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We're at a crossing near Willis, Michigan, on the old Wabash main trying to make something of the weak November sun on a 2009 afternoon. While it was pleasing to see the sunshine, fall must have come and gone early this year as the trees are totally devoid of leaves!

First up, an eastbound Triple Crown rolls by for Detroit. Even though I frequented Milan during this time period I rarely crossed paths with the Triple Crown, so I was especially glad to see this one.

After NS entered the double track at Belleville, a westbound CP Rail autorack made tracks for Milan and the west. CP trackage rights over NS were a few years old at this point and at this time you could still see 6-10 CP trains a day on this stretch.

Later, I migrated east and caught two southbounds on the CSX near the Wick Road crossing, passing some fading fall colors. I'll have to dig those shots out, too!
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ImageHeading Home by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

After yarding a loaded grain train at LSRC's Saginaw Yard, Huron & Eastern's 815 job has cut their engines away and is heading light power back to Bay City. 3/3/2024

ImageHere Come The Loads by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Another rock outcropping near "Railfan Rock" provides a nice elevated view of Northshore Mining's 11 AM crude loads as they descend the grade towards Silver Bay. Would a trio or quartet of SD40-2s be cooler? Probably, but I certainly won't complain about a pair of nicely painted and relatively clean SD70ACes. 6/10/2023

ImageOne Of Two by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Minnesota Commercial #318 is just one of two remaining Alco RS27s. A transitionary model between the older RS units and the newer Century series, the RS27 was more or less a sales flop that only sold 27 (ironic) units. 318 and sister 316 were both originally built for the Chicago & North Western, later being sold to Green Bay & Western and ultimately winding up on the Commercial. With The Alco era officially over on the MNNR, what will happen to these historic locomotives remains to be seen. 318 was parked off to the side at Midway Yard with an EMD switcher on this morning. 6/11/2023

ImageVILX SD18 #7311 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Former C&O SD18 #7311 sits at the end of the siding just south of Wellsboro on a muggy July afternoon. The old Chessie unit was then owned by Vintage Locomotives Inc and leased to the Chesapeake & Indiana. The engine has since left the CKIN, and still exists, though I'm not sure of its current whereabouts. 7/22/2011

ImageM356 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

It's still early in the morning as M356, heavily laden with automotive traffic, rolls through Mountain Iron on CN's Rainy Subdivision. 6/10/2023

ImageStone Empties by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Before PSR, CSX would run stone as separate unit trains, instead of just mixed in with regular freight. Here a stone empty from Grand Rapids, K931, is powering up the grade at Fox behind one of CSX's distinctive CW40-9s and an ex Conrail SD60M. The train is ultimately headed for Carey, OH, for another load of stone for Michigan. 4/21/2012

ImageHarbor Power by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Two GP40-2s, an SW1500, and a GP40-2W and Slug take the afternoon off at Indiana Harbor Belt's Blue Island yard. 10/1/2023

ImageSD70MArCh Madness by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

I've only been thinking "Why can't we just get a pair of 70s in the L302/303 rotation for a bit?" for the better part of 2 years. That has finally happened, at least for the last couple of days. A bonus was freshly rebuilt #4757 leading, the first of the flared SD70AC rebuilds I've seen. With only 40 cars in tow, #4757 is doing all the work while #4555 idles along behind. 3/29/2024

ImagePotterville by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

M397 accelerates back up to track speed after meeting Q116 at the west end of the double track in Potterville. 3/3/2024

ImageBetter Than School by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

After meeting an east-bound at the end of the double track, a late L521 blasts off for South Bend behind GP38-2 #4925 and GP9R #4619. The old union depot still stands in the distance, located at the crossing of the GTW with the former NYC (now Grand Elk). 6/29/2012

