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by blackjack1518
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN White Pine Branch
Replies: 32
Views: 29686

Re: CN White Pine Branch

I don't know if anyone follows Highland Copper. But they have been advancing the White Pine North Project on the top of the already planned Copperwood project. Also the White Pine refinery is in the process of reopening to extract copper from tailings from copper country area. Has been no mention t...
by blackjack1518
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN White Pine Branch
Replies: 32
Views: 29686

Re: CN White Pine Branch

It's been sitting in the engine house next to the refinery. Not sure what will ever be done with this engine, and if the rail to White Pine will ever be used again. Is this building the engine house? WP.JPG The main sticking point for the White Pine Sub is that it can't handle 263K cars. The site s...
by blackjack1518
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN White Pine Branch
Replies: 32
Views: 29686

Re: CN White Pine Branch

It is my understanding that the 12 miles of rail relay into Ontonagon is a must for this biofuel plant. This was a really big deal when ELS removed the rail so quickly, as had been told to the railroad something would be in the works. Most likely pulled up because of it's heavy pound rail with resal...
by blackjack1518
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN White Pine Branch
Replies: 32
Views: 29686

Re: CN White Pine Branch

I emailed ILSX a few months ago and I forgot to update this thread, but I received some "new" information on the SW1 #1371 refinery switcher. We sold that unit to White Pine Copper many years ago (don’t know if it is still called that). Last I heard the mine was either idle or they were not shippin...
by blackjack1518
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Return of Rail Service to Ontonagon
Replies: 16
Views: 7339

Re: Return of Rail Service to Ontonagon

Here is what the plans are for the Copperwood mine, no yooper rail line will be used. The transload facility will be located at a rail siding in Park Falls, Wisconsin 80 miles from site. The location has been chosen due to the costs and mainly because it provides access of the Canadian National Rai...
by blackjack1518
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Return of Rail Service to Ontonagon
Replies: 16
Views: 7339

Re: Return of Rail Service to Ontonagon

Here is what the plans are for the Copperwood mine, no yooper rail line will be used. The transload facility will be located at a rail siding in Park Falls, Wisconsin 80 miles from site. The location has been chosen due to the costs and mainly because it provides access of the Canadian National Rail...
by blackjack1518
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Track being removed through Gibraltar (Downriver)
Replies: 16
Views: 5010

Re: Track being removed through Gibraltar (Downriver)

It's the industrial track. Being removed to avoid PTC charges.
by blackjack1518
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Return of Rail Service to Ontonagon
Replies: 16
Views: 7339

Re: Return of Rail Service to Ontonagon

AARR wrote:Maybe the question should be posted under Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader :D
Saturnalia wrote:
AARR wrote:Thanks Saturn. Would you happen to know how often it is shipped and how many carloads?
Nope.
I believe they ship few times a year during the spring, summer, fall time frame. 4 or 5 gons seems to be the normal.
by blackjack1518
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Return of Rail Service to Ontonagon
Replies: 16
Views: 7339

Re: Return of Rail Service to Ontonagon

On another note, CN has removed all the crossing signals on the White Pine sub at highways and added a simple crossbuck with except. They are either doing this for tax purposes or may be getting ready to pull the track up. But If CN Invests to bring this subdivision back online to serve the Copperwo...
by blackjack1518
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Return of Rail Service to Ontonagon
Replies: 16
Views: 7339

Re: Return of Rail Service to Ontonagon

I'm sure rail could be for receiving wood waste as well, although only shows for transport on layout. Also they'd store and then sell/ship more depending upon changes in pricing, contracts, seasons, etc. The tank farm is to have 12 large tanks for gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel
by blackjack1518
Thu May 31, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Return of Rail Service to Ontonagon
Replies: 16
Views: 7339

Re: Return of Rail Service to Ontonagon

ELS sure did remove that section of track quick. The state will most likely end up paying the bill to relay that 12 miles of track, Ontonagon has state resources available through Project Rising Tide and that could assist in related economic development. Note the state also rebuilt this line into On...
by blackjack1518
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mineral Range 2/7/18
Replies: 6
Views: 3087

Re: Mineral Range 2/7/18

Noticed not paired up with ILSX 1345. Do they still have that engine?
by blackjack1518
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Yooper rail may be on the come back
Replies: 11
Views: 3781

Re: Yooper rail may be on the come back

You wouldn't ship iron ore between Marquette and Duluth. Both cities ship iron ore out, mostly by ship. Indeed. This is the first time I've heard of this idea to relay tracks like that, and I can see no reason for it. Certainly much of the talk up here right now is who gets the Copperwood ore. Most...
by blackjack1518
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Yooper rail may be on the come back
Replies: 11
Views: 3781

Re: Yooper rail may be on the come back

***Update*** - The Bio-fuel plant construction in Ontonagon, MI will begin this spring. The 12 miles of rail that was removed from Rockland to Ontonagon will likely be relayed. - The Copperwood mine in Wakefield township is waiting on permit amendments, we should see construction begin later this ye...
by blackjack1518
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Train Location Updates / Heads Ups
Topic: CN Updates - December 2017
Replies: 178
Views: 26973

Re: CN Updates - December 2017

MtClemensRailFan wrote:383 is clear of Nolan with 322 axles. Tried to catch it in Mt. Clemens but just missed the power of it. :lol:
CN 2559, CN 5688, CN 2250
by blackjack1518
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Train Location Updates / Heads Ups
Topic: NS updates - December 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 9103

Re: NS updates - December 2017

- NS B47 was outlawed just short of 13 on 1 of the Detroit line with NS 8835 leading.
- NS 38E is dead down around 30 on 2 of Detroit line with pair of geep 60s & geep 38
by blackjack1518
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: ILSX 1371
Replies: 4
Views: 1952

Re: ILSX 1371

Was told by a representative from Independent Locomotive Service that they sold the unit to White Pine Copper many years ago. When CN stopped maintaining the line the locomotive was offered up for sale. There were no takers because it is now basically land locked. It is very well maintained and is ...
by blackjack1518
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Train Location Updates / Heads Ups
Topic: CN Updates - November 2017
Replies: 172
Views: 27356

Re: CN Updates - November 2017─IC 6203 (Operation Lifesaver)

Train 116 with two CN units and IC 6203 (Operation Lifesaver) SB past MP 22.5 at 7:11 am with a short train. Was this train on the "Holly Subdivision?" I would like to catch the Illinois Central® "Operation Lifesaver®" SD40-3!!!! These units are "Rare!!!!" :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: If this wa...
by blackjack1518
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: E&LS Christmas Eve 2016
Replies: 1
Views: 1753

E&LS Christmas Eve 2016

Tied down for Christmas via Nestoria branch at Watton, MI
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(Ex-DSS&A)
by blackjack1518
Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Train Location Updates / Heads Ups
Topic: CN Updates - October 2017
Replies: 168
Views: 25103

Re: CN Updates - October 2017

- CN 271 stopped at for time being Ecorse with CN 3000 leading, CN L573 has the route out of Flat Rock a work between Rodney & south yard.
- CN M384 will depart Flat Rock after 271 arrives.
- CN M385 holding at Vinewood for M384.