GLC Updates May 2018

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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby atrainguy60 » Wed May 30, 2018 7:42 pm

GLC was running south out of Durand at 8:15pm with 395, 392 and 9 cars.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Thu May 31, 2018 9:43 am

I have not seen or heard anything in Cadillac as of 1040. Assuming they are somewhere north.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby TC Man » Thu May 31, 2018 10:01 am

AANscaleRunner wrote:I have not seen or heard anything in Cadillac as of 1040. Assuming they are somewhere north.


Did you hear them at about 10:40 and then nothing after that? If that's the case, I'll see it they arrive in TC about 2 hours after 10:40.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Thu May 31, 2018 11:25 am

TC Man wrote:
AANscaleRunner wrote:I have not seen or heard anything in Cadillac as of 1040. Assuming they are somewhere north.


Did you hear them at about 10:40 and then nothing after that? If that's the case, I'll see it they arrive in TC about 2 hours after 10:40.


Haven't heard anything all morning. There is also a good number of cement cars in town as of last night. They could have gone Elmira way also.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby TC Man » Thu May 31, 2018 11:53 am

AANscaleRunner wrote:
TC Man wrote:
AANscaleRunner wrote:I have not seen or heard anything in Cadillac as of 1040. Assuming they are somewhere north.


Did you hear them at about 10:40 and then nothing after that? If that's the case, I'll see it they arrive in TC about 2 hours after 10:40.


Haven't heard anything all morning. There is also a good number of cement cars in town as of last night. They could have gone Elmira way also.


Roger that! Several weeks ago they did just that- didn't even get into TC until almost 4pm. Just went over to Beacon- they have not been there yet, followed the tracks around Boardman Lake, no sign of them into town at all yet. Assuming they have the 6-axle locos yet, want to get a shot of those here in TC, as I missed 382 last time.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Thu May 31, 2018 2:54 pm

TC Man wrote:Roger that! Several weeks ago they did just that- didn't even get into TC until almost 4pm. Just went over to Beacon- they have not been there yet, followed the tracks around Boardman Lake, no sign of them into town at all yet. Assuming they have the 6-axle locos yet, want to get a shot of those here in TC, as I missed 382 last time.


Can six axles even run on the TC branch? Isn't the track too light?
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby TC Man » Thu May 31, 2018 3:17 pm

MiRailProductions wrote:
TC Man wrote:Roger that! Several weeks ago they did just that- didn't even get into TC until almost 4pm. Just went over to Beacon- they have not been there yet, followed the tracks around Boardman Lake, no sign of them into town at all yet. Assuming they have the 6-axle locos yet, want to get a shot of those here in TC, as I missed 382 last time.


Can six axles even run on the TC branch? Isn't the track too light?


It was up here a few weeks ago from what I read. I think doing the math, the weight spread over 6 axles is similar to the GP-38.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Thu May 31, 2018 3:22 pm

TC Man wrote:
MiRailProductions wrote:
TC Man wrote:Roger that! Several weeks ago they did just that- didn't even get into TC until almost 4pm. Just went over to Beacon- they have not been there yet, followed the tracks around Boardman Lake, no sign of them into town at all yet. Assuming they have the 6-axle locos yet, want to get a shot of those here in TC, as I missed 382 last time.


Can six axles even run on the TC branch? Isn't the track too light?


It was up here a few weeks ago from what I read. I think doing the math, the weight spread over 6 axles is similar to the GP-38.


Alright, I guess it makes sense.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby AARR » Thu May 31, 2018 3:23 pm

The curves might be more of an issue than the weight. If there are any sharp curves on the TC branch they might not operate the SD40's on it.
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TC Man wrote:Roger that! Several weeks ago they did just that- didn't even get into TC until almost 4pm. Just went over to Beacon- they have not been there yet, followed the tracks around Boardman Lake, no sign of them into town at all yet. Assuming they have the 6-axle locos yet, want to get a shot of those here in TC, as I missed 382 last time.


Can six axles even run on the TC branch? Isn't the track too light?


It was up here a few weeks ago from what I read. I think doing the math, the weight spread over 6 axles is similar to the GP-38.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby TC Man » Thu May 31, 2018 3:33 pm

AARR wrote:The curves might be more of an issue than the weight. If there are any sharp curves on the TC branch they might not operate the SD40's on it.


It was up here a few weeks ago from what I read. I think doing the math, the weight spread over 6 axles is similar to the GP-38.
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A few weeks ago, GLC only has the SD's up north, and were in TC. No real sharp curves here to speak of- I do know thay they took two loaded center beam cars to Beacon when they switch Beacon, so assuming they did that to keep the SD's off the siding as it has a sort of short curve radius closed to the building.

Average GP-38-2= 245k lbs divided by 4 axles = 62,500 per axle.
Average SD-40-2 (unballasted)= 367,000 lbs, or 61,166lbs per axle.

Above from a Trains article discussing why Dakota Southern used 6 axles on their 60-85lb rail branch lines.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Thu May 31, 2018 5:14 pm

Looks like they ran to Elmira today. 11 cement empties and 4 tanks behind Family Video in the North Yard. Gons still here in Cadillac, maybe waiting for some lumber before a TC trip? Also Narcoa has their track car run to Petoskey and TC this weekend. They are loading the rails on the north end this evening.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby Pixl » Thu May 31, 2018 5:20 pm

I was at Bay View Inn track side from 12pm till 1330, no trains today.
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