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.
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.
A rare daylight meet happens at the north end of White Cloud as the Bald Eagle job holds the main waiting for the Turn to clear as the engineer's exchange paperwork.
The 5418 leads the turn around the west wye and into the siding with a 124 car train from CSX. The old PM Coal tower is in the back ground.
An outlawed Turn job sits in Stronach for the recrew to arrive. This crew had plowed snow the entire night with the 3001 being the third engine in the consist, the second unit 2008 was the leader ... (more)