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The crew of NKP 765 having a meeting just before a Sunday “Tri-State Scenic” excursion
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ImageMainstays by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

An SD40-2 and a C40-8W, for years the mainstays of CSX freight power, work hard as they lead Q324 east through Albion on a sunny fall morning. #8408 was built as C&O SD40 #7457 in 1966. 11/12/2011

ImageBensenville Local by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A CP GP20C-ECO departs the east end of Bensenville Yard with a small train. I'm not sure if this was a local or transfer or what. CP has 98 of these unique little Geeps that were rebuilt from GP9u cores. About the only things retained from the GP9s were the frames and trucks. 10/2/2022

ImageNightly Switching by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

GLLX GP18 #921 and SW1200 #1512 pause between switching moves at Lineage Logistics in Hartford. #921 was built in 1959 for the Norfolk & Western and was one of the very first production GP18s. 10/20/2022

ImageNew Power by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Three brand new ALC-42s trail a P40-P42 duo on the in-bound California Zephyr as they pass under the Roosevelt Road bridge. 10/2/2022

ImageBox Cab Leader by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

An SD40-3 leads an ES44AH and an ex Conrail SD40-2 on L303 as the short train heads east for Detroit. 9/12/2022
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ImageGrain-Grain Go Away by David R. Collins, on Flickr

During the height of the pandemic, It seemed like quite a few of the trains on the weekly trips I took to the Chicago-line were grain trains. I've always found these trains to be quite boring, with all covered hoppers with the NS logo on the side.

With that aside, here's NS grain train 56K thundering east through Millbury, Ohio on a gorgeous June day.

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ImageOne of those days... by David R. Collins, on Flickr

October 27th, 2022 was one of those days where you feel like catching a train, no matter how common it is, just because the weather is so nice.

I decided to go out to Opdyke/Kensington Roads in Bloomfield Hills for a Holly Subdivision staple, Amtrak 353. The wolverine from Pontiac to Chicago, doing every bit of track speed kicking up tons of leaves along Main 1.

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ImageSeymour by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A true blast-from-the-past power set in the form of a CW40-8 and an SD40-2 lead L302 around the curve and into the double track at Seymour. 10/26/2022

ImageWoodstock Turn by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Ontario Southland's pair of former SOO Line GP7s work west of Beachville with the Woodstock Turn. 5/2/2013

ImageRiver View by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

About the last thing I ever expect to see on NS anymore is a standard cab leader. So we were quite pleased when N22-13 rolled around the corner with a pair of SD40Es and an SD60E on the Mon Line just south of Shire Oaks yard. The Conrail-era tri-lights still at this location made the scene even better! NS #6306 is 1 of only 11 original NS SD50s rebuilt into an SD40E. 8/13/2022

ImagePushin' by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A south-bound SunRail train leaves the station in Winter Park. 4/28/2022

ImageCanadian Barn by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Q149 races through Flint on a typical overcast January morning behind BC Rail C40-8M and an SD75I. 01/15/2010

ImageGood Morning, Hillsboro by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A Tri-Met train has just finished its stop at the Hillsboro Central station and is now headed east down Washington St. Hillsboro is the far west end of the greater Portland area's large light rail system. 9/9/2022

ImageWestern Springs by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

F40PH-3 #180 rolls into Western Springs with a Dinky bound for Aurora. 10/2/2022

ImageClimbing into Pennsylvania by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

East-bound intermodal 26E winds its way up towards Conway behind a trio of NS motors. 8/14/2022
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ImageFresh Repaint by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

One of the many SD60s CN purchased in 2012 from EMD's Oakway Leasing arm, then freshly rebranded as CN #5486, leads A451 north on the Holly Sub towards Durand. These units sure looked great in fresh CN paint. 5/18/2013

ImageWhy One Oh Six by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A pair of Dash 3 Geeps brake to a stop just beyond the west end of Fox. The crew of Y106 will shortly deliver one boxcar of paper to Advance Packaging to my right before continuing west. 10/21/2022

ImageTried and True by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

At 30 years (or close to that) of age, CSX's CW40-8 fleet has dwindled in recent years, going in and out of storage with some being sold or outright scrapped. Some of them continue to hang on, their reactivation a welcome sight for engineers who are sick of running trains with Trip Optimizer. A pair of the old GEs are seen here leading L302 around the curve at Seymour surrounded by fall color. 10/25/2022

ImageKickin' Auto Parts by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The chant of a revving Roots-blown 567 is unmistakable as GTW GP9R #4630 drills a cut of auto parts boxcars at CN's Torrey (now called Bristol) yard in Flint, MI. A few years later, 4630 was sold to the Carolina Coastal. 3/24/2007
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ImageBeachville by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Ontario Southland's Woodstock Turn arrives in Beachville behind RS23 #503 and SW1200RS #1249 on a beautiful spring day. 5/3/2013

