Leave No Station Unphotographed: The Blog of SubwayNut.com


Ontario, CA and the Tri-Weekly Sunset Limited leaving L.A.

In our current COVID-19 world, I find myself working from home. The past two weeks have been extremely busy helping to manage bus service cuts due to driver shortages. It’s made me realize just how important public transit is, as an essential public service. Now is not the time though that I will be taking any trips, Louise and I are doing well, hunkering down, heeding social distancing and Indiana’s stay-at-home order. I know when this is all over, it will change transit as an industry, along with so much of our society and hopefully it will be for the better.

In our leisure time, mostly at home, except for a weekly outing to primarily take a solitary walk in nature; I’ve found myself with a lot of time to work on website, that has felt like the right thing to work on. My primary project right now is working through uploading an extensive trip we took to Southern California this past Christmas, that I’m looking forward to blogging about with all of my new pictures and stations very soon.

As part of this I found myself going through some unpublished photos and found a set I took back in February of 2012 when I spent a Sunday afternoon primarily doing Metrolink’s San Bernardino line and also heading south for a detour, first I got the Sunset Limited leaving Los Angeles, near the Ontario Airport

And then headed into Downtown Ontario, CA-(25 Photos, including the Sunset Limited nearby) to get it’s train platform that the Sunset limited stops at, although the tracks used by Metrolink’s Riverside County line are nearby because a station was built in East Ontario instead since adding Metrolink service here was too expensive. The only place I know of where a long-distance Amtrak train makes a stop closer to another stop (Pomona) than a commuter train)

Ontario, CA

Enjoy! My goal right now is to get Southern California (except for the 8 out of 62 Metrolink stations I haven’t made it to yet) completely up to date, so stay tuned to this blog for more frequent updates.

Durand, MI – an Amtrak station and railroad museum

When I visit new stations there are some that I thoroughly research, there are others that I visit more spontaneously, particularly when Louise and I make road trips, Durand(78 photos) was as one of these stations and looked so impressive that we came back for a thorough visit the following summer.

Just over a year ago for Thanksgiving 2018 (one that I will always remember as the last one with my grandmother) we drove back from Syracuse via Southern Ontario (it adds about an hour, depending upon border crossing times, but is much more interesting) and made an evening stop in Durand, MI so I could get the train station. I had us park in downtown where there was a bunch of railroad cars on display in a small park.

I then found the train station across the tracks, but couldn’t walk to it, with the grade crossing closed off.

So I returned to the car so we could drive the 3 rights to the impressive station that is also a railroad museum, although the waiting room was closed since it was about 5:00ish, long before the 9:24pm stop of the Blue Water. I could see an impressive number of Christmas Tree nicely lit inside.

After seeing just how impressive the Durand Station was, we decided to work it into our Summer roadtrip plans – the rest of this trip involved going to a leather goods store just up the road in Vernon, MI, and going down to Detriot for some specialty shopping – and headed back up there on a Saturday afternoon when the entire museum would be open. There are two separate historical societies (focusing on the Grand Truck Western and Ann Arbor Railroads) who’s small rooms with memorabilia and some unique merchandise, along with the model train room, are only open on Saturday afternoons. The museum impressed both of us with various displays covering the history of railroading in Michigan, including the uniqueness of running ferries in all seasons across Lake Michigan, along with seeing the scale of the station with two floors and how it had been restored and reused.

I also can’t think of a finer small town station in terms of the size and information in the waiting room to wait for an Amtrak train, complete with multiple pianos just sitting in the waiting room.


To Disneyland via the Green Line to avoid the new LAXit and BiLevels in South Bend.

With the new Disneyland Flex Pass, Louise and I are currently Disneyland annual pass-holders and have been heading out to Orange County every chance we get (this has been our 3rd trip since August). Ideally we would fly into the John Wayne Airport every time, but flights there are generally much more expensive. This trip coincided with the new LAXit process, requiring you to take a shuttle ‘trolley’ (manufactured in Elkhart County) to a parking lot to catch an Uber or Lyft.

