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>>> Alcos, More and Less
Friday, December 16, 2011
Earlier this week I chased on the Alco-powered Livonia, Avon & Lakeville in New York. I caught their newest purchase, a former Seminole Gulf unit leading northbound:
Also this week I have learned that the Michigan Southern Alco fleet is being scrapped in White Pigeon, Michigan. I was fortunate to make a trip to White Pigeon last May to photograph what remained in the yard:
Posted by Brian at 5:49 AM
>>> Back to Muncie
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Last month I spent a weekend in Muncie, Indiana. I'd hoped to fill in some missing shots from around the city and luckily I was able to put it together with the light, the trains, and the locations:
More photos from Muncie are on flickr.
Posted by Brian at 6:20 AM
>>> Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
This past Saturday I ventured into Michigan to railfan, something I rarely do. I have spent a good bit of time around the city of Monroe in years past, being only a short 35 minute drive from my college. This trip was different, however. It wasn't a half day spent before or after class. Instead it was an all-day all-Michigan railfan trip.
For my troubles I saw nine trains and could have seen two more had I timed my driving a little better. I was a little bummed. I knew I wouldn't see more than a dozen but I was really hoping to get that dozen -- and some specific shots, too. When I got home and dumped the camera on the Macbook's hard drive I was pleasantly surprised. While I only shot seven trains I managed to come home with eighteen "keepers" once I sorted through all my photos. That's about what I'd expect from a day in Deshler, although with a *lot* less driving.
Even better, every shot I got was new. I got one new shot from Monroe and a bunch more from other places, Trenton, Romulus, Carleton, Flat Rock, and Diann. And I'm even thinking about going back sooner rather than later to fill in some of the remaining gaps.
Now nine trains is about two good hours spent in Fostoria or Berea, Ohio. I'd consider it to be a good day in southeast Michigan (and a phenomenal day anywhere else in the state). But I came home with a set of completely new photos and I learned a little bit more about the operations that are in my backyard.
Throughout the day I had to keep reminding myself of title of this post. Sometimes we get so complacent in our routines we forget the pioneering spirit that's so ingrained in railfanning.
When was the last time you went out on a limb for something new?
Posted by Brian at 7:11 AM
>>> Industrial Switchers
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Over the summer I found these two switchers at a quarry near Kankakee, Illinois:
I find the contrast between the two units to be quite startling. The (former) Conrail unit is just about as untouched as they come, quite the fossil. The PRLX switcher on the other hand is fresh and new as they come, likely a contract paint job by a CSX shop. They were both present at the same facility a few hundred yards away from each other. Odd bedfellows, indeed.
Posted by Brian at 12:00 PM
>>> Back in Black
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Back to blogging regularly (I hope) and thought I'd kick it off with some Norfolk Southern action from the summer:
Posted by Brian at 7:12 AM
>>> Stuck in the Middle
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Last Wednesday I spent some much-needed time in Deshler. The snow was flying, the trains were moving, and lunch at the Corn City Bar was good and cheap. The highlight of the day came when I was briefly trapped at Crossroads Park by three trains. The first train, Q339, came around on the southeast connector, followed by K803 on the southwest connector and Q369 west on Track 1.
Once I realized I was stuck in the middle I did the best I could to capture the scene:
Posted by Brian at 7:20 AM
>>> Empire State Alco Odyssey
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Earlier in December I chased the Livonia, Avon, & Lakeville in western New York with my good friend Otto Vondrak. We intercepted the train south of Avon and chased it to suburban Rochester. Of course, having a matched set of Alcos helped keep our interest!
More photos from the chase are on flickr.
Posted by Brian at 7:30 PM
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