ImageWatch for trains by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A loaded BNSF coal train that will eventually wind up at Consumers Power's JH Campbell plant in Michigan hammers through Hinsdale. 10/2/2022

ImageFremont Turn by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A muggy August morning in 2008 finds Grand Rapids Eastern GP38 #3839 rolling north out of Muskegon with the Michigan Shore's Fremont Turn. 8/21/2008

ImageHughart High Hoods by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

GP38-2s #5027 and #5140 sit on and next to the turntable between assignments at the former PRR Hughart Yard in Grand Rapids. 4/20/2007

ImageWest On #1 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The sun briefly emerges from the clouds to illuminate the side of L302 as they take #1 track at Seymour. The CW40-8 and SD40-2 lash up was pretty cool to see this late in the game for both units. 10/26/2022

ImageThe Iron Triangle by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Eastern coal loads running as N922 clatter across the B&O diamonds and are about the cross the NKP diamonds in busy Fostoria, OH back in 2010. The classic cantilever signals were still standing on the C&O at that time, but were not long for the world. 9/18/2010

ImageMineral by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

With a pair of NREX GP7us tucked behind the Gevos, Iowa Interstate's CBBI heads east through the little town of Mineral as daylight begins to fade. 5/20/2016

ImageDay In and Day Out by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

F40PH-3 #178 shoves on the in of an in-bound Scoot as the train leaves Elhurst, just like it has hundreds of thousands of times before. 10/2/2022
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ImageEMD Trio by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A nice trio of EMD products consisting of an ST70AH, SD40-2, and an SD40-3 are rolling east on the Plymouth Sub with the daily L303 to Detroit. After hearing 8900 lead L302 into Grand Rapids the night before, many of us kept an ear out, hoping that it would somehow lead back east again. As luck would have it, all 3 units were facing west, so they spun the whole set before leaving. 11/6/2022

ImageAging Surfer Dude by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Cali sun and the Pacific coastline are just a memory now for Metra F59PHI #88 as it accelerates west from it's station stop in Franklin Park. 10/2/2022
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ImageEthanol Empties by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

CP #5935, #6236, and #5872 lead empty ethanol train 641 west out of London. The tracks on the right are those of CN. 5/2/2013

ImageYard Power by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A GP15T (1507) and an RCPHG4 (9135) roll down the Even Lead at the east end of Wyoming yard. Years later, I would get to run many GP15Ts as remotes in yard service here. Good little engines, though they were pretty gut-less on their own. 11/10/2007

ImageOld-Fashioned Local by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Y106 is running east through the snow with a GP38-2, boxcar, and caboose. During this time period, Y106 only worked as far east as Fox, with D708 out of Lansing handling the industries in Alto. This was later changed to Y106's working limits being extended another 15 miles east.

Ratty YN1 #2631 was a fixture in western Michigan for years. It was finally repainted in 2009, going directly from YN1 into YN3! The caboose on this job, Chessie System #903109, was well-cared for by the crews, and even had a working coal stove. 2/6/2007

ImageNorth Lima by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

MBRX GP16 #1702 sits next to the depot in North Lima coupled to a string of boxcars. The Youngstown & Southeastern was part of the Indiana Boxcar Corporation family of roads, which were all purchased by MB Rail in 2020. 8/14/2022

ImageBusy Battle Creek by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A pair of GTW GP38-2s are busy switching at the west end of CN's Battle Creek yard while various west-bound trains and power sets get fueled at the fuel pad on a clear spring day. Battle Creek was still a very busy place at this point, but changes were coming. The E.H.H. regime would try to more or less close the yard completely a few years later, but this soon proved to be impractical. Battle Creek is still a busy place for CN, but not compared to this era or the years before it. 3/13/2007

ImageNS GP38-2 #5318 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

An ex Conrail GP38-2 rests between switching moves on job BG02 at GM's large Fisher Body plant in Wyoming. The Fisher plant was largely the main reason Conrail and later Norfolk Southern held onto the Grand Rapids branch north of Kalamazoo. Upon the plant's closure in 2009, NS would lease out everything north of Elkhart to Watco's Grand Elk.

