CN Updates- December 2018

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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby Robertrains » Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:32 pm

KC8RBK wrote:» Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:41 pm
Robertrains wrote:
KC8RBK wrote: » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:20 am
single emd and a geo car eb by 205 about 1100. looks like hes parked up at mill right now. another short eb manifest by here at 1117. 3 cn. 3rd unit is ic 9571

KC8RBK, do you know what locomotive is pulling the "Geometry Car?" Where is it headed? :?:

I didnt catch the engine number when it went by. They weren't using the whistle by here so I had no warning it was coming. I believe it's currently over by Bancroft following that other train.

KC8RBK, I think this is the train with RDC "Geometry Car" #1501 that just traversed the Mt. Clemens Sub. tonight (read below)!!!! :mrgreen:

Brian_F wrote:» Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:44 pm
PTC test train southbound past BECK (Utica Road, Fraser) on the Mt. Clemens sub. 17:16.

Brian F, was that you in the Belden Brick® parking lot who pulled in just before this came by? :shock: I was on the bicycle on the other side of the trax and photographed it!!!!
It had "CN" painted GTW GP38-2 #5852!!!! Does anyone know why they need a locomotive on this "Self Propelled" BUDD® RDC? :mrgreen: YESS!!!! I caught it!!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby TwisterJay29 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:41 pm

M385 flying by cass
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby GTW6401 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:59 pm

Does anyone know why they need a locomotive on this "Self Propelled" BUDD® RDC


It doesnt have PTC installed on it yet.
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:45 am

Last night around 10 pm a SB went past MP 22.5 that looked like an all autoracks 280, probably the one reported earlier. It was followed shortly afterwards by what I presume was 502. There didn't appear to be a 515 or 513 on the Holly yesterday.

At 9:39 am Train 515 SB past MP 22.5 with 4916 today.
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby GTWwatcher » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:51 am

EB manifest between East Durand and West Flint at 10:48 AM
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:56 pm

In Flint this morning there were 4912 and 5847 out in front of the Yard Office, both in blue. There was also hundreds (or so it appeared) empty bulkhead flats I presumed stored there as well as many autoracks and covered hoppers that may also have been in storage. Pontiac Yard also has a ton of bulkhead flats stored.
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:21 pm

eb manifest by 205 at 1515 with 2 cn
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby Man o' War » Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:16 pm

L533S by South MOUNT at 15:57. CN (GP40-2LW)/CN, 57 containers for Ferndale.

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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby Man o' War » Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:27 pm

GTW6401 wrote:
Does anyone know why they need a locomotive on this "Self Propelled" BUDD® RDC


It doesnt have PTC installed on it yet.


Word from a CN crew member is that it is not capable of "propelling" itself at the moment, thus the locomotive. He also said that it was not testing PTC, but track geometry - what it was rebuilt to do. I won't argue with CN, so I'll take his word for it - but who knows. He also mentioned that he didn't think there would be any PTC testing on the MTC sub until after the first of the year...

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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby Manistique » Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:31 pm

Train 515 returning to Pontiac passed MP 22.5 at 4 pm.

There must have been a second local (950) today as a Geep (maybe light) went NB past MP 22.5 around 6 pm.

Train 391 NB past MP 22.5 at 8:05 pm. Short train. Looked like two CN locomotives as power in the dark.
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby Man o' War » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:27 pm

M384 by Rattle Run bridge (MTC 42.63) at 20:15. CN 2136/CN, 87 cars.

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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby TwisterJay29 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:34 pm

Man o' War wrote:M384 by Rattle Run bridge (MTC 42.63) at 20:15. CN 2136/CN, 87 cars.

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Where is Rattle Run Bridge on the Mount Clemens sub (county,town)?
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby railrod1949 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:23 pm

TwisterJay29 wrote:
Man o' War wrote:M384 by Rattle Run bridge (MTC 42.63) at 20:15. CN 2136/CN, 87 cars.

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Where is Rattle Run Bridge on the Mount Clemens sub (county,town)?


Just two miles northeast of Columbus on the Mt. Clemens Sub in St. Clair County. Between Columbus and Smith Creek.
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby Man o' War » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:20 pm

L533N by South Haven approach signal at 22:05. CN/CN, 8,000' of intermodal.

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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby TwisterJay29 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:31 pm

Man o' War wrote:L533N by South Haven approach signal at 22:05. CN/CN, 8,000' of intermodal.

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Were you in mount Clemens last night at the church crossing when L533N went by?
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby Man o' War » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:05 pm

TwisterJay29 wrote:
Man o' War wrote:L533N by South Haven approach signal at 22:05. CN/CN, 8,000' of intermodal.

Man o' War


Were you in mount Clemens last night at the church crossing when L533N went by?


No, I'm afraid I missed all of the action last night - including the elusive geometry RDC!

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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby bctrainfan » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:03 am

Nice lash up of 2 red/white/blue BCOL units pulling a stack train now eastbound thru Battle Creek, BCOL 4601 and 4611.
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:30 am

391 by East Lansing at 00:26. CN 2554 & 57??
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:47 am

148 with the BCOL engines by East Lansing at 01:44.
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Re: CN Updates- December 2018

Unread postby bctrainfan » Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:19 am

What looked to be an Amtrak was eastbound on CN leaving Battle Creek around 02:30. Don't see it on Amtrak's map, maybe an equipment move or test train of some kind?
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