ImageNIWX B32-8 #539 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

NIWX #539 (ex NS #3539), GE B32-8 (Dash 8-32B in GE-speak). This unit is part of a group of 4 axle Dash 8s purchased from NS in the late 2010s. We are technically looking at the rear of the locomotive, since these things were set up Southern style with the long hood designated as the front. Pairs of these were the typical power assigned to the Elkhart-Grand Rapids trains when I was younger. This unit was leased to Stone Co in Lansing, but has since been sent elsewhere. 11/5/2023
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Nice photos! I believe 7311 is in a deadline in Oklahoma these days.
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Jon was that pair of CSX MAC’s photo taken from the Grand River Ave overpass in Lansing near the airport? I’ve wanted to get a shot there for a long time but the timing has never worked. Side note: a lot of those trees have good fall color. Additional side note, you were within sight of a McDonalds if my locational guess is correct meaning you could have been enjoying a Mac while two Mac’s passed you by. Talk about an opportunity for a Mac attack!

And, as a technical detail which you no doubt already know, Schoolcraft is where the GTW crossed the NYC (LS&MS), not the GR&I. That crossing was a few miles east in Vicksburg at their Union depot. All of this is fresh in my mind as I was recently helping the Vicksburg Historical Society nominate their depot to the National Register of Historic Places … but that’s another story.

Oh, and great photos as usual!

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That is actually the Thornapple River Dr overpass in Cascade, just east of Fox. And you are totally correct on Schoolcraft, brain fart.
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ImageOne Of Two by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Minnesota Commercial #318 is just one of two remaining Alco RS27s. A transitionary model between the older RS units and the newer Century series, the RS27 was more or less a sales flop that only sold 27 (ironic) units. 318 and sister 316 were both originally built for the Chicago & North Western, later being sold to Green Bay & Western and ultimately winding up on the Commercial. With The Alco era officially over on the MNNR, what will happen to these historic locomotives remains to be seen. 318 was parked off to the side at Midway Yard with an EMD switcher on this morning. 6/11/2023
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ImageTeardrop by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Teardrop EMDs are becoming more and more common on CSX as the railroad works to rebuild its nearly 200 unit fleet of SD70ACs. While still a drop in the bucket compared to the thousands of GE road units, 70s like #4554 make running out to shoot L303 on a gloomy day worth it. 3/10/2024

ImageNew Buffalo Meet by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

An empty coal train has taken the siding at New Buffalo for Q326, which is seen flying down the main behind CW40-8 #7891. Straddling the main and siding the distance is the large coaling tower dating back to the Pere Marquette days. 3/4/2018

ImageThe SIND by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Southern Indiana Railway S2M #103 passes by the railroad's small shop in Sellersburg, IN. Time was almost up for this unique little short line, which operated on former interurban trackage with some incredibly sharp and winding curves. The railroad has since shut down as their only customer, a large cement plant in Speed, quit operations a few years ago. 5/1/2019

ImageChessie Sunrise by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

ES40DC #5437 leads Grand Rapids-Detroit freight Q328 over the Chessie-adorned bridge in Grand Rapids, located at Fox on the Plymouth Subdivision. Originally a grade crossing, this bridge was installed in the late 80s due to the frequent meets that happened at Fox back then. Even though CSX had been the corporate brand for a few years at that point, "Chessie" was snuck into the design proposal by local management and engineers and was approved, as a final middle finger to the Seaboard System. Over 30 years later, Chessie is still looking good. 1/31/2018

ImageOnce Upon A Time @ Godfrey by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Marquette Rail's Z151 is being lead by flagship SD40-2 GLLX #3001 on this day as the train rolls west on the Sunnyside Lead in the late November sun at Godfrey. Much has changed here since I shot this in 2012. The code line (along with the classic C&O cantilever) is gone, with the signal system having been upgraded in 2013. The overgrown and derelict buildings at the right have also since been cleared out, and the spot is now occupied by Beacon Recycling, a very active CSX customer. The spur to Gelock Heavy Movers at left, dormant for over 20 years, is also now active again as a lumber transload. And of course, #3001 is now G&W orange MQT #3389. 11/16/2012