On this 3 day trip, 4 night trip (November 1 to 5, I have Election Day off from work) we actually followed the same exact travel itinerary there and back (which basically never happens, since we so often fly out of Chicago, into South Bend, change planes at different airports, ect.):

  • The Transpo Route 4 bus to/from the South Bend Airport
  • A United Express (a super comfortable EMB 170 outbound, a less comfortable CRJ-200 on the way back): South Bend to/from Chicago O’Hare, a joke puddle jump flight.
  • A mainline United Airlines (757 on way there, most uncomfortable seats ever, better 737-900 on the way back) O’Hare to/from LAX
  • The LAX Route G Parking Shuttle to/from the Aviation Green Line Station, got a seat both times, faster service inside the new LAX buses only bus lane on the inner horseshoe because of LAXit is a great improvement!
  • The Green Line (a single crowded newer P3010 car on the way there, a less-crowded two car P2000 on the way back) between Aviation/LAX(12 Photos) and Norwalk(17 Photos added)
  • An Uber (for ~$25 instead of ~$50 each way) to and from our hotel, the DoubleTree Suites

In terms of this website, the Green Line rides were the highlights, on our way to Disneyland, we rode on a crowded single car P3010 (this is 20 minute frequency) after 10:00pm that had some colorful characters aboard and Louise was happy she wasn’t alone on the ride. I also enjoyed getting some photos of the P3010 seat moquette, that is a neat design:

On the way back we, took an older P2000 that was less crowded (around 9:30am). There wasa some confusion at Norwalk because when we arrived there were two trains in the station, one had its headlights on for Redondo Beach, the other still said Norwalk. The LA Metro needs real next train indicators on the platforms, we boarded the wrong train, had our friendly Metro driver point at our train and we were on our way.

The moquette of the P2000 is also unique:

We got to the Aviation/LAX(12 Photos) and left the platform at the western end which has a great view of the Crenshaw Corridor’s new interlockings onto the Green Line.

We headed downstairs to the bus stop, where a bus was waiting that we took around the horseshoe, a much faster ride than on previous trips, due to the new airport buses only lanes to United’s home at Terminal 7, the last stop on the one-way loop.

We had a long flight on a still Direct TV equipped United 737 (but the live TV wasn’t working) followed by the puddle-jumpper 22 minute United Express flight. When we got to the gate in South Bend early at 9:23 pm (scheduled for 9:38pm), I realized we had perfect timing to catch the last Transpo Route 4 bus home at 9:38p. As we headed out to the bus stop by the South Bend Airport South Shore(4 Photos) platform, I was in for a nice surprise, a train of Highliner II cars sitting in the station, that arrived at 9:03 and were waiting for their in service stub-run to Michigan City at 9:40. These BiLevels, which the South Shore only has 14 of I’ve never ridden, and have been told that they don’t normally run them to South Bend due to power issues. I hope these cars going to South Bend become a thing.


The Transpo Bus came in a few minutes early and ran early for our quick trip home, deploying the ramp for a wheelchair and the driver warning us it was the last bus of the night.

Until next time!

The Flint and Lapeer Amtrak Blue Water Stations

Three times on our way back from visiting my now late grandmother in Syracuse we went via Southern Ontario, I visited a few VIA Rail stations on these trips, but that section needs a bunch of love that makes adding these stations complicated. On two different trips, two years apart as we drove along I-69 after crossing the border on the Blue Water Bridge, we stopped so I could get some of the intermediate stops on the Blue Water Route:

  • Flint, MI(19 Photos) – back in 2017
  • Lapeer, MI(42 Photos) – driving back this past July 4th on our way home from what will be now known as my final trip to Syracuse to visit my grandmother who died a month later.

