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by rustbeltrailroad
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GATX Tank Train
Replies: 0
Views: 2975

GATX Tank Train

Hey y'all,
I am looking for older photos of the Tank Train that runs from Sarnia to Essexville via Durand. Particularly when the train had the big white/orange GATX logos.
Thanks!
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by rustbeltrailroad
Wed May 24, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: MICHIGAN SUGAR CO. CARROLLTON in HO SCALE
Replies: 6
Views: 4708

Re: MICHIGAN SUGAR CO. CARROLLTON in HO SCALE

The fascia is finished! When the GT took over the PC tracks from Mershon to Bay City it did not bother to paint over anything... hence the color.
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by rustbeltrailroad
Tue May 16, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Track plan
Replies: 33
Views: 19236

Re: Track plan

Looks like you have a nice large space for your layout! Is your last above post still your functioning plan?
by rustbeltrailroad
Tue May 16, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: MICHIGAN SUGAR CO. CARROLLTON in HO SCALE
Replies: 6
Views: 4708

Re: MICHIGAN SUGAR CO. CARROLLTON in HO SCALE

GOT THE BACKDROP IN!
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by rustbeltrailroad
Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: MICHIGAN SUGAR CO. CARROLLTON in HO SCALE
Replies: 6
Views: 4708

MICHIGAN SUGAR CO. CARROLLTON in HO SCALE

Here is the start of section 1 of my layout, Michigan Sugar Co. at Carollton (between Saginaw and Zilwaukee). The functioning name of the railroad is a spin off the old Oglebay Norton Saginaw Docks operation in Saginaw, it is called Saginaw Terminal Docks (STD). The time frame is the 1980s and close...
by rustbeltrailroad
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Sugar Beets and Tank cars
Replies: 7
Views: 1539

Re: Sugar Beets and Tank cars

Based on what the sugar plant in Croswell ships, the tank cars would be for outbound molasses shipments. Inbound shipments might include beets (although not in tank cars :D ) and coal. Croswell trucked their coal in, I don't​ know how/if Carrollton would have brought in fuel for their boilers. Wate...
by rustbeltrailroad
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Sugar Beets and Tank cars
Replies: 7
Views: 1539

Re: Sugar Beets and Tank cars

I think they shipped out molasses and liquid sugar products in tank cars. I don't know of anything that arrived in tank cars (but maybe I'm mistaken about the arrivals). Thanks AARR, That helps to have you option on tanks for being outbound. I have a molasses loading area and I guess I always assum...
by rustbeltrailroad
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Sugar Beets and Tank cars
Replies: 7
Views: 1539

Sugar Beets and Tank cars

Thanks for reading this, I am working on my Michigan Sugar Co. based on the one in Carrollton. I need to figure out what arrived in all the tank cars there while it was operating and what was stored in those 2 or 3 big tanks. I have some information but does not quite add up yet. I am not really int...
by rustbeltrailroad
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:58 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Wurtsmith AFB
Replies: 26
Views: 10418

Re: Wurtsmith AFB

Someone contacted me off line and said that the jet fuel may have been loaded in Bay City and shuttled by D&M to Wurtsmith. Maybe it arrived by ship to one of the storage tank terminals on D&M's shoreline spur :? . I have also heard this before somewhere years ago. The tracks in the area that would...
by rustbeltrailroad
Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Wurtsmith AFB
Replies: 26
Views: 10418

Re: Wurtsmith AFB

The jet fuel tank cars may have been traveling between the refinery in Alma and Wurtsmith. On at least one occasion they were trucking the jet fuel but eventually it went back to D&M. I think, again I think, many of the tanks in this service were loaded in Bay City on the D&M by where DOW is and al...
by rustbeltrailroad
Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Wurtsmith AFB
Replies: 26
Views: 10418

Re: Wurtsmith AFB

I have searched for info on Wurtsmith AFB also pertaining to rail service. Not much, but I have seen over my research of the D&M in the late 1970s and especially 1980s is that the silver, black and white DODX jet fuel tankers served Wurtsmith via the D&M. I concluded this from seeing all of these di...
by rustbeltrailroad
Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:16 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Old Sugar Beet Hoppers???
Replies: 6
Views: 1849

Re: Old Sugar Beet Hoppers???

The sugar beet service started around 1994 at 200 cars annually and has built up to around 1500 annually if what I've heard is accurate. I think this is accurate except the the "start date". I have been closely studying the structures and there are beet dump chutes for rail that have not been used ...
by rustbeltrailroad
Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Old Sugar Beet Hoppers???
Replies: 6
Views: 1849

Old Sugar Beet Hoppers???

Hi everyone, I would like to mine your brains again. Before the SGVY giant hoppers (ex-GMO, ICG...) what hoppers were used to move sugar beets around the Bay Valley? I think the giant SGVY hoppers are relatively new to the job because I do not remember them at all in the 1990s when I spent a lot of ...
by rustbeltrailroad
Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated
Replies: 229
Views: 89110

Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Well, no one has shared this yet here, so here it is with the wig wag signal, with the state journal empty pick up and all the great things from cedar st to mt. hope to logan in 1991:

https://youtu.be/uj3M5bZcTG4?t=1m38s
by rustbeltrailroad
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Chit Chat Babble Room
Topic: A and B car ends and special loading question
Replies: 14
Views: 4669

A and B car ends and special loading question

I know that sometimes boxcars need a certain door placed on the unloading side and flat cars need this too for different unloading procedures. I am asking people if they can post the correct terminology for including these specifications in operational model railroading. And what type of other cars ...
by rustbeltrailroad
Fri Nov 06, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Fundraiser for 1983 film of Durand GTW trains
Replies: 0
Views: 797

Fundraiser for 1983 film of Durand GTW trains

Please consider donating to this. The reel of color film with sound was expensive and now the hi-quality conversion to digital is expensive. Soon as a I have enough I will publish this film in HD on youtube. Thanks for considering, every little bit helps it get done sooner. Click link to see more: h...
by rustbeltrailroad
Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: TOFC/ Piggyback Trains in Saginaw
Replies: 38
Views: 5706

Re: TOFC/ Piggyback Trains in Saginaw

Looks like some track is still in place! http://railroadfan.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11226/thumb_Screen_Shot_2015-03-16_at_9_43_44_PM.png So that's where it is/ was! Gotta check that out some day. How old is that bird's eye view? It looks like 2014, but copyright 2015. Google earth has a cool fe...
by rustbeltrailroad
Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:48 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: TOFC/ Piggyback Trains in Saginaw
Replies: 38
Views: 5706

Re: TOFC/ Piggyback Trains in Saginaw

Looks like some track is still in place!

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