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by barnstormer
Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: Trestle Burns in WA fire
Replies: 6
Views: 804

Re: Trestle Burns in WA fire

Talk wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:52 am
That's insane. Wonder what caused the fire since the area didn't look burnt
A "gender reveal" party?!

-barny
by barnstormer
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Boat Hits Lake State Bridge Saginaw River.
Replies: 4
Views: 1914

Re: Boat Hits Lake State Bridge Saginaw River.

23 ft. Baja hit the bridge. AT SPEED. Drugs, Alcohol and Speed were said to be factors...also enter STUPID into the equation... ...blind....you could also add blind.....cause how do you miss THAT big an obstacle?! (I've owned a 27' Sea-Ray Sundancer at South Haven, so I know just enough about boati...
by barnstormer
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: J H Campbell coal plant Port Sheldon
Replies: 10
Views: 2382

Re: J H Campbell coal plant Port Sheldon

Update from a friend that works at Campbell. The SW1200 and slug are broken and they haven't fixed them because they hate using them. The 2 axle engines don't see much use because they also hate using them. They currently dump all of the trains with their 110 Ton GE Switcher. I was driving right by...
by barnstormer
Fri May 01, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.
Replies: 12
Views: 4266

Re: Pedestrian Hit By GDLK Train in Kalamazoo Yesterday.

No, I was struck by an autorack on a shoving move. Ahh, ok, so it's not the same situation as someone walking along the tracks while a locomotive approaches them with the horn blaring. Got it. I recall the old hats from 20+ yrs ago, telling us to always remember..."if you're on the wood, you're no ...
by barnstormer
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Spur in Fillmore, Hamilton Branch Q&A
Replies: 36
Views: 11085

Re: Spur in Fillmore, Hamilton Branch Q&A

Worse track? Quantified by either, are we still on the rail or nope we're on the ground. The covered hopper we were sent to unload rocked off the rail. Crew was going 12MPH...... I remember once going down there, and it had been awhile since I was last there....mistakenly got to 11 mph, and I thoug...
by barnstormer
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CP trackage rights over CSX Michigan and Ohio
Replies: 6
Views: 3676

Re: CP trackage rights over CSX Michigan and Ohio

There weren't any trackage rights, but haulage rights existed on the PM, via Grand Rapids. This is evident, due to the fact that CSX crews being used to move the trains between Detroit and Chicago, not CP's crews. When CP approached CSX about running their trains on the PM (due to a bridge being out...
by barnstormer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Lake State Coal
Replies: 35
Views: 10373

Re: Lake State Coal

SD80MAC wrote:Done deal. LSRC and CSX will have the Essexville coal through the end of the life of the plant, another 2 or 3 years IIRC. Supposed to switch over from CN/HESR very soon.
Do you, or your sources, know if these trains will go thru G.R., via the West Olive crews, again?
by barnstormer
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: Beer truck collides with train leaving a spill (Georgia)
Replies: 7
Views: 5136

Re: Beer truck collides with train leaving a spill (Georgia)

trainjunkie47 wrote:Police report alcohol was involved in the crash. :D
On related news....At market close, Miller Lite tumbled, trending downwards about 4.2%...
by barnstormer
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN Local rescue mission
Replies: 15
Views: 6666

Re: CN Local rescue mission

heard the same thing from the Amtrak engineer school in Wilmington (twice in 8 years---but who's counting :roll: ).....our people get nervous when the tanks on the P42s' show less than 500 gallons....occasionally will get a hiccup :shock: ....knowing that can't be good on the engine Ahh, yes....I r...
by barnstormer
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN Local rescue mission
Replies: 15
Views: 6666

Re: CN Local rescue mission

I am not really sure who told you that one, but that cant be further from the truth. Injectors are a common wear item, and top out around 200$ each. - He who has run plenty of large engines out of fuel, taken the diesel bath getting the fuel back, and never once had to replace injectors because of ...
by barnstormer
Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN Local rescue mission
Replies: 15
Views: 6666

