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Conrail GP40-2 #3066Consecutively numbered Conrail GP40-2s #3066 and #3065 lug 8 cars of NS local job B-1-G eastbound through downtown Kalamazoo on their way back to Botsford Yard. The last tank cars in their train are just coming past BO Tower, and the track curving to the left is the wye to the BO and Kalamazoo Secondaries. If there is much switching to be done west of town, sometimes the train will spend the night there and return the next day, usually arriving in Kalamazoo between noon and 1PM. Their train included 4 tankcars, 1 boxcar, and 3 bulkhead flatcars. 9/27/06GP30M4216
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CSXT SD40-2 #8455 with the Circus TrainCSXT SD40-2 #8455 leads HLCX SD40-2 #6205 and 56 cars of NS train 048, the Red Unit of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Train northbound through Kalamazoo. The small dwarf signal beside the 8455 is the southbound home signal for the BO interlocking diamonds. The first five cars directly behind the locomotives are old baggage cars and this is how the big animals are transported - 1st class service! How nice the sun decided to come out as the headend of this train passed by. 9/25/06.GP30M4216
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CSXT SD40-2 #8455Twin SD40-2s lead northbound train NS048, the Red Unit of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Train northbound over the diamonds at BO Interlocking in Kalamazoo. Power for the 56 car train is provided by CSXT SD40-2 #8455 and HLCX SD40-2 #6205. 9/25/06GP30M4216
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RBBX 40010 Coach9/25/06 Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Train Red Unit. One of nearly 30 passenger cars of the 56 total. Built in 1954 by American Car and Foundry as Union Pacific #4583. Northbound through Kalamazoo for Grand Rapids. The dwarf signal in the foreground is the southbound home signal for the diamonds at BO interlocking. See the MISC USERS GALLERY or search for RBBX in the gallery search to find more rolling stock roster shots such as this from this day in Kalamazoo.GP30M4216
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Conrail GP40-2 #3067Still sporting traditional Conrail classification lights, Conrail GP40-2 #3067 leads NS painted sister #3069 south as local job B-0-K. Traveling as light engines this day, they are moving south toward Portage to pick up empty coal hoppers from the Pfizer powerplant there. They are shown at Gibson, having just switched onto the UpJohn Industrial track from the BO Secondary. Arvco Containers, a GTW customer, is in the background. September 8, 2006.GP30M4216
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NS Trackcar LC54301In a special MofW move, NS American Crane LC54301 is shown proceeding south with a short "train" on the former LS&MS line approaching the Cork St. crossing in Kalamazoo. Their train consisted of Southern 50104 (89' flatcar), Southern 50155 (89' flatcar), LC 54301 AMERICAN Crane (ex Conrail), and NW 516807MW Special flatcar; the crane "tender car." They were en route to the Portage area to load some rail segments onto the flatcars, then heads north toward Grand Rapids. The head end is shown leading. 8/22/06GP30M4216
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NS Trackcar LC54301In a special MofW move, NS American Crane LC54301 is shown proceeding south with a short "train" on the former LS&MS line approaching the Cork St. crossing in Kalamazoo. Their train consisted of Southern 50104 (89' flatcar), Southern 50155 (89' flatcar), LC 54301 AMERICAN Crane (ex Conrail), and NW 516807MW Special flatcar; the crane "tender car." They were en route to the Portage area to load some rail segments onto the flatcars, then heads north toward Grand Rapids. August 22, 2006.GP30M4216
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Norfolk Southern D8-40C #8825A full seven loocmotives are at the front of manifest 39J as they proceed past BO Tower doubling their Kalamazoo pickup. When the pickup is over about 40 cars, if possible they will proceed straight on track 2 west from the yard, rather than around the wye at BO, to minimize the possibility for derailment when shoving back into the yard or to their train. The headend lineup includes NS D8-40C #8825, an NS D9-40CW, another NS D8-40C, an NREX SD40T-2, a NS GP38-2 high hood, a Conrail GP40-2, and an HLCX GP38M-4. Quite a colorful mix! April 21, 2006GP30M4216
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Amtrak NPCU #90222Amtrak train 350 accellerates east on Track 2 near the View Crossover in Kalamazoo. They have just crossed the Kalamazoo River Bridge and in a moment will be passing the switches at West Botsford. Amtrak 90222 was repainted during late 2005, only to have some of its white stripes peel away. September 8, 2006.GP30M4216
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NS D8-32B #3543A pair of Norfolk Southern D8-32B locomotives lead manifest train 36-E northbound over the Amtrak Michigan Line in downtown Kalamazoo, on a warm August 24, 2006. The "Granny" as it is commonly known, is usually between 20 and 40 cars during the middle of the week, but this day it was 73! A pair of the rare D8-32Bs are fairly common on the headend. They are on the old Pennsylvania Railroad line, bound for Hughart Yard in Grand Rapids. 36-E and southbound counterpart 37-E operate Monday-Saturday, and are often seen in the morning through Kalamazoo. GP30M4216
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GTW GP38-2 #4920The Sunday edition of CN921, the Kalamazoo Switch Run, is shown on August 13, 2006 heading south on the NS Upjohn Industrial, the old PRR line south of town. They have just pulled the three CN boxcars from Arvco Containers, and spotted two more on their spur. Familiar caboose #47046 brings up the rear. Power this day is provided by clean GT GP38-2 #4920, although power is often provided by one of Grand Trunk's GP9R rebuilds. They are shown at the Walnut St. Crossing, heading for Kilgore Yard and eventually their home base at Battle Creek. What a nice birthday photo!GP30M4216
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NS GP38-2 #5176April 21, 2006GP30M4216
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Conrail GP40-2 #3024Conrail's large logo graces the side of GP40-2 #3024, now a Norfolk Southern locomotive, and adds a touch of color to the seven engine lashup on the point of manifest 39J, as it departs Kalamazoo's Botsford Yard at West Botsford. The train this day was 124 cars long, and number 3024 along with HLCX 3700 and NS 5176 are all coming from Jackson for servicing in Elkhart, Indiana, the train's final destination. The Kalamazoo pickup was 46 cars, 18 on the first track, then doubled. April 21, 2006.GP30M4216
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39J Departs Botsford Yard at West BotsfordSeven engines strong, NS manifest 39J departs the yard tracks at West Botsford for BO Tower and Elkhart, IN. The locomotives on the head end are an NS D9-40C, an NS D9-40CW, an NS SD60, an NREX SD40T-2, a NS high hood GP38-2, a Conrail GP40-2, and a unique HLCX GP38M-4. This day's Botsford pickup was 46 cars total, with 18 on the first track, then doubled. 124 cars was the total departing Kalamazoo for Elkhart. The closest track in the photo is the North Pass. April 21, 2006.GP30M4216
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Conrail GP40-2 #3062Visiting Conrail Quality GP40-2 #3062 is on the head end of NS local job B-57, on the North Pass in Kalamazoo. B-57 is the night turn from Kalamazoo's Botsford Yard to switch at Battle Creek and return. When the crew is short on time, they will pull their train onto the North Pass rather than back it into the yard. A day crew will then come on duty and take their train into the yard to break it up. Lately (May 06), they have been running with an engine on each end of this train. May 5, 2006.GP30M4216
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