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by NSSD70ACe
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25
Replies: 14
Views: 529

Re: Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25

John Gray did hit the nail on the head though: this is all about money. Freight wants to keep the Wall Street buffoons happy and they don’t care how it gets done. We see it time and again with 12000-foot trains, ridiculous fuel saving measures that result in trains struggling to maintain track spee...
by NSSD70ACe
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25
Replies: 14
Views: 529

Re: Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25

Think back a few years. FedEx team drivers with doubles made the trip between east and west coasts in four days. TOFC took five days. FedEx needed a four day service and asked for an expedited service once a week. BNSF looked at not just the cost of the train but the delay to everything else so the...
by NSSD70ACe
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25
Replies: 14
Views: 529

Re: Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25

By the way, they did research doing their own ROW to Chicago. It’s in the plan from 2019. I’m not sure where it stands at this point but Amtrak is still exploring all options to fix the timing issues that NS doesn’t seem all that motivated to fix. Plan or wish list? When someone says plan I expect ...
by NSSD70ACe
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25
Replies: 14
Views: 529

Re: Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25

Someone needs to visit Switzerland to watch how they handle a much greater volume of trains over a single track. If the trains are close to their schedules, there should be little congestion on this part of the line. If double track is needed anywhere, it is at Ann Arbor where trains are often held...
by NSSD70ACe
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New Connection in New Buffalo AMTK.
Replies: 22
Views: 894

Re: New Connection in New Buffalo AMTK.

...it's a project that could easy be the high six figures. I'm just pulling this number out of thin air, but I'd say $2.5- 3 million would be the likely amount. Sounds about right; it has that look of something quoted in an email response from Amtrak or MDOT. How about $20 million... Scroll down to...
by NSSD70ACe
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New Connection in New Buffalo AMTK.
Replies: 22
Views: 894

Re: New Connection in New Buffalo AMTK.

Practical meaning "likely to succeed or be effective in real circumstances", no. Amtrak and the state are already strapped for cash. Neither is likely to put resources into building a connection for the infrequent passenger who wants to go east that won't travel to Niles or take the bus that alread...
by NSSD70ACe
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25
Replies: 14
Views: 529

Re: Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25

8 trains a day plus whatever locals NS runs and Amtrak needs to make that 2 main track territory? What they really need to do is improve the dispatch reliability so that the trains are at the proper sidings at the proper times. Amtrak is foreseeing growth on the AML corridor. As a result, they want...
by NSSD70ACe
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25
Replies: 14
Views: 529

Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25

Amtrak released their FY20-25 line plans. One big change (for us Michiganders) is that Amtrak is seriously evaluating connecting the sidings between Niles and Kalamazoo, effectively restoring most of the double track. Amtrak believes this will alleviate capacity concerns while also eliminating delay...
by NSSD70ACe
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN puts Wisconsin-Michigan-Ontario lines up for sale
Replies: 30
Views: 1243

Re: CN puts Wisconsin-Michigan-Ontario lines up for sale

Let's quell most of the rumors here, all lines being put up for sale in the US are in the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin. The only 2 lines presently that are in Michigan on the block is the Newberry line from Trout Lake to Munising, and the White Pine Branch that has been mothballed for several year...
by NSSD70ACe
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: NS 8102 Heritage in Melvindale Yard this a.m.
Replies: 1
Views: 338

Re: NS 8102 Heritage in Melvindale Yard this a.m.

Greetings, FYI I watched NS 8102 in its PRR heritage paint scheme shunting in Melvindale yard this morning ca 7:30- looks like she's heading out towards Romulus anytime... - Carsten You really should put this in the “Train Location Updates / Heads Ups” section of the forum, in the NS thread: http:/...
by NSSD70ACe
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Ohio Talk
Topic: Bellevue Terminal to be converted to flat-switching
Replies: 4
Views: 1183

Bellevue Terminal to be converted to flat-switching

Norfolk Southern’s Vice President of Network Planning and Optimization announced yesterday that the Bellevue Terminal will be losing its hump and converted to flat-switching operations. Source: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/john-friedmann-16145b4_opportunity-in-the-pandemic-comes-by-doing-activity-...
by NSSD70ACe
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: NS Idling Linwood Hump; Further Service Changes Expected
Replies: 1
Views: 559

NS Idling Linwood Hump; Further Service Changes Expected

Due to the sharp drop in demand across the economy, NS Service Design has begun individual evaluations of various yard and terminal facilities across the network. Linwood Terminal in North Carolina will have its hump idled, eliminating 85 jobs. Bellevue Yard in Sandusky has also completed a similar ...
by NSSD70ACe
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Amtrak and Kalamazoo Curfew
Replies: 4
Views: 1319

Amtrak and Kalamazoo Curfew

For those who have not heard, the City of Kalamazoo has implemented a curfew beginning this evening at 7pm and lasting until 5am due to the violence seen Monday night. This curfew will be in effect for one week. The only exceptions are traveling to/from work and seeking medical attention. Politics a...
by NSSD70ACe
Tue May 26, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Train Location Updates / Heads Ups
Topic: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020
Replies: 56
Views: 8472

Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

GDLK heading north from Elkhart with maybe 30 some cars, including 4 Amtrak ballast hoppers.
by NSSD70ACe
Wed May 06, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GDLK Operations
Replies: 1385
Views: 342131

Re: GDLK Operations

NS 1836 (SD70ACC) and NS 8129 (ES44AC) with a stone train at the unloader.
by NSSD70ACe
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GDLK Operations
Replies: 1385
Views: 342131

Re: GDLK Operations

justalurker66 wrote:How accurate is the wki for GDLK train symbols and schedules?
http://railroadfan.com/wiki/index.php/Grand_Elk

(A GDLK went in to the Elkhart Yard at about 1:20am Monday Morning.)
It looks fairly accurate to me. The train you saw go in might’ve been very late 102.
by NSSD70ACe
Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GDLK Operations
Replies: 1385
Views: 342131

Re: GDLK Operations

Grand Elk nabbed another ped today in the vicinity of Cork and S. Burdick in Kalamazoo. Looks like 501 or whatever they’re calling the south end local now. 4009 leading.

Victim is alive and was cited by KDPS for trespassing on ROW. Apparently they had their headphones in.
by NSSD70ACe
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Chit Chat Babble Room
Topic: A Good Time to Start My Career?
Replies: 7
Views: 2466

A Good Time to Start My Career?

Hello all, With the ongoing issues regarding the coronavirus, there is an increasing chance of me being laid off from my current job, as our passenger numbers have basically dropped to zero, the company is slashing 70% of their capacity, and they're parking 600 aircraft at minimum. Additionally, my ...
by NSSD70ACe
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: White Pigeon Grain Trains
Replies: 65
Views: 20817

Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Man you guys were foaming over this train like a rabid squirrel. That's because for some of us the closest thing to a unit train we see regularly is three boxcars with paper products. Besides, seeing the CSX power on the GDLK was a bit different. Wish CSX would bring the cat back...... Agreed...sho...
by NSSD70ACe
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: White Pigeon Grain Trains
Replies: 65
Views: 20817

Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

SD80MAC wrote:Crew is currently enroute to Plymouth to get the train. Might run as a G010 instead of V778. Look for a morning southbound departure on the Grand Elk.
That’d probably place them in Kalamazoo around 8-12 depending on when Grand Elk picks up the train.