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by DLM
Tue Dec 29, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Pere Marquette Berkshires
Replies: 9
Views: 3604

Re: Pere Marquette Berkshires

Somewhere in my basement, I have the original AFE on the purchase of these locomotives. I obtained it with many other boxes of AFE's and accident files before the Wyoming Storehouse was torn down. Long ago, I gave him a copy of the file to Bill Berkompas to take back to Owosso. Bill was shocked by t...
by DLM
Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Grand Rapids Holland Interurban
Replies: 8
Views: 7210

Re: Grand Rapids Holland Interurban

Donald Van Reken wrote a book with lots of photos of this line about 30 years ago. I have it at home. You can still see where the tracks ran many years ago in Wyoming, Grandville, Jamestown, Holland, and Laketown Township. Sure wish we had it now to ride.
by DLM
Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New Amazon DC at CN Moterm (State Fairground Site)
Replies: 35
Views: 14918

Re: New Amazon DC at CN Moterm (State Fairground Site)

What you might see is warehouse restocking on 53' Amazon containers coming from Los Angeles on the BNSF to CSX North Baltimore. This train runs on a 127 hour schedule 6 days per week. It is actually a large block of cars off the LA to Logistics Park train that BNSF hires CSX to run as a BNSF dedicat...
by DLM
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New Amazon DC at CN Moterm (State Fairground Site)
Replies: 35
Views: 14918

Re: New Amazon DC at CN Moterm (State Fairground Site)

Saturnalia and Redcrumbox nailed it. Take it off the train in Chicago and deliver in about 6 hours. Or rubber tire it across Chicago to an eastern railroad for a slow train to Detroit and a rubber tire delivery to Amazon. The slower plan actually costs more than the faster plan. I have been selling ...
by DLM
Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Go Go Squeeze email stating rail service starting
Replies: 16
Views: 4427

Re: Go Go Squeeze email stating rail service starting

For awhile, all finished product was moved to a warehouse in Grand Rapids due to the shortage of trucks in Grawn. From there, it was trucked to their customers. Not sure who has the warehouse contract currently. They ran daily trucks with packaging/manufacturing items north and applesauce south. Che...
by DLM
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Spartan Motors in Charlotte
Replies: 14
Views: 4161

Re: Spartan Motors in Charlotte

They assembly trucks for Isuzu at the Charlotte plant. Many of the parts come in on 40' containers over the BNSF and UP ramps near Chicago. All leave via OTR. They also make motor home chassis.
by DLM
Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: GTW Grand Rapids Sub Tonnage Ratings
Replies: 7
Views: 4042

Re: GTW Grand Rapids Sub Tonnage Ratings

I've been selling intermodal out of Western Michigan for 30 years. The only ramp I can recall was the C&O ramp on the east end of their yard which was long out of service by then. Amway never had a ramp to my knowledge. Amway invited me to a meeting about 25 years ago as they looked at building one....
by DLM
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CP trackage rights over CSX Michigan and Ohio
Replies: 6
Views: 4629

Re: CP trackage rights over CSX Michigan and Ohio

Late 80's and/or early 90's. Frequency was 2 to 3 trains per day in each direction. They had a wide variety of SOO or CP locomotives. Most has a CP caboose. Seems to me it lasted for several years.
by DLM
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GRE Spurs on the East Side
Replies: 18
Views: 6471

Re: GRE Spurs on the East Side

Did Miller Zylstra Lumber on Michigan Ave have a spur at one time off the GTW? Near the Houseman Ave NE grade crossing?
by DLM
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: U.P. question
Replies: 8
Views: 5667

Re: U.P. question

E&LS knows where they stored each block of cars for a customer. The block of cars could be behind several hundred other stored cars. Store them in the order you receive them since you never know which customer will want their cars first. Dig them out when the customer wants them. No real technology ...
by DLM
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Derailment in Mancelona
Replies: 28
Views: 13040

Re: Derailment in Mancelona

Was the train northbound or southbound?
by DLM
Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: RPA Proposes 31 New Corridors, 3 in Michigan.
Replies: 20
Views: 13817

Re: RPA Proposes 31 New Corridors, 3 in Michigan.

Can I drink the Kool-Aid too?
by DLM
Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GRE Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 16158

Re: GRE Questions

Tracks crossed US-31 in Grand Haven to the east until the 80's if my memory is correct. The 1972 USGS map shows the tracks going to the leather company. Also, tracks also crossed Lakeshore Dr south of Grand Haven to serve the sand mine near Rosey Mound. I use to see covered hoppers at the sand mine ...
by DLM
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GRE Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 16158

Re: GRE Questions

Bay Logistics is north of Pontaluma Rd. in the big warehouse buildings along tracks. Closer to Norton Shores than Spring Lake.
by DLM
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: GTW west of Coopersville
Replies: 60
Views: 33252

Re: GTW west of Coopersville

I recently relocated a family of gophers I caught to the old ROW near Nunica so the boring could begin under I-96.
by DLM
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Planners File Resolution to Keep 370/371
Replies: 17
Views: 6778

Re: Planners File Resolution to Keep 370/371

Rode the South Shore last weekend into Chicago from Michigan City. Got off two blocks from my hotel on Michigan Avenue. $41 round trip for two people. Free parking. Lots of departures to choose from. I can't see myself ever riding Amtrak from Holland again.
by DLM
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GoGo Squeeze purchases old Cherry Growers building
Replies: 4
Views: 3884

Re: GoGo Squeeze purchases old Cherry Growers building

Apples will be sourced locally unless Michigan has a bad crop. Then they will come from NY or WA. I move apples from WA to Michigan when there is a bad crop here on 53' intermodal containers. But only between October and April when it is cold. Since the natural decomposition of apples generates heat...
by DLM
Fri May 18, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: GM Wyoming plant trackage (Burlingame Plant)
Replies: 15
Views: 11150

Re: GM Wyoming plant trackage (Burlingame Plant)

Does anyone have a track diagram for Reynolds Metal? I can't image it is much different with what is still on the ground around the plant. Thanks for your help.
by DLM
Fri May 04, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Cherry Growers in Grawn has shut down
Replies: 17
Views: 6150

Re: Cherry Growers in Grawn has shut down

Go to the pre-aution inspection and sign up as a buyer. Then you will have total freedom to walk around the property and take photos.
by DLM
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: South Boardman
Replies: 16
Views: 3422

Re: South Boardman

EJIR trucks scrap in 8 axle trailers north from Sunfield, MI and then reloads finished product back south to Sunfield. Because of the difficulty of getting trucks to move finished product from Northern Michigan, this process should remain in place.