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Well Thursday was a busy day for me. While I was dropping my wife off at work I could hear RJ Corman heading west through Celina. I knew they had an empty center beam to pick up from Coldwater Lumber. I couldn't quite make it to Coldwater before they did. Train was 1806/1731 running light. After coupling to the centerbeam they shoved south west out to Helena Chemical. 4 tanks there but they only pulled 3. I filmed them switching from one of my favorite spots on the line. Helena Chemical is the last active customer before the oos portion. Also unusual for them to have a 3 man crew, the "engineer" usually works as the conductor on the Greenville line. I suspect he is an engineer in training.
My plan was to drive to Ansonia Ohio and follow the Indy line to Muncie Indiana but plans change. As soon as I got to Ansonia my wife called and let me know she was getting off early. I had an hour to film in Ansonia but luckily the line was busy and I caught 3 good CSX runs.
After picking my wife up we drove to St Johns Ohio to follow the I&O into Lima to catch the LSL. We were lucky, they just came out of town before we made it into the city traffic. Turning around quick and back south to Uniopolis for the first shots.
IORY LSL passing Trupoint switcher by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
We needed lunch so we didn't film again til Quincy. We also had a few extra minutes because a work truck was high railing the line. Our 3rd and final stop before Springfield was Thackery, my new favorite spot on the I&O!
RJ Corman CSX Ansonia LSL with CFE 3316 062 by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
We got some good scanner chatter coming from Springfield. We got a tip the I&O would be transporting the CF&E's first G&W painted locomotive, a former Ohio Central tunnel motor. We heard them mention 3366(sic), how new it looks, where to park to get pictures before it gets dirty( I assume the crew taking pics)... Yup we were sure glad to made the drive again this week!
The locomotives that brought the train north to Springfield...
Darn sign! by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
After waiting for about 45 minutes while they coupled up and brought the 9400 online ww finally got our first live view of a G&W orange locomotive. Looks great on jointed rail!
IORY LSL with CFE 3316 leaving Springfield yard by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
Nice line of tunnel motors! by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
Back to Thackery we drove. I couldn't have asked for better lighting!
IORY 4071 IORY 9400 CFE 3316 by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
Indiana and Ohio railroad and a look at its future by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
Fine machines on the I&O by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
Of course we had to catch it in Quincy crossing the CSX diamond! I tripped over the tripod here and made my video look very unprofessional.
IORY LSL 3 tunnel motors cross the CSX by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
We chose the north side of Jackson Center for the next location. The sun went behind the clouds for a few but came out just in time for the train.
Tunnel motors and corn stubble by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
The last spot before Lima was St Johns. I have always wanted to film a north bound here and I couldn't have asked for the video to turn out better!
CFE 3316 tunnel motor by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
In Lima I was almost out of light but I love the way the video turned out. The signals really 'pop' in this light! Be sure to watch the video to the end as these last clips are the BEST!
Also here are a few shots of the logos on the locomotive...
G&W style CFE logo by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
says SD40-2 but sure looks like a SD40T-2 to me... by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr
operation lifesaver by alittlevanwerty, on Flickr


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Cool catch. It's awesome to see three tunnel motors in three paint schemes.
The I&O has a good variety of locomotives, GP38-2's, GP40's, GP50's, SD40-2's, an SD45 but I was best for the pictures that they sent 2 of their tunnel motors. I believe the I&O has 4, 3 SD40T-2's and 1 SD45T-2. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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