Ex-Rocky Mountaineer 800 and 801 lead the inbound freight on a pleasant, late spring morning.
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)
Train 326 rests in the perfect evening light. The crew has just arrived from Tawas and is busy filling out the paperwork before running the train down the Huron Sub. It will take all night (and tw... (more)
By spring 2009 the LSRC's Alcos and MLWs were trail-only, but every once in a while the soon-to-be retired (now retired) engineer of the local crew would get tired of turning the power. This was p... (more)
The inbound train from Bay City catches the first light of the day on a warm, June morning. This would end up being the last sunny photograph taken for several days as the typical Michigan grey sk... (more)
Shades of blue.
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.
After being rebuilt in 1974, D&M 975 (Later LSRC 975) spent a long 31 years pulling freights in Northern Michigan. The unit rolled out of the paint shop on January 12th, 2005, and ran until Decemb... (more)
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)
One of the Lake States new GP40s is switching at Saginaw Yard. These new units were brought into the mix to replace the remaining Alcos on the railroad.
The Lake State's night freight catches the first light of the day as it rolls over the Thunder Bay River and into yard limits, completing its journey from Bay City to Alpena.
The Northbound Lake State train, running later than usual, creeps along at 10mph on the outskirts of town along Piper Road.
SBS train Z126 passes one of the last remaining semaphores in Michigan with one of their new "Alco killers" in the lead. Visiting railfans should use extreme caution when railfanning in Saginaw, a... (more)
The Burlington invades Michigan. One of the Lake State Railway's "alco killers" leads train Z126, the Saginaw to Bay City local, through the streets of Bay City.
For decades diesels manufactured in Schenectady (and in later years Montreal) pulled trains across this river. With the day of the Alco over on the Lake State Railway, EMD products now rule.