Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby csx801 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:37 am

GLC Hi-rail working around Mt. Pleasant at 1035
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby TC Man » Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:40 am

From last Friday:

There are 3 empty center beam cars at Amerhart in Bates/Williamsburg. In

Kalkaska, 3 tank cars at the transload, a large maybe tamper (just says “Model 6700” in big letters, and a TSBY ballast regulator on the siding where they used to receive box cars. Looks like they are doing some crossing replacement work in the area.

A lumber load in Cadillac for the next Traverse City trip.

McBain: 2 tracks full of tie cars at the cogeneration plant. GLC pulled 4 loads of wood chips (those things were heaping so high over the car sides that they were showering chips through McBain as they gained speed). They then left 3 empties. Also, they have a very large orange track mobile thing (“Hercules” I think is the model). Almost looked as large as a center cab switcher but with road and rail wheels.

One covered hopper being unloaded at Falmouth Co-op in McBain.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby csx801 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:52 am

Great Lakes Central north through Mount Pleasant at 1150

GLC 390 leading
GLC 399

2 coke hoppers
1 wood chip hopper
11 tie loads
4 cement hoppers

17 total
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby csx801 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:27 pm

Great Lakes Central south through Mount Pleasant at 1420

GLC 399 leading
GLC 390

2 hoppers
3 plastics hoppers
3 wood chip loads
1 LPG tank
7 empty tie gondolas
3 empty coke hoppers
9 empty tie gondolas
2 tanks
7 LPG tanks

37 total
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby Pixl » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:46 pm

TC Man wrote:From last Friday:

There are 3 empty center beam cars at Amerhart in Bates/Williamsburg.

A lumber load in Cadillac for the next Traverse City trip.


Thanks for the info, I'll watch for them
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:50 pm

Returned to Cadillac at 1445. Did not see them.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:14 am

Heard them on the north end of Cadillac around 0910. Haven't heard them since, assuming northbound.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby Pixl » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:00 am

I just heard the horns at 1150 here on the East side of TC, a mile from my home. It's driving me nuts because I'm not up or dressed yet (retired laziness)
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby Pixl » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:05 pm

On my way to lunch I got stopped at the 3 mile rd. crossing here in TC. GLC with long hood forward went by into Traverse pulling 3 empty centerbeams. This was about 1310.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:25 pm

Heard them return to Cadillac at 1530.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:06 am

Left Cadillac for Clare at 1020.

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby csx801 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:31 pm

Great Lakes Central north through Mount Pleasant at 1325

GLC 397 leading
GLC 390
GLC 399

1 lumber load
3 tanks
12 plastics
2 wood chip hoppers
3 pole loads
4 loaded tie gondolas
9 LPG tanks
7 hoppers
1 LPG tank
1 cement hopper
4 LPG tanks

47 total

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby Todd_F » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:57 pm

Awesome shot from the Towers!! Nice color on those trees too.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby KC8RBK » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:05 pm

Sb at m46 1600
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:36 pm

395 and 398 return to Cadillac at 1625 with 2 wood chip hoppers, 3 pole loads, 4 tie loads, 9 tanks, 7 covered hoppers, 1 tank, 1 cement and 4 tanks.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby csx801 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:50 pm

I think I heard GLC head south through Mount Pleasant a little after 4, but I am not 100% positive. I have not heard or seen anything otherwise so I am assuming this must have been them.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:48 am

Heard them head north out of Cadillac at 0940. Also looks like the MAC facility is about ready to start shipping for the season.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:35 pm

And back into Cadillac at 1630.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:24 pm

Does anyone have an idea where in the world Great Lakes Central 385 is? Is it being repaired or is it sidelined? I haven't seen it in any location updates for a few months now, and I'm worried it might have been sidelined like 389, 391, 394, and the high hoods.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates October 2017

Unread postby Pixl » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:58 pm

AANscaleRunner wrote:And back into Cadillac at 1630.


Do you know if the North run was to TC or toward Kalkaska?
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