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by dmitzel
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Spartan Motors in Charlotte
Replies: 14
Views: 3676

Re: Spartan Motors in Charlotte

A million dollars to install a mainline switch with PTC. This doesn’t include the customer-owned siding track and dock.

This is why you’ll rarely see a new, Class 1 rail-served industry outside those that ship unit-trains.
by dmitzel
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GLC Acquiring SD35's?
Replies: 42
Views: 13746

Re: GLC Acquiring SD35's?

In Minneapolis yesterday - headed to BRC’s Clearing Yard for interchange to CN.
by dmitzel
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Bluewater Excursions over the years
Replies: 3
Views: 3540

Re: Bluewater Excursions over the years

I grew up E. of Rochester along the old GTW Romeo Sub, and took a few Bluewater trips in the early '80s. My first was a Royal Oak-Birmingham-Pontiac trip to Durand and then on the GTW Saginaw Sub all the way to Bay City and return. The trip used Semta commuter coaches - the Pontiac-Detroit commuter ...
by dmitzel
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: More Wolverine Chargers
Replies: 12
Views: 5099

Re: More Wolverine Chargers

Manistique wrote:At some point they named all the trains Wolverines. Before each train had a name: Wolverine, Saint Clair and Twilight Limited (I think).
The middle train was The Lake Cities, which I thought was odd as that name was from a discontinued Erie-Lackawanna train from Chicago-Hoboken.
by dmitzel
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Hope for CN’s Orion spur?
Replies: 8
Views: 5528

Hope for CN’s Orion spur?

Not sure if this could mean auto racks on the old PO&N but one can hope.

https://www.rtands.com/freight/canadian ... artnership
by dmitzel
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Grain Train derailment
Replies: 7
Views: 5504

Re: Grain Train derailment

They didn’t sell Brightline, only a minority interest - which includes assuming the Virgin Trains branding. Fortress and current railroad management remains in charge.
by dmitzel
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Grain Train derailment
Replies: 7
Views: 5504

Re: Grain Train derailment

To see the future of passenger rail in the U.S. look at what Brightline in Florida is doing, now soon to be rebranded as Virgin Trains USA, and also Texas Central between Dallas and Houston. This stuff will happen, slowly, where the economics make sense. Brightline is also branching out beyond Flori...
by dmitzel
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Paper Railroads
Topic: Detroit, Mackinaw and Marquette Railroad Co.
Replies: 10
Views: 9919

Re: Detroit, Mackinaw and Marquette Railroad Co.

All the research and field visits to the former NYC trackage in and around the Tri-cities has paid off... 13'x27' trackplan complete, benchwork up and Homasote subroadbed down. https://www.nmra.org/sites/default/files/styles/extra_large/public/layout/dmitzel_v3_0.jpg?itok=dI_zpz5d For those that are...
by dmitzel
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Did I miss this announcement? if not.. MARQUETTE SD40-2's
Replies: 4
Views: 7284

Re: Did I miss this announcement? if not.. MARQUETTE SD40-2

The correct Bowser GMD ex-CP SD40-2 units for HESR's pair are getting closer to reality...

http://www.bowser-trains.com/new/sd4022018.html

Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
by dmitzel
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Propsed Steel manufacturing in/near Durand
Replies: 46
Views: 10990

Re: Propsed Steel manufacturing in/near Durand

http://www.autonews.com/article/20171204/OEM10/171209904/ohio-firm-eyes-major-steel-plant-in-michigan-to-serve-automakers "In a meeting last week in Washington, New Steel representatives portrayed the Durand project as a state-of-the-art steel plant that would use clean coal-burning technology to m...
by dmitzel
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: OP Session
Replies: 8
Views: 6275

Re: OP Session

fmilhaupt wrote:A couple of us came up from SE Michigan to take part in this operating session, yesterday....
That's some great modeling! Will have to visit during the NCR Fall Convention, and maybe partake in some Ops if offered.
by dmitzel
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Business on the AMTK Michigan Line
Replies: 4
Views: 1356

Re: Business on the AMTK Michigan Line

>> -Main #2 ballast extends now to just West of the Station at Ann Arbor.

Really?! the Michigan Line is going back to two main tracks all the way through A.A. like during the NYC-PC-early CR days? I thought they were going to stop the double-track in Ypsi?

This is really cool if true.
by dmitzel
Thu May 18, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: New Control Points on the Indy Line Taking Shape
Replies: 6
Views: 3534

Re: New Control Points on the Indy Line Taking Shape

I've been watching the C&S contractors work at CP IU in downtown Indy for weeks now... nice as the work zone has most trains creeping through the plant so easy 'fanning from the Cummins building here on Market Street, especially from the 8th floor.
by dmitzel
Sun May 14, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Chit Chat Babble Room
Topic: Not sure where to put this.......
Replies: 4
Views: 2758

Re: Not sure where to put this.......

Bummer... hopefully they'll release his name - we're a small hobby so someone on the board may know him.
by dmitzel
Sun May 14, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: Brave Dave hobos across Canada
Replies: 3
Views: 2827

Re: Brave Dave hobos across Canada

If you enjoy watching modern-day 'bo's I recommend Stobe the Hobo's channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4aku2 ... 3iwfVOAGTg

Very entertaining travelogues for those of us rail-minded... also he's a US Coast Guard-vet that was stationed in the Soo for a time.
by dmitzel
Sun May 14, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New law makes it illegal to point lasers at trains
Replies: 25
Views: 4183

Re: New law makes it illegal to point lasers at trains

Michigan no longer has a law that forbids scanners in automobiles or anywhere else, even if they can get police frequencies. Indiana, on the other hand, does have the rule against mobile scanners. However combine lack of enforcement with out-of-state plates, and I think a railfan who isn't doing an...
by dmitzel
Sun May 07, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: Coal Train Derails After Colliding With Dump Truck.
Replies: 1
Views: 2279

Re: Coal Train Derails After Colliding With Dump Truck.

Bad wreck for sure, but I guess we can all be glad it wasn't a unit oil or ethanol train. At least coal doesn't explode after impact.
by dmitzel
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: BART riders attacked & robbed by "youths"
Replies: 5
Views: 3275

Re: BART riders attacked & robbed by "youths"

Sounds like it's time for all decent folks to carry some protection, and USE it when events like this happen. Garry K Yeah, but 40-60 hoodlums? Unless you're armed with an M-60, a full can of ammo and a few Claymore's you're likely to get overrun by that many 'hoods. Once the survivors get you and ...
by dmitzel
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: Train 2, Luxury car 0
Replies: 0
Views: 2471

Train 2, Luxury car 0

http://bigstory.ap.org/dae71719c91a4869b6e901c146da8d20

Getting hit once is bad enough, but twice by the same train?
by dmitzel
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Did I miss this announcement? if not.. MARQUETTE SD40-2's
Replies: 4
Views: 7284

Re: Did I miss this announcement? if not.. MARQUETTE SD40-2

I pinged Bowser by email a while back - asking for 3390 and 3391 in their GMD Canadian-line of SD40-2 locomotives, both in MQT and HESR sublettering. The response I got back from Lee English seemed positive - perhaps in the third run, now in planning stages. Hopefully Intermountain's move won't dera...