All-Nighter on the NS Chicago Line in Waterloo, IN

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All-Nighter on the NS Chicago Line in Waterloo, IN

Unread postby Tier4GEVO » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:21 pm

On Friday, 3/31/2017 I made the trek down to Waterloo, IN with a friend for a solid night of railfanning into the early morning hours of Saturday, 4/1/2017. Waterloo is located at Milepost 367 along the NS Chicago Line and is a great location for night photography or videos. Up to 70 trains per day fly through this quaint town, and needless to say, I was quite impressed with what NS had to offer!

Train List for Waterloo, Indiana - 3/31/2017 into 4/1/2017:

9:27 PM
NS 25N - Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL
NS 9167 - GE D9-44CW
NS 9934 - GE D9-44CW

9:41 PM
NS 39E - Wayne, MI to Elkhart, IN
NS 3215 - EMD SD40-2
NS 5650 - EMD GP38-2
NS 5340 - EMD GP38-2
NS 3367 - EMD SD40-2

9:44 PM
NS 20W - Chicago, IL to Jersey City, NJ
NS 7609 - GE ES44DC
NS 9470 - GE D9-44CW
NS 7542 - GE ES44DC

10:19 PM
CP 141 - Montreal, QC to Franklin Park, IL
CP 8506 - GE AC4400CW
UP 8367 - EMD SD70ACe

11:22 PM
NS 34J - Riverdale, IL to Bellevue, OH
NS 7135 - EMD GP60
NS 7131 - EMD GP60
NS 2558 - EMD SD70

11:28 PM
NS 11T - Enola, PA to Elkhart, IN
NS 9492 - GE D9-44CW

11:37 PM
NS 21N - Detroit, MI to Hammond, IN
NS 9317 - GE D9-44CW
NS 6928 - EMD SD60E

11:40 PM
CP 142 - Franklin Park, IL to Montreal, QC
CP 9730 - GE AC4400CW
CP 9822 - GE AC4400CW

11:53 PM
NS 21Q - Harrisburg, PA to Chicago, IL
NS 2590 - EMD SD70M
NS 2543 - EMD SD70
NS 9710 - GE D9-44CW

11:59 PM
NS 18M - Elkhart, IN to Linwood, NC
NS 8156 - GE ES44AC
NS 9806 - GE D9-44CW

12:21 AM
NS 22W - Chicago, IL to Harrisburg, PA
NS 9564 - GE D9-44CW
NS 8110 - GE ES44AC
NS 8425 - GE D8-40CW

12:30 AM
NS 13Q - Bellevue, OH to Elkhart, IN
NS 9750 - GE D9-44CW
NS 9832 - GE D9-44CW
NS 1143 - EMD SD70ACe

1:02 AM
NS 20Q - Chicago, IL to Morrisville, PA
NS 1117 - EMD SD70ACe
NS 9045 - GE D9-44CW
NS 7530 - GE ES44DC

1:30 AM
CP 143 - Montreal, QC to Franklin Park, IL
CP 8918 - GE ES44AC
CP 9700 - GE AC4400CW (DPU)

2:04 AM
NS 16E - Bedford Park, IL to Bellevue, OH
NS 9221 - GE D9-44CW
NS 9014 - GE D9-44CW

2:37 AM
CP 240 - Franklin Park, IL to Montreal, QC
CP 8626 - GE AC4400CW
CP 9721 - GE AC4400CW

2:52 AM
NS 11K - Allentown, PA to Elkhart, IN
NS 8111 - GE ES44AC
NS 9915 - GE D9-44CW

3:09 AM
NS 25V - Elizabeth, NJ to Chicago, IL
NS 8071 - GE ES44AC
NS 7719 - GE ES44DC
NS 9288 - GE D9-44CW

3:25 AM
NS 31M - Sterling Heights, MI to Hammond, IN
NS 9493 - GE D9-44CW
NS 9114 - GE D9-44CW

3:37 AM
NS 21E - Morrisville, PA to Chicago, IL
NS 9575 - GE D9-44CW
NS 8797 - GE D9-44C
NS 9920 - GE D9-44CW

4:12 AM
NS M3Q - Bellevue, OH to Elkhart, IN
NS 7636 - GE ES44DC
CP 9360 - GE ES44AC

4:31 AM
NS 174 - Macon, GA to Elkhart, IN
NS 7297 - EMD SD70ACU
NS 9089 - GE D9-44CW
NS 2629 - EMD SD70M (DPU)
UP 8698 - EMD SD70ACe (DPU)

4:36 AM
NS 20R - Chicago, IL to Elizabeth, NJ
NS 7659 - GE ES44DC
NS 9785 - GE D9-44CW

5:14 AM
NS 25Z - Elizabeth, NJ to Chicago, IL
NS 9740 - GE D9-44CW
NS 9557 - GE D9-44CW
NS 9579 - GE D9-44CW

5:28 AM
NS 881 - Monroe, MI to Chicago, IL
BNSF 6156 - GE ES44AC
BNSF 6382 - GE ES44AC

