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Chicagoland Junction Series: Busy Day At Dolton. 1-20-10.

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Published on Jan 23, 2010

9:42AM-
A UP vehicle train out of Gibson crosses Park avenue just before pounding the diamonds.
UP SD70M #4041
UP SD70M #3912

10:06AM-
Closer up by the diamonds now, an Eastbound CSX manifest rounds the curve with an SD40-2 to boot.
CSXT ES40DC #5378
CSXT SD40-2 #8160

10:33AM-
Trains on the CSX and IHB lines cease to let Amtrak Hoosier State 851 cross over their main lines. The Hoosier State is usually 1-3 cars long with cars being shuttled to or from the Beech Grove shops in the consist. This train switched over from the CN/GTW at Thornton which is the next junction South of here. It now proceeds North on the sporadic ex. C&EI UP Villa Grove Subdivision.
P42DC #97

11:15AM-
With trains on the IHB still at a halt, Westbound CSX NORX loads manuvered their way from the UP Villa Grove Subdivision onto the IHB Main at the junction. I caught this train in a random obscured alley parelling the tracks West of the junction. The second clip shows them ducking under the CN/IC Chicago Subdivision. The train behind it is one of the IHB trains waiting to proceed East. (it's got an awesome locomotive consist too...)
CSXT AC4400CW #54
CSXT ES40DC #5412

11:49AM-
Now that the coal drag has cleared Dolton, I drove East of the junction in search of better camera angles for the coming IHB traffic. CP Grove, a spot I went to once before was where I went and just in time for an Eastbound BNSF run through mixed freight on the CSX.
BNSF C44-9W #4550
BNSF C44-9W #4915

12:03PM-
Just when I thought the two IHB trains sitting on the outskirts of the junction would start moving, the NS bottle train shows up. This train came off a small Ex. PRR branch that feeds into Dolton Junction. This is the only train that uses the line to transport molten steel between ArcelorMittal's sprawling East Chicago mill and the Riverdale facility.
NS GP38-2 #5526

12:03AM-
The NS bottle train still needs to clear the blocks before IHB traffic moves but in the mean time, a CSX container intermodal passes by Eastbound.
CSXT ES40DC #5281
CSXT C40-9W #7652

12:13PM-
Finally, the two trains that have been sitting for over an hour begin moving. First to come was this manifest with a neat assortment of IHB power. We can see it meeting it's counterpart East of here.
IHB GP40-2 #4016
IHB SD20 #2923
IHB Slug #479
IHB SW1500 #1523

12:25PM-
With no trains so far sounding their horns on the IHB, it has come to my attention that this area has become a quiet zone. I wasn't like this last time I went here a few months ago. IHB GP40-2 #4014 throttles up with a monstorous manifest and puts makes for some nice EMD soundage.

12:47AM-
If it were sunny, a shot like this would be back lit. In my opinion, this is one of the few angles I'm satisfied with at the diamonds themselves. I'm also satisfied with the fact that I caught the two GP38-2s IHB owns.
IHB GP38-2 #3801
IHB GP38-2 #3802

(c) 9th Street Productions.

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