Railfanning Ogden Dunes, Portage, Indiana, 26.06.12: South Shore Line, NS & Amtrak





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Published on Jul 12, 2012

Trains 1 and 2:
Car #109 leads South Shore Line train #113 eastward, pulling out of the Portage/Ogden Dunes stop. This rush-hour train ran express from Van Buren Street in Chicago to Hegewisch, and will end its run in Michigan City. Meanwhile, a Norfolk Southern intermodal heads west on the adjacent Chicago Line, with two Dash-9s leading, as commuters leave the parking lot.

Train 3:
Car #107 leads South Shore train #15 at a good clip past the Ogden Dunes platform. This is the only train that skips this station.

Train 4:
Amtrak's train #370, the 'Pere Marquette', is running with just three Superliners today, as it zips through Ogden Dunes on its way to Grand Rapids, Michigan. P42DC #124 leads.

Train 5:
Car 103 leads an eight-car (with two trailers) train #115, the express to East Chicago and Michigan City.

Train 6:
P42s #36 and 126 bookend eastbound 'Wolverine' train #354, on its way to Detroit.

Trains 7 and 8:
NS C40-9W #9921, ES44DC #7699 and SD70 #2547 rush west with an intermodal for Chicago, as South Shore Line train #117, seen through the TOFC cars on the NS train, arrives at Ogden Dunes with a six-car set of new bilevels. Car #314 brings up the rear.

Train 9:
Amtrak's eastbound 'Capitol Limited races through with an amazing consist! P42s #134, 13, and Phase I Heritage #156 lead, with the full-length dome lounge 'Ocean View' immediately behind the power, then the usual consist of the train, with an ex-Pennsylvania Railroad private car tacked on the rear!

Train 10:
Obviously, this is Milepost 488 on NS's Chicago Line. Another Chicago-bound stack train heads west, with C40-8W #8418 on the point.

Train 11:
NS C40-9Ws #9516 and 9180 and C40-8W #8455 speed east with an intermodal. Judging by the single-stacks, this is probably headed for somewhere on the Northeast Corridor.

Train 12:
A Dash-9 and a Dash-8 lead a coil steel train east from the mills at Indiana Harbor.

Train 13:
Car 47 leads a six-car (and one trailer) South Shore train #19, making its Portage/Ogden Dunes station stop on its way to South Bend.

Train 14:
Sorry about the camera-focus issues here. Dusk is settling in as a manifest from the Belt Railway of Chicago heads east on NS. A Dash-9 and -8 lead the train. Check out the Seattle & North Coast boxcar!

Train 15:
Night has fallen, and tiny South Shore train #22 from South Bend arrives-- just two cars, #46 the leader. I boarded this train and went back to Chicago.

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