Mission Accomplished

I’ve had my eye on this photo spot for the past couple of weeks. With the sun rising toward the northeast this month is a good time to photograph a northbound train on the CSX Monon Subdivision.

Amtrak’s westbound Cardinal is due out of Crawfordsville, Indiana, just before 7 a.m. It takes P051 about 10 minutes to get to this location, a grain elevator in a wide spot in the road known as Cherry Grove.

My first couple attempts to get the image were thwarted. First, the train was too late and, second, there were too many clouds.

But the third time I tried to get this image was, as the cliche goes, a charm.

Train No. 51 is on time with its usual consist of one P42DC, two Amfleet II coaches, an Amfleet food service car, a Viewliner sleeper and a Viewliner baggage dormitory car on the rear.

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