ImageAlmost There by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

U790's trio of C40-8s have almost reached the end of their journey, nearing Two Harbors on a rainy spring morning at Waldo. In-bound trains like U790 take the northern-most line into town, descending a steep grade with the aid of their dynamics and straight air. Empty trains leave Two Harbors on the southern and easier grade, which is in the foreground here. 6/10/2023

ImageGet 'Em While You Can by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

One of the dwindling number of AC4400s on CSX leads a very short L303 east at Cascade. With Wabtec and CSX planning to rebuild the entire fleet, time is short for these 90s wide bodies. 3/11/2024

ImageApproaching Wellsboro by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

An ES44AC and 3 ET44ACs lead a west-bound CN freight along the South Bend Sub, passing the Wellsboro set out track. 3/4/2018

ImageLSRC C425M-AC #181 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

By the Fall of 2009, Lake State Railway’s once mighty fleet of Alco and MLW products was down to just a token force. EMD replacements had gradually been sidelining them one by one as they failed and were usually not repaired. C425M-AC #181 was parked on one of the finger tracks around the turntable at the roundhouse in Saginaw on this day. The fall grain rush saw C425 #281, C425M-AC #1280, M420 #3504, and one other unit (might’ve been #181, can’t remember) resurrected for one last hurrah. 1280 and 3504 were last two to be retired in very early 2010. 1280 and 181 were converted to AC traction by the LSRC in I believe the late 90s. The four C425s were acquired by the D&M in 1980 and 1981 and were former PRR units rebuilt at Hornell. They were scrapped in Saginaw in 2010. 10/16/2009

ImageHullo by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Reflecto Man does his signature wave as X500 gets underway from Grand Rapids behind CP SD40-2 #6029 and an AC4400. East-bound coke empties await a new crew on the Service Track at left. This was one of the last times I lensed a Pacman 40 in Grand Rapids. 2/7/2009
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ImageThe Top by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The battle is nearly won at East Saugatuck as N903 grinds up Saugatuck Hill at 10 mph, the crest being about a half a mile or so behind me in this shot. D802's 2 GE's are shoving hard on the rear, out of sight. With a max grade of 1.4% and several sharp curves, the hill requires any train over 10,000 tons to either be pushed or DPU'd. 7/13/2012

ImageRolling To Denver by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

After meeting a north-bound freight, Union Pacific #844 and DDA40X #6936 roll out the south end of the siding at La Salle (I think). This was the annual Denver Post Special that operated between Cheyenne and Denver every July.

FEF-3 #844 is a steam locomotive that certainly needs no introduction. Built new by Alco for the UP in 1944, it was the final steam locomotive delivered to the UP. #844 has the distinction of being the only steam locomotive in the United States to have never been retired, and has been continuously carried in active status on Union Pacific's roster since 1944! 7/22/2010

ImageEmpties East by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

One of the few SD70ACUs not assigned to the Altoona Helper pool leads an empty NS hopper train 885 east through Pine. 9/5/2020

ImageTower A-2 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Recently some friends and I took a day trip to the greater Chicago area in search of trains. One of our goals was to shoot some of Metra's new SD70MACHs in action. While Metra operates on a reduced schedule on Sundays, we were pleased to learn that two MACHs were in service on the Milwaukee North line that day. After shooting them both in-bound at CP Morgan, we moved a bit further out to Tower A-2 to await the out-bound. With the sun beginning to set on a picture-perfect Spring day, we were able to lens #501 passing the tower as it slowed for its stop at Western Ave with train 2719. 4/21/2024
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#844 has the distinction of being the only steam locomotive in the United States to have never been retired, and has been continuously carried in active status on Union Pacific's roster since 1944! 7/22/2010
standard gauge maybe.
the D&RGW narrow gauge K-28s 473, 476 and 478 were never set aside.
they are still rostered by the Durango & Silverton.
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You are correct, Dave O, and I have amended my caption to say "the only one to never be retired by its original owner".

