Westbound I27 (Extra 227) crosses from the Ft. Wayne Line to the Cleveland Line at CP ALLIANCE.
25Z rushes westbound through Alliance interlocking with a former Conrail narrowcab at the helm. In today's era, it's very nice to see a narrowcab at the point of a van train. Luckily, the sun popp... (more)
A tie train with power on each end splits the ex PRR position lights as it crosses from 2 to 1 eastbound to eventually drop ties near Beloit.
The Circus train slows for a stop ahead at the Alliance Amtrak Station.
227 ducks into the curve connecting the Fort Wayne Line with the Cleveland Line, heading towards its next stop at the Maple Heights Intermodal Terminal.
A Loram Rail Grinder slowly moves east on the NS Cleveland Line, towards it's destination of Alliance, OH.
NS 227 swings onto the double track connection in Alliance, to head towards Cleveland, and ultimately the Detroit area. To the right, are the Alliance Amtrak Station, and a pretty large MOW facili... (more)
Thermite Weld in full blast
MOW crew check the Thermite weld before removing the kettle.
NS C-01 led by 5623 crosses Rt 183 bridge on slow orders due to a 18 wheel big rig which ignored the signs 12' 6"
Ex Conrail now NS, 5400 leads a coal drag on to the Bayard subdivision at Alliance.
MOW crews cut the mainline and prepare to install a new switch. They started at dawn and will have the new main switch in by 4 pm.
MOW crew wrangle the switch into place, pulling spikes and re-aligning the plates the hard way.
MOW can be a lonely job, often working with a lookout this welder concentrates on his work.
Loram Railgrinder sprays liquid on to the tracks after grinding to keep the heat from starting fires.