F Unit Returns to Service in Upper Michigan

F units have returned to revenue service on the Escanaba & Lake Superior in upper Michigan.

FP7 No. 600 began pulling freight in late January after having been out of service for eight years.

Trains magazine reported that No. 600 replaced SD40-2 No. 500, which sustained a mechanical failure last year and is likely to be retired.

No. 600 was built in 1951as Milwaukee Road No. 96A and pulled commuter trains in Chicago for many years.

The E&LS purchased it from Wisconsin & Southern in 2005. It continues to wear W&S’s red and silver livery.

The FP7 can be seen on former Milwaukee Road tracks between Pembine, Wisconsin, and Channing, Michigan.

An online report indicated that shortly after it returned to service No. 600 had a problem with its air compressor and was out of service awaiting repair.

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