It feels a little strange to upload these stations since these are on one of the two stretches track on the Amtrak Midwest (that’s how the new Charger Locomotives are branded) network that I haven’t ridden:

  • The Illinos Zephyr/Carl Sandburg between Galesburg and Quincy, IL
  • The Blue Water between Battle Creek and Port Huron, MI

The reasons I’m missing these two stretches of track is the fact that riding both of them is logistically challenging. Both trains have terminating stations that are away from Downtown’s or anything at all – in the case of using the Carl Sandburg for a day trip to Quincy – and no clear hotels by the stations to crash in for the night, on what are quite short layovers for both routes. I’m still hoping someday to ride these two stretches, the Blue Water in particular since I have a local station on this train up in Niles, and I’m 4 stations, when I ride the Blue Water I’ll probably due it one-way and take a Thruway Bus from Detroit to Port Huron, going the other way to not have a 11:31pm to 6:20am short night layover.

Stopping in Elyria on a sad trip to Syracuse

In August my grandmother, Mary Louise Hartenstien died at age 93. This grandmother was my travel companion on many trips from going to the Galapagos, to Costa Rica, on a Disney cruise, and on a trip that’s particularly covered on this website, going on the Rocky Mountaineer. Making stopovers on trips to visit her are the reason that I’ve visited every stop (I know Niagara Falls, NY has a new station) on the Empire Service.

When we got the call midday on a Sunday, Louise and I quickly through clothes in a suitcase, grabbed a variety of items for self-care and hopped in the car. I also grabbed my camera.

I was down to two stops I need on the Lake Shore Limited route between Chicago and New York, around 6:00pm, to give Louise a little break from driving, and in the name my self-care, we stopped at Elyria(35 Photos), where I enjoyed getting a photo essay of the stop with just an AmShelter after the main station burned down. I hope to get to Sandusky, my one remaining station, sometime soon.

A couple days into our four days in Syracuse my Dad needed to get back to New York so we dropped him off at the Syracuse Amtrak Station-( added). As part of this update I’ve also gone through my photo archive and added some not-posted photos of the Syracuse Amtrak(25 Photos) station I used countless times to visit my grandmother.

This post is very much in memory of my grandmother, and my numerous train trips to Syracuse, who appreciated my hobby to photograph train stations much more than my parents ever have, Enjoy!

A long-weekend in Disneyland with a quick LA Metro Green Line Trip to LAX

I’ve been working on a variety of website projects over the past few months, none of which have ended in an update. Now I have a small LA Metro Green Line transit update from a trip we took to Disneyland in late August.

On our way to Disneyland we were scheduled to fly South Bend to LAX, via Detroit. I was planning to have us take the Green Line to Norwalk to an Uber but our original South Bend to Detroit flight was delayed and around Noon the Friday we were flying out I was able to rebook us on a SBN-DTW-SLC-SNA itinerary that did add an extra stop and a couple extra hours of travel time but meant we didn’t need to deal with LAX which felt like a good trade-off.

On the way home, a friend of Louise’s had come up from San Diego to go to Disneyland with us and had her car. She offered to drive to LAX, which we said wouldn’t be fully necessary, but a ride to Norwalk at the end of the Green Line, removing the need for an uber, or an OCTA-Metrolink-City of Norwalk Transit System Bus to get to the Green Line, made the day much more streamlined.

As we drove north on the 5, we found ourselves in the wrong lane to get off at Imperial Highway to get to the Norwalk Green Line station. Instead we were in the lane to get on the 105 West that the Green Line runs in the median of, so I redirected us to the Lakewood(14 Photos added) and we got off there. Put some money including some extra for future Dinseyland trips (we’ve gotten annual passes) on our TAP Cards, and took a not so smelly elevator down to the platform.

Lakewood Elevator

I then got to photograph a train of new P865s for the first time heading the other way to Norwalk.

P3010 stops at Lakewood.

Our train soon arrived, and it was an older P2000 which left me disappointed.

