Waiting for the Grand Elk 303

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There was no chase this weekend. The 303 ran Saturday night and tied up north of town at Coop. All I had to do was keep the scanner on and wait.

Sunday the 105 crew was sent to fetch 303. To get to their yard in Kalamazoo, they would have to cross Amtrak's Michigan line and then make a reverse move onto the Michigan line. This gave plenty of time to catch a couple Amtrak moves.

351 at 11th St.

365 leaving Kalamazoo. The lucky passengers are on 365. The next westbound (353) ends up stopped along the country side for eight hours with a locomotive failure.

The reverse move to Gerhart Yard.

The power passing Harris on the Michigan line.

The power crossing the Kalamazoo River.


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Great snow shots! Are those MU cables flailing about on the conductor's side of the cab in the first Amtrak shot? They appear to be trapped in the snow in the second shot.


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Thanks. The yellow plug didn't have the round shape of an MU cable. I wondered if it was a power cable they plug when a train sets over night. The way it whipped around at the crossing I doubt it made it to Chicago.

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