NS #5318 was built in 1973 as Penn Central #8139. 8/27/2007

ImageEMDs by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

An ST70AH, SD40-2, and an SD40-3 roll east near Clarksville with L303. 11/6/2022

ImageOld School by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Grand Rapids-Toledo freight Q334 is about to duck under the Thornapple River Dr overpass behind a pair of YN2 SD40-2s. Leader 8442 was built in 1966 as Union Pacific 3035. It was part of a large group of SD40s that were rebuilt to Dash 2 specs in the early 1990s for CSX by MKM. 11/4/2007

ImageHelpers by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A pair of BN Executive SD70MACs are headed west through Grandville light power to assist a coal train on Saugatuck Hill. 8/27/2007

ImageSnow Ave Curve by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

With it's 4 stroke engine chugging away like a GE, ST70AH #8900 gets a little work out as it works upgrade with 2 dead SD40-2s and a short L303. 11/6/2022

ImageBG01 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

NS yard job BG01 is busy drilling cars at the north end of Hughart yard with former Conrail Operation Lifesaver GP15-1 #1447. The following year, NS would sell off the entirety of it's ex CR GP15 fleet. 10/14/2006

ImageChief by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The Southwest Chief backs out of CUS after having unloaded all of its passengers. The train will now turn on the wye and head into the yard for servicing. 10/2/2022

ImageHenry Street by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

GP9 #179 rolls through what remained of the Grand Trunk Western's Henry Street yard on its way to Nugent Sand. The mine would close about 8 years later, though they did open a new mine north of Muskegon that the Michigan Shore still serves. 7/24/2007

ImageCH 118 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

ST70AH #8900 leads an SD40-2 and an SD40-3 past the searchlights at Haddix Road with L303 bound for Detroit. With new Safetrans signals piling up at different spots along the Plymouth Sub, these relics don't have much time left. 11/6/2022

ImageTSBY GP35 #2681 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Tuscola & Saginaw Bay GP35 #2681 sits on the main in Chesaning after having followed PM #1225 with the North Pole Express up from Owosso. After the festivities are done, #2681 will couple to the rear of the train and pull it back south.

While TSBY and GLC have always been synonymous with the fabled Ann Arbor GP35s, the railroad(s) also rostered a trio of ex Southern GP35s, with AAR type B trucks just like their Ann Arbor cousins. The story goes that these units were originally purchased for parts, but two were found to be in such good shape (2648 and 2681) that they were put into service. While 2648 was repainted into TSBY yellow, 2681 had the rest of it's Southern markings painted over in black. The unit remained this way until a major failure sidelined it permanently in 2007. It was scrapped in 2016, as I recall. 12/3/2005
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It was scrapped in 2016, as I recall. 12/3/2005
Both 2681 and 2648 were scrapped in April 2018.

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ImageBotsford Yard by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Three ex Conrail GP40-2s idle away on a quiet spring morning at NS's Botsford Yard in Kalamazoo. There were around 10 GP40-2s in the NS 3060-3070 series equipped with the ITCS cab signaling equipment needed to operate on the Michigan Line west of here, and as such many evaded the spray booth at Altoona for years. Interestingly, these three units illustrate three different applications of the Conrail Quality logo. Modelers take note! 3/13/2007

ImageLeaving Owosso by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

PM #1225 departs Owosso with the North Pole Express, back when the train was a lot smaller! 12/8/2007

ImageLincoln Service by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A south-bound Lincoln Service train rolls into the station at Bloomington, IL behind AMTK #69 (nice). At the time, the track work to bring this line up to 110 mph was just beginning, and UP still fielded a few freight trains in both directions. 12/10/2010

ImageGray Bird by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

It was August 2007, and I had just gotten a brand new Canon Powershot S3 IS, which may as well have been the Hubble Space Telescope compared to the Kodak point and shoot I had been using up until then. It was a nice day, so I hopped in my car and drove east until I ran into Q335 near Clarksville, clicking off the miles on the Plymouth Sub behind a gray CEFX SD40M-2 and a CSX SD50-2. 8/27/2007

Image34 Miles From Saginaw by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Q321 is finally rolling south again after signal issues with the CN diamond at Kearsley. An SD60I leads an SD50-3 and a GP38-2 as they pass the concrete milepost at 34 on the Saginaw Sub. Today, this part of the line is single track and operated by the LSRC. 5/3/2013

ImageIthaca Steam by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Pere Marquette #1225 performs a run-by during an Owosso to Alma and back excursion in July of 2008. The train had been turned on the wye in Alma and was now on its way back south. 7/26/2008

ImageD705 West by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Detroit-Grand Rapids train D705 rolls into town behind the usual pair of Gevos. This job became L302 in early 2022. 4/28/2021

ImageThe One & Only by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Mid Michigan #24 arrives in Ionia, then the far east end of the Grand Rapids Eastern RR's former Grand Trunk Western Grand Rapids Sub. By this point there was only one customer in town, Gallagher's Fertilizer, which would get an occasional tank car of anhydrous ammonia. This was one of their last trips to Ionia before the track was abandoned and removed in 2008-2009. Fortunately/unfortunately, this was also the only time I ever caught the GRE running out here. 11/2/2007

