Eastbound Q326 heads underneath a remnant of a bygone railroading era, the coaling tower. It even still has C&O signage on it!
With threats of 3 inches of snow on Thursday earlier in the week, I elected to use a day off I had earned at work on Friday, as I wanted to light up the 1225 in the snow. Well, Owosso happened to... (more)
I am all for getting people into the hobby, and seeing this many people in Durand, a place that used to have many dedicated visitors, is great. However, they were all on the wrong side of the ligh... (more)
ELS 400 crosses the CN diamond on its way to the freight car repair facility in Escanaba. Pentax KX, Kodak Portra 160.
A CNW ore train, led by SD40-2 6916, crosses under Hwy 553 north of Swanzy, MI in June of 1988. You could see B52's take off and land from AFK Sawyer AFB at this time. The B52's have been replaced... (more)
CNW 6711 sits under the sanding tower in Escanaba, MI in August of 1984. The old concrete coaling tower looms in the background.
The quiet, cool, crisp foggy air is briefly broken by the sound of a Canadian tuned K3 blowing for the M-35 Crossing south of Little Lake and the sound of a SD40-2 notched out with a decent sized ... (more)
The Upper Peninsula of of Michigan has always been the land of Misfit power for the railroads from the days of the CNW Fairbanks Morse trainmasters, CNW high hood C628's, MILW F Units, to even tod... (more)
Nicholson Terminals lonely SW1 moving an empty flat car back to the interchange with US Steel. Nicholson Terminal handles stevedoring and exporting in Detroit using this lonely SW1, rarely seen o... (more)
There is not a whole lot that sounds and looks better than a pair of Lima built Berks hauling a freight train at sunrise... it really doesn't get much better at all.
Fresh from rebuilding at Peaker Services in Brighton, Michigan, this 1981 image at Milwaukee Junction shows SEMTA GP19 904 just prior to being placed into commuter service between Detroit and Pont... (more)
A Central Vermont EMD switcher is seen outside the Grand Trunk's Battle Creek locomotive shop. Tom Bowers photo.
As the cab of Pere Marquette 1225 fills with steam, the engineer sits calm and collected as he blows down the engine prior to departure for the North Pole (Ashley, MI).
KLSC's former Santa Fe GP7u leads two passenger cars and two former EJ&E cabooses on a passenger excursion. Tom Bowers photo.