An Hour at the East Lansing Amtrak Station 8/8/2005

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An Hour at the East Lansing Amtrak Station 8/8/2005

Unread postby RailCanon » Tue Aug 09, 2005 9:41 pm

I was really bored last night, so I decided to go out to the Amtrak station and see what was going on. I didn't see or hear anything on the GT Line, and the signals at Trowbridge were dark, so I went to check CSX. Same story. Red Signals in both directions, and no trains. However, as I am walking back to the Amtrak station, I hear a horn. I get back to the station, and sure enough, the signals are lit-up for a westbound.
This train had fully cowled CN SD50F 5507 on the point, and NS C40-9W 9843 trailing, with about 107 cars in tow.
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After viewing this train, I went back over to the CSX line to see if anything had changed over there. The mainline signal at Trowbridge was now showing Yellow-over-Red, meaning a train was nearby. About 5 minutes later, the signal switched to Yellow-over-Green. Another five minutes passed before I heard the familiar sound of a K3H Airhorn in the distance. At first I thought this this train was X747, but it turned out to be the CSX Welded Rail Train! I still don't understand why they had CP 9542 on the front though.
Sorry about the crappy image. The A85 was giving me some trouble.
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Going away shot showing the 9542, and the first few cars. The machines on these cars are for unloading the rail:
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Another view of the train:
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The end of the train. Looks like they've already unloaded some of the rail.
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After watching the rail train, I went back to the Amtrak station. It was getting close to 364's scheduled arrival, and a good sized crowd had gathered at the Station. I was only there for about a minute before the signals at Trowbridge came on again.
About three minutes later, the train finally appeared around the curve east of the station. I was happily surprised to see that it was a coal train with BN/BNSF power! The "Creame" paint scheme on the BN SD70s is one of my favorites!
BN 9532 and BNSF 5376 lead the coal train west:
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After the coal train, I started to head home, but as I was walking away, I heard the signals at the CSX crossing activating, so I ran back there as fast as I could, and just barely got this shot of Q327 heading through the crossing:
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They were moving very slowly, and took about five minutes to cross. I went back to the Amtrak Station to find that the crowd of passengers had doubled in size, and that Amtrak had just passed CP Mill near Lansing. So I waited an extra five minutes to watch 364 arrive. They arrived @ 8:20 PM, just 12 minutes off schedule! :D
#28 leads the Blue Water into the Station:
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90219 has returned to the train.
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A good shot of #28 with passengers boarding in the background:
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#28 with the Sun setting in the background:
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The train departs for Durand, and, ultimatley, Port Huron:
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After this I went home. Five trains in under an hour. Not too bad! I hope everyone enjoyed!
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