ImageAnnie Caboose by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

One of the Ann Arbor's distinctive streamlined cupola cabeese once sat next to the former C&O mainline in Traverse City, along with an ex AA boxcar as part of a historical display. Unfortunately, the equipment was repeatedly vandalized in TC, and has since been moved to a new home at the Buckley Old Engine Show in Buckley, MI. I've always thought this style of caboose was cool. It is interesting to note that both of the AA's parent railroads, the Wabash and later the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton, also operated this style of caboose, though they had no relation to each other. 7/6/2007

ImageWelcome to the USA by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A westbound CN freight lead by a Canadian Cab Dash 9 fights it's way up and out of the St. Clair tunnel, having just arrived in Port Huron, MI from Sarnia, ON On New Years Eve 2011. 12/31/2011

ImageMid Michigan Grain Train by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Lake State Railway #4302, #2052, and #1169 make their way through Saginaw with an empty grain train for delivery to the MMRR at Paines. The red GP40s, while classy looking, were not well-liked by the LSRC and were returned within a couple of years to Helm Financial. GP38M #2052 was also sold off before the end of the decade. GP40M-3 #1169 is now 25th Anniversary unit LSRC #4325. 2/8/2011

ImageNeville Island by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

GP40-2 #6060 rests on a quiet Sunday morning on Neville Island. 8/14/2022

Image1225 on the NYC by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

15 years ago, the North Pole Express ran up the former New York Central Saginaw branch from Owosso to Chesaning. The train was much smaller in those days, and most of the trip was between 10 and 20 mph. The Saginaw County fairgrounds in Chesaning hosted the North Pole. A few years later, the decision was made to move the North Pole over to Ashley and run up the ex Ann Arbor mainline instead, somewhat due to deteriorating track conditions on the branch north of Oakley. SRI volunteers actually invested a lot of time and money into track work between Oakley and Chesaning in order to continue running 1225 up there, but eventually it became more than they could feasibly do. While the ex AA line is nice, the old NYC was more straight north/south and offered some interesting photos, like the classic Michigan Bean Co elevator in Henderson. 12/8/2007

ImageSouth End of Hughart by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

NS local B47 heads south out of Hughart yard with some tanks of corn syrup for Bay Valley Foods in Wayland. A good friend of mine has an incredible photo taken in the same spot, some 40+ before mine, of a pair of PRR RS27s leading a freight south. That photo can be seen in Pennsylvania Railroad Lines West Vol 4, I believe. 1/25/2007

ImageEMD Quartet by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A pair of SD40-2s have a pair of GP38-2s and 7 cars of freight in tow on Q326 as the train leaves Grand Rapids behind. 9/8/2007

ImageLate Summer by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The temperatures are pleasant and the leaves haven't yet changed as L303 heads for Detroit behind an ES40DC and a CW40-8. 9/17/2022

ImageMartin by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The afternoon shadows are getting longer as Grand Elk's 303 rolls south into Martin. 11/10/2022

ImagePost by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

NS local B0K works Post Cereal on the section of joint CN/NS trackage that ran through the middle of Battle Creek. While NS still serves post, it sold its stake in the Michigan Line to the state in the 2010s. The 3060 series ex Conrail GP40-2s were a common sight on the MI Line, being equipped with ITCS for running west of Kalamazoo. 3/13/2007

ImageDurand Arrival by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Huron & Eastern's 702 arrives in Durand, taking head room on the Port Huron wye with GP40-2W #9712 leading C30-7 #5175. 1/19/2012

ImageRook Yard by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Five SD40s in various paint schemes await the call to duty on a quiet Saturday evening at the Wheeling & Lake Erie's Rook Yard in Green Tree, PA. Lead unit #6354 is notable for having been one of three SD40-2s painted up as the fictitious AWVR #1206 for the movie "Unstoppable". After the filming wrapped, it was sent to Peaker Services in Brighton, MI for rebuilding and repainting. 8/13/2022

ImageThree Oh Three by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

With a short train in tow, Grand Elk's "original" pair of SD40-2s rolls south near Bradley on a beautiful and warm November afternoon. 11/10/2022

ImageSwitching The Yard by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A pair of GP40-2Ws work Durand Yard as train L500 while all of the foamers get their pictures at the depot. 2/20/2010

ImageThe Wabash by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

It never failed that I would inevitably see cool stuff while I was at work. Here’s NS SD70ACe #1070, the Wabash heritage unit, leading a westbound train through Pine in November 2016. 11/14/2016

ImageM398 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Two distinctive Canadian units in the form of an SD40-2W and a C40-8M throttle up as they lead M398 east out of the yard in Battle Creek. 10/20/2007

