Michigan Line Freight
West of Kalamazoo, Amtrak's Michigan Line is basically devoid of freight trains other than NS local B05. This train runs out of Burns Harbor and will run up the AML as far east as Decatur. While the local itself is usually not much more than a handful of cars, the chances of seeing a long freight on the Michigan Line improved a few years ago when Northstar Grain built a large grain elevator in Decatur. Grain trains will usually run with a pair of ITCS-equipped GP60s on either end of a pair of road units, however on this day B05 ran with a trio of GP60s and an Admiral cab SD40-2. The units are seen here headed east under the old NYC coal tower at Michigan City. Once they reach Decatur they will build an outbound grain train and head back to Burns Harbor. The tank car between the third and fourth units is for a customer en route.