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By:Steve Kaslik
Dates:1/1/1955 - 12/31/2055
Album Info:Scanned slides from Chuck Geletzke's personal collection plus some misc. GTW items
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Train 428
Title:  Train 428
Description:  Here is GTW Train #428 enroute from Battle Creek to Detroit, MI on June 27, 1963. The photo was shot at Royal Oak. The units are 4542-413_ and ____. This train operated as a turn, with two crews (one going out each day) from Milwaukee Jct. to Battle Creek and return. It was ordered for 6:30 a.m. each day. The crews worked every other day. The train would be made-up either at East Yard or Ferndale. The train, #427, would set-out and pick-up at Pontiac, once in a while set-out at Durand, and set-out and pick-up at Lansing and yard at Battle Creek. It would then get its eastbound train with the same engines and caboose and operate as #428. Eastward they would usually just pick-up at Lansing, and set-out and pick-up at Pontiac. At Detroit the train would yard at Ferndale and the power and cab would be taken to the roundhouse at Milwaukee Jct. The cab was kept in the Houlihan (the small wye inside the Port Huron Wye at Milwaukee Jct.). Generally this train made it over the road in 12 to 14 hours...sometime it would take the full 16. It usually handled a lot of auto parts and often empty coal hoppers back from Lansing. This was a no nonsense high-paying job. It ran 278 miles, so that was almost three days pay in one! It took high seniority to hold it; but believe me, the shippers got good service!
Photo Date:  6/27/1963  Upload Date: 9/3/2009 10:19:44 PM
Location:  Royal Oak, MI
Author:  C.H. Geletzke, Jr.
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  GTW 4542(GP9)
Views:  633   Comments: 0
GTW Tr. #549 with GTW 4540 & 4542
Title:  GTW Tr. #549 with GTW 4540 & 4542
Description:  Chuck reports: "It is the morning of January 5, 1971. Yesterday, we worked north from Pontiac to Pigeon, MI on Train #549 (Work Extra 4540) and tied-up in Pigeon. We stayed overnight in the Pigeon Hotel, which was only a block to the west. This morning, we will switch the elevator and the C&O interchange and then depart south as the Work Extra 4542, Train #552. Two items to notice...on our train. We have one of the former ATSF steel cabooses. These were originally very rough riders; however, the ones used in local service were re-equipped with archbar truck removed from the GTW wooden road cabs and rode much smoother! Also note in the back left, the joint C&O(PM)-GTW Freight House. This stood directly across from the joint C&O-GTW el-shaped depot, which was behind our train. I think that this may be the only photo that I ever shot that included the freight house. It was very small and I believe did not have any windows. I wish that I had taken a photo of it specifically...no foresight! Also in the background is our southbound train, which we left in the siding south of the diamond. This siding incidentally also had an adjacent dirt with wood-cribbing loading platform to unload flatcars and boxcars. The platform was on the north end of the siding and on the west side of the track. You see how much snow is on the units...you should have seen them by the time we got back to Pontiac! I had to crawl out the window and shovel off the walkway! I wanted to take a photo of them then; but it was dark, and I did not have a tripod...another missed opportunity. Lastly, you will notice the white flags on both units...they just came out of the roundhouse that way and the engineer just never removed the unnecessary ones. The PO&N was always my favorite job!"
Photo Date:  1/5/1971  Upload Date: 9/22/2009 3:48:59 PM
Location:  Pigeon, MI
Author:  C.H. Geletzke, Jr.
Categories:  Winter
Locomotives:  GTW 4540(GP9) GTW 4542(GP9)
Views:  690   Comments: 2
New GTWs lined up
Title:  New GTWs lined up
Description:  New GTW EMD GP-38-2s lined-up on Circle Track at Battle Creek, MI 1-5-79.
Photo Date:  1/5/1979  Upload Date: 8/14/2009 2:14:34 PM
Location:  Battle Creek, MI
Author:  L.R. Bolton
Categories:  Roster,Scenic
Locomotives:  GTW 5812(GP38-2) GTW 5813(GP38-2) GTW 5814(GP38-2) GTW 5815(GP38-2) GTW 5816(GP38-2) GTW 5817(GP38-2)
Views:  1305   Comments: 2
Ex-RI units ready to go
Title:  Ex-RI units ready to go
Description:  The always-in-trouble RI was being dismantled, and the GTW was looking for a bargain. In April 1980, the GTW purchased a total of 12 GP-38-2s, painted out the big "The ROCK" on the sides, renumbered them into the 5850 & 60-series, painted a small GT logo on the side of the cab, and immediately put them into service. Displaying a little class for for the media, the railroad had the units, still in RI blue, spotted, once again (just like the previous order of new GP-38-2s) on the "Circle Track" for photos and then put them to work. GTW locomotive engineer, Larry Bolton, caught them during the special display.
