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ImageCN SD60 #5423 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A former Oakway Leasing SD60 sits at Norfolk Southern's Colehour yard in Whiting, IN. 4/17/2016

ImageSD40A by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Not a great photo, but a wicked cool consist none the less. Here an IC SD40-2R (built originally as an SD40A), HLCX SD40-2, and a GTW GP38-2 lead A481 north around the Chicago Wye in Durand back in 2005. The SD40As were built on SDP45 frames, giving them an extra long fuel tank compared to a standard SD40. 10/22/2005
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ImageMorning on the Bessemer by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Not long after sunrise, a southbound CN ore train rumbles under the signal bridge near Branchton, PA on the old Bessemer & Lake Erie. A pair of SD70M-2s up front and one more on the rear have the train moving along at a good clip. 8/13/2022

ImageMud Pumps by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A short Q326 bounces its way through several mud holes near Clarksville behind a pair of leased SD40-2s. The trailing Geeps would be set off at Lansing. 10/15/2006
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ImageThe Lake O Dip by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

P001-15 negotiates the "Lake O Dip" as it heads west across the Plymouth Sub towards Grand Rapids, where it will spend the night. The business train had started out early that morning in Cumberland, MD. Pretty impressive to go from there all the way to Grand Rapids in a single day! 8/17/2022

ImageWAMX GP38 #3879 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Purchased from Conrail in 1985, it is the only GP38 left on the AA after the other two were sold off a few years back. This one was deemed in decent enough shape that it was rebuilt and repainted as the AA's "heritage" unit. 8/14/2022

Built 10/1969 as PC 7802 -> CR 7802 -> AA 7802 -> WAMX 3879
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ImageDravosburg Tunnel by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A pair of Union Railroad MP15DCs are working hard as they roar out of the tunnel at Dravosburg, PA with a train of hot steel ingots. The hot slabs, still hot enough that we could feel the heat coming off of them as the train rolled by, were destined for US Steel's Irvin Works for further refining. 8/13/2022

ImageLast Light for the OCS by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

P001-15 rounds the curve at East Paris in Kentwood, right before the sun dipped below the horizon. 8/17/2022
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ImageAllegheny Valley by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

AVR1 rolls through the cut in Pittsburgh on NS trackage rights behind a pair of ex Conrail SD60Ms. The wrought iron fences that line the tracks here date from the Pennsylvania Railroad era. 8/13/2022

ImageEMD-Goodness 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
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ImageQuintet by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Five Union MP15s (on what we think was the 66A job) work their way towards Clairton with an empty coke train. Unbeknownst to us at the time, a loaded coke train was just behind us about to pop out of the tunnel, which we would unfortunately miss as we were trying to get ahead of this guy again. Oh well! 8/14/2022

ImagePitcairn by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The small borough of Pitcairn forms the backdrop for westbound freight 13V as it winds through the S-curve that skirts NS's Pitcairn intermodal terminal. 8/13/2022

ImageQ163 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The sun has just about set as Q163 heads west at Pine behind a C40-8/CW44AC duo. 4/17/2016

ImageGP50 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Following the old IC branch west of Rantoul, IL, my friends and I were hoping to find the rare GP28 owned by the elevator here in Dewey. We were a bit surprised to see this ex CNW GP50 instead. The Co-Op still owns the GP28, which is parked in the barn with mechanical issues and from what we understand, is for sale. 4/2/2022
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ImageAlmost There by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

CSX's OCS rounds the curve at East Paris in Kentwood shortly after sunset. I dare say CSX has the best-looking OCS these days, excluding maybe Kansas City Southern. 8/17/2022

ImageAmerican Valor by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Laid up since 2008, the 767' American Valor slumbers quietly at her berth in Toledo. Sold in 2017 to Algoma Central Corp and again to Lower Lakes more recently, it seems very unlikely that the 1953-built laker will ever see service again. 8/12/2022
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ImageOneida by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Just north of Butler, U702 rounds the curve at the north end of the siding at Onieda on the former B&LE. 8/13/2022

ImageThe Best by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Two of the best schemes (in my opinion) to ever adorn an EMD locomotive lead Q326 east around the curve near Fox. I sure took consists like these for granted! 3/16/2007
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ImageWest Brownsville by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

