The family has owned a lake cottage south of Baldwin since 1990 - when I was just a small lad. I have many memories and experiences growing up of seeing (occasionally) and HEARING trains going up and down the line. It was just a seasonal place but we would usually come up for a day once in the winter to make sure "no trees fell on the place."
This was probably 1994-96 somewhere, I don't have the exact date. The northbound train roared by while we were eating lunch at the Grant Depot restaurant. After stopping by the cottage, we drove into Baldwin (had to make sure they didn't build any unexpected skyscrapers). I believe we saw the end of the southbound train going by the depot and we beat them to the site of this photo - Big Star Lake Road. Definitely the lime train. 50-60 cars sounds about right.
Not my best photo from up the Baldwin way, clearly, but the few daylight photos I have from back in the CSX days were typically of the D704 mixed freight job. It's too bad the standalone train is no more but glad there is still some lime business to keep the rails shiny in northern Michigan.
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