ImageHerzog by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Recently a Herzog ballast train visited the former Pere Marquette, dumping lots of stone on the Grand Rapids and Plymouth Subs. With a pair of Union Pacific GEs on the head end and a third as DPU on the bottom, W085 is wasting no time as they blast up the hill towards Fox. Further east of town, they will slow to drop stone over a 50 mile stretch of the Plymouth Sub. 4/20/2024

ImageMAC Attack by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Doing all the work on this relatively short L303, SD70MAC #4555 rolls east past CH 147 on a gray March day. 3/19/2024

Image2,000,000 Injury-Free Hours by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

On New Year's Eve 2005, Q335 is rolling up the Coach Lead into Wyoming Yard behind SD40-2s #8803 and #8155, along with GP15-1 #1540. CSX #8803 is the former Conrail #6373, which was specially adorned with graphics commemorating 2,000,000 man hours at the Juniata Shops without an injury. This unit later received a yellow CSX nose before getting YN3 paint in 2010. It was later retired and sold to NRE. 12/31/2005

ImageNothing But Net by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The last time I visited CP Morgan, the signal bridge still hosted vintage Pennsylvania RR position lights (it's been a few years!). While the old signals are gone, Morgan is still a great spot to shoot Metra trains in the city. Here Milwaukee North District train 2718 is seen passing under the bridge, shoved by one of Metra's "new" SD70MACHs. These locomotives have proven to be an absolute slam-dunk for the agency, with glowing reviews from the crews and mechanical departments. Powered by EMD's reliable 710 engine (which is also used in Metra's fleet of F59s and MP36s), the SD70MAC is one of my favorite units to ever have run, and I will die on that hill. Metra's fleet has been re-geared and re-wired for faster acceleration, and they are big enough that they will be able to pull (or push) any train the agency gives them without needing to double head. To top it all off, they were a good deal cheaper and, so far, much more reliable than the passenger units being produced by that German firm. Maybe Amtrak should take notes? 4/21/2024
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ImageThe Harbor by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Even on a relatively quiet Sunday morning, IHB's Blue Island Yard is busy with activity. One of their more recent GP40-2W acquisitions and a Slug are pulling ahead with a large cut of cars while a pair of SW1500s ties onto a long string of 2 bays in the distance. 4/21/2024

ImageOtis Evenings by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A west-bound NS intermodal leans into the curve at Otis in the late-day sun back in March of 2018. 3/4/2018

ImageMelrose Park by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A trio of UP GEs head west through Melrose Park with a mixed freight on the former CNW mainline. 4/21/2024

ImageIn The City by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

An-outbound UP service train leaves Chicago behind F40PH-3 #113, still in classic Metra blue. 4/21/2024

ImageThe Alpena by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The oldest active freighter on the lakes, SS Alpena, slowly negotiates the Calumet River on its way back out to Lake Michigan. Built in 1942 as the Leon Fraser and originally a 639 ft ore carrier, the boat was shortened to 519 ft in 1991 and rechristened as Alpena. Owned by inland Lakes Management, Alpena is kept busy hauling cement from Lafarge's massive plant in its namesake city to various ports around the Great Lakes. It is one of very few lakers that is still steam powered, using a Delaval turbine fed by two Babcock & Wilcox water tube boilers. 4/21/2024

ImageDreary Morning in Elkhart by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

An Autumn storm is about to roll through as a trio of SD40-2s lead Canadian Pacific haulage rights train 36T east past the depot in Elkhart. #5965 was still looking relatively decent in its 1990s "Dual Flag" paint job. As far as I can tell, it was retired in 2014 and I'm unsure if it was rebuilt into an SD30C-ECO or just scrapped. 10/2/2010

ImageCSXT GP38-2 #2738 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A former Conrail GP38-2 in clean YN2 garb takes the afternoon off at CSX's Wyoming Yard. Still sporting its RS3L on the cab roof, the unit had changed little from its Conrail appearance (other than the paint job). 3/29/2008

ImageProviso by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Charlie looks on as a repainted SD70ACe leads a west-bound Union Pacific intermodal out of Proviso Yard. 4/21/2024
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ImageBlue Island by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