North-bound coal loads running as N72 negotiate the street trackage through West Brownsville, PA. Running for several blocks, this is one of the longest stretches of active street running in the US anymore. 8/13/2022

ImageDash 8s by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Pulled from storage for one last hurrah, a pair of aging C40-8Ws chug up the hill near Fox with L302 from Detroit. 8/8/2022

ImageMon Line by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Coal traffic is still heavy on the Mon Line as southbound empties pass another train of empties at North Charleroi, PA. The trio of SD60Es were tied down with the C74, while a pair of SD70ACes lead the N11 south. Pretty cool to get a pair of GE-less NS trains in the same frame in 2022. 8/13/2022

ImageMKMs by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A pair of ex MPI/MKM SD40M-2s, then owned by Helm Leasing, work east out of Grand Rapids with Detroit-bound Q326. 11/22/2006
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ImageSouth-bound on the B&LE by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Three SD70M-2s (the third out of sight on the rear of the train) have 105 loads of ore on U702 rolling towards Pittsburgh on the former Bessemer. 8/13/2022

ImageThe Usual Pair by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

For years, the typical power for the Huron & Eastern's 701/702 Bay City-Durand turn was their pair of C30-7s, #5086 and #5175. Both are seen here leading 702 south towards Durand on pleasant spring day. 4/13/2012

Image365 @ Kalamazoo by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Amtrak Train 365, the west-bound Blue Water, slows to a stop at the station in Kalamazoo. West of town, the train will hit 110 mph in several spots. 8/29/2022

ImageECO Geep by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

One of Norfolk Southern’s GP33ECOs, rebuilt from GP50 cores in 2015, rests at the Park Manor intermodal facility on the south side of Chicago. Grab shot out the window of Amtrak 365, the Blue Water. 8/29/2022

ImageDay One by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Amtrak #301, a new ALC42 painted in the “Day One” original Amtrak paint scheme, sits with other ALC42s outside of the shops in Chicago. Taken from the window of eastbound train 352, the Wolverine. 8/31/2022

ImageLSRC SD50-3 #6351 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Lake State (State, there is only one "S") #6351 is paired with a freshly rebuilt CM44AC at CSX's Walbridge yard just outside of Toledo, OH. The current arrangement with CSX has each railroad provide one locomotive each for two sets of power on the trains that run between the LSRC and Walbridge. Since none of the LSRC's locomotives currently have PTC, they are always the trailing units on CSX. That may change with the coming of 5 "new" ex UP SD70Ms.

#6351 was built in 1984 as Conrail #6771, and still retains its CR-spec flexicoil trucks and "bug eye" FRA marker lights. 8/14/2022

ImageWestinghouse by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

25Z rolls past the birth place of the air brake, the large Westinghouse Air Brake complex, in Wilmerding, PA. The facility is still used today by Westinghouse successor Wabtec. 8/13/2022
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I guess I will jump on board when I have time. Here we travel back to 2007, specifically June 4th 2007, as K38904 with WE GP35 2691 & WE SD40 4025, head northbound on the Saginaw Sub in Canton on the way to Detroit.

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This looks like the coke train that originated from Mingo Jct. OH.
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I guess I will jump on board when I have time. Here we travel back to 2007, specifically June 4th 2007, as K38904 with WE GP35 2691 & WE SD40 4025, head northbound on the Saginaw Sub in Canton on the way to Detroit.

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This looks like the coke train that originated from Mingo Jct. OH.
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I love this picture! For a while someone (TRW?) was using Central Warehouse in Saginaw to stage auto parts and HESR was using the beautiful GTW box cars you see there in that service. Those box cars may have been originally standard height that were raised and rebuilt.
ImageCompany Propaganda Train by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Excuse me sir, do you have a few moments to talk about our lord and savior, the Grand Trunk Western? GP38-2 #4917 leads a rolling GTW billboard out of Durand yard on L500 back in June of 2012. The plow stripes were added to a few GTW Geeps around this time by a Michigan engineer. Reminiscent of the stripes the Trunk's own GP38-2s once wore, the practice had been long discontinued by the time they picked up this ex MP Geep in 1987. 6/1/2012
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ImageTaking a Dump by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The Portland & Western's "Rock Train" pulls into the siding at Hillsboro, where the stone will be offloaded at the dump at the Lakeside Industries Asphalt plant. This train, which runs as a remote control job out of Tigard, had GP40 #3004 and SD9 #1854 on the west end and GP39-2 #2304 on the east end. Once the train was clear of the switch on the main, the RCO switched his box to control the #2304, which is seen here working hard to pull the train up the hill and into the dumper. 9/9/2022

