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by Tim
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Stub end railyards in Michigan
Replies: 53
Views: 9205

Re: Stub end railyards in Michigan

The New Hollow Yard in Lansing had bumping posts when first built. They didn't last very long and were replaced by dirt when they failed under duress. One failed quite dramatically when an 89 foot frame flat went through it and up the bank at the end with the end hanging over the parking lot at the ...
by Tim
Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: JAIL Sightings and Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 5825

Re: JAIL Sightings and Questions

The set of trailing point crossovers going from the former Hollow Main to Hollow 2 and then Hollow 4 were just after the track straightens out from the curve. They’ve all been gone for over 35 years so no remains of them are visible in the photos. This is also true for where the switches at the east...
by Tim
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: JAIL Sightings and Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 5825

Re: JAIL Sightings and Questions

Seven stub tracks and the two run around tracks were the ones added with the south one being the original Hollow Main. The three to the west were there prior to this with the north one being the original Hollow Main and the two to the south being Hollow 1, 2, 3 and 4. The two south tracks changed nu...
by Tim
Mon May 25, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: JAIL Sightings and Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 5825

Re: JAIL Sightings and Questions

It's been called the Hollow prior to when I hired out in '68. The New Hollow Yard refers to the nine stub ended tracks that were built in late '72 and early '73. Supposedly the land belongs to Old's and they were instrumental in having it built. Prior to the Erwin passing track being built in the Ol...
by Tim
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Grand Rapids MC Roundhouse- Approx demolition date?
Replies: 5
Views: 2467

Re: Grand Rapids MC Roundhouse- Approx demolition date?

by trnwatcher » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:28 pm
The MC roundhouse sat on the east side of the yards south of Franklin St. It was raised in the late 80's IIRC.
by Tim
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Harvest Energy Spur
Replies: 17
Views: 6625

Re: Harvest Energy Spur

In the seventies there were two daily trains on the MC out of Jackson to GR. The day light one was the through freight and the night one was a local with some through cars. Yard Limits started at mp 88.1 (just west of 44th St.) and a wb freight and the yard job switching Mueller (Bimbo) had an unsch...
by Tim
Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Michigan Rail Business news
Replies: 352
Views: 225315

Re: Michigan Rail Business news

So did all the coal for Cobb come in by boat? Google Maps shows nothing that looks like it would have rail access.
by Tim
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming
Replies: 360
Views: 158247

Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Concerning the box car roof, somewhere it encountered a hard impact and the load bounced up hitting the roof.
by Tim
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Anyone going to the Spike 150 Celebration?
Replies: 8
Views: 7173

Re: Anyone going to the Spike 150 Celebration?

Hi Carsten, Thanks for the offer however a friend and I are Driving out from Michigan
Tim
by Tim
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Anyone going to the Spike 150 Celebration?
Replies: 8
Views: 7173

Re: Anyone going to the Spike 150 Celebration?

Do you already have a ticket for the May 10th event? It's $20 for a parking pass.
by Tim
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GDLK Operations
Replies: 1392
Views: 360357

Re: GDLK Operations

NS used it around 20 years ago although I don't have the exact dates or the plow number with me at present. Ran from Elkhart to Kazoo, then a turn to GR and then the MC at least as far as Jackson. MofW ran it because the hi-rail inspection trucks were being derailed by the snow build up between the ...
by Tim
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Interurban Freight Trailer in Marshall
Replies: 11
Views: 7319

Re: Interurban Freight Trailer in Marshall

Talked to a friend at the IRM, it is an interurban trailer, they do know it's there and the people who own it know what it is.
by Tim
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Surviving Telegraph Poles in Michigan
Replies: 16
Views: 5876

Re: Surviving Telegraph Poles in Michigan

When I was working for the C&O (1965-1968) the telegraph key was still working between Ensel and MA. I was working nights and the operator at MA and I used to mess around with it trying to teach ourselves Morris. At that time Western Union still had a wire on the pole line although it was a backup l...
by Tim
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Railroad owns land
Replies: 12
Views: 11694

Re: Railroad owns land

During the Conrail era a pair of officials high railed the MC Main with plot maps to compare the maps to what was actually on the ground. They discovered that a gas/convenience store was partly on Conrail property. I've forgotten exactly where it was however I do recall it was on the east end perhap...
by Tim
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Michigan Cabooses
Replies: 199
Views: 98284

Re: Michigan Cabooses

From Michigan Cabooses; may be out of date; Marshall, ATSF 1514 as GTW 75010, steel cupola, James DiMoff, from Battle Creek, poor condition
by Tim
Thu May 17, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: List of JAIL RR customers
Replies: 19
Views: 5504

Re: List of JAIL RR customers

Three S Lumber was located in the sw corner of Grand River Ave and the MC/PM joint main. The MC came in from the south just north of the Larch St underpass. The PM came in from the north around half way between the North Lansing Yard Office and Ed’s Bar, now Zoobie’s. Ed’s was a hangout for all the ...
by Tim
Wed May 16, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: List of JAIL RR customers
Replies: 19
Views: 5504

Re: List of JAIL RR customers

Capital Steel & Wire was never a railroad customer. Shafer Ready Mix was a customer for a brief time shortly after they located there. IIRC, Shafer was the original customer on the east side of the main and MPC arrived after them. MPC moved here after the Valley Line to Eaton Rapids was abandoned. T...
by Tim
Tue May 01, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Peaker (Rail) Services in Brighton
Replies: 11
Views: 4170

Re: Peaker (Rail) Services in Brighton

They also service marine EMD's such as the former Columbia Star
by Tim
Tue May 01, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: C&O caboose
Replies: 3
Views: 2445

Re: C&O caboose

It looks like its been repainted recently and is quite visable from I-96.
by Tim
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: List of JAIL RR customers
Replies: 19
Views: 5504

Re: List of JAIL RR customers

Also on the Hazen/State Journal track was a grocery chain, Schmits if I recall correctly. Schafers did a lot of business with PC, several covered hoppers of flour per day and a boxcar of something around twice a week. They were in the NE corner of Logan/MLK and the tracks. Also active on "The Farm" ...