ImageColdwater Depot by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Little River Railroad 0-4-0T #1 brings up the rear of the LRR's Santa Train at the depot in Coldwater. On the head end is Pacific #110, and both of the little engines will soon whistle off and puff their way out of town with the sold out train. This is on the "Old Road", part of the original LS&MS mainline between Elkhart, IN, and Toledo, OH. Even into the 50s, the NYC would occasionally detour the likes of the 20th Century Limited up here if the new main further south was congested! 12/13/2020

ImageClairton by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Five Union MP15s arrive in Clairton with a string of hoppers for coke loading at the Mon Valley Works. 8/14/2022

ImageDelivery by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The Y106 crew is delivering a cut of boxcars loaded with wood boards for Wolverine Worldwide, the business that occupied this building at the time. They moved out not long after this, but the spur and dock are now used by Corvac, who receives hoppers of plastic pellets. This was the only time I ever caught them working Wolverine. 5/27/2011

ImageZeinstra Farm by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Grand Elk's two "original" SD40-2s lead the 303 south of Shelbyville, passing Zeinstra Farms. WAMX 4124 and 4125 were built as Milwaukee Road 181 and 21, respectively. 11/10/20

ImageBlue Bonnet in Cereal City by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

BNSF 6901, an SD40-2 still in its Santa Fe freight garb, leads an ex QNSL SD40-2 west through Battle Creek on CN train E251. 3/13/2007

ImageKirk Power by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A GP9R and an SD38-3 work the interchange with Norfolk Southern at the west end of the massive former EJ&E Kirk Yard, as seen from a stopped CSX freight. 6/24/2016
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ImageGrand Elk Interchange by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Grand Elk's 120 job, running as Z439 on CSX, rolls up the Old Even lead at the east end of CSX's Wyoming Yard. Trailing the former Wisconsin & Southern SD40M-2 are 18 cars for CSX. 12/15/2022

ImageSunny Afternoon by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

GLLX GP18 #921 and SW1200 #1512 idle on a sunny winter day before getting to work moving cars on the West Michigan RR. The venerable EMDs were built in 1959 and 1960, respectively. 12/4/2022

ImageBattle Creek Fuel Pad by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Three west-bounds and a set of engines await crews and fuel at the fuel pad in Battle Creek, on a fine spring day in March of 2007. There sure was a lot more variety back then! 3/13/2007

ImageChicago Wye by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A west-bound GTW freight is rounding the Chicago Wye from the Holly Sub to the Flint Sub behind SD40 #5916 and GP38-2 #5829 in Durand. Unfortunately this print was very fuzzy and there wasn't a lot I could do to it. I believe this is also a Bruce Benson shot, taken circa 1990.

ImageDecember Fog by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

With a fresh crew aboard, U302 prepares to head west from Fox on a very dark and foggy December morning. SD40-3 #4042 (with a unique yellow plow) leads ES44AH #3054 and 117 cars. 12/11/2022

ImageThe Last Two by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The last two GP9R rebuilds completed by the GTW Battle Creek Shops were #4634 and #4635 in early 1993. Since this coincided directly with CN's decision to consolidate the GTW, DW&P, and CV under the "CN North America" brand, the pair of GP9Rs were painted into the new CN scheme during their rebuild. Both units are seen here at Durand yard in May of 1993, presumably in town to be displayed at the annual Durand Railroad Days festival. This is a scanned print from my collection, originally taken by Bruce Benson.

ImageLawton Depot by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Amtrak 353 flies through Lawton at the maximum authorized speed of 110 mph. At left is the classic field stone depot, built by the Michigan Central in 1897. My guess is trains haven't stopped here since before Amtrak. 12/4/2022

ImageAnnie Boxcar by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

One of the Ann Arbor's 40' boxcars once sat next to the former C&O mainline in Traverse City, along with an ex AA caboose as part of a historical display. Unfortunately, the equipment was repeatedly vandalized in TC, and has since been moved to a new home at the Buckley Old Engine Show in Buckley, MI. 7/6/2007

ImageCV GP9 #4548 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Central Vermont GP9 #4548 sits in the yard in Durand circa 1990. This unit was sold to the Huron & Eastern and became HESR #105 in 1990-1991. Based on that information, this photo may show 4548 in-transit via the GTW and Central Michigan to its new owner in the Thumb. Some of these did come to the GTW in the 80s and ran around in this point for a while, but I'm not sure if this was one of those or not. Most of them were rebuilt into GP9Rs. I believe this is a Bruce Benson photograph. A fuzzy print I did my best to clean up!
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It's April 1, 1997 and a bit of a turnover day as seen at the Amtrak Station in Dearborn. The venerable F40PH units which powered Michigan trains across the state for almost two decades were suddenly replaced by the fleet of reassigned P32-8BWH units getting bumped from long distance trains. NPCU #90368 is itself a fairly new creation at this time, the first of what would be a small fleet of F40 carbodies given a new life as unpowered cab units. This is the first P32 I saw on the Michigan Line, and may have been during the first week that they were assigned to this route. Here, we have #500, the class leader shoving on the rear of Twilight Limited No. 355. The Pepsi Cans stayed on Michigan service trains for about 3-4 years before being reassigned again.
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ImageWelcome To Kingman by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

