CN Updates - February 2018

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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby GTW6401 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:21 pm

That 5930 that went south lite last night came back with a train and with 4619 of all things later in the evening. I seem to recall something similar last weekend when lite engines left Pontiac and came back with a train including 4619. Never saw 4619 head south yesterday but wasn't home all day.


Train was tied down at Troy Amtrak yesterday evening. The other crew dragged it into Pontiac.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:18 pm

149 by 205 at 1715. Pretty long train, cn leader, former csx then black IC unit trailing.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby SD70ACe Fan » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:36 pm

Caught Intermodal Q149 at Hope earlier around 5:00 heading West.

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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:45 pm

Well, that 5930 rescue moved just happened again. 5930 drifted lite out of Pontiac and just came roaring back NB screaming up the Hill with 6223 and a train. Looked like the usual weekend local train died again before getting back to Pontiac and they sent the evening yard crew down to bring the train back. Pretty long train too. Nice to hear an SD40 running at 60 mph up the Hill.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:02 pm

Short eb by 205 at 1958. 7 units up front, the last 5 of which were cowl units
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby Robertrains » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:10 pm

KC8RBK wrote:Short eb by 205 at 1958. 7 units up front, the last 5 of which were cowl units

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: WOW!!!! Five "Cowl" units on one train would be great to see!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:17 pm

Robertrains wrote:
KC8RBK wrote:Short eb by 205 at 1958. 7 units up front, the last 5 of which were cowl units

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: WOW!!!! Five "Cowl" units on one train would be great to see!!!!


I was really happy I just happened to be outside putting steaks on the grill and decided to walk out to the tracks. And then I sprinted back to the house to call some friends and post on here so hopefully some of you could catch it. Just heard him on the radio passing 219.5 at 2018 :mrgreen:
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby Robertrains » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:20 pm

KC8RBK wrote:
Robertrains wrote:
KC8RBK wrote:Short eb by 205 at 1958. 7 units up front, the last 5 of which were cowl units

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: WOW!!!! Five "Cowl" units on one train would be great to see!!!!


I was really happy I just happened to be outside putting steaks on the grill and decided to walk out to the tracks. And then I sprinted back to the house to call some friends and post on here so hopefully some of you could catch it. Just heard him on the radio passing 219.5 at 2018 :mrgreen:

Cool!!!! Did you get any locomotive numbers? Were they BCOL and "Zebra Cowl" units? Also, where is this train headed?
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:24 pm

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Cool!!!! Did you get any locomotive numbers? Were they BCOL and "Zebra Cowl" units? Also, where is this train headed?[/color][/quote]

I didn't get any numbers, even if I had a pen I couldn't write that many numbers that fast. I believe they were all zebras if I remember correctly.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby Walla183 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:54 pm

CN stack train just took the Chicago wye heading west through Durand

CN sd70m-2

60% loaded stacks 40% baretables

CN sd70m-2 DPU

22:50 couldn't catch symbol
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018─FIVE ZEBRA "COWLS!!!!"

Unread postby Robertrains » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:00 am

KC8RBK wrote: » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:02 pm
Short eb by 205 at 1958. 7 units up front, the last 5 of which were cowl units
KC8RBK wrote:
Robertrains wrote:Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:20
Cool!!!! Did you get any locomotive numbers? Were they BCOL and "Zebra Cowl" units? Also, where is this train headed?
» Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:24 pm
I didn't get any numbers, even if I had a pen I couldn't write that many numbers that fast. I believe they were all zebras if I remember correctly.

OK, it looks like night's eastbound train at MP 205 had five trailing :shock: :shock: "ZEBRA COWLS!!!!" :shock: :shock: Where does this train "Terminate?" Train Symbol? Did anyone else catch this train? It must have gone through Durand! Are these units likely to go down the Mt. Clemens Sub. today (2-18)? I really want to catch some more "COWLS" while still possible!!!! We need "Updates" where these nice units went!!!! :?:

UPDATE: These "Cowl" units were "DIT" SD50/60F units going to Canada!!!!
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:02 am

765 clear 205 at 0900. 2 bnsf units with citi trailing. 365 by 219 at the same time.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:54 am

Train 116 SB past MP 22.6 at 9:45 am with an ex-UP GECX unit leading a CN one and a lot of mixed freight on the headend.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:03 pm

149 by 205 at 1100. three cn units in the lead and a pretty long, nearly fully loaded train.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby atrainguy60 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:15 pm

Westbound with CN ???? (generic newer CN engine), GECX (CSX paint) 7313, ex ATSF (ATSF paint) 203, and IC 1018 (still in IC paint), with CN 8919 as a mid-train DPU, was going through Durand at 4:58pm.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby atrainguy60 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:48 pm

502 is turning south onto the Holly Sub at Durand at 5:48pm. Two generic CN's leading. LOTS of empty centerbeams on the train tonight.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:03 pm

385 (not sure if it's an M385 or an X385) just into Port Huron with CN 2508(f) and CN 5668(r) leading.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby Robertrains » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:00 pm

I photographed southbound train 533 at the MTM station, Mt. Clemens today (2-18)! It had CN SD70M-2 #8938 and seven loaded "Well Car" sets, crossed Cass Ave. at 3:30 p.m.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby Walla183 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:04 pm

atrainguy60 wrote:Westbound with CN ???? (generic newer CN engine), GECX (CSX paint) 7313, ex ATSF (ATSF paint) 203, and IC 1018 (still in IC paint), with CN 8919 as a mid-train DPU, was going through Durand at 4:58pm.


That was a good catch

4 up front
90 cars
DPU sounding very nice
97 cars

187 cars total
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Re: CN Updates - February 2018

Unread postby SD40-2 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:46 pm

atrainguy60 wrote:Westbound with CN ???? (generic newer CN engine), GECX (CSX paint) 7313, ex ATSF (ATSF paint) 203, and IC 1018 (still in IC paint), with CN 8919 as a mid-train DPU, was going through Durand at 4:58pm.

This was M39731 18 with CN 8888, GECX 7317, PRLX 203, IC 1018, and CN 8919 as the DPU
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