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by Tim
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: C&O Elmdale Sub Operations 60's-80's
Replies: 24
Views: 919

Re: C&O Elmdale Sub Operations 60's-80's

I worked the night Tag End Relief job for most of the time. Mon-Tue at Delray as they had two levermen at the time, then Wed at Rougemere, Thur at Plymouth and Fri at Ensel. For several months I did this without a drivers license while attending MSU. I'd catch #12 in Lansing at 4:12 pm and then ride...
by Tim
Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: C&O Elmdale Sub Operations 60's-80's
Replies: 24
Views: 919

Re: C&O Elmdale Sub Operations 60's-80's

When I worked as a block operator from '66 to '68, the Ionia Local out of Ensel would frequently have a load of Mustangs from the Metuchen, New Jersey, plant for Shelby conversions at the A. O. Smith plant in Ionia. I think this only lasted for about nine months.
by Tim
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Amtrak Venture Car test train today
Replies: 0
Views: 2627

Amtrak Venture Car test train today

Testing begins for new Amtrak cars (updated), By Bob Johnston, January 25, 2021 With Charger locomotives on each end, the first over-the-road test of Siemens Venture cars for Midwest service leaves Chicago Monday morning, Jan. 25. The test train, with four coaches separated by former heritage sleepi...
by Tim
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: EJ&E Heritage Unit
Replies: 21
Views: 5247

Re: EJ&E Heritage Unit

It didn't continue to the northeast, it curved into the north end of the Niles yard. It was the Air Line Jct branch to a connection to the Michigan Air Line. I believe at one time traffic moved only eastbound on the Air Line and both ways on the MC Main.
by Tim
Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: C&O Old Main in Flint
Replies: 9
Views: 2506

Re: C&O Old Main in Flint

Posted by Elba Steve on 2/14/2015, 6:01 pm, in reply to " Re: Flint Old PM Main Customers" Wolf Brothers Iron, located just off South Grand Traverse Street, and Dover used rail right up 'till total abandonment. Tracks were already removed north of 2nd Avenue, north to about Wood Street. On the north...
by Tim
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Stub end railyards in Michigan
Replies: 53
Views: 12618

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: 7775

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: 7775

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: 7775

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: 3867

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: 7852

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: 236770

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: 173727

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: 7515

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: 7515

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 8:50 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GDLK Operations
Replies: 1437
Views: 426531

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 6:27 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Interurban Freight Trailer in Marshall
Replies: 11
Views: 7571

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: 6457

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: 12316

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: 105148

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