It was a nice quick ride down the median of the 105/Century Freeway to the Aviation/LAX Station were we got off at 9:20am exactly 2 hours before our flight. There we took the elevator down to the plaza and followed the crowd of a mixture of travelers and airline employees. Including a Cathay Pacific employee who was kindly helping a disoriented elderly traveler with the shuttle bus and calling her “Auntie”. We got on a very crowded Shuttle bus for the short ride to LAX, getting off at Terminal 2, the first of 2 Delta terminals. Our flight was departing from Terminal 3 which required an uncovered walk outside along the departures roadway, we could have stayed on the bus. We got there, cleared security, and had a nice breakfast in the SkyClub.

We had a longer layover in Minneapolis and Louise was craving a burger instead of fancy lounge food. I took a ride round-trip on the C Concourse People Mover Tram and one of these rides included an employee with a floorboard open, greasing the cable that moves the tram.

Enjoy! I have a bunch of larger updates in the works, so stay tuned to this blog.

South Shore Line Service Suspended due to Deep Freeze – A visit to 11th Street with minimal signage

For the past 4 days (service on the entire route re-started yesterday, Sunday, February, 3), South Shore Line service along with Metra Electric service was completely suspended first on Wednesday, January 30, due to the extreme cold causing (the high temperature was -15 degrees in South Bend) issues with the catenary wires. This was followed by a freight train derailment that evening from a CN train running along the Metra electric line that knocked out power poles and substations near Harvey, although this area is south of Kensington where the South Shore Line joins Metra territory, it effected the entire power system for the Metra Electric line causing the South Shore to continue suspending all service instead of running Indiana only service (there were also some reports of wire damage in South Bend with a tentative service restoration for Friday and Saturday announcing bus service from Carroll Avenue to South Bend). All normal service to South Bend has resumed since the electrical issue in South Bend took less time to fix.

On Saturday, Louise and I (after spending two days in the house midweek with the city closed due to the extreme cold) decided to head to Michigan City in the warming weather for some outlet shopping and lunch at a restaurant we like. Even if South Shore Line service not suspended, its a trip we drive because of  the limited South Shore Line schedule and first mile/last mile issues mean the train just doesn’t make sense. On our way home I have Louise pull into 11th Street(10 Photos), and drive into a snow covered parking lot that could used a plow/clearly hasn’t had cars driving in and out of it due to the South Shore Line’s service suspension.

There I don’t see any clear evidence of the service suspension, heat is still on on the shelter. I go into the shelter and there is a tiny hand-highlighted typed sign on computer paper attached to one of the station’s TVM’s saying service is suspended on Saturday.


A moment later the station’s audio-visual information system does turn out saying “All service is currently suspended, we will update this message when service resumes.”

I also get some photos of the 11th Street Michigan City letters covered in snow.

I have to say that I’m used to how the New York Commuter Railroads normally handle service suspensions, with shuttle bus service always provided, once at least weather conditions are safe for bus service. Not running any replacement service on Wednesday and Thursday, when the South Shore had already announced a limited service schedule (with buses replacing trains from Carroll Avenue to South Bend Airport) due to the extreme cold made sense since all schools, and most offices/business were closed (I worked from home on Wednesday on Thursday).

What I’m astounded by was the only service alternatives the South Shore Line recommend on Friday and Saturday were driving to Hegewisch and taking the regular local CTA bus route 30 to the Red Line, or to Metra Rock Island Stations for Metra Service. You would think the South Shore Line would at least run limited bus service, using perhaps the buses they were already scheduled to use between South Bend and Carroll Avenue, to provide some service for anyone without a car. In addition the South Shore Line should have included the fact that Gary PTC Route R1 connects Gary Metro Center, the East Chicago South Shore Station, to Pace near the State Line, allowing a possible but long trip from Gary to Chicago.

Metra Electric wasn’t quite as poor during the service suspension as the South Shore Line with Pace providing a shuttle bus service from 3 Metra electric stations (for literally 3 rush hour trips) to 3 nearby Rock Island Line stations, and recommending riders take other PACE and CTA buses. Metra Electric has full regularly scheduled PACE and CTA bus coverage for it’s entire route network. The South Shore Line doesn’t have parallel bus service east of Gary and should have better plans to run emergency replacement bus service if all service is suspended.

