MQT's turn job arrives into Sparta MI to end out their round trip from Sparta to Baldwin and back. In a few hours the night Z151 crew will come on duty and take the train south to CSX.
After a night of heavy snow, MQT 3389 and company lead a rather long Turn train through a winter wonderland north to Baldwin where it will be handed over to the Eagle crew to be switched out.
After a long night and a decent wait for the bridge, the MQT's Meteor makes its way across the Manistee River shortly after a amazing sunrise in west Michigan.
Four SD40's pull across the Muskegon river in Newaygo and across the biggest bridge on the railroad.
Four SD40's lug a northbound manifest train up Newaygo hill on a beautiful December morning before all the cold and snow kicked in a couple days later.
The 3389 and three other SD40-2's are on the north side of Sparta just after sunrise waiting to head north to Baldwin and return.
With dumping complete on the Ludington sub, the Bald Eagle job shoves back into the east wye to clear up for a massive Turn crew just out of sight behind me.
3389 ex-GLLX 3001 leads 22 loads of stone as the crew slowly creeps ahead dumping the stone. All but 1 of the cars are ex-ICG Coke cars now SGVY Sugar Beat/stone cars. MQT 3158 caboose is on the r... (more)
A large 151 heads south down Newaygo hill as snow starts to fly again. The train will cross the Muskegon river just behind me.
Z151 rolls into White Cloud on this 18 degree day as it starts around the sharp curve in town that used to be part of a wye that broke off and went west to Fremont and Muskegon, South to Grand Rap... (more)
Z151 screams south on a sunny winters day as they head for Grand Rapids with all 3 of MQT's SD40-2's.
Marquette Rail's Trio of SD40-2's highballs south towards Grand Rapids and goes through the Roller Coaster of hills in Grant and does some drift busting as they crest another hill.
Z151 with a trio of SD40-2's is throttled out as it climbs Kopje Hill and will struggle to make the top of the hill with a at tonnage train on the draw bars but will successfully make it over.
3389 leans into the Curve at MP 67 on a Beautiful day as it heads south for Grand Rapids MI with a massive train.
With downtown Grand Rapids in the background Z151 creeps towards CSX's Wyoming yard just a few thousand feet ahead.