5:41 AM
NS 33N - Bellevue, OH to Gary, IN
NS 8402 - GE D8-40CW
CN 5704 - EMD SD75I
CN 2527 - GE C44-9W
CN 5645 - EMD SD75I

5:53 AM
NS 21M - Jersey City, NJ to Chicago, IL
NS 9407 - GE D9-44CW
NS 1016 - EMD SD70ACe
NS 7620 - GE ES44DC

6:11 AM
NS 18A - Chicago, IL to Bellevue, OH
NS 8981 - GE D9-44CW
NS 9675 - GE D9-44CW
NS 9861 - GE D9-44CW

6:25 AM
NS 16G - Chicago, IL to Conway, PA
NS 9503 - GE D9-44CW
NS 2749 - EMD SD70M-2
CN 5728 - EMD SD75I

6:29 AM
NS 19A - Conway, PA to Chicago, IL
NS 8415 - GE D8-40CW
NS 9963 - GE D9-44CW

6:38 AM
NS 22K - Chicago, IL to Ayer, MA
NS 2621 - EMD SD70M
NS 9680 - GE D9-44CW
NS 7649 - GE ES44DC

6:46 AM
NS 26R - Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY
NS 9338 - GE D9-44CW

6:47 AM
NS 21V - Harrisburg, PA to Chicago, IL
NS 9341 - GE D9-44CW
NS 9726 - GE D9-44CW

6:57 AM
NS 206 - Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY
NS 1077 - EMD SD70ACe
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Re: All-Nighter on the NS Chicago Line in Waterloo, IN

Unread postby ChessieForever » Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:48 am

Excellent trip report! I love the way you document train ID's, locomotives and the times seen. Nice! I'll be doing another All-Nighter myself next month. Looking forward to it.
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Re: All-Nighter on the NS Chicago Line in Waterloo, IN

Unread postby hoborich » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:12 pm

An all nighter at Waterloo is on my bucket list. I have stopped at Waterloo several times for a couple hours on my way back from Florida. Sleepy little town. I also see many of those trains on the Chesterton Railcams. They are free, if you have never tried them.

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Re: All-Nighter on the NS Chicago Line in Waterloo, IN

Unread postby Tier4GEVO » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:36 pm

ChessieForever wrote:Excellent trip report! I love the way you document train ID's, locomotives and the times seen. Nice! I'll be doing another All-Nighter myself next month. Looking forward to it.


Thanks, have fun!
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Re: All-Nighter on the NS Chicago Line in Waterloo, IN

Unread postby Tier4GEVO » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:41 pm

hoborich wrote:An all nighter at Waterloo is on my bucket list. I have stopped at Waterloo several times for a couple hours on my way back from Florida. Sleepy little town. I also see many of those trains on the Chesterton Railcams. They are free, if you have never tried them.

http://www.railstream.net/live-cameras/ ... -west-free


It's a nice spot for sure. And I've been watching them for years now. I remember years ago when the Fostoria coverage was from the bar next to the NS tracks near the diamond at Main Street.
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Re: All-Nighter on the NS Chicago Line in Waterloo, IN

Unread postby ~Z~ » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:52 pm

Did you consider going a few miles east to Butler to watch? You could park at the library, and whenever something going west turns south onto the Wabash, or if one goes straight across the diamond, you can see them 3 blocks to the south going across Broadway St. Might not be able to see the loco numbers at night, but at least more activity to see.
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Re: All-Nighter on the NS Chicago Line in Waterloo, IN

Unread postby Tier4GEVO » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:40 pm

~Z~ wrote:Did you consider going a few miles east to Butler to watch? You could park at the library, and whenever something going west turns south onto the Wabash, or if one goes straight across the diamond, you can see them 3 blocks to the south going across Broadway St. Might not be able to see the loco numbers at night, but at least more activity to see.


I've visited there a few times. I like it but probably couldn't justify it at night as I prefer somewhere well-lit for both ease of viewing and video purposes.
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Re: All-Nighter on the NS Chicago Line in Waterloo, IN

Unread postby SW » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:11 pm

Nice report!
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Re: All-Nighter on the NS Chicago Line in Waterloo, IN

Unread postby Tier4GEVO » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:09 am

SW wrote:Nice report!


Thanks Steve. Sure is nice to hit up busier lines once in a while.
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Re: All-Nighter on the NS Chicago Line in Waterloo, IN

Unread postby hoborich » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:36 pm

I stopped in Waterloo for about 2 1/2 hours Wednesday night, on the way back from Florida. Saw 8 trains in 2 hours. Not bad. Ruled out an all nighter, cause I was tired from driving all day, and wanted to get some sleep. Anyone know what the trackspeed is through Waterloo. Most trains seemed to be doing 50 or more. One had five engines, another had four.
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Re: All-Nighter on the NS Chicago Line in Waterloo, IN

Unread postby justin_gram » Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:18 am

Waterloo is 60 MPH for Intermodal/van trains, 50 MPH freight, and 79 MPH passenger.
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Re: All-Nighter on the NS Chicago Line in Waterloo, IN

Unread postby hoborich » Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:55 pm

Yeah. The intermodals were really moving. Looked like around 60. I'll go back down there in the summer, when I have more time.
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