Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby TC railman » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:50 pm

AANscaleRunner wrote:398 and 399 return to Cadillac at 1710 with 1 tank, 1 cement hopper, 1 passenger car, 19 cement hoppers, 1 loaded centerbeam, 4 covered hoppers (feed) and 4 empty pulpwood flats. Any ideas on the passenger car?

So should we see a train in TC tomorrow with that center beam? I'm ready if it is.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby TC Man » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:07 pm

TC railman wrote:
AANscaleRunner wrote:398 and 399 return to Cadillac at 1710 with 1 tank, 1 cement hopper, 1 passenger car, 19 cement hoppers, 1 loaded centerbeam, 4 covered hoppers (feed) and 4 empty pulpwood flats. Any ideas on the passenger car?

So should we see a train in TC tomorrow with that center beam? I'm ready if it is.


Probably, and they'll grab the load from Beacon on the Grawn branch as well.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby TC railman » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:25 am

TC Man wrote:
TC railman wrote:
AANscaleRunner wrote:398 and 399 return to Cadillac at 1710 with 1 tank, 1 cement hopper, 1 passenger car, 19 cement hoppers, 1 loaded centerbeam, 4 covered hoppers (feed) and 4 empty pulpwood flats. Any ideas on the passenger car?

So should we see a train in TC tomorrow with that center beam? I'm ready if it is.


Probably, and they'll grab the load from Beacon on the Grawn branch as well.

There a costumer!?!!?
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:32 am

There a costumer!?!!?[/quote]

Yes. I believe Beacon will be a permanent customer for the GLC up in Traverse. An NS Top Gon made its way up the GLC system a couple days ago, that may be going to Beacon today. I'll be trackside in Traverse once I get the report that a train left Cadillac north.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby TC Man » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:07 am

MiRailProductions wrote:There a costumer!?!!?




The NS Top Gon was a tie load for McBain. See my post way above regarding Beacon, straight from the manager.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:37 am

tumer!?!!?[/quote]



The NS Top Gon was a tie load for McBain. See my post way above regarding Beacon, straight from the manager.[/quote]

Oh ok, I assumed that was for Traverse. I will keep in mind about what the manager said for future situations. I'm chasing the TC train today, if they even show up. Does anyone know if they left Cadillac?
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby TC railman » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:52 am

MiRailProductions wrote:tumer!?!!?




The NS Top Gon was a tie load for McBain. See my post way above regarding Beacon, straight from the manager.[/quote]

Oh ok, I assumed that was for Traverse. I will keep in mind about what the manager said for future situations. I'm chasing the TC train today, if they even show up. Does anyone know if they left Cadillac?[/quote]
There's a gondola at beacon! It's loaded!
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby TC railman » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:06 am

Has the train gone north
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:12 am

I went chasing GLC to Williamsburg this morning. 398 was leading a centerbeam. We caught him near the old depot around 1055, and then we caught him at 4 mile around 1115. It was all going well except for the fact that I forgot my tripod... well, I was out at Lautner Rd., and as the train went by, my camera fell off of the bike trail post that it was sitting on. It's not in very good condition, so RIP camera, 2009-2017.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby TC railman » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:22 am

MiRailProductions wrote:I went chasing GLC to Williamsburg this morning. 398 was leading a centerbeam. We caught him near the old depot around 1055, and then we caught him at 4 mile around 1115. It was all going well except for the fact that I forgot my tripod... well, I was out at Lautner Rd., and as the train went by, my camera fell off of the bike trail post that it was sitting on. It's not in very good condition, so RIP camera, 2009-2017.

So it's in TC
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby TC railman » Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:41 pm

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby TC Man » Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:54 pm

I happened to be on Woodmere Street just a bit ago and came across GLC (a very clean, shiny #398) leading a loaded gondola and empty center beam. There was a kid in a little red car with a camera/tripod set up taking pics.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby Pixl » Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:06 pm

TC Man wrote:I happened to be on Woodmere Street just a bit ago and came across GLC (a very clean, shiny #398) leading a loaded gondola and empty center beam. There was a kid in a little red car with a camera/tripod set up taking pics.


Yes I saw that too at the TC train station. They were headed back to Cadillac. I wonder how they did the switching at Grawn and Williamsburg to get the scrap car in the middle?
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby AARR » Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:50 pm

If there was one engine they probably ran around their train at Grawn and Williamsburg respectively. However, I've heard one of those industries (Amerhart?) can be gravity switched.
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TC Man wrote:I happened to be on Woodmere Street just a bit ago and came across GLC (a very clean, shiny #398) leading a loaded gondola and empty center beam. There was a kid in a little red car with a camera/tripod set up taking pics.


Yes I saw that too at the TC train station. They were headed back to Cadillac. I wonder how they did the switching at Grawn and Williamsburg to get the scrap car in the middle?
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby Pixl » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:54 pm

I've been to Amerhart with video cam in hand. I was busy giving the engine a close look when all of a sudden the car was out on the main. Darn, missed moments. They backed up to it and headed for TC. I think they had given the car a little shove with the yard fork lift and it is down hill from there.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby Pixl » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:32 pm

A day late but here is TC's departure to Cadillac on Friday. The extra interest is the loaded gon of scrap metal, first of service returning to Becon recycling formerly Rifkin after several years. Traverse City has doubled its customers with this new service, and of course more stuff for us to photograph. :)

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby TC railman » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:27 pm

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:55 am

AANscaleRunner wrote:398 and 399 return to Cadillac at 1710 with 1 tank, 1 cement hopper, 1 passenger car, 19 cement hoppers, 1 loaded centerbeam, 4 covered hoppers (feed) and 4 empty pulpwood flats. Any ideas on the passenger car?


Was the passenger car one of the BiLevels, or was it in GLC paint? It could be one of those tests they're doing for the commuter rail they plan to put in, or it could be an OCS or a private excursion.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby TC Man » Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:00 am

MiRailProductions wrote:
AANscaleRunner wrote:398 and 399 return to Cadillac at 1710 with 1 tank, 1 cement hopper, 1 passenger car, 19 cement hoppers, 1 loaded centerbeam, 4 covered hoppers (feed) and 4 empty pulpwood flats. Any ideas on the passenger car?


Was the passenger car one of the BiLevels, or was it in GLC paint? It could be one of those tests they're doing for the commuter rail they plan to put in, or it could be an OCS or a private excursion.



It would not be for a test as it was in Cadillac. No commuter rail up there.

I wonder who it was in TC in the red car taking pics or video of GLC?
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates June 2017

Unread postby Pixl » Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:32 am

TC Man wrote:
I wonder who it was in TC in the red car taking pics or video of GLC?



Wasn't me, I drive a old silver GMC Yukon. Here is another shot at the train station. The fellow on the left was quite a character. He was collecting cans and bottles and said he wasn't a railfan but he named all the GLC engine numbers that come up here.

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