W&LE Updates April 2017

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W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby TrainStuff13 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:59 pm

Not sure if there's anyone interested in this, but I didn't see any posts for W&LE updates yet, so I thought I'd start one. I'm in Ohio for the weekend and any updates would help.
At about 3:15 PM today, one of the DRGW tunnel motor SD40s was in Lang Yard with a patched BNSF H1 SD40-2 and what looked like a patched UP SD40-2. The tunnel motor was facing south to lead.
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby AARR » Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:29 pm

I like W&LE updates :D
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby jimnorthwood » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:48 pm

With the shift of the DTE coal contract to NS, Lang Yard is considerably more empty these days. This does often make for good views of the W&LE when they are in town. When I passed by earlier this week I saw this http://www.nsdash9.com/WEroster/WE7001.html I could almost smell the new paint :)
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby SW » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:14 pm

TrainStuff13 wrote:Not sure if there's anyone interested in this, but I didn't see any posts for W&LE updates yet, so I thought I'd start one. I'm in Ohio for the weekend and any updates would help.
At about 3:15 PM today, one of the DRGW tunnel motor SD40s was in Lang Yard with a patched BNSF H1 SD40-2 and what looked like a patched UP SD40-2. The tunnel motor was facing south to lead.

Was still there, facing south, at 4 pm when I passed by. DRGW #5391.
On Wednesday night, while on a bike ride on a trail south of Bolivar, OH, saw a couple WLE units leading a WB freight, with a painted-out BCOL unit trailing. Turns out that was the WLE mainline between Pittsburgh and Toledo.
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby TrainStuff13 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:21 pm

From what I've heard, WLE leaves Lang a little after 8 PM. Is this still true?
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby TrainStuff13 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:06 am

Power for tonight's train out of Lang is 6387 (a patched BN SD40-2), 6984 (what I'm guessing is a patched leaser gray SD40-2), and 8795 (a patched UP tunnel motor).
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby AARR » Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:28 pm

I believe lumber and frack sand are interchanged with CN at Lang. What other types of traffic do you see?
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby TrainStuff13 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:29 pm

AARR wrote:I believe lumber and frack sand are interchanged with CN at Lang. What other types of traffic do you see?

The only cars of the train I could see were frack sand cars. The rest were hidden behind autoracks.
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby jimnorthwood » Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:43 pm

Lumber and sand seem to be dominant as you said, AARR.
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby TrainStuff13 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:42 am

According to the CN Updates post, there has been two unit sand trains on the Holly Sub going south toward Toledo. Looks like frack sand traffic might be increasing.
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby AARR » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:14 pm

I've heard about unit frac sand trains on the Holly Sub but haven't seen one.
TrainStuff13 wrote:According to the CN Updates post, there has been two unit sand trains on the Holly Sub going south toward Toledo. Looks like frack sand traffic might be increasing.
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby jimnorthwood » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:02 pm

W&LE was switching a long string of frack sand cars in Lang when I passed by there today.

What is the origin and destination of these cars?
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby AARR » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:12 pm

I'll guess the origin is one of the sand mines CN services in WI and the destination probably on W&LE's east end where the natural gas drilling operations are located.

There's a YouTube video of a long dormant W&LE branch line in eastern OH (IIRC) that was reopened recently as a transload for frac sand.
jimnorthwood wrote:W&LE was switching a long string of frack sand cars in Lang when I passed by there today.

What is the origin and destination of these cars?
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby redside20 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:40 pm

frac sand going gangbusters for CN in Wisconsin.

http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/fre ... channel=94
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Re: W&LE Updates April 2017

Unread postby TrainStuff13 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:11 am

6316 (SD40-2 in WC paint) is sitting in Lang and will lead tonight's outbound train.
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