CN Updates: May 2018

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CN Updates: May 2018

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:09 pm

116 by East Lansing at 00:06.

Power was a pair of lease units. Former ATSF warbonnets, but heavily patched.

edit - I believe the power was PRLX 204 & 203
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Re: CN Updates - April 2018

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Tue May 01, 2018 12:54 am

148 through East Lansing at 01:54
CN 2562 & 5647
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Re: CN Updates - April 2018

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Tue May 01, 2018 1:21 am

CN 2641 & 2254 eastbound through East Lansing at 02:20
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Re: CN Updates - April 2018

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Tue May 01, 2018 2:56 am

CN 2911 & 2925 west through East Lansing at 03:54
Probably 391
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Re: CN Updates - April 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Tue May 01, 2018 3:41 pm

Grass fire along tracks at MP 22.4 on the Holly this past hour or so. Must have been from the returning NB 950 local train around 3 pm as that was the last train by here. Fire department has two large trucks on it and two smaller ones.

Fire trucks left the scene at 5 pm and Train 451 is now (5:13 pm) passing through NB very slowly, probably because Amtrak 355 should be leaving Pontiac station now and crossing over. Not sure if they held 451 south of there until the fire was out. Power on 451 today is a CSX unit leading two of the warbonnet lease units, 204 and 203, with 203 really throwing out the smoke.

Amtrak crept SB past MP 22.5 and the fire scene a bit behind schedule. Then 515 went NB very slowly. I wonder now if there isn't a fire hazard warning and they are keeping the speeds down. That would make sense for the NB's working hard up the Hill here but not for a SB coasting down it. There is a fire hazard warning for the lower half of the Lower Peninsula until 8 pm tonight.

Amtrak 352 is going by at 8:04 pm (a bit late again) at speed so the speed restriction from earlier is over south of Pontiac on the Holly.

Right behind Amtrak at 8:12 was Train 391 with two CN GE's and plenty of sand hoppers which made up most of its short train. A bit early for it tonight.
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Re: CN Updates - April 2018

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Wed May 02, 2018 7:00 am

There's a westbound coming out of Port Huron with a pair of ex-UP GECX units sandwiched between two CN units. It's a mixed freight, possibly 397, and is probably near Emmett by now, if they didn't have to wait for anyone at West Tappan.
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Re: CN Updates - April 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Wed May 02, 2018 1:23 pm

At 12:20 pm Train 451 went by MP 22.2 NB on the Holly with a UP unit leading a red and white BC cowl unit.

At 2:10 pm returning Train 950 with 6221 NB past MP 22.5 on its way back to Pontiac.
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Re: CN Updates - April 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Wed May 02, 2018 9:23 pm

Eb by 205 at 2225. 2 units pulling. I couldn't see what kind of cars. Not a very long train and about the right time for 116
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Re: CN Updates - April 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Thu May 03, 2018 8:46 am

At 9:45 am a SB Train 280 (all autoracks) with two UP units went past MP 22.5.
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Re: CN Updates - April 2018

Unread postby Wabash1070 » Thu May 03, 2018 1:35 pm

CN Eastbound Manifest through East Lansing not sure of ID looked like 502 with 2 CN GEVOs leading. If anyone can get the unit numbers please let me know
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Re: CN Updates - April 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Thu May 03, 2018 7:36 pm

At 8 pm Train 451 went NB past MP 22.5 on the Holly. Cowl 2405 was leading another CN unit and a BNSF one.
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CN Updates: May 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Thu May 03, 2018 7:53 pm

Thought we better start a May one instead of continuing to use the April post. Train 451 went NB past MP 22.5 at 8 pm on the Holly with cowl 2405 leading a CN unit and a BNSF one.
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Re: CN Updates: May 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Thu May 03, 2018 8:29 pm

Eb by 205 at 2127. I couldn't see what kind of power but 2 units. Pretty long train, all racks and on the move.
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Re: CN Updates: May 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Fri May 04, 2018 6:24 am

A SB went by MP 22.5 out ahead of the morning Amtrak 351 today, passing around 5:30. Maybe 116? Didn't get up to look.
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Re: CN Updates: May 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Fri May 04, 2018 12:38 pm

502 and 933 working city. 1336. 502 has 2 cn units for power today
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Re: CN Updates: May 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Fri May 04, 2018 2:20 pm

Train 451 NB past MP 22.5 at 3:00 with three UP units as power. Amtrak 350 NB passed him in my backyard on Main 1. Nice use of the double tracked Holly for a change.

Returning Train 950 (I think) with 6221 NB past MP 22.5 at 4:40 pm.
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Re: CN Updates: May 2018

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Fri May 04, 2018 6:30 pm

CN 2914 West is approaching Schoolcraft with an Approach aspect, probably waiting for the EB our of marcellus. 656 axles, twin GEVOs for power.
If the Conductor is in charge of the train, then why is he promoted to Engineer?
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Re: CN Updates: May 2018

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Fri May 04, 2018 6:48 pm

What sounds like CN 8878 East is approaching Schoolcraft, highball

EDIT: 8878 has a blue devil and a GT unit on the train
If the Conductor is in charge of the train, then why is he promoted to Engineer?
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Re: CN Updates: May 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Fri May 04, 2018 7:14 pm

2003 eb sand train by 205 with 3 ns units pulling. I believe 451 is at potterville and a wb empty coal train is at mill
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Re: CN Updates: May 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Fri May 04, 2018 8:13 pm

765 by 205 lead by an ic blue devil and a standard cab cn unit. 451 was by here about 9. 765 is on a slow roll here at 2111
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