Re: CN Local rescue mission

It is a tad more complicated then just filling up the ol' fuel tank and starting a unit if it goes empty. You have to disassemble the fuel filters and fill those again and prime the pumps....at least that was the practice some years back..... Something to add to Doc's assessment & experiences...The...
by barnstormer
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: GTW west of Coopersville
Replies: 60
Views: 30665

Re: GTW west of Coopersville

If you're going by boat to Toledo like you describe, why wouldn't you just go by boat all the way to Chicago? Or am I missing something? Remember, you're in Michigan (pronounced M-i-t-t-e-n) and in wintertime, the norther portion of the lakes would often freeze over completely, as was common during...
by barnstormer
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CSX employment
Replies: 18
Views: 9178

Re: CSX employment

Call Clutch at the lumber company on Fruit Ridge..."Is this your car?" "Why yes, yes it is." So just take it up and give it to GRE...easy enough. Who finally got paid? Not my problem. Customer gets their product, that's my problem...and its fun to screw around with J-ville who told me "you can't do...
by barnstormer
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Fuller Jct. Signal Identification
Replies: 6
Views: 3618

Re: Fuller Jct. Signal Identification

I've been railfanning around Fuller Jct, or Ann St. as you would call it in Grand Rapids, Michigan, near Walker, MI for a few years now. Having the Grand Rapids Eastern cross CSX right after their yard, they have to have some sort of signals. The signals are a double-headed US&S searchlight signal....
by barnstormer
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: Amtrak hits flatbed truck at Clark rd. on N.S.
Replies: 0
Views: 5182

Amtrak hits flatbed truck at Clark rd. on N.S.

An Amtrak train from Port Huron hit a loaded steel-coil flatbed truck yesterday around 12:45. Was told by dispatcher to approach the Clark rd. crossing at restricted speed and he didn't specify why, which is unusual. As we passed under the CN bridge at Pine, we saw numerous flashing lights (mostly y...
by barnstormer
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Slow Order in Grandville explained Wilson Ave Xing to close
Replies: 16
Views: 4793

Re: Slow Order in Grandville explained Wilson Ave Xing to cl

.... Maybe when they are at it they can replace the cross-buck that has been missing at Beverly Ave since May! :lol: The cross-buck is the responsibility of the state to replace/repair, not CSX...they must decide when they'r going to replace it, as there are, obviously, no electrical circuits invol...
by barnstormer
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Pompell Derailment
Replies: 9
Views: 4638

Re: Pompell Derailment

This is the first I heard of the accident. Wonder what happened? I know they've been working on this segment to build it up. Look at the first picture. It appeared the rail snapped. This could be the case since most, if not all of the Middleton Branch has rail lighter than 100 lbs. I suspect harmon...
by barnstormer
Wed May 30, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: NS Derailment Adrian
Replies: 5
Views: 3600

Re: NS Derailment Adrian

Not only did they run through a derail, they did so at a significant enough speed to flip the locomotive and derail several cars before it was all over. Someone wasn't doing their required lookin'. ....must have overrun their intended route in this pass, as the switch was not lined for the move.......
by barnstormer
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: A Lil Story ABout PTC...good luck!
Replies: 19
Views: 3224

Re: A Lil Story ABout PTC...good luck!

....Personally, I would eliminate the current crew calling system. These are people, not robots. Why can't the train crew have regular, unchanging, established shifts? That goes great with the in-vogue precision railroading the some rail whiz-bangs and wall street promote. You ever worked for a rai...
by barnstormer
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: S. Carolina Amtrak-CSX Accident
Replies: 41
Views: 10332

Re: S. Carolina Amtrak-CSX Accident

First off, I'm saddened with the news of this tragedy, and my thoughts & prayers are with the families/friends of these crew members, and the extreme sense of loss they are facing right now, and forever will be. However, I'm going to throw a BIG wrench into this discussion, as I had an incident occu...