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Jackson Michigan question

Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:19 pm
by Crow T Robot
I took a trip on Amtrak back in 2009 took these two picture while going through I believe it was Jackson yard. Was just wondering are these engines still in service? Were the lease engines?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/16977396@ ... otostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/16977396@ ... otostream/

Re: Jackson Michigan question

Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:53 am
by AARR
Both are GP40-2 (I don't know if they are the "L" version or regular). Railfans added a "W" because of the wide nose but CN didn't give them that designation. Most likely they are still in service somewhere if not on GDLK.

Re: Jackson Michigan question

Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:48 am
by GP30M4216
I would say this is definitely the east end of Botsford/Gearhart Yard in Kalamazoo, not Jackson. WAMX is Watco Railroad Companies’ reporting mark, the parent group of Grand Elk, which is what these locos are lettered for. Gearhart Yard is Grand Elk’s center of operation, and a lot of flat switching and train building takes place at the east end.

See this photo from the same location.
WAMX 4017 E Botsford July 2016.jpg
Switching East Gearhart, July 2016

Re: Jackson Michigan question

Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:51 am
by Crow T Robot
Thanks for the ID and location help.