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A Visit to Porter, Indiana 5/11/2013 National Train Day

by Chris Guenzler

Elizabeth Alkire met me at the rental car and after we had breakfast at McDonald's, we drove to Porter but stopped in Chesterton when we saw a station with a National Train Day event being set up. Across the Norfolk Southern main line were two passenger cars.

Chicago, South Shore and South Bend interurban 17, built by Pullman in 1927 and part of a failed restaurant.

Chicago, South Shore and South Bend combine 100, built by Pullman in 1929 and part of a failed restaurant.

The New York Central Chesterton station built in 1914. From here we drove west to Porter and parked the rental car at the grade crossing. It did not take long for our first train of the day.

Norfolk Southern 9196 East was the first train of the morning.

Norfolk Southern 8348 West came through next.

Views both ways at Porter.

Norfolk Southern 8503 West passed us.

Amtrak 29, the Capitol Limited, was our next train.

That was followed by Norfolk Southern 2761 East.

The beginning of the Amtrak Michigan Line.

Amtrak 350, the Wolverine, heads to Pontiac, Michigan.

The sun kept trying to pop out this cloudy morning at Porter.

Norfolk Southern 1059 West came through town.

Norfolk Southern 8089 West. From here we drove to our next stop of the trip at the Hesston Steam Museum.