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Date: 02/10/20 20:17
FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michigan.
Author: NS270

ELS 600 was built in January 1951 for the Milwaukee Road as number 96A. It had been out of service for the past 8 years, but was again put up to the task of hauling freight on the Escanaba & Lake Superior ex Milwaukee Road trackage between Pembine Wisconsin and Channing, MI. I have included photos of them moving storage cars on the old Republic / Champion line in Channing, MI, passing the old Milwaukee Road Depot in Iron Mountain, and coming into the north end of Pembine with a road freight. The 600 suffered a problem with the air compressor shortly after my visit and is currently out of service awaiting repair.

It sure is amazing to see an old F pulling freight anywhere in 2020, but combine the majesty of the Northwoods and the fact that she is on home ex Milwaukee rails, and you have nothing short of a dream.








Date: 02/10/20 20:44
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: krm152

Super catch and excellent photos!  Great to see #600 out and running.
Thanks for the photo posting.
ALLEN



Date: 02/10/20 20:54
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: wa4umr

Nice to see an F-unit without ditch lights.  The colors remind me of R.J.Corman or maybe the Branson Railroad.

John



Date: 02/11/20 03:21
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: KimHeusel

wa4umr Wrote:
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> The colors remind me of R.J.Corman or maybe the
> Branson Railroad.
>
> John

Great photos. I also was reminded of the RJ Corman colors when I saw this. I hope 600 is repaired soon and resumes operations.

Kim Heusel



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/11/20 03:22 by KimHeusel.



Date: 02/11/20 03:34
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: algoma11

Nice looking horse !

Mike Bannon
St Catharines, ON



Date: 02/11/20 05:42
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: kevink

wa4umr Wrote:
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> Nice to see an F-unit without ditch lights.  The
> colors remind me of R.J.Corman or maybe the
> Branson Railroad.

Colors are the same as the Wisconsin Southern RR where the 600 spent some time.
 



Date: 02/11/20 06:35
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: refarkas

Thanks for sharing these. She really looks good.
Bob



Date: 02/11/20 10:51
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: callum_out

Excellent shots, E&LS has a history of surprises, this is a nice one.

Out 



Date: 02/11/20 13:12
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: rbenko

Sweet - next to return, the Sharks?  A boy can dream...



Date: 02/11/20 13:52
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: rgzfan

Check out the horns! It's got an S5 facing forward and a big old Typhon facing rear! I sure could go for a recording or video if anyone has one.



Date: 02/11/20 16:16
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: Ritzville

Very NICE series with a good looking FP7A!

Larry



Date: 02/11/20 16:22
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: RuleG

dtoeppen Wrote:
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> Check out the horns! It's got an S5 facing forward
> and a big old Typhon facing rear! I sure could go
> for a recording or video if anyone has one.

Go to Youtube.com and plug in "escanaba & lake superior 600."  You'll enjoy listening to the horns.



Date: 02/11/20 18:34
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: NS270

A little Leslie Tyfon A-200 for you. The S5T needs attention badly. Happy to see her out after such a long slumber though!

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Date: 02/11/20 18:38
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: NS270

Here are some roster style shots for your enjoyment. You can see the brand new stainless steel grille(s) in the side shot.






Date: 02/12/20 06:20
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: MEKoch

Seeing the exhaust stack on the rear of the loco, it was once-upon-a-time equipped with a HEP set for commuter service.  I will assume the HEP was removed?  



Date: 02/12/20 09:59
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: NS270

The HEP generator and Cummins engine are still intact but not being used at this time.



Date: 02/12/20 18:49
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: JoCoLB

Did the 600 belong to the Wisconsin Southern in recent years? The paint scheme looks the same. 



Date: 02/12/20 22:23
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: 2472Don

Go to You Tube -  in the search box type in: THIS RESTORED EMD FP7A LOCOMOTIVE IS BACK IN SERVICE! (2020) ... and the S5T sounds like it either "has a cold or flu" or needs to be serviced. But the horn package on the EMD FP7A is still... LOUD!

(SP)2472 Don
Manoa Valley, O'ahu



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/12/20 22:25 by 2472Don.



Date: 02/14/20 10:39
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: IU_Tower

2472Don Wrote:
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> Go to You Tube -  in the search box type
> in: THIS RESTORED EMD FP7A LOCOMOTIVE IS BACK IN
> SERVICE! (2020) ... and the S5T sounds like it
> either "has a cold or flu" or needs to be
> serviced. But the horn package on the EMD FP7A is
> still... LOUD!
>
> (SP)2472 Don
> Manoa Valley, O'ahu

The YT poster is Jason Asselin. He lives in the U.P. and posts several videos a month on E&LS



Date: 02/15/20 17:34
Re: FP7A returns to the rails to haul freight in northern Michiga
Author: rgzfan

Thanks for the tips on the videos.

The S5 does sound a little tart. Seems like one chime is overblown and a couples are on sabattical.



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