by Otto Vondrak
I'm going to take a some time to photograph the SouthShore in and around Michigan City on Sunday and Monday. Good hotels, neighborhoods around there to stay?
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frank754 wrote:http://viewoftheblue.com/photography/csssb10_2.htmlThere are long sidings near Bailey on both sides of the single track main. Where you took your picture of 2002 appears to be one of those sidings (west of Dune Park). Although the west end of the north siding is automated (remote switch and CTC signals to allow coal trains to enter and exit the mainline) the other siding entrances (south siding and east facing switches on the north siding) are all manual throw and the sidings are unsignalled (except for their connection to the main line).
"After Gary, the line is mostly single tracked, except for some non-electrified double-track to accomodate freight service."
justalurker66 wrote:It is probably too late for me to help Otto with his trip.Leaving this week (whoops, that wasn't very clear, was it?), and I'll have a car, so I'm not worried about walking distances. But thank you for the hotel suggestion just the same, I will check it out!
Otto Vondrak wrote:I feel like such a noob asking this question, but is the SouthShore Freight on a regular schedule? I'd love to catch freight going down the street on Monday...They have a freight crew that is usually wrapping up work at Bailey (west of Dune Park) in the morning. There is a 7am crew that often goes to South Bend. The 8:30am or 10:30am crew might be easier to catch. These times are based on what I've heard the crews called ... as far as I know there is no specific schedule - although freight traffic is pretty regular and there are limited times to get a train through without interrupting passenger service. If you're out during the peak passenger times (not a bad idea) you are less likely to see freight.