Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:29 am

Heard them head northbound out of Cadillac at 0920.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby csx801 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:52 am

Great Lakes Central north through Mount Pleasant at 1150

GLC 397 leading
GLC 399

1 boxcar
20 hoppers

21 total
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby csx801 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:25 pm

Great Lakes Central back south through Mount Pleasant at 1320

GLC 399 leading
GLC 397

1 boxcar
8 hoppers

9 total
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby Todd_F » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:42 pm

Just curious if that was the same boxcar on both trips? Perhaps it could only be dropped somewhere on a SBD trip?
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby Todd_F » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:43 pm

Just curious if that was the same boxcar on both trips? Perhaps it could only be dropped somewhere on a SBD trip?
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby csx801 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:33 pm

Todd_F wrote:Just curious if that was the same boxcar on both trips? Perhaps it could only be dropped somewhere on a SBD trip?

It was the same one I saw headed north. GLC only went as far north as Rosebush today. Ithica occasionally gets boxcars, but only occasionally. They usually switch it on the northbound, so the boxcar will come north with them, and turn. I don't know of any other customers along the line that receive boxcars.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby AARR » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:38 pm

csx801 is correct about how GLC will switch the bean plant in Ithaca
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Todd_F wrote:Just curious if that was the same boxcar on both trips? Perhaps it could only be dropped somewhere on a SBD trip?

It was the same one I saw headed north. GLC only went as far north as Rosebush today. Ithica occasionally gets boxcars, but only occasionally. They usually switch it on the northbound, so the boxcar will come north with them, and turn. I don't know of any other customers along the line that receive boxcars.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby Pixl » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:19 pm

csx801 wrote: Ithica occasionally gets boxcars, but only occasionally. They usually switch it on the northbound, so the boxcar will come north with them, and turn. I don't know of any other customers along the line that receive boxcars.


GLC occasionally brings one up to Amerhart near Traverse City.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:50 pm

Returned to Cadillac at 1605 with 1 loaded scrap gon and 1 empty centerbeam.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby Todd_F » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:55 am

Thanks for the boxcar info, guys. It's much appreciated.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby AARR » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:43 am

The lumber/truss place east of Clare gets an occasional box car although they mostly receive center beams
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csx801 wrote: Ithica occasionally gets boxcars, but only occasionally. They usually switch it on the northbound, so the boxcar will come north with them, and turn. I don't know of any other customers along the line that receive boxcars.


GLC occasionally brings one up to Amerhart near Traverse City.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby csx801 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:53 am

A decent amount MofW Equipment went south through Mount Pleasant at 1145. This equipment was sitting on the old siding that had passenger cars on it for a while off Pickard Rd.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby Pixl » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:04 pm

csx801 wrote: This equipment was sitting on the old siding that had passenger cars on it for a while off Pickard Rd.


I see this done from time to time where a contractor or the RR parks equipment on what appears to be a private siding. Especially sidings that are little use. Do they make arrangements to do this or just shove them in there? One such siding is to a transformer station off Keystone road near Traverse City.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby firemedic54 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:06 pm

Northbound through Howell passing the depot. 397 and 399. Looks like mostly grain cars. And some LPG cars. Didn't get a count.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby railroader and son » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:04 pm

That boxcar everyone is talking about came from Agro in Ashley,bagged fertilizer fyi. Been getting them on occasion for a while now.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby AARR » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:08 pm

Thank you 8)
railroader and son wrote:That boxcar everyone is talking about came from Agro in Ashley,bagged fertilizer fyi. Been getting them on occasion for a while now.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby Pixl » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:29 pm

Bum.. no fertilizer needed here in TC.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby csx801 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:27 pm

Great Lakes Central just departed Shepherd after building a unit grain train at 2300. They were south through Mount Pleasant at 2130 with the first half of their train from Rosebush. I spent the better part of an hour watching them build their train before they continued south.

GLC 393 leading
GLC 396
GLC 390
GLC 399
GLC 397

81 Grain
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:07 pm

398 and 395 left Cadillac for McBain at 1100 with 13 tie loads. Returned at 1255 and switched until around 1440.

Didn't hear or see them at all yesterday.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby csx801 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:01 am

1225 tying onto their train in Alma at 1000

1340 edit:
South through ithica at 1025. Lots of track work going on here, it appears. Lots of MofW equipment sitting around.
South through Ashley just before 1100
South into Owosso at 1200

1225 turned on the table. 392 shoved the consist back onto the main and ran around.
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