Photo Date:  4/18/1980  Upload Date: 8/14/2009 2:21:45 PM
Location:  Battle Creek, MI
Author:  L.R. Bolton
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  GTW 5861(GP38-2)
Views:  842   Comments: 3
Lineup of ex-RI GP38-2s
Title:  Lineup of ex-RI GP38-2s
Description:  GTWs former RI GP-38-2s lined-up at Battle Creek, MI and ready to go to work on 4-20-80.
Photo Date:  4/20/1980  Upload Date: 8/12/2009 2:49:08 AM
Location:  Battle Creek, MI
Author:  C. H. Geletzke, Jr.
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 5855(GP38-2)
Views:  746   Comments: 0
GTW 4917
Title:  GTW 4917
Description:  On September 29, 1984 Chuck was called to deadhead from Milwaukee Jct. to Pontiac by auto to be fireman on a Passenger Extra (PX). We had units 4917 & 4918. The train actually made two complete circles as I recall. Both trips ran consecutively on the same day. Chuck worked the first, which ran from the yard in Pontiac, we backed down to the depot and everyone climbed aboard. We then ran to Pontiac Yard, over the Pontiac Belt Line and across the Romeo Sub to Richmond. From Richmond it was down the Mt. Clemens Sub to Milwaukee Jct., and then up the Holly to Pontiac. The second trip did the exact same thing.
Photo Date:  9/29/1984  Upload Date: 8/13/2009 8:15:09 PM
Location:  Mount Clemens, MI
Author:  C.H. Geletzke, Jr.
Categories:  Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  GTW 4917(GP9)
Views:  509   Comments: 1
Milwaukee Junction
Title:  Milwaukee Junction
Description:  We are aboard one of the former CV GP-9s at Milwaukee Jct. on 2-9-85. Lets see...the diamonds were still in, the tower was still standing, the Houlihan Wye was still in (that is the track that the caboose GTW 79133 [former DTS 133] is sitting on), the GP-9 had not yet been rebuilt or scrapped, D&M Yard was still open, Ryerson Steel was still in business on the Holly Sub and still receiving steel by rail, Chevrolet Gear & Axle and the Chevrolet Forge Plants were still in business and shipping and receiving by rail, and the Chevrolet Gear & Axle boiler house was still receiving coal by hopper and producing its own steam.
Photo Date:  2/9/1985  Upload Date: 8/12/2009 10:52:12 PM
Location:  Detroit, MI
Author:  C. H. Geletzke, Jr.
Categories:  InCab,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  788   Comments: 1
GTW 5806
Title:  GTW 5806
Description:  The date is Saturday, May 4, 1985 and the GTW was running a Passenger Extra using remaining cabooses instead of coaches and made several round trips between Durand and Owosso with GP-38 5806 for power.
Photo Date:  5/4/1985  Upload Date: 8/13/2009 7:59:47 PM
Location:  Durand, MI
Author:  C.H. Geletzke, Jr.
Categories: 
Locomotives:  GTW 5806(GP38AC)
Views:  359   Comments: 2
Switchers for sale
Title:  Switchers for sale
Description:  In the photo can be seen the 7019, 7231, 7229, 7227, 7225, 7226, 722_, 6225, and 62__. All the units but the GP38-2s were awaiting disposition...the end of an era.
Photo Date:  4/30/1988  Upload Date: 8/13/2009 11:32:20 PM
Location:  Battle Creek, MI
Author:  C.H. Geletzke, Jr.
