View Full Version : Unusual Companions, Crew Changes, and NO Crap-9's!

07-20-2006, 01:51 AM
Today was an interesting day. But letís start at the beginning.
For those of you who donít know (which is probably most of you), my current summer job is a day camp counselor for toddlers. Yes, thatís right. I influence the minds of impressionable young children between the ages of 3 and 6. :lol: Anyway, this week was Zoo week and I volunteered to bring my pet lizard, a leopard gecko name Lorry, to show the kids today. Here's her mug shot. (http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/25699127/)
Well, yesterday, I decided to go railfanning before work, which started at around 9 AMish. This necessitated setting my alarm for 5:15 and sleeping through it til almost 5:30. As I was getting ready, I figured it would be a relatively normal day at Lockport, with the same H2 Dash-9s leading and the same angles I usually shot. Boy was I in for a surprise.
After finally getting going I still managed to catch the second Heritage Corridor train of the day.
Unfortunately, it was currently cloudy out, so no good pictures. I then moved over to the usual spot along the Transcon, only to discover a van sitting down on the siding, next to some MOW equipment. It would come into play later. Before I could get my tripod set up, the gates went down and I was surprised to see a GP60M leading a light power move.
Then, the sun came out and a BN GP39-2 came through leading an intermodal train. Very odd, since such privileges are usually reserved for the Crap-9ís in H2.
And after much tinkering this one finally got in.

07-20-2006, 01:52 AM
Then, looking at the time, I realized the next Heritage Corridor train would be coming through soon. Usually, I would simply walk up there, but since I had precious cargo today(Lorry the lizard), I decided to drive up there today. I selected a spot which incorporated the Norton building, now the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery. As I was walking along Commerce Street, a man stopped me and asked me what I was doing, and if I was taking pictures of trains. I replied yes, and he then told me that there was going to be a crew change there pretty soon. I then told him about the Metra coming through, which he didnít know about, but was grateful to know. He also told me that a crew change here was unusual, and that it usually happened farther down the line. After talking a little further the Metra pulled into the station, we finished talking, and I went and set up for my shot.
Shortly after the Metra came through, sure enough, the Millsdale Turn, the local which runs on CN Joliet Sub, pulled around the corner, and up to the Norton Building.
The crew change then began.
And if my source is correct, the woman crossing the tracks was actually the trainís engineer. Not everyday you see a women railroader.
It then departed with the symbols of the Oil Job, a completely new train.
After all the ďexcitementĒ was over, I headed back down to the BNSF, just in time for the gates to come down. Luckily, I had left my camera on its tripod, and I snagged this shot of a very clean warbonnet coming around the curve. Also, luckily, it was moving slow due to the MOW crew I mentioned previously, though still on the siding. Since it was moving so slow, I had time to put my camera back into color mode. Letís just put it simply, I got lucky on this shot.
And, itís my 25th photo, and one I can be proud of since Warbonnetís still my favorite paint scheme! Yay, I finally get my name on the little drop down menu(when your lifeís as uneventful as mine, you have to get excited about the little things :lol: ). Then I brought Lorry out for some sun now that it had warmed up some. Then the Mow crew moved out of the siding, and onto the main. Since I had Lorry out, you should have seen the look on the one crewmanís face as I greeted him good morning. :grin:
Knowing that there probably wouldnít be any trains for a while, I set up my camera and tripod. I then set the self timer on the camera and got a few self-portraits before I had to go to work.
I think Iíll call it, a man, his lizard, and trains.
And, somehow, I made it through a whole day w/out a Dash-9 in H2!
Hope you enjoyed my rather long trip report!

07-20-2006, 01:56 AM
Great job, Mike! I like the Warbonnet rounding the curve at Lockport. Nice catch on the GT changing crews. I have to get out to Lockport again soon. Keep the great photos coming.

07-20-2006, 05:18 PM
nice report mike.thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.