On the first day of December, the North Pole Express, pulled by the Pere Marquette 1225, fresh from its FRA rebuild comes around the curve on the Great Lakes Central Cadillac District near King Rd... (more)
Three classic EMD GP35 locomotives sit in the shops today. 390, 394 and 385 were all built in 1964 for the Ann Arbor Railroad and all still operate over the same line.
As the sun sets, GLC 393 sits in the yard shortly before making a late night trip down to Osmer to pick up a 90 car unit grain train for the elevator in Oakley.
A rare sight, a solo leader GLC OSTN sits in the yard in Durand awaiting clearance across the diamond after picking up a cut of grain cars to take south.
GLC's fall color tour train makes its way North towards Clare Michigan
A pair of GLC GP38-2's sit in the yard in Durand charging the train line of a cut of grain cars that HESR brought in for them to take south.
Sitting on the former Pere Marquette and later Chesapeake & Ohio line through Clare, MI. is the last fall color train of the year that Great Lakes Central operated for the Steam Railroading Instit... (more)
After a crew change one mile north of this point, the GLC OSTN gets underway with its grain train out of the elevator in Oakley, MI. with trio of GP35's and a GP38-2 providing power.
Pacing one of the last two GLC GP35's that still carry their TSBY yellow and black from the previous era as it pulls the GLC OSTN south of Cohoctah, MI. Thanks to fellow RP'er Ben Waineo for assis... (more)
GLC's fall color tour train slows down as it heads into clare
After dropping the color tour train off, GLC 397 switches some cars while in town
Not quite full peak, but near peak colors line the tracks just to the north of Oak Grove, MI. as the GLC OSTN races south with a long mixed freight destined for Osmer, MI.
Despite only having 8 loads in tow, the solo GP38-2 is being pushed to the limits as it climbs the brutal Boon Hill as it heads back towards Cadillac, MI. and eventually south to Clare, MI.
After switching at the MAC elevator in Middleton 393 tanks a small cut of tanks back east towards Ashley and will then head south for Owosso just before sunset.
Not quite full peak, but near peak colors in this small area create a tunnel of color as the GLC ONTN races southbound with a short train bound for Owosso, MI.