Wednesday, March 3, 2010
A successful day
Took a day off today and went to Hillsdale, Michigan. Hillsdale is the operation headquarters for Indiana Northeastern Railroad. I was hoping to find them working but that didn't happen. But this locomotive was parked in their yard and I had a great vantage point to sketch it and to photograph it. This one is and old GP-9.
From Hillsdale I drove back thru Chelsea Michigan to see if anything was moving on the Norfolk Southern tracks. At this Jiffy Mix plant the NS maintenance of way guys were shoveling snow from the switches into the plant. Since it hasn't snowed for a few days I guessed that they were making sure the swithces were clear and there would be a local job there soon to either bring loaded grain cars or pick up empties. In the time it took me to sketch the back side of the plant where they unload grain cars no train showed itself. Probably got there as soon as I left. It was a nice sunny day and although I sat in the van to sketch it was warm enough to have the window open. The hum of the machinery inside the Jiffy Mix plant almost put me to sleep.