A Hot Summer Weekend Trip to Chicago including renovated Clark/Division

We are currently in the middle of an arctic freeze here in South Bend, the temperature had a low of negative 8 degrees last night. I am continuing to work on catching up on my 2018 trip reports and this one took place on Saturday June 30th, 2018 to July 1st, 2018 which was an overnight trip for me and Louise into Chicago to stay with friends and swim in their pool (and possibly also in the lake).

On Saturday June 30th we took the afternoon 1:05pm train to Chicago instead of the usual 9:01am express train that starts most of my weekend Chicago trips. We had some things to take care of at home in South Bend and Saturday morning seemed best. The extra 35 minutes making lots all the local stops plus the crew change in the Michigan City yard made this train ride feel painfully slow, but otherwise uneventful. At Millennium Station we found a new in office building exit from the station that got us to the northbound side of Michigan Avenue where we wanted to be (photos are too bury to share, will return to this entrance) and stopped for a snack before an easy 15 minute bus ride on Route 151 up to our friends house on the Gold Coast. After the rest of the afternoon lounging in a pool, we realized it was cheaper to get a VIA ride share for the 4 of us up to Pequod’s Pizza, than all pay for the two stop Red Line ride. Wanting to walk of dinner (and with slightly cooler temperatures) we took the Red Line back the two stops from Fullerton to State/Lake.

Sunday morning Louise found a stationary store she wanted to go to in Lincoln Park, and heading up there seemed like a good activity on this over a hundred degree day. We got on the ‘L’ at Clark/Division(3 Photos), and I snapped my first publishable (iPhone) photos of the trip. Today, as I’ve gotten to processing these photos I now realize that State/Division has been renovated and received a new western mezzanine since I first wrote up a photo essay for it so these 3 photos are my only ones of it post renovation, guess I’ll need to add it to my revisit/get more photos list.


We took the Red Line up to Fullerton(8 Photos) and walked beneath the tracks in what is a parking alley between through DePaul University, I got some photos of the emergency exit staircases that exit both platforms.


We ended up getting lunch near the Armitage(6 Photos).

With the extreme heat walking back up to Fullerton to catch the Red Line didn’t seem appealing, so we took a  Brown Line one stop north back to Fullerton(3 Photos) and double-backed onto a 95th-bound Red Line, we took this train to Chicago, wanting to visit a store on Michigan Avenue before heading back to our friends apartment to grab our luggage on the Route 151 bus (a 25 cent transfer).

After getting our luggage (and with the new $15 Uber credit posting for the month on my AMEX Platinum Card, and no further city trips for July planned) we decided to Uber back to Millennium Station for the 4:43 train home to South Bend. This Uber ride had a driver who clearly didn’t understand the lower-levels of Columbus Drive and other streets just south of Chicago River, who chickened out and headed back up to the surface, not dropping us off at the super convenient car entrance to Millennium Station at the same level and right next to the South Shore Line platforms.

The 4:43 was another uneventful, not very comfortable South Shore Line train home, we had downloaded some shows to my iPad to watch together to pass the time on the ride home which was nice. I got a nice photo at South Bend Airport(1 Photo) of our just arrived train as we got into the car at the Kiss’n’Ride area where Louise’s Dad had come to pick us up.

An Summer Evening Rush Hour Trip to Miller, Portage/Ogden Dunes and Dune Park on the South Shore Line

The following trip took place on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

One of my major goals this summer is to finish the South Shore Line, one major reason I stopped at East Chicago last Sunday on my way to spend the day railfanning in Chicago. Earlier in the week, I had a couple of evening meetings and need to take an afternoon off because I was over time. With Louise away I thought about going on an evening trip into Chicago to get some of the Rush Hour Metra Lines (I have a fascination with them, and really want to ride the North Central Service in particular), unfortunately life got in the way, with some errands to run so I settled for an evening trip (that I could have done after a regular day of work) to get the middle 3 South Shore Stations I am missing.