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 7019(SW1200) GTW 7231(SW900) GTW 7229(SW900) GTW 7227(SW900) GTW 7225(SW900) GTW 7226(SW900) GTW 6225(GP38-2)
Views:  1123   Comments: 0
Frightening
Title:  Frightening
Description:  This shot is of the GTW Jordan Spreader that was based out of Pontiac back in the '90's (pictured at Rattalee Lake Rd.). Normally, the GTW used its spreaders as snow plows; however, on this occasion, it was "ditching" on the Holly Sub between Linden and Andersonville. Chuck reports that it was a very interesting day; but, that it was also very nerve-wracking! One would think that work trains would be easy duty. In actuality, they are probably some of the most tedious difficult jobs an engineer ever catches...and usually they go to the youngest men off of the Spare Board. Whether it be rerailing, unloading or picking-up ties, spreading or cleaning ballast, unloading rail or other track material, or ditching or plowing snow, these are very critical jobs that take the utmost concentration. Often workers are very close to the moving equipment and one foul move could cost an employee his life. Also, they generally work all day and without a fireman, the engineer never even gets to leave his seat.
Photo Date:  6/8/1992  Upload Date: 9/3/2009 10:03:12 PM
Location:  Davisburg, MI
Author:  C.H. Geletzke, Jr.
Categories:  RollingStock
Locomotives: 
Views:  317   Comments: 1
GTW 5919
Title:  GTW 5919
Description:  GTW 5919 and 5716 are stopped in the "middle yard" at Durand with Train 255.
Photo Date:  5/31/1995  Upload Date: 9/4/2009 1:37:19 PM
Location:  Durand, MI
Author:  C.H. Geletzke, Jr.
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 5919(SD40) GTW 5716(GP38-2)
Views:  447   Comments: 1
Former GTW 4444
Title:  Former GTW 4444
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/29/2010  Upload Date: 7/6/2010 1:38:26 PM
Location:  Candor, NC
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  ACWR 4444(GP9RM)
Views:  518   Comments: 1
Former GTW 4444
Title:  Former GTW 4444
Description:  The ex-GTW 4444 switches the Mountaire Feed Plant in Candor, NC
Photo Date:  1/29/2010  Upload Date: 7/6/2010 1:36:51 PM
Location:  Candor, NC
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  ACWR 4444(GP9RM)
Views:  295   Comments: 0
Former GTW 4444
Title:  Former GTW 4444
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/29/2010  Upload Date: 7/6/2010 1:37:41 PM
Location:  Candor, NC
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  ACWR 4444(GP9RM)
Views:  287   Comments: 0
SCRF 9490
Title:  SCRF 9490
Description:  Ex-CN 9490
Photo Date:  1/30/2010  Upload Date: 7/6/2010 1:57:44 PM
Location:  Darlington, SC
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SCRF 9490(GP40-2LW)
Views:  190   Comments: 0
SCRF 9490
Title:  SCRF 9490
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/30/2010  Upload Date: 7/6/2010 2:04:44 PM
Location:  Darlington, SC
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SCRF 9490(GP40-2LW)
Views:  193   Comments: 0
SCRF (GTW) 6412
Title:  SCRF (GTW) 6412
Description:  The SCRF 6412 is at rest in the Darlington, SC yard.
Photo Date:  1/31/2010  Upload Date: 7/6/2010 1:40:49 PM
Location:  Darlington, SC
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SCRF 6412(GP40-2)
Views:  343   Comments: 1
SCRF (GTW) 6415
Title:  SCRF (GTW) 6415
Description:  The SCRF 6415 is getting some work done in the SCRF shops.
Photo Date:  1/31/2010  Upload Date: 7/6/2010 1:43:34 PM
Location:  Darlington, SC
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories: 
Locomotives:  SCRF 6415(GP40-2)
Views:  208   Comments: 0
SCRF (GTW) 6415
Title:  SCRF (GTW) 6415
Description:  Shot of the nose bell block...
Photo Date:  1/31/2010  Upload Date: 7/6/2010 1:59:09 PM
Location:  Darlington, SC
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SCRF 6415(GP40-2)
Views:  238   Comments: 0
SCRF 6415
Title:  SCRF 6415
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/31/2010  Upload Date: 7/6/2010 2:00:20 PM
Location:  Darlington, SC
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SCRF 6415(GP40-2)
Views:  255   Comments: 0
SCRF (GTW) 6415
Title:  SCRF (GTW) 6415
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/31/2010  Upload Date: 7/6/2010 2:01:09 PM
Location:  Darlington, SC
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  InCab
Locomotives:  SCRF 6415(GP40-2)
Views:  288   Comments: 0
SCRF (GTW) 6415
Title:  SCRF (GTW) 6415
Description:  Control stand
Photo Date:  1/31/2010  Upload Date: 7/6/2010 2:01:59 PM
Location:  Darlington, SC
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  InCab
Locomotives:  GTW 6415(GP40-2) SCRF 6415(GP40-2)
Views:  570   Comments: 0
"TDs...not RTCs!"
