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Todd's Railfan Guide to:
BAY CITY  MI
 

In General
Map
Sights
Signals
Fire and Police
Floobydust
 

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In General

Bay City hosts three yards, two belong to the Lake State RR, and the other to the Huron and Eastern (formerly Central of Michigan). 

There are also two swing bridges, and three wyes, altho one of them has had one of it's legs "cut" off. 

Waiting for trains to go over the bridges may take more patience than you have, so a stop to the yards for some info may prove to be worthwhile - if anyone is around. 

Right-of-way info and aerial shots were taken from www.bing.com/maps


Map


For the above map in a PDF format, click here


Sights


    1      Lake State RR

I haven't caught anything running on the few trips I have been to Bay City, but then, for some reason, I almost always seem to come thru during the weekends. 

           
Looking in from Wilder Road, and what you can see from there... Not much here, and their track ends on the other side of the yard... I guess they lost their customers up there.

   
The Lake State shops and their frequencies.


    1      Huron & Eastern RR

On the day we were there, there was quite a collection of equipment sitting around.... In addition to the H&E stuff, there were still a few geeps painted CM hanging around, as well as a few units in Rail America and Central Oregon and Pacific, and a couple of "B" units, which today are really rare.... A great break from the big class one's!  NOTE: #4065 below is a cabless "B" unit - pretty rare these days - maybe it's a leftover from the Santa Fe?

I finally managed to snag a train coming into town on my last visit in 2011.  I was headed out of town filling the tank on truck when I heard the unmistakable sound of trains at a crossing (yeah, I know, it could be a truck), but I took a chance and drove back into the southern part of town where I was delightfully surprised by the train below.

         



                 
 






 Three aerial views of the Huron & Eastern yard, and the frequencies.


    3      The Park off State Street

The park used to sport a wye, but one side of it has been removed.  It must still be pretty cool to see a freight come through if you're there for a game (of course, the baseball fans might not think so :-)

       


    4      the "Western" Swing Bridge along Woodside Ave and the Wye Approach

The sidewalk on Liberty bridge affords an excellent view of the bridge, and also for a freight going over it if you can catch one!



         


    5      Small Yard off Woodside - Lake State

If you don't know where this yard is, you can go right on past it when driving down Woodside Ave.  You can usually find a lone engine sitting here.

     


    6      the "Eastern" Swing Bridge

       


Signals


For the signal fan, sorry, not much happening in town :-(  However, if we go back up to the small yard at #5, we can find what is leftover of a signal from days past.....  A number of years ago, I had a gentleman in England send me a CD with pictures of Tilting Target signals he had taken here in the U.S. (click here for the page they are on).  One of them was in Bay City.  I looked all over for it, and never saw it until I emailed him, and he told me where it was.  Well, if you look to the left in the picture on the left, you will just barely make out that very same signal.  I need some new glasses I guess.  Well, maybe next year I can stop by again and get my own pictures (dunno why, John did an excellent job).... All of the photos below are by John except for the one on the left.

                 


Fire and Police


Charter Township of Bangor Fire Dept

This station is on E Wheeler Rd, at State Park Dr.

     


Floobydust


Bay Metro Transit Shops

I got lost and came across this by accident, I guess someone was watching over me.....  I don't know if they have another facility or not.  It is on N Johnson St, off Woodside where you come over the river on the Truman Pkwy.

       


Unusual Turn Signals

These are at the junction of Tierman Rd and E Wilder Rd.

 


Disclaimers:

I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.  My webpages are an attempt at putting everything I can find of the subject in one convenient place.  There are plenty of other good websites to help me in this effort, and they are listed in the links section on my indexa page, or as needed on individual pages.  Please do not write to me about something that may be incorrect, and then hound the heck out of me if I do not respond to you in the manner you would like.  I operate on the "Golden Rule Principle", and if you are not familiar with it, please acquaint yourself with how to treat people by reading Mathew 7:12 (among others, the principle exists in almost every religion).  If you contact me (like some do, hi Paul) and try to make it a "non-fun" thing and start with the name calling, your name will go into my spambox list! :-)

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names.  Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations.  I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area.  Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature.  While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!  

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.

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