Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby Pixl » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:33 pm

Looking for the TC train today, I started at the train station, then to Beacon scrap. As of1345 no cars set out yet. I then went back to the train staion and the followed the tracks all the way to Holiday & 5 mile rd. still no sight of them. I suppose they could have still been at Amerhart, but I didn't go that far.
Edit: At Beacon there was a huge pile of scrap along side the fence where they spot the gons for loading. It wasn't there last I looked. They load the over the road trucks in a different part of the yard.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby TC Man » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:58 pm

Pixl wrote:Looking for the TC train today, I started at the train station, then to Beacon scrap. As of1345 no cars set out yet. I then went back to the train staion and the followed the tracks all the way to Holiday & 5 mile rd. still no sight of them. I suppose they could have still been at Amerhart, but I didn't go that far.


I don't think they came to TC today, unless it's very late. As of 1pm, no train had been through Keystone Road (a bit of sand on the rails at River Road).
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:01 pm

TC Man wrote:
Pixl wrote:Looking for the TC train today, I started at the train station, then to Beacon scrap. As of1345 no cars set out yet. I then went back to the train staion and the followed the tracks all the way to Holiday & 5 mile rd. still no sight of them. I suppose they could have still been at Amerhart, but I didn't go that far.


I don't think they came to TC today, unless it's very late. As of 1pm, no train had been through Keystone Road (a bit of sand on the rails at River Road).


I bet they'll wait on the next load for Amerhart before they go to TC. I don't recall seeing a centerbeam on yesterday's train from Clare to Cadillac.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby firemedic54 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:10 pm

Light power northbound through Howell. Missed the lead but 392 was the second unit.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby TC Man » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:22 pm

MiRailProductions wrote:
TC Man wrote:
Pixl wrote:Looking for the TC train today, I started at the train station, then to Beacon scrap. As of1345 no cars set out yet. I then went back to the train staion and the followed the tracks all the way to Holiday & 5 mile rd. still no sight of them. I suppose they could have still been at Amerhart, but I didn't go that far.


I don't think they came to TC today, unless it's very late. As of 1pm, no train had been through Keystone Road (a bit of sand on the rails at River Road).


I bet they'll wait on the next load for Amerhart before they go to TC. I don't recall seeing a centerbeam on yesterday's train from Clare to Cadillac.


A center beam load came into Cadillac earlier in the week and has not come up yet. Also 2 empties at Amerhart.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:52 pm

A quick drive past the Cadillac yards revealed the 3 gons and centerbeam are in the North Yard. A cement hopper and 4 tanks are spotted behind Family Video. Perhaps they ran to Elmira and Kalkaska today.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby TC Man » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:00 pm

AANscaleRunner wrote:A quick drive past the Cadillac yards revealed the 3 gons and centerbeam are in the North Yard. A cement hopper and 4 tanks are spotted behind Family Video. Perhaps they ran to Elmira and Kalkaska today.


One could always wish for a Saturday run....
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby Pixl » Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:19 pm

TC Man wrote: One could always wish for a Saturday run....


That would be fun, but we TC people depend on the Cadillac boys for a heads up to catch these runs. It would be hard to sit around every day at the train station waiting for a train. Thanks to you guys that help with this. :)
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:07 am

Pixl wrote:
TC Man wrote: One could always wish for a Saturday run....


That would be fun, but we TC people depend on the Cadillac boys for a heads up to catch these runs. It would be hard to sit around every day at the train station waiting for a train. Thanks to you guys that help with this. :)


We'll keep updates coming as long as we see or hear them. :D
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:04 am

399 and 397 leaving Cadillac for Clare at 0935 with 1 pole load, 5 covered hoppers, 3 coke empties, 6 tie loads and 3 tanks.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby Todd_F » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:03 pm

Lots of hoppers at Middleton. Looks like a run on this branch soon.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby csx801 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:34 pm

Great Lakes Central north through Mount Pleasant at 1330

GLC 396 leading
GLC 398

2 plastics hoppers
2 tanks
1 hopper
3 wood chip hoppers
9 cement hoppers
10 loaded tie gondolas
2 LPG tanks
1 lumber load
4 LPG tanks

34 total
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby TC railman » Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:21 pm

csx801 wrote:Great Lakes Central north through Mount Pleasant at 1330

GLC 396 leading
GLC 398

2 plastics hoppers
2 tanks
1 hopper
3 wood chip hoppers
9 cement hoppers
10 loaded tie gondolas
2 LPG tanks
1 lumber load
4 LPG tanks

34 total

So a run to tc tomorrow or Wednesday with the other centerbeam and Gons.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:55 pm

TC railman wrote:So a run to tc tomorrow or Wednesday with the other centerbeam and Gons.


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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:38 pm

397 and 399 rolled into Selma Yard at 1815 with 2 tanks, 3 covered hoppers, 3 wood chip hoppers, 9 cement hoppers, 10 tie loads, 2 tanks, 1 loaded centerbeam and 4 tanks.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby csx801 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:04 pm

GLC was back south through Mount Pleasant at 1535. I heard them but was unable to get a car count.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby TC Man » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:41 pm

AANscaleRunner wrote:397 and 399 rolled into Selma Yard at 1815 with 2 tanks, 3 covered hoppers, 3 wood chip hoppers, 9 cement hoppers, 10 tie loads, 2 tanks, 1 loaded centerbeam and 4 tanks.


So looking at a 5 car train to TC this week. GLC high rail truck went on the Williamsburg and Grawn branches today.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:11 am

Heard them on the north end of Cadillac around 0900. Haven't heard them since, assuming northbound somewhere.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby TC Man » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:21 pm

AANscaleRunner wrote:Heard them on the north end of Cadillac around 0900. Haven't heard them since, assuming northbound somewhere.


GLC 397 with 5 cars on the Grawn branch, currently at Beacon. Brought the 2 lumber cars to Beacon as well.

Also MOW crew working in old Boardman yard. I saw a high rail truck, a tractor, and 3-4 MOW workers waiting for the train to clear their work zone. GLC used the Boardman Yard runaround to run around the train instead of the one by the depot when southbound to Beacon.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates September 2017

Unread postby Todd_F » Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:04 pm

Great catch TC Man! Can't wait to see your photos.
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