Inspired by the story of working the railroad at Michigan State University I spent some more time looking for information on their railroad. That photo of the MSU 45 ton diesel was fairly recent and I thought maybe someone else had gone looking for it.
Then I found this terrific video on Youtube posted by Alternity Studio:
I wish there was so more video showing the unloading process. Regardless, the video was enjoyable to watch.
Where last night my search was focussed directly on MSU, this morning’s looked more closely at the T.B. Simon Powerplant. Thanks to that shift I also found this terrific aerial view from Google:
Check out the neat track layout at the University. In addition to the powerplant trackage there’s also a siding for what looks like a University-run bakery.
I understand that the little 45 ton diesel that attracted me to this property has now been replaced by a larger GM diesel but the property is still one to refer back to.
With the first tea enjoyed, it’s time to get on with some other odds and ends that I should get done this morning. I’d like to get some bread started – the other day I made some based on oats that I quite liked and I’d like to make that again.
We promised we’d take down the Christmas tree today before I left for Montreal but it’s just such a fine looking tree that we’ve decided to become “those people” and leave it up just a bit longer.
There’s finally enough snow on the ground to get in some runs at the Island’s only ski hill: Brookvale. They have one run open right now and my kid is aching to carve it up. Though I promised myself, and her, that I’d try snowboarding I don’t think today is that day. Rather, I think Krista and I might just wander off on some cross-country ski trails. We went last weekend and it was beautiful. It should be as nice today.
Speaking of Montreal, I’m off on the road to return my oldest to university. I’m really looking forward to the trip and spending the trip with her. On the way home I have a few train-related destinations in mind so perhaps I’ll close this post with the promise of some more lousy train photography – can’t wait eh?!