CN Updates: September 2018

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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby Man o' War » Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:03 pm

L533S through Clinton River valley at 16:55. GTW 4934/GTW 4929, 47 containers.

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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:00 pm

Man o' War wrote:M383 was by North Mount at 02:25. CN/CN.

L533N was by Mount Clemens depot at 05:28. GTW/GTW, 147 containers. GTW 4934 picked up an extra GTW unit (also blue) at Moterm for the trip back to Sarnia.

The earlier L533N reported at 01:15, was apparently another local that was working the south end of the MTC sub. Did not see the power, but it had many tanks and centerbeams.

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This is an interesting report. The unit at Moterm that 533 pickup up might have been 6221 that 515 had as its second locomotive with 4632 earlier this week and came back without it. I was wondering what happened to it. The "Earlier L533N" sounded from its consist to be 515, which works the south end of the MC Sub but what would it be doing way up in Mount Clemens? Changes are afoot and over time we should figure them out. I always wondered why the south end of MC Sub was worked out of Pontiac instead of Port Huron since they stopped being based out of East Yard a few years ago.
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby Man o' War » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:55 pm

M385 by Mount Clemens depot at 18:50. CN 2029/CN 5436, 87 cars.

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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby Man o' War » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:13 pm

Manistique wrote:
Man o' War wrote:M383 was by North Mount at 02:25. CN/CN.

L533N was by Mount Clemens depot at 05:28. GTW/GTW, 147 containers. GTW 4934 picked up an extra GTW unit (also blue) at Moterm for the trip back to Sarnia.

The earlier L533N reported at 01:15, was apparently another local that was working the south end of the MTC sub. Did not see the power, but it had many tanks and centerbeams.

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This is an interesting report. The unit at Moterm that 533 pickup up might have been 6221 that 515 had as its second locomotive with 4632 earlier this week and came back without it. I was wondering what happened to it. The "Earlier L533N" sounded from its consist to be 515, which works the south end of the MC Sub but what would it be doing way up in Mount Clemens? Changes are afoot and over time we should figure them out. I always wondered why the south end of MC Sub was worked out of Pontiac instead of Port Huron since they stopped being based out of East Yard a few years ago.


Yes, I agree - CN seems to be doing a little "tweaking" with regard to the Detroit area locals. Yesterday, in the wee hours, there was a light engine that headed to Detroit from Port Huron, and now I'm kind of thinking that this was the power for the train that went back to PH last night with the tanks and centerbeams. My understanding was that after the LSRC took over the Dunn Paper work in PH, CN was aiming at getting down to one local crew based out of there - but I've seen the sporadic L524 and the L533 operating simultaneously - so who knows? As you say, we'll figure it out!

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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:53 pm

Train 515 NB past MP 22.5 at 7:51 pm with 30 cars and 6221 (still assigned to Pontiac, don't know how or when she returned) working hard up the hill.

I was at Collier Road today where it crosses the Orion Sub a mile or so north of PON Junction in Pontiac and noticed that the tracks were cut on either side of the crossing with a barrier erected on the south side. CN is still servicing the scrap yard there as there were three gondolas in the plant. I guess nothing more going north of here anymore and that this is now the end of the Orion Sub.
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby blueheron13 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:00 pm

L533N waiting for signal at Milwaukee Jct to come around the Sugarhouse Wye and head toward Mount Clemens.
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby Man o' War » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:02 pm

M384 by South Mount at 19:58. CN/CitiRail, 138 cars.

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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby Man o' War » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:31 pm

L533N by Mount Clemens depot at 20:35.

E271 by North Mount at 22:25. CN, 81 empty autoracks.

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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:57 am

149 by 205 at 1053
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:05 pm

Train 515 returning to Pontiac past MP 22.5 at 3:40 pm with 6221.
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby GTW6401 » Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:51 pm

384 by Utica Road (Mt. Clemens Subdivision) at 7:12pm. CN 5436 and CN 2009.
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:40 pm

Train 451 went NB past MP 22.5 around 12:15 pm today with a CN leading a former CSX leased unit.

Train 391 NB past MP 22.5 at 7:35 pm with two CNs as power.
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:50 pm

Stack train eb by 205 at 2348. It was a decent size train. Not sure if it was 116 or something else. Only caught the tail end.
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:08 pm

Eb manifest by 205 at 0005. 2 units, could not see what.
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:29 pm

Mixed freight wb by 205 at 0027. Couldnt see what kind of power but the leader had a brutal horn.
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:18 am

712 by 205 at 0818. I missed the power on the front but it had a pumpkin pushing.
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:45 am

What seems to be an early 451 is NB past MP 22.5 at 8:44 am with CN 2502 leading PRLX 203, an ex-BNSF locomotive.
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:07 am

365 by 205 at 0906
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:43 am

149 by 205 at 0940. Zebra leading csx
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Re: CN Updates: September 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:37 am

8816 pulling an empty windmill train eb at 219 1035
8929 dpu pushing
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