice shots Bob!  
 
Assuming Webster Lumber is still in business, I wonder if they are transloading to spotted cars at OMID's extreme west end-of-track (near Xerox I presume?). That is very interesting indeed!
 
Charlie

 
Thanks...
For the last couple months, OMID has parked a string of surplus tank cars between Salt Rd and Phillips Rd in Webster (Xerox), so nothing is getting past them without a lot of effort.  I drove by the crossing at Phillips Rd a while back, and the trackage west of there is out of service.
A lumber company on OMID would not be shipping out lumber, but unloading it from a flatcar.
 
Maybe these empty cars were headed for storage on OMID.
Posted by: thebigham Posted on: Jan 13th, 2016, 2:23pm
Great pics, guys! Thanks.
 
I think the care are probably just for storage.
 
I have to visit the OMID in 2015! I've only been there once and I didn't take any pics.
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Jan 14th, 2016, 9:24pm
I passed about 15 cars on 2 sidings in Newark this past Monday.  Definitely in storage, as OMID did a few years ago.
Looking north.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Feb 29th, 2016, 7:57pm
Nice catch! I was on my way to a recent gig when I stopped by the OMID yard on a moonlit night:
 

 
This photo was taken by me Saturday 2/20/2016 in Sodus, NY.
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Mar 7th, 2016, 7:12pm
Nice night photo.  They wouldn't roll anything out of the barn for you?  
 
I ventured over to the CSX mainline and OMID interchange this noon.  I heard the OMID blow for the crossing - twice.  They swapped a hopper for a boxcar on the interchange, then made their way back to Sodus.  I drove north to Mud Mills Road - not a great place to park off the road, or get a clear shot of the OMID.  Luckily, no traffic, and I made it back to work in plenty of time.  Man, that horn is loud.
Just south of this crossing is a passing siding, probably used to run around the train or store cars.
I spotted the boxcar in Sodus on the drive home.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Mar 7th, 2016, 8:15pm
on Mar 7th, 2016, 7:12pm, firstbelt wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Nice night photo.  They wouldn't roll anything out of the barn for you?  

 
Thank you!, I took the shot was somewhere around 6:30 PM on Saturday.  My new Nikon is really good with night shots so maybe i should ask OMID if they'd like to do a night session.  
 
P.S> Nice catch on #36!
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Mar 24th, 2016, 8:39pm
Talk about dumb luck...  This morning, on my way to work in freezing rain, I spotted a school bus making the obligatory stop at a crossing on OMID around Williamson.  I considered telling the driver he had nothing to worry about, at 7:30 AM.  On my way home, I thought about taking Rt.31 to Rochester for a visit to Goodman St. yard.  Instead, I headed north from Newark to Sodus on Rt.88.  I detoured up Belden Ave. to find OMID 408 pulling some cars out of the cold storage at Maple Ave. - at 5:30 PM.  I wondered if they were just pulling the cars over to the engine house to deliver to the Newark interchange tomorrow morning.
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Mar 24th, 2016, 8:42pm
There were two vehicles parked at the station offices and engine house - kind of strange for that late in the day.  #408 dropped the cars near the Maple Ave. crossing and headed west, I figured, to "head for the barn."
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Mar 24th, 2016, 8:43pm
The crew crossed over to the south track (closest to the station) and headed east.
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Mar 24th, 2016, 8:47pm
The crew crossed Maple Ave. and tied on to the east end of the four cars, no doubt to take them to the Newark interchange.  This redemption center on Burlee Rd. used to be a produce stand a few years ago.  The OMID probably runs on 25 MPH track, so I figured I'd catch them at Wallington Junction.
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Mar 24th, 2016, 8:54pm
The train squealed around the curve at Wallington Junction at about walking speed.  It takes me about half an hour to drive from Newark to Sodus, and I wasn't going all the way back to Newark.  The ex-PRR trackage heads south from Wallington, then cuts across farmland and such to end up near Rt.88.  I wasn't up to following the train, ending up in Newark in the dark.  At least I made it this far in daylight.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Mar 25th, 2016, 7:51pm
Nice catch, Bob!
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Aug 15th, 2016, 7:44pm
I poked around the east end of the wye recently, and stumbled across the remains of a spur and former customer at South Geneva Road:
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 7/30/2016 in Wallington, NY.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Aug 15th, 2016, 7:46pm
Looking roughly west at the east leg of the wye itself:
 

 
Looking roughly east:
 

 
Three sets of rail in South Geneva Road:
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 7/30/2016 in Wallington, NY.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Aug 15th, 2016, 7:50pm
The former Pennsy Elmira Branch is about a mile to the SW of the previous shots.
 
Looking N at Railroad Street:
 

 
Looking S at Railroad Street:
 

 
Looking N ay Sodus Center Road:
 

 
Looking S at Sodus Center Road:
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 7/30/2016 in Wallington, NY.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Aug 15th, 2016, 8:04pm
I paid to OMID's HQ and main yard a week later.
 
Engine house and depot:
 

 
Former Hojack Line looking W:
 

 
S4 #3 and assorted MOW critters:
 

 
Closer look at the depot:
 

 
This appears to be a former freight house. Any input is welcome!
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 8/6/2016 at Belden Avenue in Sodus, NY.  
 
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Aug 15th, 2016, 8:08pm
Great Lakes Cold Storage received a car recently:
 

 
Judging from the stacks of old rail, it looks like OMID has been working on the ROW recently:
 

 
 
 

 
Former NYC switch stand:
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 8/6/2016 at Maple Avenue in Sodus, NY.  
Posted by: LV319 Posted on: Aug 15th, 2016, 8:16pm
Great series of photos Matthew.  Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Henry Posted on: Aug 16th, 2016, 12:09am
I never noticed before, but #3 has Dale Earnhardt style threes on it!
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Aug 17th, 2016, 7:49pm
on Aug 16th, 2016, 12:09am, Henry wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I never noticed before, but #3 has Dale Earnhardt style threes on it!

 
...and unlike the other OMID Alcos, #3 has never had a collision with a truck. Just sayin'
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Sep 8th, 2016, 8:05pm
I found RS11 #36 outside the engine house on a recent visit:
 

 
 
 

 
MOW critters were parked in front of the engine house, too:
 

 
The boxcar I saw at Great Lakes Cold Sotrage earlier in the month was still there...
 

 
 
 

 
...but there were tank cars in the yard that hadn't been there before:
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 8/27/2016 in Sodus, NY.  
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Feb 16th, 2017, 8:15pm
My most recent visit to the OMID yard indicated there has been an uptick in traffic.
 
Boxcars next to the engine house and depot:  
 

 
 
 

 
Reefers at Great Lakes Cold Storage:
 

 
 
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 2/11/2017 in Sodus, NY.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Mar 24th, 2017, 7:51pm
My most recent visit to OMID was last weekend, just a few days a fter a snowsotrm dumped alot of snow in the srea.  
 

 
iIt looked only one track west of Blden Avenue had been used since the storm:
 

 
Number 3 sitting in the snow:
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
Although there were few refrigerator cars at Great lakes storage, rail service appears to be quite active there:
 

 
 
 

 
A closer look at the lone hopper car sitting alone near maple Avenue:
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 3/18/2017 on Sodus, NY.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Apr 13th, 2017, 8:06pm
A few week later, I returned to the yard shortly before sunset.
 
Belden Avenue:
 

 
 

 
#3 is still OOS:
 

 
Maple Avenue- noite the lack of refrigerator cars at Great Lakes Cold Storage:
 

 
A different coverted hopper this time, east of the corssing:
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 4/8/2017 in Sodus, NY.