I decide to bike to the airport on this nice warm sunny day, unfortunately I leave the house a little late and it’s was a sprint to Airport rail station, on my much more comfortable personal bike than my LimeBike on Sunday. I get to the Airport with moments to spare, and just make the train after locking my bike up to the rack. I purchase my mobile ticket for $10.25 that feels a little expensive, since I’m going just about two-thirds of the distance to Chicago and a ticket there is $14.00. I get a seat check with a hand-written ‘MIL’ written on it, as South Shore Line conductors due for westbound passengers going to intermediate stops before Chicago, Intermediate ridership on the South Shore has always felt really low, compared to most of the New York/New Jersey commuter rail lines.

I have an uneventful ride on the train. I spend the ride working on my laptop, on my website. I gain the hour and arrive in Miller-(36 Photos) 5:12 CT.  I get off and start my photo essay, running up to get the front of the train while it’s still stopped.


I take a little walk and visit a nearby ATM, wanting to just pay cash for my one-stop intermediate rides, and see how the conductors react. The South Shore Line’s TVMs only accept credit cards, so cash is still accepted on board without penalty except at stations with open ticket offices. On my walk I find a vandalized bus shelter missing pains of glass that this the closest Gary PTC stop (that finally has a modern website, but lacks decent route maps, schedules, and isn’t on Google Transit yet).

I head back to the station, I want to get a far shot from the parking lot but my next train is approaching a few minutes early (South Shore Line trains designate all stops east of Chicago on Eastbound trains as stops where the train may depart a few minutes ahead of schedule, another tactic that discourages intermediate ridership that is a good sign of real Regional rail). I cross back to the platform and photograph the entering 5:37pm train entering to Michigan City.


I climb the steps and get on the mostly empty car (a lot of the ridership on the South Shore at stops east of hear) and the conductor soon comes to collect $5.75 payment from me for my one stop, 5 mile ride, I don’t know if I’ve ever paid so much to go one stop on a Commuter rail line, the reason it’s expensive is I need a two fare zone ticket. I hand the conductor my cash, he gives me change and the strange South Shore Line cash receipt that doesn’t even look like a ticket, god forbid an intermediate traveler at rush hour needed to Transfer between trains, although I only know of one scenario on the schedule trying to get from South Bend (on the 6:00am Express train) to a local stop between Dune Park and East Chicago that would require just an 18 minute layover and this would make sense.

It’s a quick ride, I notice that the regular commuters start lining up at different doors in different vestibules for the low-level platform at Ogden Dunes than they did at Miller, I think to try and distribute seats better. I get off at Portage/Ogden Dunes(56 Photos) at 5:41, 3 minutes early and do my photo essay walking between the two grade-crossings that lead to the platform, and exploring one of the strange mini-high platforms with an electrically controlled platform extender.


After my photo essay I wait for the 6:09pm train to come in. Here the conductor asks me on the platform while passengers where I’m going as I’m getting on. I tell him Dune Park and am let on, my original thought for this trip was to say South Bend and see where they would tell me to get off to wait for the next train (and how they would handle my ticket). I pay him a “bargain” of $3.75 for this trip for this longer 8 mile ride after I board.

I get off at Dune Park(40 Photos) and start my photo essay of the two part station, original parking lot, and clearly additional parking lot, built to allow for station consolidation in the mid-1990s. As I get off I notice some people sitting on benches who ask the conductor if this is the train to South Bend, the conductors say no. After walking between the parking lots and getting streetside views of the large 1980s “retro”-looking depot that was built to be the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Headquarters, I head across the pedestrian grade-crossing that provides access to a trail network in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.


At this point on my journey my camera dies, I get some more photos with my phone before it dies too.  I’m far enough away from the station when this happens that I don’t get any photos of the 6:29pm train that stops off in the distance. I head back to the passenger waiting room and find an awkwardly placed outlet to charge my phone (I’ve forgotten my camera charger). My phone is just waking up when my final train back to South Bend arrives at 6:29pm,

I board one of the rear cars of this train outside the station waiting area. There is a moment of confusion because the conductors have already cleared these cars asking all passengers to walk forward because of the short platform at the 4 remaining stations. The conductor wants my ticket or my $9.00 in cash for South Bend, hands me my receipt and I walk up to the more crowded front cars. I’m even-able to find a seat with an outlet, and plug my computer in with my phone alongside.

