Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

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Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Patriot » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:53 am

GRE --- EB Leonard at 11:50 with two CHs for King and one tank
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Patriot » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:33 pm

GRE --- WB Leonard at 3:30 with 10 CHs from King
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Patriot » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:54 am

GRE --- EB Leonard at 10:54 with four non-King CHs
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby O Scale Railfanner » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:33 pm

Grand Elk should be making a run down the Hastings Lead sometime after 3 today with 3 loads. Just thought I’d share the heads up!
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby ~Z~ » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:59 pm

O Scale Railfanner wrote:Grand Elk should be making a run down the Hastings Lead sometime after 3 today with 3 loads. Just thought I’d share the heads up!

Pretty sure I heard GDLK heading back to hughart at 6:15 after working L&W supply.
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Schteinkuh » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:21 pm

GDLK heading north, coming up on schoolcraft. Drove by it, missed the power.
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby ~Z~ » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:59 pm

I've heard either CN or GDLK horns on Sprinkle Rd near i-94 in Kalamazoo at least 4 times between 2pm and 3pm today.
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Patriot » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:57 am

GRE --- EB Leonard at 11:57 with 14 CHs.
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Plannerdad » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:58 pm

3 tracks full of hoppers for King mostly at Ann Street yard tonight. Should be a busy week for the GRE next week; kind of light this week in Lowell.
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Plannerdad » Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:01 am

Upon further review in the daylight hours, seems to be 20 or so hoppers in Lowell also. Must have arrived on Friday.
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:07 am

EB across the Grand River by the office Friday about 11:40
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Plannerdad » Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:34 pm

Grand Elk was switching Ann Street in GR around 1:30pm on Friday. Two locomotives, looked like more sand cars north of Ann St.
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Patriot » Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:15 am

GRE --- EB Leonard at 8:14 with 8 CHs (six for King).
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Patriot » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:23 pm

GRE -- WB Leonard at 2:21 with 19 CHs
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Patriot » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:14 pm

MQT — approaching Wyoming yard with 61 cars.
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Plannerdad » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:42 pm

Not exactly a train location update, but since this site has been quiet over the Holiday, I didn't think anyone would mind. There are no hoppers that I can find in Lowell, so I assume they will be busy next week. I have not checked Ann Street since Wednesday. Also, west of Grand River Drive at Montcalm Ave., across from Starbard Feeds, there are several stacks of what looks like old ties; and the ties look longer than standard single track ties. Not sure where those are from or what value they might have for the soon to be non-motorized (Fred Meijer River Valley something or other) trail. Too bad the rail line isn't their since the auto parts plant in Ionia is expanding. Might not use rail anyway, but now there is no option. On a more positive note, King Milling is expanding and under construction at the old Michigan Wire site in Lowell, and will probably use more rail over the next couple years.
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:58 pm

Plannerdad wrote:Not exactly a train location update, but since this site has been quiet over the Holiday, I didn't think anyone would mind. There are no hoppers that I can find in Lowell, so I assume they will be busy next week. I have not checked Ann Street since Wednesday. Also, west of Grand River Drive at Montcalm Ave., across from Starbard Feeds, there are several stacks of what looks like old ties; and the ties look longer than standard single track ties. Not sure where those are from or what value they might have for the soon to be non-motorized (Fred Meijer River Valley something or other) trail. Too bad the rail line isn't their since the auto parts plant in Ionia is expanding. Might not use rail anyway, but now there is no option. On a more positive note, King Milling is expanding and under construction at the old Michigan Wire site in Lowell, and will probably use more rail over the next couple years.

King has really expanded recently. It would be fantastic if they started shipping out flour again by rail like they used to.
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Plannerdad » Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:04 pm

Agreed. I know GRE/G&W marketing people talk to them on a regular basis. The are the biggest customer on the GRE and probably among the top 5 in W. Michigan.
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:30 pm

I can't remember if there's a cut of Kings at Ann Street or not. Must be too much turkey lol. Those are crane / muck mats at the county line. Consumers is installing a 6"? steel gas main, some on Riverside and some on Montcalm Ave.
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Re: Michigan Shortline Updates - November 2018

Unread postby rsinoms » Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:39 pm

MQT NB at 10 mile in Sparta @ 1439. Going as far as White Cloud.
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