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by Ben Higdon
Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: CSX Montague Subdivision History
Replies: 12
Views: 1209

Re: CSX Montague Subdivision History

Are you referring to only the trackage from the north side of Muskegon up to Montague? For a time the line south of Muskegon was technically also part of the Montague Sub.
by Ben Higdon
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New rail yard coming to Kalkaska on the GLC
Replies: 23
Views: 5035

Re: New rail yard coming to Kalkaska on the GLC

These consultants are tax money parasites. How many hundreds of thousands will go to that swindler to regurgitate Ann Arbor to “up north” traffic figures, and decide there’s potential for reestablishing rail to the Straits which will require further study?
by Ben Higdon
Thu May 28, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Crazy Topic - G&W in Michigan
Replies: 39
Views: 7570

Re: Crazy Topic - G&W in Michigan

The strategy where a railroad requires “minimal maintenance capital” is called “deferred maintenance”.
by Ben Higdon
Sat May 09, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Graphic Packaging White Piegon
Replies: 13
Views: 6406

Re: Graphic Packaging White Piegon

There's going to be a bigger hit for the local trucking companies that ship and store this product. P&P, CMS and some mom and pop local drivers had a lot of outbound loads as the trailers sitting outside attested to. Most likely LC Howard will be going gang busters once the new plant is done. So ho...
by Ben Higdon
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Harvest Energy Spur
Replies: 17
Views: 6653

Re: Harvest Energy Spur

Doktor No wrote:https://www.flickr.com/photos/45043432@ ... otostream/

The switch stand is right about where the W is on the D&RGW boxcar.
And yes, a ton of pics here to keep one busy for awhile.
Wow, great pics there Dok! Thanks for sharing.
by Ben Higdon
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Michigan Rail Business news
Replies: 352
Views: 225654

Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Wasn't the track Michigan National Storage is on (Godfrey Mill Spur?) jointly operated by C&O and Conrail? Wonder if Conrail ever accessed it via the C&O after the Plaster Mill Track was abandoned. Could Grand Elk be entitled to serve customers on that spur, and have an arrangement with CSX to do th...
by Ben Higdon
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: White Pigeon Grain Trains
Replies: 65
Views: 22026

Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unit grain trains through Kalamazoo again, interesting! Any idea about how often these trains run?
by Ben Higdon
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Train Location Updates / Heads Ups
Topic: NS Updates - 2020
Replies: 128
Views: 34787

Re: NS Updates - 2020

Caught the westbound NS freight at Ypsilanti at 725am this morning, ~29 cars with a pair of SD40-2s. First time I've caught a freight in Ypsi in probly 6 or 7 years.
by Ben Higdon
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GDLK Operations
Replies: 1399
Views: 362206

Re: GDLK Operations

After American Axle bought it all that went dormant with just in time rolling down M-60 & I-94 to points east. I have a picture I took around 1995 showing a few covered hoppers inside the gate there. I guessed they were plastic pellets for American Axle but I don't know whether they did any injecti...
by Ben Higdon
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: If the PM never merged...
Replies: 4
Views: 3808

Re: If the PM never merged...

Perhaps PM would have taken over a shorter line to reach southward, like GTW did. A pairing of PM with Monon or DT&I may have made sense. Or eastward from Buffalo? I'm not familiar with what routes connect Buffalo with the east coast.
by Ben Higdon
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Michigan Railroads magazine back issues
Replies: 6
Views: 4635

Re: Michigan Railroads magazine back issues

KVERBERK wrote:Issues came in today. Thanks Ben!
You're welcome! Hope you enjoy them.
by Ben Higdon
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Michigan Railroads magazine back issues
Replies: 6
Views: 4635

Re: Michigan Railroads magazine back issues

Hello Kyle,
Paypal works for me, I can send you an invoice via Paypal if you send me your email address, or I think you can look me up under benjaminhigdon@gmail.com
Thanks for asking!
Ben
by Ben Higdon
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Michigan Railroads magazine back issues
Replies: 6
Views: 4635

Re: Michigan Railroads magazine back issues

I’m honored AARR!
Also I found a batch of issue #10 on Conrail’s Michigan Division, which can be included with the other six for $17 total including shipping. Thanks!
by Ben Higdon
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Michigan Railroads magazine back issues
Replies: 6
Views: 4635

Michigan Railroads magazine back issues

Some of you may recall seeing Michigan Railroads at hobby shops 20 years ago - I made it from 1994-2000 while in high school and college. I have copies of the last six issues and thought I'd offer them for sale. For $15 I'll mail all six, postage included. They're each 14 pages, except #16 which is ...
by Ben Higdon
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GDLK Operations
Replies: 1399
Views: 362206

Re: GDLK Operations

Ten minutes to, apply handbrakes, uncouple, dial dispatch, wait, wait, wait, get lined around, run north, dial dispatch, wait, wait, run south, recouple, move marker, release handbrakes. Hah, child prodigy is a little off on this hard decision. But when you think you're always right, you always are...
by Ben Higdon
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Muskegon Questions
Replies: 20
Views: 11974

Re: Muskegon Questions

AARR wrote:IIRC the original GTW line east of Muskegon (along Laketon) wasn't removed until the early 1990's although it hadn't seen service in many years.
Yep. It was intact along Laketon at Viking Foods 1995, except the rails were severed where they crossed Laketon.
by Ben Higdon
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Muskegon Questions
Replies: 20
Views: 11974

Re: Muskegon Questions

First, the GTW. I know they at one time had a line coming across the state from Greenville, but that was torn up many years before this early 1970's map. How far out of town did the line continue. It appears there used to be a tank farm east of town. Was this the "end of the line" for the GTW line a...
by Ben Higdon
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: A Future for the BO Tower
Replies: 41
Views: 30736

Re: A Future for the BO Tower

Has anyone looked into the possibility of some kind of historic preservation grant?
Other than that I don't see where adequate funding would come from.
by Ben Higdon
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Train Location Updates / Heads Ups
Topic: NS Updates - August 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 14802

Re: NS Updates - August 2019

blueheron13 wrote:I think the Arkona Siding is along the NS Detroit District (Wabash Line) from Arkona Rd northeast to near Goodling Rd. Not far northeast of Milan. Not sure about the Rawsonville Spur.
Thanks!
by Ben Higdon
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New Michigan Shore Business
Replies: 3
Views: 5981

Re: New Michigan Shore Business

Good news! I thought the Fremont branch was a goner until recently hearing the elevator got some hoppers.