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by Mike H
Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Bangor in 1993
Replies: 6
Views: 459

Re: Bangor in 1993

And Perrigo in Allegan used to get boxcars of bagged talc for their pharmacutical plant on the house track in the 90's. B&M and MEC cars IIRC. Thank you for that lead, that is very very useful information! There is another company in the area that gets talc, but they truck it all in unfortunately. ...
by Mike H
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Midland Turn Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

Re: Midland Turn Questions

You mention Bay City and Battle Creek --- right up through Penn Central days that junction to the Midland Branch was called BC & BC Jct. I used to dispatch the Saginaw-Ludington line that ran through Midland. During my time, we usually ran 6 trains a day through Midland, 2 Ludington trains (LU75, T...
by Mike H
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Spartan Motors in Charlotte
Replies: 14
Views: 4137

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. A million dollars lol?!?!?! You better double check your math because you mu...
by Mike H
Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Reopening a pipeline to bring propane north- hurt GLC?
Replies: 8
Views: 3056

Re: Reopening a pipeline to bring propane north- hurt GLC?

First of all, where is the propane coming from? and oh, there just happens to be an unused pipeline just sitting around not being used!! and second, where is the propane going? in the news story it says, up north, everyone knows about the NIMBY, unless there going to store the LPG under ground, the...
by Mike H
Sat May 23, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Crazy Topic - G&W in Michigan
Replies: 39
Views: 11092

Re: Crazy Topic - G&W in Michigan

~Z~ wrote:
SD80MAC wrote: Of course, I’d love to see some new upstarts get the GRE and MS instead.
Imagine how much less distance you'd have to drive if WMRR got the GRE :)
Hey, now that's a great idea! I bet the WMI could probably do some pretty awesome things with the GRE or the MS lol!

Mike H
by Mike H
Sat May 23, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Crazy Topic - G&W in Michigan
Replies: 39
Views: 11092

Re: Crazy Topic - G&W in Michigan

The MMRR, GRE and MS would likely be sold off. I could see GLC or LSRC going after the MMRR. Realistically, Watco would make sense for the GRE, and the MS would be up in the air. Of course, I’d love to see some new upstarts get the GRE and MS instead. I'd like to see some new start ups or one of th...
by Mike H
Sat Mar 07, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Spur in Fillmore, Hamilton Branch Q&A
Replies: 36
Views: 13592

Re: Spur in Fillmore, Hamilton Branch Q&A

When I had the pleasure of wandering that way during my career the spur was used by the local poultry establishment as a siding to get covered hoppers of chicken and turkey feed. Thrown in the ditch at that location was a PM switch stand, the ones with the semaphore up on top. Wished I had snagged ...
by Mike H
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Michigan Rail Business news
Replies: 352
Views: 237172

Re: Michigan Rail Business news

The weird thing is it came up the GDLK from NS. What's weird about it? MNS is open to reciprocal switching & the Eastern Idaho is also a Watco property so it makes perfect sense that they would try to encourage the traffic to move over a sister road. I'm sure their backup plan was to route it over ...
by Mike H
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Michigan Rail Business news
Replies: 352
Views: 237172

Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Per a source. for those of you in the Grand Rapids or those visiting Wyoming Yard from out of town. Tonight marks the eve of traffic from out west in Burley Idaho. Tonight CSX is bringing in a reefer in their train consisting of frozen butter and it is destined for a business right there at the edg...
by Mike H
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming
Replies: 360
Views: 173919

Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

The boxcars go to Menasha in Coloma. D700 had 1 in & 1 out lately. I'm just guessing, but in years past it seemed like they probably didn't do more than 12 cars a year if that. The past few months they seemed to have been getting cars more frequently, but definitely not in a consistent manner. I kin...
by Mike H
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Holland Ottawa Beach Spur question
Replies: 5
Views: 2746

Re: Holland Ottawa Beach Spur question

Warehouse was TLC until 2011 when Ryder bought the entire company. 2016, Ryder sold that one warehouse to Michigan Natural Storage. I'll email my contacts there, ask about railroad plans, and reply later. MNS also just bought the Ryder cold storage facility at Teapot Dome just west of Paw Paw. Seem...
by Mike H
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Holland Ottawa Beach Spur question
Replies: 5
Views: 2746

Re: Holland Ottawa Beach Spur question

Warehouse was TLC until 2011 when Ryder bought the entire company. 2016, Ryder sold that one warehouse to Michigan Natural Storage. I'll email my contacts there, ask about railroad plans, and reply later. MNS also just bought the Ryder cold storage facility at Teapot Dome just west of Paw Paw. Seem...
by Mike H
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Detroit Connecting / Dequindre Cut Customers
Replies: 27
Views: 18329

Re: Detroit Connecting / Dequindre Cut Customers

Drove by the yard during Thanksgiving Weekend. It appears that DCON has a new customer, ExxonMobil Lubricants (Verso Oil). DCON stages the cars in a fenced in area next to the building. That is not a new customer, just an existing customer moving to a new unloading spot on the main next to their fa...
by Mike H
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN buys CSX Line to New York
Replies: 6
Views: 5348

Re: CN buys CSX Line to New York

I think your thread is still relevant Dave. This acquisition definitely could have an impact on traffic through Michigan, but I doubt that anyone trackside would notice a difference. Any traffic originating or terminating on this line that moves to the Gulf or to one of the Western roads will move t...
by Mike H
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Graphic Packaging to Possibly Consolidate Plants
Replies: 19
Views: 10161

Re: Graphic Packaging to Possibly Consolidate Plants

[/quote]Note: The news article is deceptive when it comes to the number of plants GP has. There are a lot more than listed. For example, they missed the mills in Kendallville, Indiana and Xenia, Ohio to name just two.[/quote] Those locations are not Mills. You are confusing box plants with Mills whi...
by Mike H
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming
Replies: 360
Views: 173919

Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

No corn syrup either. Fun fact of the day, there are no corn syrup production plants in Michigan. I personally have never seen one that isn't directly on rail. Mike H It may not be a production plant, but there is a ADM Corn Syrup Terminal in Battle Creek! They unload, not load corn syrup & at leas...
by Mike H
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming
Replies: 360
Views: 173919

Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

No corn syrup either. Fun fact of the day, there are no corn syrup production plants in Michigan. I personally have never seen one that isn't directly on rail.

Mike H
by Mike H
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN Derailment in Port Huron Tunnel
Replies: 58
Views: 21875

Re: CN Derailment in Port Huron Tunnel

You are making a lot of very unfair assumptions. No one knows the cause of the derailment yet & it's probably more like than not that the DP unit had absolutely nothing to do with the derailment. CN has been running DP through the tunnel for a couple years now, (I would be one who would actually kno...
by Mike H
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Coal Train Question
Replies: 2
Views: 4989

Re: Coal Train Question

Monroe cannot dump cars unless they are "right stripped" mean all the cars are facing the same way so that they can be rotary dumped. In this situation it appears that the first two cars are facing the opposite way of the rest of the cars, likely because they were added to the train probably in Alli...
by Mike H
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Fremont
Replies: 21
Views: 14204

Re: Fremont

Don't give up on the line yet, there are a lot of things in the works & changes are coming. The track isn't in horrible condition & could be a great place to store a couple unit trains of coal cars or sand cars. More than likely the Fremont line is going to be around for quite a few more years befor...