CNW leased and then acquired 30 Norfolk & Western Alco C-628s in 1973 due to a surge in traffic that left the railroad power short. They had not purchased a new locomotive since the SD45s, so thes... (more)
Escanaba roundhouse always played host to sets of big Alco's from the mid 70's until the retirement of first the roundhouse and then the Alco's. Here 6712, 6727 and 6716 have been fueled, sanded a... (more)
C628's 6712,6703,6713 are Escanaba bound a couple miles south of Brampton. Winter weather in Upper Michigan tends to alternate between clear cold days and slightly warmer snowy weather.
The CNW ore lines were a pretty boring piece of railroad during the the 1975-1986 time frame. The C628's were generally the only power to be seen except for the rare BLD-EMD and then later 4-axle ... (more)
A pair of heavy Alcos are pulling hard on a cut of loaded iron ore cars in the yard at Ishpeming, Michigan, in February of 1976.