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by mikekmac
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Railfanning Information
Topic: CSX Plymouth, MI Operations 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 2889

Re: CSX Plymouth, MI Operations 2020

Nice update, thanks. Have all the road trains between Plymouth and Grand Rapids been cancelled? That line runs within a few blocks of my house, and there used to be a few but regular daytime opportunities. But I haven't been able to get out for a couple years. (So hard to imagine that once there wer...
by mikekmac
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN's Lansing yards
Replies: 10
Views: 5333

Re: CN's Lansing yards

I'm not having any trouble distinguishing between Cory and Snow. I've been out at both with my camera. I was attempting to ask if "Cory" includes the seven north-south tracks NORTH of Billwood, adjacent to the plant (if not on it) are considered part of Cory along with the 3 or 4 tracks alongside t...
by mikekmac
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN's Lansing yards
Replies: 10
Views: 5333

Re: CN's Lansing yards

Thanks. Do you know if both parts I described are considered part of Cory? No, check out this thread: http://railroadfan.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=33072&p=349907#p349907 Cory is off of Billwood Highway where it goes under I-69; Snow is significantly further up the line named after Snow Road nea...
by mikekmac
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN's Lansing yards
Replies: 10
Views: 5333

Re: CN's Lansing yards

AFAIK the one at Delta Township is Cory yard, and the one just east of there is Snow yard. I believe the one "downtown" is called Hollow yard. The CN timetable I have says the yard east of Nixon is Cory Yard. The one at Snow Road is Snow Yard. Thanks. Do you know if both parts I described are consi...
by mikekmac
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN's Lansing yards
Replies: 10
Views: 5333

Re: CN's Lansing yards

I have heard the yard by the Oldsmobile Plant site and Grand River Assembly being called Sleepy Hollow Yard or simply Hollow Yard. I was talking about the yards by the Delta Township plant, not the ones by the downtown properties on the riverfront (my wife used to work there in a plant that's gone)...
by mikekmac
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN's Lansing yards
Replies: 10
Views: 5333

CN's Lansing yards

There are two CN yards on the southwest side of Lansing, by the GM Delta plant. One, east of Nixon Road, is four tracks on the CN right of way, alongside the Lansing main & industrial tracks. The other is north of Billwood Highway, seven tracks (looks like 4 loading, three storage), probably all on ...
by mikekmac
Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:53 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN Durand Derailment
Replies: 20
Views: 2030

Re: CN Durand Derailment

Amtrak 365 is not running today because of it--not as a train, anyway. Some stations at least will have buses substituted.
by mikekmac
Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Railfanning Information
Topic: Railfan hotspots in a day's drive
Replies: 41
Views: 14690

Re: Railfan hotspots in a day's drive

I've set for myself the completely arbitrary goal of having a 50-train day before the leaves turn again. Since I live in the Lansing area, this requires a road trip. Because money, a day trip, not an overnighter. Since I used to live in Goshen right by the NS Chicago Line, I'm wondering if I might b...
by mikekmac
Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:58 am
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: Elkhart, Ind.
Replies: 407
Views: 71636

Re: Elkhart, Ind.

One of my goals for 2015 is to have my first 50-train day. Since I live in the Lansing area this means a road trip to somewhere. Is a 50-train day possible on the Chicago Line between Robert Young and the Marion Branch? I'm hoping the answer is yes, because I used to live on the west side of Goshen ...
by mikekmac
Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:25 am
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: Railfanning NS and CN in Valparaiso IN?
Replies: 18
Views: 4734

Re: Railfanning NS and CN in Valparaiso IN?

Thanks to everyone for the tips. I ended up having a lot less time than I'd anticipated, and it was a cold drizzly day. I only saw one train, and didn't even bother photographing it because the light was so bad. Life has pulled me away from the tracks--I don't think I'd even looked in here since Lac...
by mikekmac
Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: MMA Crude Train Derails and Explodes
Replies: 72
Views: 31061

Re: MMA Crude Train Derails and Explodes

The count of the missing raised to 60 this morning, including the 15 unidentified remains already recovered.
by mikekmac
Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: MMA Crude Train Derails and Explodes
Replies: 72
Views: 31061

Re: MMA Crude Train Derails and Explodes

I've been following this one pretty closely through Canadian media and through blogs and tweets of people at or close to the scene. At this point it seems to have played out this way: -- 11 p.m. (per TSB) - Veteran engineer Tom Hayden, who has worked this job three times a week for a long time, ties...
by mikekmac
Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:48 pm
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: MMA Crude Train Derails and Explodes
Replies: 72
Views: 31061

Re: MMA Crude Train Derails and Explodes

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by mikekmac
Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: MMA Crude Train Derails and Explodes
Replies: 72
Views: 31061

Re: MMA Crude Train Derails and Explodes

How do they know that the train was a runaway ? I'll wait here. :? They found the five locomotives with their brakes still set. It isn't clear to me if they found them where it had been parked 4km uphill, or somewhere intermediate. But the locomotives did not go down into town with the tank cars. U...
by mikekmac
Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:45 am
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: Railfanning NS and CN in Valparaiso IN?
Replies: 18
Views: 4734

Railfanning NS and CN in Valparaiso IN?

Hi. In the not too distant future I'm going to find myself in Valpo for the day with several midday hours free, and I was hoping someone could give me some tips on good legal (no trespassing, public) viewing spots for the NS and CN lines. My base of operations will be the university, though I will h...
by mikekmac
Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: Railfanning Information
Topic: Looking for Railroad Postcards
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Re: Looking for Railroad Postcards

A good question, Mike. I'm not sure what the Durand gift shop might offer (but I'm curious to know what you find there). I myself have been a postcard fan since I was a kid, not part of any club, just collecting them for myself and sending them back and forth between friends. As for contemporary ra...
by mikekmac
Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: Railfanning Information
Topic: Looking for Railroad Postcards
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Looking for Railroad Postcards

Hi. I'm in the Lansing area. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I could get some (prototype) railroad postcards at a retail-spinner kind of price ($.39 each, 3/$1, that sort of thing)? I'm involved with an international postcard exchange, and I'd like to join the railroading special intere...
by mikekmac
Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:43 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Pure Michigan: Where's Your Favorite Railfanning Spot?
Replies: 50
Views: 1910

Re: Pure Michigan: Where's Your Favorite Railfanning Spot?

Not a whole lot of CSX left to see here in Lansing/MSU/Okemos, sadly. It's not a rust line yet, and there's even a new (replacement) defect detector at MP 79.9, but the traffic isn't even half what it was four years ago.
by mikekmac
Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:09 am
Forum: Railfanning Information
Topic: ATCSMon "An error occurred in LoadLayout" with cn-ver2.10.la
Replies: 2
Views: 988

ATCSMon "An error occurred in LoadLayout" with cn-ver2.10.la

I'd ask this question at greatlakeslive/railstream, but I'm having trouble re-registering on the new site. I haven't used ATCSMon for a couple of months, and when I fired it up tonight I got the following error box when it tried to load the CN Flint Sub dispatcher display cn-ver2.10.lay: An error oc...
by mikekmac
Sat Jul 16, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: MSU E. Lansing
Replies: 72
Views: 9987

Re: MSU E. Lansing

KenB wrote:Could it be the mines are down due to the annual coal miners vacation the first two weeks in July.
That's for the assembly line model changeover, right? I wish someone would start making a convertible anthracite again. Or even just a sporty two-seat lignite.