Located on the tracks of the former U.S. Steel McDonald Works are dozens of locomotives either in various stages of disassembly or intact, awaiting refurbishment. LTEX Rail has been in the business of scrapping locomotives for years, with its dead line tracks chock full of first- and second-generation locomotives and switchers from Amtrak, Canadian National, Union Pacific, Conrail, VIA and many other companies.

The site is massive but it’s obvious that the yard hasn’t seen much service since U.S. Steel pulled out of McDonald in 1981. The rusting tracks, instead of hosting gondolas full of iron ore and finished steel now contain vehicles past their prime.

While walking around the site, I spotted several Amtrak locomotives, including three EMD F40PHR locomotives. They were EMD F40PH’s rebuilt with EMD SDP40F components. Set aside were four Amtrak EMD F40PH cabs.

There was also a former Amtrak 560 switching locomotive that was formerly used at Union Station in Washington, D.C. It was built as the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway 2428, a circa 1951-1953 EMD SW9 diesel switcher locomotive. It was rebuilt around 1984 at their San Bernardino, California works as their SSB1200 series.

There was also a beautiful Burlington Northern Railroad 9917 that started life as a Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad 9987A. The circa 1955 EMD E9A still retains its trademark green and white livery.

Of course, there were plenty that were unidentifiable, most in stages of disassembly.

The rail yard is not just stuffed full of derelict locomotives. LTEX Rail contains an inventory of more than 400 EMD and GE locomotives ready for immediate delivery to clients across the United States, whether they are looking to lease, lease to own or purchase. Nearby, a massive warehouse contains thousands of used and rebuilt components for all locomotives. It truly is a railfanner’s paradise, stocked with relics and antiques that may never see service again.