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Central Indiana & Ohio RR
The morning sun was bright and we decided to catch some Monday morning traffic on the CIOR's Dunreith District. We felt the best option was to
stop by Hawthorn yard or Pine Holding yard. Pine is on the mainline, while Hawthorn is on the old Freight mains. We arrived at Pine just in time,
we see Conrail 6075 leading a CIOR 216 and decide to take chase.

Here we catch CIOR 216 heading east out of the holding yard at Pine. The signal on #2 is all red, nothing must be coming toward us.

We rushed down side streets and onto US40, across I-465 and down Franklin Road just in time, as we set up, we could see his headlight.
You can see the new signal bridge, but the old tower still stands. Progress versus Past.

Our buddy caught him from the crossing, looking east.

Pacing the train to Greenfield is tough, luckily we beat him into town thanks to a couple of slow orders. Here we catch him coming into town.

Thanks to yet another slow order for a crossing replacement on the east side of Greencastle, we are able to get to CP-Riley long before hand.
Thanks to some kids there was a nice treestand that leads to this great photo angle. 216 is laboring to get the train back to track speed for the
journey on east.

Thanks to US40, pacing some trains is possible. Thanks to todays numerous Maintenance of Way projects, the 216 is slower then ever!
Here we catch the 216 just east of Henry crossing the creek. The train is entering what some call "Raysville Cut", where US40 is higher then the
railroad tracks.

Finally a few crackles on the scanner, we hear the dispatcher say that 147 is heading east at Gem and has a 3503 in the lead. Anyone familiar
with the CIOR knows the system of engines. The 3503 is a SD35R, and is normally found on other trains, a rare find on a auto parts train.
147 is a lower priority parts train that normally carries freight on the rear, but still a shock for SD35's on it.
So, we rush from Raysville back to Riley interlocking and set up in the old tree stand. Long gone are the days of the double signals at Riley, replaced
by the modern signal cantilever, but its still a nice shot.

Heading down the road, we rush to Henry, only to see the engines pass by, onto Raysville cut if we can make it. Jumping out of the car at the old rest
stop/pull over, we grab this shot of the 3503..

We decide to try one more grab at Dunreith, trying to capture it crossing the old NKP diamond there.

With most of the day spent, we decided to end another day along side the CIOR's Dunreith district, even if it was only part of the line.


Drum Driver
Great signaling set up!...Love the story line...and you have a beautiful layout to be proud of.


Central Indiana & Ohio RR
Thanks guys.
The layout is dirty, as we have been doing work on it. Figured I hadn't posted anything in a long while and a nice follow some trains was in order. Plus I had to run some things to keep the track clean.

I want to shoot a railfan type video, but thus far I haven't been able to do that. Hopefully one of these ops sessions I can just sneak off and do it.


Fleeing from Al
Sorry I missed this earlier. You have a great layout and a great storyline. I love all the signal work, including the grade crossings. This is the next phase for my layout and I hope they come out as nice as yours.


Wow. What a fantastic idea for thread and a sweet layout and story too. Very, very well done. A true inspiration.


Diesel Detail Freak
Randy, looks like he might have a branch/running rights to Zanesville too.

I think you two should swap one unit each!


Diesel Detail Freak
Might I add, it looks like Kens' Iron Belt might get close too!

Iron Belt Route (a-k-a the Chicago and Lake Erie) which runs from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY and all points in between.

(Ken where are you?)


I for one,have throughlly enjoyed all your videos,very informative and realistic.I just hope my layout turns out half as good as your layout does some day.Always look forward to seeing new videos of your layout.

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