Title:  "TDs...not RTCs!"
Description:  The men of the Troy Dispatching Center during a lighter moment
Photo Date:  5/16/2010  Upload Date: 7/6/2010 1:34:36 PM
Location:  Holly, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories: 
Locomotives: 
Views:  213   Comments: 0
"TDs...not RTCs!"
Title:  "TDs...not RTCs!"
Description:  The men of the Troy Dispatching Center..."EAF," "SDM," and "MLM"
Photo Date:  5/16/2010  Upload Date: 7/6/2010 1:30:27 PM
Location:  Holly, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories: 
Locomotives: 
Views:  372   Comments: 0
Tunnel Yard Power
Title:  Tunnel Yard Power
Description:  The GTW 5856, 4917, and 4914 await their next assignment in Tunnel Yard.
Photo Date:  1/8/2011  Upload Date: 1/10/2011 9:15:10 PM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 5856(GP38-2) GTW 4917(GP38-2) GTW 4914(GP38-2)
Views:  412   Comments: 0
Tunnel Yard Power
Title:  Tunnel Yard Power
Description:  The GTW 4917 and 4914 resting in Port Huron, MI.
Photo Date:  1/8/2011  Upload Date: 1/10/2011 9:18:03 PM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 4917(GP38-2) GTW 4914(GP38-2)
Views:  314   Comments: 0
Tunnel Yard Power
Title:  Tunnel Yard Power
Description:  The GTW 5856 and 4917 arrived in Port Huron after an overnight round trip to Moterm (Ferndale), MI and return.
Photo Date:  1/8/2011  Upload Date: 1/10/2011 9:21:44 PM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 5856(GP38-2)
Views:  273   Comments: 0
GTW 4911 and 4917
Title:  GTW 4911 and 4917
Description:  The GTW 4911 and 4917 are in the hole at Emmett for one westbound.
Photo Date:  1/16/2011  Upload Date: 1/16/2011 5:33:07 PM
Location:  Emmett, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  GTW 4911(GP38-2) GTW 4917(GP38-2)
Views:  234   Comments: 2
A Patriotic Pair!
Title:  A Patriotic Pair!
Description:  These two units are not letting their Canadian ownership show today!
Photo Date:  1/16/2011  Upload Date: 1/16/2011 5:37:02 PM
Location:  Emmett, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Scenic,Winter,Action
Locomotives:  GTW 4911(GP38-2) GTW 4917(GP38-2)
Views:  286   Comments: 0
An old friend
Title:  An old friend
Description:  GTW 4911 and 4917 pause at Emmett for a meet with westbound CN 5780.
Photo Date:  1/16/2011  Upload Date: 1/16/2011 5:30:01 PM
Location:  Emmett, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Winter
Locomotives:  GTW 4911(GP38-2) GTW 4917(GP38-2)
Views:  328   Comments: 0
GTW 4932
Title:  GTW 4932
Description:  GTW 4932 on Train 524
Photo Date:  5/7/2013  Upload Date: 5/7/2013 12:20:10 PM
Location:  Mount Clemens, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories: 
Locomotives:  GTW 4932(GP38-2)
Views:  137   Comments: 0
GTW 4932
Title:  GTW 4932
Description:  The 4932 roars northbound with train 524.
Photo Date:  5/7/2013  Upload Date: 5/7/2013 1:00:48 PM
Location:  Mount Clemens, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories: 
Locomotives:  GTW 4932(GP38-2)
Views:  136   Comments: 0
GTW 4906
Title:  GTW 4906
Description:  The 4906 pumping air on 524 getting ready to depart the "Clem".
Photo Date:  5/9/2013  Upload Date: 5/9/2013 1:01:04 PM
Location:  Mount Clemens, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories: 
Locomotives:  GTW 4906(GP38-2)
Views:  167   Comments: 0
Awesome.
Title:  Awesome.
Description:  A scale test car sits idle in Durand Yard...waiting for her next assignment...which may never happen...
