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by Clay320
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: ADBF & AA Grain Trains
Replies: 11
Views: 1918

Re: ADBF & AA Grain Trains

It's been a while, but early afternoon used to be a good time to catch ADBF east of Adrian. Depending on how much time to have to snoop around, it's usually obvious when NS has dropped off a unit train as there are hoppers the whole way up the interchange track, even past Beecher Street sometimes. T...
by Clay320
Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: ADBF Switcher at Blissfield Depot
Replies: 16
Views: 5091

Re: ADBF Switcher at Blissfield Depot

NS3322 wrote:Whatever happened to ADBF #1755? The last time I visited Blissfield (Aug 2016) it wasn't on the storage track.
Last I saw it was in the shop in Adrian.
by Clay320
Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: The "Lost Railway Museum"
Replies: 1
Views: 916

The "Lost Railway Museum"

http://lostrailwaymuseum.org

Anyone know anything more about this? Saw the link to the site on FB today.
by Clay320
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Gap in a rail
Replies: 22
Views: 2319

Re: Gap in a rail

Yes. Definitely a broken rail. Picture could have been taken from the field side of the track also. From that angle? Only if he was 50ft up in the air. Field side means "not in the gauge/fouling the track" I know, from the angle of the shot, he would have to be very high up to be outside the gauge.
by Clay320
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:40 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: NS Michigan Line Train Symbols
Replies: 10
Views: 1206

Re: NS Michigan Line Train Symbols

West end: B16- Jackson based local B22- Jackson based local B44- Jackson based local (switches jiffy in Chelsea as needed) B33- Jackson-Kalmazoo turn A quick note on a few of these for those interested. B16 is the Albion local and leaves Jackson reliably between 2-3pm, usually a little before 2:30....
by Clay320
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:26 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Gap in a rail
Replies: 22
Views: 2319

Re: Gap in a rail

JoJames wrote:Yes. Definitely a broken rail. Picture could have been taken from the field side of the track also.
From that angle? Only if he was 50ft up in the air.
by Clay320
Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: SMRS
Replies: 24
Views: 3617

Re: SMRS

I'm sure I know the answer to this, but I will ask the question anyways: Why doesn't the SMRS store some tank cars like the AA on the Saline branch? They could put some on the southern end that is still connected to the ADBF. Would help raise some funds. The idea has come up before, there's a numbe...
by Clay320
Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Pittsfield Township Residents are displeased with the AA
Replies: 61
Views: 4572

Re: Pittsfield Township Residents are displeased with the AA

Were TV cameramen trespassing? Kinda looks like they were. They may have obtained permission to get those close up shots when they contacted WATCO Hello yes we would like permission to go on your property without any safety knowledge or supervision to do a negative story about your company, is that...
by Clay320
Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: NS Jackson Power
Replies: 9
Views: 1198

Re: NS Jackson Power

I just call them wide cabs, works for me! On a semi related note. A good spot to watch whats happening in the Jackson yard is to duck into the Blue Moon Cafe parking lot. One can usually see most of the locomotives in the yard and it's a good spot to watch the crews kick cars. There's a few picnic t...
by Clay320
Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming
Replies: 360
Views: 159522

Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

My understanding from a few things I have heard, the haircut the WMRR got was a little to short for the new owners liking. There was a quote being sought for relaying rail at one point, which may play into why the crossings are all in limbo. Why pioneer would pull rail just to have the next guy put ...
by Clay320
Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Jackson Observations
Replies: 3
Views: 630

Jackson Observations

I was meandering around Jackson Wednesday night around 11pm and saw NS power heading west out of the yard. Thinking this was maybe the road train to Kzoo (B33?) I parked over by the station to see what all they had. 6 engines, and 14 cars. Now I'm not hardcore enough to tell modern engines apart but...
by Clay320
Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Albion Spur
Replies: 3
Views: 1110

Re: Albion Spur

B22 left Jackson today at about 2:30pm, haven't heard if they are at Albion atm but I would assume they would arrive within an hour of departing Jackson B34 to BC is calling in to leave right now, at 3:30pm, due to take the siding at albion to pass B22 working the Andersons. So B22 is ether at Albio...
by Clay320
Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: ADBF Question
Replies: 29
Views: 3746

Re: ADBF Question

So his hostile take over attempt of the SMRS was to revitalize the line and ship North. Who was he hoping to ship too. I wouldn't say it was to ship north. I believe their ultimate goal was establishing a connection with NS so they wouldn't have to push loaded cars up the grade on the connector in ...
by Clay320
Sun Nov 01, 2015 6:59 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: SMRS is showing results
Replies: 39
Views: 6360

Re: SMRS is showing results

Nice job on the crossing! Don't remember what shape it was in when I rode the SMRS two weekends ago, but I'm sure it's in better shape after your TLC. Some pretty hefty pot holes were developing between the rails. New ties, guard rails added, and new pavement. Additionally there was a switch just s...
by Clay320
Sat Oct 31, 2015 6:03 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: SMRS is showing results
Replies: 39
Views: 6360

Re: SMRS is showing results

We've been working on the railroad! Our Staib Road crossing is getting a rebuild, most of the work was this week, paving to be done by the road commission Monday.
by Clay320
Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: SMRS is showing results
Replies: 39
Views: 6360

Re: SMRS is showing results

I'd guess that Allison built the transmission for it? Almost certainly non-production item, and with them being sold at least once since GM ownership, the sort of "legacy" information (drawings, parts lists etc.) may not exist any more. On the other hand, the prime mover (if I remember right) is a ...
by Clay320
Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: SMRS is showing results
Replies: 39
Views: 6360

Re: SMRS is showing results

We travel at an average 8mph per our insurance policy. We will probably never operate over 10-15mph as the scenery goes by too fast otherwise. One of the big draws of our trips is the view and the open air car, so we want people to be able to enjoy it. In the future we may make use of higher speeds ...
by Clay320
Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: SMRS is showing results
Replies: 39
Views: 6360

Re: SMRS is showing results

On the north side of NS, there is a 1-200ish foot gap, with Raisin Center Hwy (not Sand Creek) cutting in between. On the other side rail comes up to within 50' or so. We have talked to GM about the GMDH3, other than basic builder info they didn't have much to offer. With the GMDH-1s, there were 4 b...
by Clay320
Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: SMRS is showing results
Replies: 39
Views: 6360

Re: SMRS is showing results

Curious if any mechanical work has been explored on the GMDH-3 since repainting. I understand being a one off has its challenges for this neat little unit. Earlier this year we had an outside mechanic come to look it over. At this time it is not feasible to get it operating reliability. The issue i...
by Clay320
Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: SMRS is showing results
Replies: 39
Views: 6360

Re: SMRS is showing results

Good points, being transparent and open is key. I'm glad I could help clear things up somewhat for you. If there are any projects that peak your interest, I'd be happy to provide details as I'm able to. Likely the biggest topic is the RS-1. Our volunteer numbers are on a slow increase, which has all...