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by C&O Dispatcher
Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Frankfort Question
Replies: 17
Views: 802

Re: Frankfort Question

Presuming you've already seen the photo in this link.

http://www.michiganrailroads.com/statio ... ankfort-mi
by C&O Dispatcher
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GDLK Operations
Replies: 1385
Views: 342132

Re: GDLK Operations

According to the Michigan Railroads timeline, the NYC built the "high speed" connection track near Three Rivers in 1958 to complete their short-cut from Jackson to Elkhart under newly installed CTC operation. The PM signals between Hoyt and Mt Morris were first installed in 1928 -- and several of th...
by C&O Dispatcher
Sun May 10, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Lansing Sub?
Replies: 4
Views: 1885

Re: Lansing Sub?

I remember when we first got the radios in Saginaw, but thanks for exact date (that I couldn't recall--only that it was 1985.) I was working the west end (Ludington Sub) on the day the south end to Toledo was cut over to Jacksonvile. I remember it as 10/28/88 as that was my last day with CSX. Not lo...
by C&O Dispatcher
Sun May 10, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Trwatcher Films - R337 Paced along M121
Replies: 14
Views: 2668

Re: Trwatcher Films - R337 Paced along M121

Regarding S&C books -- don't believe C&O and B&O ever made it into one book. The only one I ever saw was the one I posted and was kept in the chief dispatcher's office. Cover is complete with coffee cup stains and other smudges! I can still detect the aroma of cigarette ash on the original, as well!...
by C&O Dispatcher
Sun May 10, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Trwatcher Films - R337 Paced along M121
Replies: 14
Views: 2668

Re: Trwatcher Films - R337 Paced along M121

Tried to upload the file link, but I guess it didn't work!
by C&O Dispatcher
Sun May 10, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Trwatcher Films - R337 Paced along M121
Replies: 14
Views: 2668

Re: Trwatcher Films - R337 Paced along M121

Here's a link to a pdf file I created of the whole Chessie (C&O) S&C book, if anyone is interested:
by C&O Dispatcher
Sun May 10, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Trwatcher Films - R337 Paced along M121
Replies: 14
Views: 2668

Re: Trwatcher Films - R337 Paced along M121

Here are the symbols for the manifest trains running when I first started dispatching in Saginaw. This, of course, does not include locals, road switchers, coal and grain.
by C&O Dispatcher
Sun May 10, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Lansing Sub?
Replies: 4
Views: 1885

Re: Lansing Sub?

When CSX moved dispatching to Jacksonville in 1988, the only portion of the Michigan lines moved was what was left of the Saginaw dispatching district territory plus the Detroit Sub. The Grand Rapids dispatchers stayed put until they could get that portion up and running in Jacksonville. I was gone ...
by C&O Dispatcher
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Spur in Fillmore, Hamilton Branch Q&A
Replies: 36
Views: 10462

Re: Spur in Fillmore, Hamilton Branch Q&A

Regarding the Middleton Branch, I spent a lot of time around the GTW Greenville Sub as a kid back in the 1960's -- especially at the Pompeii Farmers Elevator. That line back then never had any tie plates; the rails were spiked directly to the ties! Even so, the GTW operated at 30 MPH on the line bac...
by C&O Dispatcher
Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Current Harger Branch Info
Replies: 2
Views: 2426

Re: Current Harger Branch Info

AARR, do you want me to post your response over onto my post at Michigan Railroads? (I'm Chessie Dispatcher over there).
by C&O Dispatcher
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Spur in Fillmore, Hamilton Branch Q&A
Replies: 36
Views: 10462

Re: Spur in Fillmore, Hamilton Branch Q&A

The October 1987 CSX timetable shows the maximum authorized speed on the Hamilton Sub as 20 MPH. However, between MP 22.7 and MP 22.3 it's 14 MPH if you have hi-cube covered hoppers. But then it says that the whole Sub is "Excepted Track" which restricts all movements to 10 MPH. I call those the "ye...
by C&O Dispatcher
Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN on the ground in Detroit.
Replies: 16
Views: 4601

Re: CN on the ground in Detroit.

OK--thanks. Didn't realize there was that much lag time. I recall watching a southbound DT&I going by Carleton tower one night when all of a sudden there was a gap of several car lengths, and then here comes the rest of the train! Only time I was actually in a position to see a train parting in real...
by C&O Dispatcher
Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN on the ground in Detroit.
Replies: 16
Views: 4601

Re: CN on the ground in Detroit.

Shouldn't the parting of air hoses put the whole train into emergency, not just a portion of it??
by C&O Dispatcher
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: UP has to rehire engineer who pooped on Train
Replies: 5
Views: 3724

Re: UP has to rehire engineer who pooped on Train

So, peeing off the stairway landing at Mershon tower was a no-no?? Uh oh.
by C&O Dispatcher
Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CHEMX train
Replies: 10
Views: 3276

Re: CHEMX train

[quote="MSchwiebert"]When were the "Bomb Trains" moved down to the B&O, running via Deshler? I first noticed them in 1988, which was also when the Soo trains that ran via Deshler were moved up to the PM route (and the PM trains - for a while were moved down to the B&O).[/quote] I believe it was some...
by C&O Dispatcher
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CHEMX train
Replies: 10
Views: 3276

Re: CHEMX train

The Chemical Special ran as a separate train from ML18/MP17. We got the loaded train from GR showing up at Baldwin every Sunday evening. They generally set off the entire train at Dean (Midland), and ran lite power into Saginaw. On Thursday afternoons, we called the train out of Saginaw referenced i...
by C&O Dispatcher
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Future of Grand Blanc and Wixom yards
Replies: 13
Views: 5832

Re: Future of Grand Blanc and Wixom yards

Back when things were humming, we used ALL of the sidings several times a day to meet trains. The only siding we ever blocked with storage cars (auto racks) was Blackmar. After the siding at Clyde was extended down to Highland, there was a hand-throw electric lock crossover near Wardlow Road near th...
by C&O Dispatcher
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Holly Jct Realignment
Replies: 8
Views: 4491

Re: Holly Jct Realignment

You're probably correct about the auto parts, but I can't speak to the routing directly. As dispatchers, we got a breakdown on the destination of the interchange cars which we gave to the GTW dispatcher (we could ring right onto their dispatchers' line and vice versa), but didn't have a computer bac...
by C&O Dispatcher
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Holly Jct Realignment
Replies: 8
Views: 4491

Re: Holly Jct Realignment

It's been a long time ago, so I don't recall exactly how many cars were being interchanged. I'd guess maybe 10-20 cars a day. We were still running the Sag-Holly (turn) local out of Saginaw M-F. Of course, the local did other work on its trip besides the interchange. They tried to switch Delta Tube ...