After I posted a photo of Huron and Eastern Diesels in Weekend Proto Fun last weekend, Boxcab E50 asked if I might provide more information on this Michigan shortline, so here you go, Box and everyone. The Huron and Eastern Railway (HESR) operates on 320 miles of track in eastern Michigan, mostly in the Thumb Area (a look at the map will quickly explain the origins of this term). HESR had its beginnings in 1986, operating on ex Pere Marquette/C&O lines in the thumb with a roster of mostly ex C&O GP9’s and a GP7u that came from ATSF. The railroad immediately gained the favor of railfans by painting its locomotives in a heritage scheme borrowed from the E7’s that pulled the original Pere Marquettes. PM’s E’s wore a very attractive enchantment blue over venetian yellow (Not federal yellow. That came later.) HESR followed that livery quite faithfully down to use of the same font. These engines were numbered 100-105. HESR was the first railroad owned by RailAmerica. It expanded with the takeover of the original line of the Tuscola & Saginaw Bay Ry. (now Great Lakes Central), which by then was busy operating a large part of the former Ann Arbor RR. RailAmerica then bought the Central Michigan Ry. (CMGN) and merged it into HESR. Meanwhile, the original GP9’s and GP7u had been replaced by four ex P&LE GP38-2’s which were numbered 201-204. They are still in operation today as 3865-3868. With the expansion over the years, HESR’s need for more motive power became acute, and along with a rather diverse roster inherited from CMGN and engines brought from other RailAmerica railroads, various other secondhand engines were obtained, patched out and put to work. In all, HESR had become a very colorful railroad, operating engines in more than 20 different paint schemes. Link to Huron and Eastern locomotive roster on RRpicture archives. A little time spent browsing the photos is well worthwhile. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/locolist.aspx?id=HESR Photo below shows an interesting lashup of HESR power at Marlette, MI More information along with maps can be found on HESR's web page here: https://www.gwrr.com/railroads/north_america/huron_eastern_railway#m_tab-one-panel And finally, slightly off topic but still interesting is a story that explains why CMGN 8801 never joined sister 8802 (third unit above) on the HESR roster: http://intraspecinternational.com/cmgn/history.htm OK. Hope you find this interesting and at least somewhat informative.