We arrived in Madison under cloudy
skies to find Soo 1003 in the yard with a demonstration freight train
while the passenger train was out on a run.
The 1003 soon departed with its train. Here it is crossing Lake Monona.
Shoving back to the yard, 1003's train approaches Baldwin Street.
After returning to the yard, I walked up to the north end to take a
look at the various equipment sitting around. Here is WSOR's Operation
Lifesaver-painted SD20 and two GP38's.
Moments later, the bilevel train made its appearance, returning
southbound to the yard.
After receiving another load of passengers, the bilevel train heads
back north toward Waunakee.
Caught a nice overhead view from a bridge in Mendota.
And here's the train crossing the Yahara River southbound.
Back at the yard, President Gardner chats with some of the employees.
Later on, the skies brightened up a little, allowing this shot in the
north end of the yard. I can't think of anywhere else you can see two
such handsome E units with matching trains. WSOR certainly knows how to
present a classy appearance.
This neat little speeder was one of several on display during the day.
The next morning, I returned to Madison to chase 1003 on its trip to
Waukesha. Puddles from the previous day's rain and the low angle of the
sun made for lots of reflections in the water as the passenger
equipment sat idle.
This reflection particularly caught my eye. I wish I hadn't messed up
the exposure so badly.
In a fitting image to end this program, the 25th anniversary locomotive
stands proud in the morning sun.
All photos by Mike Farrell
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