More confirmation, as if I needed it, that volunteering is a good thing: The guesthouse where I am staying is very close to two northwest Indiana railroad hotspots: Osborn and Calumet junctions.
At Osborn junction, the busy Norfolk Southern mainline to Chicago crosses the Indiana Harbor Belt. At Calumet, its CSX that crosses the IHB. I saw two trains at Osborn, but light and my time ran out before I could see a train cross at Calumet.
Last night, after supper, I drove up nearby Kennedy Ave. for a bit of train-watching at these two locations. Unfortunately, it was already evening, and the light was fading, so the photography was iffy. But I managed to catch three trains in the hour I had available; see photos below.
For more information about these two junctions, and other railfan sites in Indiana, check out Chicago Area Rail Junctions.
|IHB SW1500 1501 at Osborn Junction.
|An NS double stacker approaches Osborn Junction.
|Calumet Junction Tower.
|Calumet Junction, with a CSX train waiting for
clearance in the background.