It's morning in Kingman, AZ as Q-LACAUG6-13L roars through town behind a quartet of GEs. 4/14/2018

ImageClay Center by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A somewhat faded Union Pacific ES44AC leads a freshly repainted AC4400CW west on a loaded coal train bound for Michigan City, IN through Clay Center, OH. At left is a pier from the former interurban bridge that once crossed the NYC here. 10/2/2016

ImageIn-bound @ Godfrey by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Marquette Rail #3391 leads in-bound Z151 west on the Sunnyside Lead with 62 cars for CSX. At left is the spur for Gelock Heavy Movers, who hasn't done anything by rail for the least decade now. 12/15/2022

ImageEMDX GP38-2 #791 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

EMD Leasing GP38-2 #791 (ex CR/PC #7991) working for the BN, presumably in the Seattle area. Print is dated "early 90s" but doesn't get more specific than that. This was one of one hundred GP38-2s which were taken back by EMD after their 15 year lease expired, much to the chagrin of Conrail! Photographer unknown.

ImageKingsbury by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Q149 is west-bound on the South Bend sub through Kingsbury, IN behind an SD75I and a BC Rail C44-9WL. 4/3/2016

ImageOkemos by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A lone ES44AC leads X500 east along the undulating profile of the Plymouth sub. 11/8/2008

ImageLeasers on X500 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

CEFX SD9043MAC #115 leads a CITX SD40-2 east around the curve west of Fox with haulage-rights CP train X500. While CP had many of these leased, this was the only one I ever saw on 500. 10/14/2008

ImageGTW SW1200 #1512 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

SW1200 #1512 mingles with other GTW units at the engine house in Flint, sometime in the early 1990s. 1512 was 1 of 14 SW1200s ordered with road trucks, class lights, 26L brakes and MU capabilities for the purpose of running long distance locals. After the rules changed in the 60s requiring trains operating over X number of miles had to have locomotives equipped with a toilet, these units settled into yard and transfer service. The 1500s were the last end cab switchers retired by GTW, the last ones being sold in 1998. 1512 survives today, owned by Great Lakes Locomotive and working hard for a living on the West Michigan Railroad.

This is a scanned print from my collection, photographer unknown.

ImagePorter Branch by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

At the time, this was just another train to shoot. But looking back on it now, there's a few things to like: ex Conrail C40-8W (ex CR 6053), Conrail tri-lights, and an actual TRAIN on the Porter Branch north of Willow Creek! 4/3/2016

ImageGlug Glug Glug by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Huron & Eastern 702's arrival in Durand is heralded by the distinctive glug of old GE FDLs. C30-7 #5175, U23Bs #8903 and #8905, and a pair of Geeps power the train on this day. 12/8/2007

ImageGodfrey by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A trio of SD40-2s lead Marquette Rail's Z151 west on the Sunnyside Lead as Beacon Recycling loads another gon with scrap. 12/15/2022

ImageCMGN GP38AC #8803 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

On a cold winter day, we find Central Michigan #8803 idling next to the Durand yard office. #8803 was one of four former B&O GP40s rebuilt by Helm for the CMGN into GP38ACs, which involved removing the turbocharger and replacing the generator with an alternator. 8803 was traded back to Helm for GP40-2W #9712 in 1997, and is now PRLX #3818.

This is a scanned print from my collection, originally taken by Bruce Benson.
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A CP SD70ACU leads an extra autorack train north through Romulus, it seems like railroads aren't too impressed with these engines with Norfolk Southern quickly withdrawing their fleet and selling the units off.

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ImageSD40 3-Pack by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

3 Canadian Pacific SD40-2s roar up the hill at Fox with a Canada-bound train consisting entirely of containers on flat cars. A few months later, these trains that ran for nearly 20 years over CSX would be no more. 11/12/2005

ImageScreaming Eagle by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A nicely restored former Missouri Pacific wide vision caboose sits on display next to the joint CSX-UP Villa Grove Subdivision in Beecher, IL. The route was originally part of the Chicago & Eastern Illinois. 4/17/2016

ImageRecession by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

During the great recession of 2008-2009, CSX stuffed autoracks and other storage cars onto every available track in western Michigan. Headed by an ex Conrail SD60, Q327 knocks down the Plaster Creek pot signal on the Sunnyside lead as it rolls into Wyoming yard past a line of storage cars in Old 17 rack. 7/17/2009

