Glendale provides a quiet view of the tracks and a good meal
A table for two, with a view! A northbound CSX freight passes Glendale on Aug. 13, 2011. Public parking across the tracks caters to railfans all day. Brian Schmidt

Glendale, Ohio

Glendale, Ohio, incorporated in 1855, is a north suburb of Cincinnati. The community is located along CSX Transportation’s Cincinnati Terminal Subdivision, which also hosts trains from Amtrak and Norfolk Southern. The Cincinnati & Hamilton Railroad opened a line between its namesake Ohio cities in 1848. The railroad, renamed the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton, leased the Dayton & Michigan Railroad in 1863 to complete the present main line to Toledo, Ohio. The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad assumed full control of the CH&D in 1917 and made the route part of its Toledo Division. Today, under CSX, about 40 trains pass through town daily.
icon_railroad_45TRAIN WATCHING
Glendale is a quiet suburban community that welcomes railfans. There is a municipal parking lot next to the police department on East Sharon Road. The lot is on the east side of the tracks about a mile west of Interstate 75 and provides a convenient and safe location for train-watching. B&O-style color position light signals still stand at the grade crossing, and the 1880 CH&D depot houses the Glendale Heritage Preservation Museum and Gift Shop. There are also two restaurants downtown, the Cock & Bull Public House and the Rail House at the Iron Horse Inn, with great views of the tracks.

CSX participates in a directional running agreement with NS, whereby northbound traffic uses the Cincinnati Terminal Sub through Glendale and southbound traffic uses a nearby NS route made up of its New Castle and Dayton districts. Directional running is in effect between Butler Street in Hamilton and Winton Place in Cincinnati. (You can see southbound traffic on NS’s New Castle District, located about a mile and a half east of CSX on East Sharon Road, just east of Interstate 75.)

There are exceptions to the directional running rules. CSX’s Indianapolis Subdivision, a former B&O route to its namesake city, joins the Cincinnati Terminal Sub in Hamilton at the city’s former B&O station. The junction is south of Butler Street, thus requiring eastbound trains off the Indianapolis Sub — including daily road train Q360, extra grain trains, and Amtrak’s Cardinal — to operate south against the directional running at Glendale. A number of locals also serve the line, which must run south against the directional running to return to their originating yards. Dispatchers will also occasionally route other southbound traffic through Glendale as needed.

Look out for the hot K587, a daily steel slab train operating for AK Steel between its Ashland, Ky., and Middletown, Ohio, facilities. The train carries hot steel slabs that seem to glow at night! Also of interest is Y119, a turn that brings Tropicana orange juice reefers north from Cincinnati to a distribution facility in Springdale, a few miles north of Glendale. The cars operate between Florida and Cincinnati on regular intermodal trains Q041 and Q042. The triweekly Amtrak Cardinal currently passes Glendale westbound on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday and eastbound on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Norfolk Southern also keeps the line interesting by running a northbound Triple Crown RoadRailer train, No. 264, through town. NS trains operating through town carry a CSX train symbol with a Z prefix, which do not correspond to their regular NS symbol.
tracksideicon_frequencyRAILROAD FREQUENCIES
CSX Cincinnati Terminal Road, 160.230; CSX Cincinnati Terminal Dispatcher, 161.100; CSX Toledo Sub Dispatcher, 160.290; NS Dayton District, 160.950; NS New Castle District, 160.440.
tracksideicon_famFOR YOUR FAMILY
The greater Cincinnati area has a number of attractions for all kinds of visitors. The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal houses three museums in its 1933 Art-Deco-style station: the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, and the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. (Amtrak’s Cardinal still calls at the facility.) Also nearby are the world-famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Newport Aquarium.
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