Lake State Railway train 325, the Alpena yard job, turns their engine on the Rogers City wye. At left is one of the old WWII troop sleeper cars the D&M converted into cabooses.
Certainly the LSRC's most unique unit, GP40-2 4300 (rebuilt from one of twenty-three GP40Xs) sports experimental HT-B trucks (one of only ten units to receive them), a cab mounted bell, a K5LA, SP... (more)
The Lake State's MLW and Alco fleet were given a trailing-only designation for 2009 (their final year). This meant that one could photograph them "leading" in good light as the crew turned the pow... (more)
A quick thaw and three straight days of heavy rain caused the worst flooding Alpena has seen since 1998. Although the floods have since subsided, much of the land is still saturated with water. He... (more)
With the sun barely over the horizon and frost covering the land, the local Alpena job prepares to head back to the yard after switching the LaFarge plant.
The Lake State Railway is busy switching out the LaFarge Cement Plant shortly after sunrise. This LaFarge plant held the title of "Largest Cement Plant in the World" for many years, and was recent... (more)
Fellow railfans venturing to Michigan in July for trainfest may want to pay the Lake State Railway a visit. Consists like this one can be found a few short hours from Owosso.
A discarded spike, left over from when the railroad removed an unnecessary switch, stands guard at C425M 381 awaits her crew. Both soldiers once worked day and night to keep the traffic moving on ... (more)
Lake State Railway GP40M-3 (rebuilt FURX GP40) heads for the roundhouse after switching the LaFarge Cement Plant. The unit is seen passing old relics from the Detroit and Mackinac days.
Go MLW! GO! With the plow in the middle of the state, the Lake State ran a lone unit a short ways through town to clear the way, seen here blasting through a snowbank and smoking it up. Alpena has... (more)
Installing the F.R.E.D.
The crew of train 325 pulls the 371 out of the shed to go switch the LaFarge cement plant.
The yard crew puts the 371 into the shed for the rest of the weekend. Photo taken with permission.
After being told by the crew that there would be no movement for 45 minutes, the photographer created Morgan: The Unofficial snowman of the Lake State Railway. Yes, in case you're wondering, I scr... (more)
On a beautiful November morning the photographer was lucky to catch an old Alco Century working the Alpena Yard job. According to sources the old D&M Alcos will be gone by the end of 2009.