Blue(frozen)water Michigan

Ice covers the hand brake of a Pere Marquette caboose at the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Mich., on Sunday (Dec. 22). Much of central Michigan experienced an overnight ice storm that took down trees and left thousands without power.

Ice covers the hand brake of a Pere Marquette caboose at the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Mich., on Sunday (Dec. 22). Much of central Michigan experienced an overnight ice storm that took down trees and left thousands without power.

A friend and I ventured to icy Michigan on Sunday, Dec. 22, to photograph the Pere Marquette 1225 pulling two North Pole Express trains.

The morning trip was canceled due to the weather so we hung out in Durand to catch some Canadian National action.

The afternoon 1225 trip operated as scheduled once the track has been inspected and cleared of any obstacles.

Shown here are some of the images that I made during our downtime waiting for the PM 1225 to run.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

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Train No. 149 rolls into Durand with a load of containers.

Train No. 149 rolls into Durand with a load of containers.

No. 149 shows signs of having battled the winter elements for many miles.

No. 149 shows signs of having battled the winter elements for many miles.

The track diverging to the left is the connection from the Chicago-Port Huron mainline to the Holly Sub to Detroit.

The track diverging to the left is the connection from the Chicago-Port Huron mainline to the Holly Sub to Detroit.

Snow showers had developed by the time that No. 348 reached Duran headed eastward.

Snow showers had developed by the time that No. 348 reached Durand headed eastward.

Most of the consist of No. 348 was auto racks with a few odd bar freight cars thrown in.

Most of the consist of No. 348 was auto racks with a few odd ball freight cars thrown in.

Ice covered street signs in Owosso.

Ice covered street signs in Owosso.

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The code lines along the former Pere Marquette route between Detroit and Grand Rapids have a liberal coating of ice. This line is now owned by CSX, which is seeking regulatory approval to decommission the block signals on this route.

The code lines along the former Pere Marquette route between Detroit and Grand Rapids have a liberal coating of ice. This line is now owned by CSX, which is seeking regulatory approval to decommission the block signals on this route.

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