L503 rattles across the IHB diamonds at Blue Island, headed east on the former GTW (now CSX) Elsdon Subdivision. 4/21/2024

ImageCH 118.5 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Working through the Lake Odessa dip and under the cloud cover, G010 passes the venerable Haddix Road searchlights behind a pair of ex Conrail SD60s. 2/1/2018

ImageSpring on the CNW by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A former Southern Pacific C44ACM and a pair of SD70ACes are departing Proviso Yard with a long mixed freight on a beautiful spring day. Many Crab Apple trees line the Geneva Sub through Elmhurst, giving the town a nice pop of Spring color. 4/21/2024

ImageClear West End Fox, L303 Out by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Elephant-style Gevos lift L303 up the 1.1% ruling grade at Fox. This day's 60 car train was no sweat for these big GEs. 5/8/2024
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ImageThe cracked-out chief by David R. Collins, on Flickr

Amtrak Southwest Chief #3 pulls into Naperville Amtrak/Metra station with an absolutely wild consist in tow on a drizzly and muggy May afternoon. Amtrak's Phase I Heritage Unit #160, Amtrak Operation Lifesaver P42 #203, Two Metrolink cars and THEN the normal Southwest Chief consist made for quite the show, and there were around a dozen railfans around the station waiting on this thing. The clear signal on the right is for a Metra inbound with an F40PH doubleheader shoving.
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The westbound California Zephyr is slowing down for it's Naperville station stop with a pair of P42's and the normal CZ consist in tow. The P42's are some of my favorite engines that have ever been built, and the superliners have such an interesting look to them. The P42's are slowly starting to be replaced by the new ALC42 chargers, and I'll miss them greatly when they're gone, so I shoot them as often as I physically can.
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ImageCYDX SW9 #710 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A former Apalachicola Northern SW9, which spent decades in Florida hauling stone, now leads a decidedly quieter life switching (ironically) stone cars at Stone Co in Grand Rapids. 5/4/2024

ImageCoke Empties by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

B420-18 (CSXT 4552) and E631-19 (CSXT 235) are both parked on the IHB awaiting new CSX crews to take them east. The SD70MAC and AC4400CW once represented the latest-and-greatest AC locomotive technically from their respective builders in the 1990s, but have since been eclipsed by the SD70ACe and Evolution series units. CSX invested heavily into both, eventually amassing 225 MACs and nearly 600 4400s. SD70AC #4552 was one of the last YN2 MACs prior to being rebuilt at Huntington. 4/21/2024

ImageLimestone North by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A three-pack of Tunnel Motors lead by DMIR #404 are in control of U719 limestone loads bound for Minorca, passing through the junction at Fairlane. 6/9/2023

ImageUrban Jungle by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

SD70MACH #506 shoves on the rear of in-bound train 2616 at busy CP Morgan in the heart of Chicago. Who would have ever thought we'd see KCS SD70MACs pulling commuter trains (or pushing them)? 4/21/2024

Image9th Ave Yard by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

L303 passes the site of the former Pere Marquette 9th Ave Coach Yard as it leaves Grand Rapids this past Saturday. The Coach Yard serviced and stored all of the PM passenger trains that went in and out of Union Station. I believe what was left of it was removed sometime in the 80s. A few years ago CSX had a brush clearing crew come in and clear this spot out (likely to get rid of the homeless camp), but nothing has happened since. Always thought it would make a good spot for a transload yard. 5/4/2024

Image"Chesapere Marquette & Ohio" by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Lake State Railway's Z118 is seen heading south over the frozen Cheboyganing Creek on a trestle that still sported remnants of Chesapeake & Ohio and, incredibly, Pere Marquette lettering. GP40M-3 #1166 has since been repainted and is now LSRC #4308. 1/6/2010
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ImageMorning in Durand by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Former Grand Trunk Western 4-6-2 #5632, a GTW wig-wag, and a GTW searchlight signal make for a fine display at Lions Park in Durand, MI. 6/4/2023
I've never seen a shot composed from this angle of the steamer and signal equipment at Durand. Well done! I wonder how long the wig wag banner has been missing? :?
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I wonder how long the wig wag banner has been missing? :?
the google streetview has it there may, 2022.
hopefully not removed for someone's private collection.
Good news! Word from a friend at Durand Railroad Weekend verifies that the red banner is back in place on the wig wag. Apparently that signal is wired and can be turned on via a switch in the GTW baggage car there, but I’ve never actually seen this demonstration.