The ride is uneventful except my train has a meet around 7:30 CT with the final Chicago-bound train from South Bend west of Hudson Lake. We slowly hit the merry-go-around and enter the South Bend Airport Station(4 Photos), my bike is there, I get a few photos of the station and bike home into the sunset, happy to call the South Shore Line (in Indiana at least) “done” until the Double Tracking project brings a bunch of new high-level platforms and improved stations.

Bonus: Hegewisch-(5 Photos), I got a very abbreviated photo essay I once biked there back in 2016 on a not blogged about trip and got a few photos (on my phone before it died after my camera had died) waiting for the South Shore home, I’ve added this page but Hegewisch is on my revisit list.

Happy New Year and the special South Bend Westmoor St Stop for the NHL Winter Classic

Happy New Year everyone, although I still have about 6 trips to write up (and upload photos from) in 2018, my little adventure on New Years Day I just need to write a post about a rare opportunity for me to photograph some unique content at home in South Bend.

A few weeks ago the South Shore Line posted a service advisory about a special train they would be running from and to Chicago for fans attending the 2019 NHL Winter Classic that would be played at Notre Dame Stadium. I read the service advisory and unlike simply running bus service from the South Bend Airport as they’ve done since I’ve moved to South Bend they would be using a special event stop at “Westmoor St“. With buses provided by a charter company since Tranpso is fully closed on the Holiday.

Here are two screenshots of the details from the South Shore website:

The part of this temporary schedule that I found most bizarre is that the times for South Bend are from the incorrect timetable, and listed in Central Time (were in Eastern Time), although I know for simplicity sake the South Shore’s “railroad time” is Central Time so they don’t need to deal with time zones for crews and the like.

Anyway, New Years morning came with Louise and I sleeping in, I opened the South Shore Line’s Train tracker on my iPad from bed around 10:00 ET, no sign of a special train on the tracker. We finally woke up around 11:00, I debated biking the couple of miles over to Westmoor Street but with temperatures in the 20s decided just to drive. I leave the house at 11:45 for the 7 minute drive from Colfax Avenue, past the Amtrak Station, before I turn onto Bendix Drive. As I approach Westmoor Street to turn onto it and follow the South Shore tracks along the Honeywell factory where I think the special events station is, I’m surprised to find signs about the road being closed or anything else. Then I notice some buses off in the distance, blocking the westbound lane and bike lane of low-traffic Westmoor Street and a few cars parked (including a police car and vehicle with Municipal government plates) just beyond the buses. I drive down the street and park right behind in this line of cars (blocking a bike lane) and ett out, knowing in typical South Bend small city fashion no one should care that I’m double-parked.

I cross the street and start my photo essay of Westmoor St(25 Photos).

Within 3 minutes of my arrival (before I have a change to open the train tracker on my phone and see where the train is), I hear a whistle and see the South Shore train approach at 11:56 am a few minutes early. I get some fun photos across the street of the conductors opening the traps between some (not all of the cars) and passengers transferring from the train to buses.


At Noon, after a stop of 4 minutes, I’m standing by my car again (not wanting to give NICTD’s finest any ideas) and get some nice photos of the train leaving the special event station and curving onto Bendix Drive to head towards the airport.


I then get back in the car and watch some of the buses leave in a convoy. The buses needed to wait for the train to leave because the train crosses their route on Bendix Drive heading to Notre Dame Stadium.

I drive home, happy to get a photo essay of this amenity-less special event stop. This station page should get some more (older) photos soon because it will become home to photos I’ve taken on a few occasions of South Shore Line trains merry-go-round route into the airport. I also want to return to get some more photos of the non-existent ‘station’ platform.