Railfanning in New Buffalo, MI

SD9043 Aug 28, 2022

  1. SD9043

    SD9043 TrainBoard Member

    Hello everyone

    I'm going to visit Chicago in October and am planning a trip to New Buffalo.
    How many trains can I expect on the CSX Grand Rapids Sub around noon?

    Are there further many freight trains on the near Amtrak Michigan line?

  2. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    We don't have a lot of Michiganders on TrainBoard, but @RailMix is one. Perhaps he'll be able to help.

    It'd take a resident along the line to know where trains might be at a general time of day.

    I'm not a resident, but I'd guess that Grand Rapids would be a good spot to see something. It's served by CSX, the Grand Elk Railroad, the Coopersville & Marne Railway and the Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad. You might want to inquire on a Google map to see where good spots might be.
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  3. RailMix

    RailMix TrainBoard Member

    While I am much more familiar with the east side of the state (Port Huron to Durand) and north of there, i would recommend this website for study:

    michiganrailroads.com - Home

    Lots of good information there on everything from watching trains to the railroads operating in Michigan. This includes the meny interesting shortlines.

    A few interesting side notes from my own travels- a couple from Hamilton. I'm pretty sure it's gone now, but there was a tall wood trestle in downtown Hamilton. That's also where I found some very light rail that dated back to the 1890's.
    New Buffalo- the turntable has been removed. It has been moved to Owosso where it's now used to turn PM 1225.

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