ELS FP7A 600 returns to freight service in 2020!!!!

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ELS FP7A 600 returns to freight service in 2020!!!!

Unread postby Mackinac Mac » Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:06 am

Built in January of 1951 as number 96A, Escanaba & Lake Superior acquired this former Milwaukee Road FP7A in 2005.

In May of 2012 while pulling storage cars off the Wells-Channing line, the 600 derailed and went into the dirt and while picking it up with a crane, the car body was damaged and it had since then been in storage in Wells.

ELS 600 has now been repaired and returned to service in 2020 making it perhaps one of the most delightful diesels pulling freight in North America. Here are some.of the first shots of it in action:

Oh..... did I mention that she is working on ex Milwaukee Road home rails in beautiful northern Michigan and Wisconsin?

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Passing the ex Milwaukee Road depot in Iron Mountain this Wednesday afternoon.

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Arriving at the North end of Pembine, WI Wednesday

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Working the Republic / Champion line at Channing, MI


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Southbound at Channing, MI

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Tying down for the night at the ex Milwaukee Road depot in Channing, MI Thursday evening.
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Re: ELS FP7A 600 returns to freight service in 2020!!!!

Unread postby AARR » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:04 am

Thanks for posting Mac :D
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Re: ELS FP7A 600 returns to freight service in 2020!!!!

Unread postby Ypsi » Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:55 am

For a railroad that’s always touted as anti railfan, they have been doing some pretty cool “railfan like” things the last number of years :lol:
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Re: ELS FP7A 600 returns to freight service in 2020!!!!

Unread postby AARR » Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:24 am

If I owned a railroad and criminals broke into my building and vandalized my cherished equipment I would install policies to protect my investments (like limit access onto my property) and I'm sure there would be some railfans who would label me as anti-railfan.
Ypsi wrote:For a railroad that’s always touted as anti railfan, they have been doing some pretty cool “railfan like” things the last number of years :lol:
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Re: ELS FP7A 600 returns to freight service in 2020!!!!

Unread postby DaveO » Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:24 pm

AARR wrote:If I owned a railroad and criminals broke into my building and vandalized my cherished equipment I would install policies to protect my investments (like limit access onto my property) and I'm sure there would be some railfans who would label me as anti-railfan.
Ypsi wrote:For a railroad that’s always touted as anti railfan, they have been doing some pretty cool “railfan like” things the last number of years :lol:


And if you watch a certain video or two from the person that made a video of the FP7A, you will see an incident that person had with the railroad.
It doesn't matter who ended up being wrong or right, that kind of thing didn't help the railfan community.
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