After the Green Bay Packers’ spectacular 34-0 shutout of the Minnesota Vikings, I decided to make a good day even better with a little railfanning. I was looking for A411, the Chicago-SSAM via Green Bay manifest that I had seen coming in during the late afternoon the last couple Sundays.
I planned on going into town on Dousman Street, crossing the mainline, then driving south parallel to it on Ashland Avenue, and setting up somewhere south of town to get a runby of it at track speed, in an area where they can use the horn.
The first flaw in that plan came when the gates went down as I was driving down Dousman Street, and I had to wait for an unexpected train after frantically digging my camcorder out of the back seat for some shitty video that is not worth showing here.
After that surprise cleared, I attempted to follow through on my original plan, but I hadn’t driven more than a few blocks when there was the headlight of A411 ahead on my left, about 90 minutes earlier than I had expected it!
I quick pulled into the left turn lane at 9th Street and filmed from there. After it passed, I turned around and flew back up Broadway Street to the crossing at the entrance to North Green Bay Yard, just barely making it in time. The only saving grace was that the train had to stop to line a switch on its way into the yard.
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