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ImageWestern Springs by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

H-BRCKCK1 rolls west through Western Springs on the "Zephyr Track". A pedestrian strike a couple of miles east of here had turned the Racetrack into a 2 track railroad. 4/21/2024

ImageCNW C44-9W #8701 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Union Pacific has long been a willing participant in many festivities at the Illinois Railway Museum. For 2008's Diesel Days, Uncle Pete sent their CNW Heritage SD70ACe, #1995, along with CNW Dash 9 #8701. #8701 (along with sister #8646) were the last two un-patched Chicago & North Western units at the time. Dubbed "The Twins" by foamers and railroaders alike, they spent most of the 2005-2015 era in transfer service around Chicagoland. Eventually they finally got the yellow dip and were shortly thereafter placed into storage. I'm not sure of either of their current whereabouts. 7/13/2008

ImagePleasant Street by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A recently rebuilt SD70AC leads a Gevo and a long L303 under US 131 and the west-bound signals for the Pleasant St interlocker in Grand Rapids as a light rain falls. 5/14/2024

ImageDippin' Dots by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

L303 leaves Grand Rapids under a gradually darkening sky on 5/7/24. The 109 car train is seen negotiating the dip between 32nd and 36th streets in Kentwood. This location was the site of a horrible head-on collision between two Pere Marquette passenger trains over 100 years ago. 5/7/2024

ImageNew Buffalo Museum by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A nice little museum occupies the space at the north end of the once bustling Pere Marquette New Buffalo. The collection is mostly housed in a replica of the original PM Depot, along with a 50' Chessie boxcar, a Pullman Troop Sleeper, and an ex C&O Bay Window Caboose recently donated by CSX. The PM-era coaling tower can be seen in the distance, still straddling the current CSX main. 10/1/2023

ImageUnexpected Surprise by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

In Grandville that morning on some errands, I did not expect to see a green signal for an east-bound. Sure enough, moments later Y121 came into view with GP38-2 #2686 and about 45 cars. L301 was annulled that day, so 121 made the trip from Holland to Grand Rapids with all of the Holland area traffic that 301 would normally pick up. 4/11/2024

ImageWestern Ave by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

After shooting 501 passing Tower A-2, Charlie and I booked it to the far end of the platform at Western Ave to lens the big SD70MACH again before it blasted off for points north. 4/21/2024

ImageGMTX GP38-2 #2222 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The "Quad Two" is the third GATX unit currently leased to the Burns Harbor Railroad. This unit was built in 1972 for the Penn Central. After being conveyed to Conrail, it was one of 100 GP38-2s that EMD took back in 1987, much to Conrail's dismay. It spent most of the 90s and 2000s as an EMD Lease unit before being sold to GATX. 10/1/2023

ImageMilford PLs by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

South-bound NS freight 143 has a BNSF GE in every BNSF "Heritage" paint scheme as the train clatters over the B&O diamonds at Milford Junction. The Pennsy position light signals on this former Big Four route were transplants from a PRR line that Conrail abandoned in the 80s. 8/21/2014

ImageNo Train Today by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A derailment on Norfolk Southern's Chicago Line in Indiana prompted Amtrak to cancel that day's Pere Marquette. SC-44 #4613 is seen sitting at the Grand Rapids depot, waiting an extra 24 hours until it can return to Chicago. 5/14/2024
"Remember, 4 mph is a couple, 5's a collision!"
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