ImageHillsboro Depot by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The Portland & Western "Rock Train" rolls past the old Hillsboro depot (ex SP) behind former St. Lawrence & Atlantic GP40 #3004 and SD9 #1854. 9/9/2022
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ImageOregon Coast Scenic by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

After touring the Tillamook Creamery, we happened to stumble upon the Oregon Coast Scenic train leaving Garibaldi. Remembering this spot from our drive down, I booked it north a mile or so to snap their Great Northern F7 and four cars as they rolled along the water on this beautiful Labor Day. Had just enough time to climb the rocks! 9/5/2022

ImageA Trip Down the Mon by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

A pair of SD70ACes running as N11 with a train of empties pass the intermediates at 33.1 as they head south down the Mon Line. At left is the parked N23 with a pair of ES40DCs. 8/13/2022
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ImageDuquesne by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Looking at Duquesne on a map, this Midwesterner would never have guessed it was pronounced "Doo-cain". With US Steel's large Edgar Thomson Works in the background, the Union's 66A crew pulls through the yard with a train of coke empties for the Irvin Works. 8/14/2022

ImageEnd of the Line by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Portland & Western's Harbor Turn sits at the literal end of the line in Banks as the crew pauses for lunch. West of here, this line was the famed Tillamook branch, which is now out of service between Banks and Batterson. Operated by the Port of Tillamook Bay RR, the line rostered many EMD SD9s and GP9s and hauled a lot of lumber traffic. Heavily damaged in a storm dubbed "the Northwest Gale" in 2007, the line suffered many wash outs and the crucial bridge over the Salmon River was deemed beyond repair. The entire line is still owned by the Port of Tillamook, who leases this portion to G&W's Portland & Western and the west end between Tillamook and Batterson to the Oregon Coast Scenic. 9/6/2022
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Thank you for the back story on Port of Tillamook Bay RR. I recall that they had some very steep grades and would need three or four engines to pull less than 10 lumber loads up them.
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Portland & Western's Harbor Turn sits at the literal end of the line in Banks as the crew pauses for lunch. West of here, this line was the famed Tillamook branch, which is now out of service between Banks and Batterson. Operated by the Port of Tillamook Bay RR, the line rostered many EMD SD9s and GP9s and hauled a lot of lumber traffic. Heavily damaged in a storm dubbed "the Northwest Gale" in 2007, the line suffered many wash outs and the crucial bridge over the Salmon River was deemed beyond repair. The entire line is still owned by the Port of Tillamook, who leases this portion to G&W's Portland & Western and the west end between Tillamook and Batterson to the Oregon Coast Scenic. 9/6/2022
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ImageDeparting Garibaldi by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Great Northern F7A #274 departs the depot in Garibaldi with a 2pm excursion on Labor Day 2022. 9/5/2022

ImagePittsburgh & Ohio Central by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

An ex Conrail GP10 is joined by a pair of former Southern GP38-2s an an ex Reading SW1500 at the POHC's shop in Mckees Rocks, PA. All was quiet on this Sunday morning at this isolated G&W outpost inherited from the Ohio Central. 8/14/2022

ImageRussellton by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Loaded ore train U701 rolls south, about to pass under the signal bridge at Russellton. 8/13/2022

ImageSnowy Fuller Jct by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Rolling north through the freshly-fallen snow, Marquette Rail's Z151 approaches the Grand Rapids Eastern diamond at Fuller. 1/13/2012
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ImageSlab Train by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

Two Union MP15s work hard up the hill with a train of hot metal slabs for the Irvin Works. The train has just popped out of the Dravosburg tunnel. 8/13/2022

ImageQ335 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

The conductor gives a friendly wave as Toledo-Grand Rapids freight Q335 runs west at Elmdale, behind BNSF and UP SD70 variants. 5/26/2006
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