The classic Alco short line, Detroit & Mackinac had been acquired by Lake State but the Alco tradition would carry on for many years.
LSRC 975 spends another cold night outside. The unit started her life as Boston & Maine #1517 before having her nose chopped and having a 12-251C engine put in by Morrison Knudsen. The unit came t... (more)
Certainly the LSRC's most unique unit, GP40-2 4300 (rebuilt from one of twenty-three GP40Xs) sports experimental HT-B trucks (one of only ten units to receive them), a cab mounted bell, a K5LA, SP... (more)
The Lake State's MLW and Alco fleet were given a trailing-only designation for 2009 (their final year). This meant that one could photograph them "leading" in good light as the crew turned the pow... (more)
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)
Shades of blue.
Gone. After becoming the first railroad in the US to completely dieselize, the D&M (and successor LSRC) relied on Alco power. Currently, only one Alco (C425 1280, trailing) remains. This photo fro... (more)
A matching set of Lake State GP40s heads back to the roundhouse for the weekend after bringing in the morning train.
Train 327a works the yard shortly after sunrise. It's comforting to know that since this photo was taken, the Lake State has been busy repairing it's track.
Fellow railfans venturing to Michigan in July for trainfest may want to pay the Lake State Railway a visit. Consists like this one can be found a few short hours from Owosso.
A discarded spike, left over from when the railroad removed an unnecessary switch, stands guard at C425M 381 awaits her crew. Both soldiers once worked day and night to keep the traffic moving on ... (more)
Lake State Railway GP40M-3 (rebuilt FURX GP40) heads for the roundhouse after switching the LaFarge Cement Plant. The unit is seen passing old relics from the Detroit and Mackinac days.
There are two things that the photographer will always remember Alpena for; Alcos and trees.