Michigan Fast Freight Chapter 7Michigan Fast Freight Chapter 7 by *metalheadrailfan
Chapter 7: Geeps and Beeps
July 1950; Detroit
The arrival of the Pere Marquettes in 1946 herald significant changes to the railroad, including its absorption into the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, a railroad that ran between Chesapeake Bay through the Application Mountains to industrial areas of Ohio. The railroad was now called the Pere Marquette Division of the C&O.
The Berkshires even received new numbers in the 2600 series, so that they would fit on the roster with C&O's own 2-8-4s, or as they called them, "Kanawhas".
But perhaps the biggest change was the arrival more diesels and they arrived by the thousands. F Units, BL2s, Geeps, RS-3s, and switchers were everywhere!
The steam engines tried to welcome the new comers with open arms, sort of speak, but these diesels were harsh and took immediate disliking and made it their mission to eliminate steam for the rails.
One hot July afternoon, Peter arrived at the Detroit roundhouse to find it chock full of diesels, with the excepti
Waning Daylight - Chapter 2Chapter 2 – IntroductionsWaning Daylight - Chapter 2 by ~BishoujoShadow
'It all started when I woke up to blackness…'
California – 1941
"Oh good, you're awake! I was beginning to think I'd be traveling in silence!"
Erika slowly opened her eyes. Blue irises scanned their surroundings. She saw rolling green hills for as far as the eye could see. There were cows grazing, the sun was shining in the cloudless sky. She was moving, she looked ahead of her. Blackness, that’s all she saw. A big, black square. If Erika could see behind her, she'd see the long train of freight that followed. What was going on? Where was she?
"Where are we?" she asked aloud.
"We're going through the Altamont Pass, I'm taking you home." A disembodied voice answered.
“Who said that?”
The mature, feminine voice chuckled from the other side of the black void, “Why me of course!”
“Who are you?”
“How rude of me, my name is Alice. I'm a Union Pacific Challenger, number 3900. I
Michigan Fast Freight Chapter 5Michigan Fast Freight Chapter 5 by *metalheadrailfan
Chapter 5: Super Friendly Canadians
Hank sat at Knapford taking on water. Much like Connor he was feeling very ashamed of himself from the previous day's events. Daemon saw this and pulled up alongside.
"What's the matter, Hank?" he asked, "yer lookin' more down than a 'gator with no meal."
"I'm still feeling very upset with myself for such an idiot all these years," Hank said, "Connor and I should have taken a hint when you doused us with freezing water last summer."
Daemon tried his best not to chuckle at that memory. It was funny watching those two get blasted by Flynn, Belle and Harold.
"Now don't you go beatin' yourself up," he said, "at least this time you scallywags are learnin' yer lesson this time 'round."
"Yeah, I suppose you're right," Hank said, "I'm starting to hate these coal trains. Maybe the next time I see Connor, I'll talk to him to see if we can set this whole thing aside for good."
"I think everyone would like that," Daemon smiled.
Soon Peter's whistle was heard in
Michigan Fast Freight Chapter 6Michigan Fast Freight Chapter 6 by *metalheadrailfan
Chapter 6: Streamliners to Grand Rapids
With his last train done for the day, Peter decided to make his towards Brendam Docks. The N-1 had never seen a dockyard quite as busy as this. There were the ship yards in Detroit, but that was just mostly to take cars across the river to Canada and Peter had no need to be there.
Porter and Salty were there as they shifted cars about.
"Yar, why it be Santa's engine," chuckled Salty, "what brings ye to Brendam?"
"Oh, I just felt like getting away from the others for a while," Peter said, "getting a little tired of every saying that I planned to end Connor and Hank's rivalry. Plus I've never been to a dockyard either."
"That makes a lot of sense," Porter said, "you had no control as to what happened."
"And at least I'm in one piece," Peter added, "it could've been a lot worse."
"That's too bad," came an all too familiar oily voice. Peter looked and saw Diesel roll up alongside. Paxton and BoCo were there with him.
"The scrap heap is where an engin
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