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WCL
April 1st, 2008, 10:00 AM
Well tonight was the night we went out and fanned the Shawano Sub again...This time we caught the north bound that runs from Fond du Lac to Gladstone and for this the symbol is FDGLA...So we set out towards Neenah where we thought we could catch him but once we got towards Black Creek he was on the scanner saying that they will be in Shawano in about 30 mins or so...So we went to the first RR crossing and caught him there

As you can see all is quiet and it is a cool night out...when there is no clouds in the sky boy does she sure get cold out...Winter is in the air
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But the sound of silence was soon to be broken by the FDGLA
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Making its way thru small towns before coming into Shawano we see him blast pass this crossing...We were happy to see the 3 units on this train...Reason being for having these 3 units on this train is there are a lot of steep grades north of town up to Argonne...It is common to see an SDL39 on these trains as the F45's are another common one to see on this train as well
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45 mins lata we caught him coming into Shawano where they were doing a crew change...The new rested crew from Gladston will come aboard and take this train all the way up to Gladstone tonight where the crew from Fond du Lac will go in the office....Fill out some paper work and hop in the van and go off to the motel till tomarrow where the new train called GLFDA will come in the afternoon with the Gladstone crew where they will hop off this train and the new rested crew from Fond du Lac will board this train and take it to Fond du Lac and the Gladstone crew will be off to the motel till the next day and the process starts all over again
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With the new crew on board the train departs town and heads north
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Racing him to the Wolf River bridge we caught him picking up speed to make the grade up out of the river valley
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Last shot of the night...Bell on and making its way up past the last few houses out side of town as the train rolls off into the dark cold night
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On another day we will have to catch the local that comes to town the L3233 the Shawano Turn that works from Neenah up to Neopit