Photo Date:  9/14/2013  Upload Date: 9/14/2013 7:31:08 PM
Location:  Durand, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives: 
Views:  393   Comments: 0
Tunnel Yard blizzard
Title:  Tunnel Yard blizzard
Description:  Crappy cell phone shot...GTW 4622 and 4920 wait out the blizzard in Port Huron. About a foot of snow fell overnight.
Photo Date:  1/6/2014  Upload Date: 1/6/2014 11:36:42 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories: 
Locomotives:  GTW 4920(GP38-2) GTW 4622(GP9R)
Views:  176   Comments: 0
Train L529
Title:  Train L529
Description:  L529 s sole power today is the 4622.
Photo Date:  1/21/2014  Upload Date: 1/21/2014 2:05:55 PM
Location:  Mount Clemens, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  GTW 4622(GP9R)
Views:  178   Comments: 0
Flint Yard
Title:  Flint Yard
Description:  Newer GTW auto parts boxcars awaiting their next assignment in Flint.
Photo Date:  7/17/2014  Upload Date: 7/18/2014 11:16:59 AM
Location:  Flint, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives: 
Views:  232   Comments: 0
Train M385 bringing the GTW 4623 back home from a two month overhaul/stay at the Toronto/Vaughn LRC.
Title:  Train M385 bringing the GTW 4623 back home from a two month overhaul/stay at the Toronto/Vaughn LRC.
Description:  The 4623 had suffered a major failure but is back on home rails again.
Photo Date:  9/24/2014  Upload Date: 9/24/2014 10:15:23 PM
Location:  Mount Clemens, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CN 5610(SD70I) CN 2159(C40-8W) GTW 4623(GP9R)
Views:  192   Comments: 0
GTW 4623
Title:  GTW 4623
Description:  Coming home after an extensive overhaul.
Photo Date:  9/24/2014  Upload Date: 9/24/2014 10:22:06 PM
Location:  Mount Clemens, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  GTW 4623(GP9R) CN 2159(C40-8W)
Views:  153   Comments: 0
GTW 4623 coming home
Title:  GTW 4623 coming home
Description:  The 4623 on its way home after a two month stay at the Vaughn LRC
Photo Date:  9/24/2014  Upload Date: 9/24/2014 10:08:06 PM
Location:  Mount Clemens, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  GTW 4623(GP9R)
Views:  155   Comments: 0
GTW 5832
Title:  GTW 5832
Description:  The battle-scarred 5832 and its mostly original paint switches Cory Yard, near Lansing.
Photo Date:  12/13/2017  Upload Date: 12/19/2017 10:25:09 AM
Location:  Lansing, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Winter,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 5832(GP38-2)
Views:  167   Comments: 0
Santa Train
Title:  Santa Train
Description:  The 5930 is ready to go in Port Huron with the 2017 GTW Santa Train.
Photo Date:  12/16/2017  Upload Date: 12/19/2017 10:16:58 AM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Winter,Passenger
Locomotives:  GTW 5930(SD40-2) IC 9614(GP38-2)
Views:  166   Comments: 1
Power at Schaefer
Title:  Power at Schaefer
Description:  The 4934 and 4911 in high idle on a brutally cold day.
Photo Date:  1/4/2018  Upload Date: 1/19/2018 12:39:55 PM
Location:  Dearborn, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster,Winter
Locomotives:  GTW 4934(GP38-2) GTW 4911(GP38-2) CN 3034(ET44AC)
Views:  198   Comments: 3
Pontiac
Title:  Pontiac
Description:  The 5933 and 5847 are ready to head south from Pontiac to Flat Rock.
Photo Date:  1/14/2018  Upload Date: 1/19/2018 1:24:14 PM
Location:  Pontiac, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Winter,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 5933(SD40-2) GTW 5847(GP38-2)
Views:  122   Comments: 1
GTW 4632
Title:  GTW 4632
Description:  A classic scene on the "HR" in Port Huron.
Photo Date:  5/15/2018  Upload Date: 5/15/2018 9:50:03 PM
Location:  Port Huron, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  GTW 4632(GP9R)
Views:  143   Comments: 2
Power at Flint
Title:  Power at Flint
Description:  GTW 6221 and 4912 rest in between assignments at Flint on a beautiful May 24, 2018.
Photo Date:  5/24/2018  Upload Date: 5/24/2018 9:56:53 AM
Location:  Flint, MI
Author:  Steve Kaslik
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GTW 6221(GP38-2) GTW 4912(GP38-2)
Views:  189   Comments: 1


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