ImageElkhart & Western Switching by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Without a runaround at the west end of the line, the E&W must utilize a locomotive on each end of the train in order to switch their largest customer, the Buzzi Unicem terminal. GP9 #911 waits in the clear the crew pulls a cut of cement cars ahead with GP10 #1000. 6/12/2008

ImageBig Boy #4005 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" #4005 is displayed at the Forney Transportation Museum in Denver, CO. #4005 is the oldest of the preserved Big Boys and (until 4014's recent conversion) was the only one converted to burn oil. Done as an experiment during a coal strike, the conversion was not successful and the 4005 was converted back to coal. 4005 also has the dubious distinction of being the only one of its class to be seriously wrecked. In the early 1950s, a miscommunication amongst a track gang mistakenly lined 4005 and its train into a siding. The train, which was traveling near 50 mph, had no time to slow down and derailed on the sharp curve into the siding. The entire head end crew was killed when the engine rolled onto its side. 4005 still has scars on its flanks from where it plowed into the ground. 10/21/2021

ImageZ439 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Grand Elk's 120 job, running as Z439 on CSX, rolls up the Old Even lead with 18 cars for interchange at Wyoming Yard. 12/15/2022

ImageGrinstein by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Former BN SD70MAC 9627 and an AC4400 are pulling hard on N956 as the train works east out of Grand Rapids. Unseen on the rear are a pair of brand new CSX ES44AHs working as helpers, which were required all the way to Elmdale for these 130 car coal trains. 1/28/2012

ImageOdd Switching Power by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

About the last thing I expected to see resting at the west end of CSX's Wyoming Yard was a Santa Fe SD40-2. Apparently the Y103 crew had snagged it from the engine house that morning and used it for the rest of that week before someone got wise and sent it back to Chicago! 1/13/2007

ImageIn-Bound 800 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Huron & Eastern's 800 job rolls into Saginaw from the Thumb behind GP38-2 #3866 and GP38AC #3838. The 800 job handles all of the traffic from the HESR's far flung ex PM, NYC, and GTW lines in the Thumb, and interchanges it with the Lake State and the HESR's other jobs. I miss those Rail America Geeps! 11/17/2011

ImageSandusky by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

An east-bound NS freight is about to cross the draw bridge in Sandusky Bay on a pleasant early Fall afternoon. 10/2/2016

ImageSummer Evening on the Thornapple by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Q334 rumbles across the Thronapple River behind an SD50/C40-8W/SD40-2/C40-8W consist, disturbing the peace on an otherwise tranquil summer evening. 6/27/2012

ImageJust Three Cars by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Western New York & Pennsylvania's OL-1 has just three cars today behind big C630M #630 as the train heads for the B&P interchange in Salamenca. 9/30/2016

Image1st Shift Switching by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The foreman climbs aboard RCPHG4 #9156 as it and its GP15T mate back down the old even lead. This is Y193, what was then the first shift switching job on the Odd side of Wyoming Yard. In the distance sits an ex Conrail Russell plow and an MOW boxcar. 1/4/2012

ImageHorseshoe Helpers by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

An ex Conrail SD40-2 trails on a set of four SD40-2s drifting downhill back to Altoona through the famous Horseshoe Curve. 7/23/2006

ImageNew Years Eve by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A CW44AC and an ST70AH leave Grand Rapids with a short L303 on 12/31/2022. The 22 year old GE still wears its YN2 paint, but I'm sure it won't be much longer until it takes a trip to Wabtec for a rebuild. 12/31/2022

ImageKirk Pull Down by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

EMD's 38 series is exemplified by the sight of EJ&E SD38-3 #656 and GTW GP38-2 #4932 as they pull down a string of humped cars at CN's Kirk Yard. 9/5/2020

ImageHartford Nights by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The West Michigan’s nightly train waits for the last of 2 reefers to be unloaded at Lineage Logistics warehouse in Hartford. Powering the lengthy train this chilly evening are 1959-built GP18 #921 and 1960-built SW1200 #1512. 1/5/2023

ImageThe Fulton Turn by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Ex Santa Fe B40-8Ws dig into their train as the Fulton Turn heads north out of Jackson on the West Tennessee RR. 5/2/2019

ImageCSXT SD40-2 #8418 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Wearing the paint scheme it was delivered from Morrison Knudsen in, SD40-2 #8418 backs down the Even Lead to get train Q326. #8418 was one of over 100 SD40-2s rebuilt by MKM from SD40 cores for CSX in the early 1990s. It was no stranger to the former Pere Marquette, either, having been built as C&O #7467. 3/11/2007

