With only three auto racks on the head end, CP 199 passes through the small village of Astico enroute to a crew change in Portage, about 30 miles distant.
Adam Farence Photo
We're eastbound on a Milwaukee Road freight bound for Chicago as we meet Amtrak's North Coast Hiawatha between Reeseville and Astico,WI..
Slicing through the fog, three shining CP SD60s lead 2-298 at the crack of dawn near Reeseville Wisconsin. The fog was thick in the marsh, but the sun rose and burned a small sucker hole of light.... (more)
Cheddar Curtain- One of the pools to watch, is the run through agreement between the CP and INRD, which brings INRD 90mac's deep behind the Cheddar Curtain... CP 801- Empty- Fayette Indiana coke h... (more)
Hogback- CP trains 801 and 280 meet at speed on a hogback east of Columbus Wisconsin, on the CP Watertown sub.. 801 is an empty train of BNBX coke hoppers, powered by a pair of INRD 90mac's, heade... (more)
The Empire Builder rolls eastward about 148 miles from it's journey's end at Union Station in Chicago. She's running about 2 hours down.
The westbound Empire Builders hauls at track speed a few miles out of Columbus, Wisconsin.
An interesting baby Builder flashes by Wisconsin farms, giving extra toots on the horn acknowledging the fandom up on the ridge getting the shot.
281's train is running on the yellow signals behind a 25mph, 2-291 train, on Main 1. Amtrak's #8 has just passed on Main #2. Just another day on the railroad.
Catching the last rays of the day, SD60 6025 and a sister in red lead a mainline freight past fields beginning to show the signs of early spring.
Getting a matched pair of red SOO SD60's leading a train portends a good afternoon of fanning.
The CP makes tracks across the frozen landscape. Even though the air temp is somewhere in the single digits with a wind chill well below zero up here on the hill, I'm sitting comfortably inside m... (more)