Amtrak trains thru Three Rivers

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Amtrak trains thru Three Rivers

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Yep it was the norm when the MAL was first acquired by MDOT. With all the work that had to be done between Porter and Kalamazoo we were blessed with all those trains detouring thru Three Rivers for quite a while. GTW and I were trackside and he is now posting them pics on FB and getting quite a following. We were not a station stop however but hey the trains had to get to Chicago somehow. Next stop Constantine.

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Re: Amtrak trains thru Three Rivers

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What does one have to do in order to see these photos? Request membership in a certain FB page? Or put in a friend request to somebody?

Also, it was Amtrak that bought Porter-KZO from Penn Central, not MDOT.

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GTW will post website, these were all taken summer 1983 from Schoolcraft to New Buffalo. Mostly F40PHs in 300 & 400 series. Also mostly the afternoon trains during the maintenance window they were given. Schoolcraft, 4th Street, Vistula etc. Other then the circus train these were the only passenger trains on the line since Amtrak started.

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Re: Amtrak trains thru Three Rivers

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I have attached all of the photos Mr. Thomas Bowers took back in 1983 (at least the photos that were shared on Facebook late last month). Captions are listed in the "File comment" section. This board will be a good place to preserve these, and give the "Fakebook haters" a chance to see them.

(Note: To ensure his photos are protected, I have added a watermark to each photo.)
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Another Amtrak detour on the Kalamazoo Branch northbound with Amtrak #218 on 8-1983 Three Rivers, Mi.
Another Amtrak detour on the Kalamazoo Branch northbound with Amtrak #218 on 8-1983 Three Rivers, Mi.
Amtrak #311 Southbound on the Kalamazoo Branch with a Detour train at 4th St. Three Rivers, Mi. 7-1983
Amtrak #311 Southbound on the Kalamazoo Branch with a Detour train at 4th St. Three Rivers, Mi. 7-1983
Amtrak #270 Northbound on the Kalamazoo Branch with a Detour train at Three Rivers, Mi. 7-1983.
Amtrak #270 Northbound on the Kalamazoo Branch with a Detour train at Three Rivers, Mi. 7-1983.
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Re: Amtrak trains thru Three Rivers

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Thanks for posting the photos!

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The rest of the photos.
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These were the afternoon trains off the Michigan Line that detoured. Work was being done on the Mich. Line during the day.
These were the afternoon trains off the Michigan Line that detoured. Work was being done on the Mich. Line during the day.
Amtrak Detour on the Kalamazoo Branch at 4th.st. Northbound on 8-1983 Three Rivers, Mi.
Amtrak Detour on the Kalamazoo Branch at 4th.st. Northbound on 8-1983 Three Rivers, Mi.
Southbound at (CPRiver) Junction of the Kalamazoo Branch and the Air line to Jackson. Three Rivers, Mi. Amtrak #319 on 8-1983
Southbound at (CPRiver) Junction of the Kalamazoo Branch and the Air line to Jackson. Three Rivers, Mi. Amtrak #319 on 8-1983

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Re: Amtrak trains thru Three Rivers

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As you can see by the pics the wye at 4th street still in to the old east/west main that went to Jackson/Niles in the old days. Now Elk uses the yard west of the dwarf signal as their yard in Three Rivers. Conrail freights took the siding at Cowling to let the Amtraks pass. I called Tom last night from Florida and we both remembered a lot of details about these shots. He has gotten 10,000 likes on his pics. Does anybody remember if Amtrak went to the Kalamazoo depot to pick up passengers and then back up to BO tower to go south?

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Re: Amtrak trains thru Three Rivers

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Another photo!
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Amtrak detour train at( MP33) CP Park on the Kalamazoo Branch. Southbound train #353 in the hole for northbound CR freight to Kalamazoo. June 6th 1983.
Amtrak detour train at( MP33) CP Park on the Kalamazoo Branch. Southbound train #353 in the hole for northbound CR freight to Kalamazoo. June 6th 1983.

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