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CSX Y121 switches Zeeland

Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:09 am
by GP30M4216
On the afternoon of February 18, I caught CSX local job Y121 switching two of Zeeland's three active railroad customers. With fresh fallen snow from the weekend and clear, crisp blue skies, it was one of those rare west Michigan days every photographer hopes for!

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CSX Bay Window caboose #904091, painted for Operation Lifesaver and Operation Redblock, moseys across the Elm Street crossing on the tail of Y121 after entering the MJ lead just east of State Street.

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GP38-3 #2048 has two lumber loads for Zeeland Lumber. The conductor is cleaning the switch points before realigning to back the train onto the spur.

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Ready to back onto the spur with caboose 904091 in the distance.

Re: CSX Y121 switches Zeeland

Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:17 am
by GP30M4216
After setting off the two loads and picking up one empty, the reassembled train moved east on the MJ lead toward Vanden Bosch Feed where they would pick up one empty covered hopper.

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After clearing off the Centennial Street crossing, the short train diverged onto Vanden Bosch's lead with the Feel the Zeel water tower in the background.

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Tying on to the BNSF covered hopper, ready for pickup.

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Near the Holland-Zeeland line, behind a Michigan Centennial Farm, Y121 returns west on the mainline with its short train: caboose #904091, empty centerbeam, GP38-3 #2048, and BNSF covered hopper.

Re: CSX Y121 switches Zeeland

Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:25 am
by AARR
Thanks GP30. I like reports about switching customers :) .

Note: I'm still not used to those cabs CSX put on their rebuilt SD40-2's and GP38-2's. They are sooooo butt-ugly :| .