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by MIGN-Todd
Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GLC Acquiring SD35's?
Replies: 42
Views: 13502

Re: GLC Acquiring SD35's?

Saw them on a video last night. Good looking old girls they are. GLC won't have to do much to them to sort of make them look like their own. Never thought I would've seen the day when six axle power was getting to be the norm on the old Annie line.
by MIGN-Todd
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: TC track work completion?
Replies: 1
Views: 2317

TC track work completion?

Passing along Keystone Rd. and River Rd. pretty much everyday in Traverse City. Last year as everyone knows they did quite a large amount of work up here. The stretch along River rd. looks great after the tamping work was finished however, from Hoch rd. to Hammond has still to be completed. Ballast ...
by MIGN-Todd
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New rail yard coming to Kalkaska on the GLC
Replies: 23
Views: 6500

Re: New rail yard coming to Kalkaska on the GLC

Williamsburg's Amerhart cannot go the transload route. They would have to keep two fork lifts there (Beam stock and TGI's comes in 60ft lengths and utilizes two lifts to remove each bunk). Plus, They don't have the extra trucks to handle the haul back and forth there. They get in bulk lumber and bea...
by MIGN-Todd
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New rail yard coming to Kalkaska on the GLC
Replies: 23
Views: 6500

Re: New rail yard coming to Kalkaska on the GLC

Sounds interesting. At least we can all be thankful that they're trying to push for more rail traffic. A new yard along with the oil service tracks could see a better transload for the plastic pellets also. Maybe Frac sand too or natural gas? Getting rid of a potentially hazardous pipeline I'm all f...
by MIGN-Todd
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Another dumb AA question......
Replies: 12
Views: 3499

Re: Another dumb AA question......

Yoplait never used rail in Reed City.....and they got the ok from the state to build across the right-of-way before any other part of the line from Comstock Park to Cadillac was pulled up If I can recall, didn't they look into rail for this? Relaying is pricey I know but the distance isn't too grea...
by MIGN-Todd
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Another dumb AA question......
Replies: 12
Views: 3499

Re: Another dumb AA question......

I'd like to think that the Annie line will once again be "one". Between the two I'd bet on GLC. Who knows, one day I could wake up and see the whole thing now run by LSRC...…. or even a new "Michigan Consolidated or Mi-Con". It costs nothing to speculate. Michigan Rail is hard to figure out though t...
by MIGN-Todd
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Another dumb AA question......
Replies: 12
Views: 3499

Another dumb AA question......

The AA shut down North of Ann Arbor and kept just its current 50 mile stretch back in the 80's. Why? Is it because that section guaranteed them easy money and little hassle? There was freight service on the line from Yuma to Ann Arbor portion. GLC humps some pretty big trains everyday on it. Unit gr...
by MIGN-Todd
Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: MIGN story
Replies: 0
Views: 3294

MIGN story

Just remembered this the other day and don't remember if I told anyone on here or not. Back in the Michigan Northern days, during their "Cherry Blossom Special" during TC's Cherry Fest, that year was extremely dry. I believe to start, they had Geep 1603 pulling the trains but at least once a day, th...
by MIGN-Todd
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Train Location Updates / Heads Ups
Topic: TC track maint.
Replies: 0
Views: 8684

TC track maint.

So, with spring approaching and frost soon out of the ground I assume the track work in the TC area will continue again. Anyone know to what percentage they are complete and what still needs to be done? I know the stretch near Hoch road still needs tamped and flattened (they keep skipping over this ...
by MIGN-Todd
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: U.P. question
Replies: 8
Views: 5281

Re: U.P. question

E&LS don't really seem like an up to date high tech sort of railroad to me. In all actuality with what I've seen posted at times here and on the facebook sites, it seems they're like a "Duke boys/ Ma & Pa" sort of system (I'm sure I'm completely wrong but, the net doesn't give them a fair shake). I ...
by MIGN-Todd
Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: U.P. question
Replies: 8
Views: 5281

U.P. question

So, a few years back I had a special delivery for work which took me from TC all the way up in the U.P. to Ralph Michigan (east of Channing). Looking at google earth, I followed the rails from Ralph into Channing and noticed all the stored railcars. E&LS works out of Channing I knew but, is there an...
by MIGN-Todd
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: LSRC videos
Replies: 0
Views: 3616

LSRC videos

Been spending some time on YouTube watching videos on the Lake State Railway. One in particular, was the cab ride on the Gaylord turn. Its a long video but it was pretty interesting. They've must have made a lot of track improvements since I was up there as the track speed was pretty decent (25-35 m...
by MIGN-Todd
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: The Future?
Replies: 33
Views: 17777

The Future?

Kind of curious as to what people on here might think will happen with our Michigan short line and regional railroads in the future. I think within the next ten years GLC and AA will come together. Preferably with GLC at the helm but, more likely Watco buying them. Lake State will indeed GROW more b...
by MIGN-Todd
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: TC Today
Replies: 1
Views: 3535

TC Today

Caught what appeared to be GLC 390 pulling a loaded bulkhead flat and a scrap gondola along Keystone this afternoon. Odd to see them this late in the day so I assumed they went up north first. I'm sure it was 390 which is great as I haven't seen her in quite some time. Seems I've mainly seen the GP3...
by MIGN-Todd
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GLC SD40-2's
Replies: 6
Views: 4107

Re: GLC SD40-2's

Yep, I went by the track work everyday and everyday I yelled at them thru my trucks windshield. They would do little sections at a time and it was never consistent! They've left two big strips that still need to be tamped and straightened. Maybe I'm just too used to seeing MOW gangs going from one e...
by MIGN-Todd
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GLC SD40-2's
Replies: 6
Views: 4107

GLC SD40-2's

Wow! I've been gone from this site for years. Glad I remembered it so I could reunite again. Just an observation from the other day- In my work truck, I passed GLC's SD40-2 heading back south along Keystone with two scrap loads and an empty centerbeam. Maybe I'm just too used to seeing GP's from the...
by MIGN-Todd
Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Ottawa Yard
Replies: 7
Views: 4248

Re: Ottawa Yard

Have not found anything regarding the older version of the yard other than the fact that the new version seemed to be a lot cleaner than it was. All the old versions I've seen were weed strewn and dirty.
by MIGN-Todd
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Ottawa Yard
Replies: 7
Views: 4248

Re: Ottawa Yard

Thanks Don. Right off hand, more have they gained? I assume just small switching stubs....
by MIGN-Todd
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Ottawa Yard
Replies: 7
Views: 4248

Ottawa Yard

How much was the current Ottawa Yard changed from its pre Michigan Interstate days? From the 1970-ish photos, they look nothing alike. Is there a track diagram from the previous one anywhere?
by MIGN-Todd
Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Locomotive renumbering
Replies: 9
Views: 1794

Locomotive renumbering

Just a quick question. Does it cost money to renumber a locomotive? Like a car registration? Just wondered since railroads seem to buy a lot of used locomotives yet often do not change the numbering to put them in any sort of sequence just keep the same number.... for example, GLC's GP35's were in t...