Railfanning South Chicago on NS & BRC, 18.03.11: Lots of Variety!





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Uploaded on Mar 20, 2011

Train 1:
Amtrak P42DC #34 brings train #353, a westbound Wolverine corridor train from Detroit toward Chicago Union Station.

Train 2:
HLCX SD40-2 #6227, a unit of Quebec, North Shore & Labrador heritage, and #8140, obviously an ex-Burlington Northern unit, bring a rather short freight around the connector from the Norfolk Southern Chicago Line to the Belt Railway of Chicago, under the I-90 Skyway toll bridge.

Train 3:
NS C44-9W #9012 and 9932 bring a mid-sized manifest west.

Train 4:
Outbound Amtrak train #, the Blue Water, is led by P42DC #127 and trailed by #31 as it crosses over the BRC's South Chicago branch on its way to Port Huron, Michigan.

Train 5:
This one caught me by surprise as I changed locations a bit closer to the Calumet River lift bridges- an NS Dash-9, SD70M and BNSF have a long manifest in tow, heading down the incline from NS to the BRC.

Train 6:
CSX C40-8W #9044 and SD60 #8515 haul a lengthy manifest off the BRC and onto the NS Chicago Line on trackage rights.

Train 7:
Seen from a distance, (sorry about the bad zoom..) two South Shore Freight GP38-2s pull out of the BRC's South Chicago Yard for headroom with an ethanol train, on the Chicago Rail Link South Deering line.

Train 8:
NS C40-8 #8776 and C44-9W #9430 bring a very Pacific Northwest-looking manifest east.

Train 9:
NS Dash-9 #9333 brings a stack train north, solo.

Train 10:
Amtrak's train #, the Pere Marquette, heads east with Phase III NPCU #90368, three Superliners, and P42DC #4, crossing the Calumet River.

Train 11:
A Canadian Pacific freight has used NS trackage rights from the Detroit-Windsor area to reach Chicago. Power here is CEFX AC4400CW #1023 and CP AC4400CW #9631, which bring their intermodal train down the grade to the BRC and ultimately Bensenville Yard, though the possibility exists that this is a run-through train via Bryn Mawr and the New Line to the Twin Cities or Winnipeg.

Train 12:
Closing out the day is a still, telephoto shot of quite a rare sight these days: ex-an ex-Conrail standard-cab C40-8, heading up State Line coal loads. Unfortunately, it wasn't moving anywhere, and the best I could manage was this distance shot framed through the abandoned New York Central lift bridge.

~Thanks for watching!~


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