ImageCalm Before The Storm by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A recently rebuilt ex Conrail SD70MAC and a rebuilt CM44AC grind up the hill at Fox with east-bound L303. The light dusting of snow on the ground would soon be greatly augmented by a blizzard that would dump over 2 feet of snow in Grand Rapids over Christmas weekend. 12/22/2022

ImageOak Street by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A west-bound GTW freight is negotiating the Chicago Wye from the Holly Sub to the Flint Sub behind GP40-2 #6420. At the left are the remains of the west-bound pick up and set out tracks. In Durand's hay day, the many yard jobs would drag cuts of cars out to these tracks to be grabbed by passing trains, eliminating the need for the through trains to back into the yard. This practice fell out of favor in the 1980s as the Durand terminal was gradually down-graded and ultimately sold to the Central Michigan Railway in 1987. This is a scanned print from my collection, originally taken by Bruce Benson in spring 1990.

ImageCN GP38-2 #7510 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

One of CN's relatively few original standard cab GP38-2s, #7510, heads south light power through Dyersburg, TN. At one time mated with a yard slug, 7510 has since lost its companion. 5/2/2019

ImageMadison Yard by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A mother and slug shove a string of cars up and over the hump at the Terminal Railroad of St. Louis' Madison Yard. Leased former IC&E GP40-2s from Helm Financial can be seen sitting in the background. 5/5/2019

ImageBreton by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Wearing faded YN2 paint, CSX SD40-2 #8070 leads Q326 east out of Grand Rapids across Breton Ave. 1/3/2009

ImageOgden Dunes Meet by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

East-bound and west-bound South Shore passenger trains meet at the Ogden Dunes station on a pleasant summer evening back in 2020. 9/5/2020

ImageBNSF SD39-2 #1825 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

One of BNSF's remote control SDs moves through the large hump yard in Galesburg, IL. This "SD39-2" is in reality just a regular SD40-2 that has been rebuilt for yard service. Not sure if that involved a horsepower reduction or what? Perhaps someone more familiar with BNSF can chime in. 5/20/2016

ImageKissing Cousins by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A former SOO and a CN SD60 rest next to the TRRA in Granite City. 5/5/2019

ImageSunnyside by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Y106 comes around the south leg of the wye at Sunnyside with just one boxcar from Advance Packaging in tow. 12/15/2022

ImageExecutives by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A pair of Executive scheme BNSF SD70MACs lead a coal train through Denver after a thunderstorm dropped over an inch of rain on the area in less than a half hour. 7/20/2010

ImageWorking King by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Are 2-engine lash up on the Grand Rapids Eastern in the form of MMRR #24 and CFE #3885 works former Pere Marquette trackage at King Milling in Lowell. A few months later, #24 would be sold to a paper mill in Virginia. 1/29/2016

ImageSlow Approach Pleasant St by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A west-bound Canadian Pacific train with 2 AC4400s and 2 leased CEFX SD40M-2s is rolling along Buchanan Ave. It's November 2005, and the bulk of the CP trains are about to leave CSX for trackage rights on Norfolk Southern. 11/13/2005

ImageSoo Sixties by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Some of my absolute favorite locomotives ever were SOOs fleet of EMD SD60s. Very common on the CP trains across Michigan when I was little, by the time I started railfanning in the mid 2000s they were starting to be a rarer sight. While seeing one was always nice, a pair was a real treat. Here SOO 6033 and 6054 are slowing near Elmdale with X500, getting ready to duck into the siding to meet west-bound coke loads K351. 3/12/2007

ImageChicken by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Former DMIR SDM #814 rolls south on the former Pere Marquette Lacrosse branch on a hot summer day in 2020. 8/27/2020

ImageHey Look, an F40C by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

On my way home from visiting some friends in southern Illinois, I happened across Metra F40C #614 on a north-bound commuter train as I made my way through CUS. #614 and #611 had been reactivated to cover for F40PHs that were being shipped out a handful at a time for rebuilding into F40PH-3s at Progress Rail. 12/13/2010

ImageGTW GP38AC #6212 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A pair of Geeps lead a west-bound through Durand on an overcast spring day in 1989. Built as Detroit, Toledo & Ironton #212, the now Grand Trunk Western #6212 was 1 of 14 GP38ACs owned by the DT&I. In this 1989 view, the unit still retains its class lights, along with the bump on the nose where the electric gong bell once hung. This is a scanned print from my collection, originally taken by Bruce Benson in 1989.
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NS roadrailer train 256 with a venerable thoroughbred paint Dash 9 on the point flies east through Romulus in the snow.

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ImageBack to the 90's by David R. Collins, on Flickr

NS roadrailer train 256 with a venerable thoroughbred paint Dash 9 on the point flies east through Romulus in the snow.
I hate to be that guy, but 9640 was built in 2001.

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