CN Updates - February 2020

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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby KC8RBK » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:03 pm

Lots of extra power around cory this after. 5417 on the yard lead with hopper. At least 2 road units tucked into the racks along i69 andanother on the north track of the yard along the main 1700
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby ConrailDetr​oit » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:12 pm

Word is there is a NB going though Ferndale.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby blueheron13 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:27 pm

When I hear the evening Pontiac job on the scanner, it's been referenced as L513. I don't know how often they go as far as East Yard, but I've heard them going to work customers on the south end of the Holly Sub, such as Sterling and Metro. My understanding is that it's also 513's job to switch the Holly Sub customers up in Waterford. I don't know if 513 ever takes the same engine that 515 used, or if it typically takes another Pontiac engine.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:33 pm

Train 515 is passing MP 22.5 on its return to Pontiac. CN SD40-2 5299, picked up at East Yard per the above posts in zebra stripes and almost as faded at 5340 on 514, is leading the SD60 today (which seemed to not be running). Nice to see SD40's on the Holly routinely lately.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:36 pm

blueheron13 wrote:When I hear the evening Pontiac job on the scanner, it's been referenced as L513. I don't know how often they go as far as East Yard, but I've heard them going to work customers on the south end of the Holly Sub, such as Sterling and Metro. My understanding is that it's also 513's job to switch the Holly Sub customers up in Waterford. I don't know if 513 ever takes the same engine that 515 used, or if it typically takes another Pontiac engine.



Thanks BlueHeron13 (one of my favorite birds). I had heard that 513 as a separate job was abolished and went away about a year ago and when it drifts south on the Holly at night (which it has almost every night this month) it is an extra 515. Makes no difference. It often uses the same power as 515 when it goes by my house but not always. The last few nights it had 5852. Let's see if it runs tonight and what power it has.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby MtClemensRailFan » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:02 pm

M383 blasted through Mt. Clemens at 17:59. CN 2222 & 2141 with 94 cars. I believe this to be the first manifest all day today.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Man o' War » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:02 pm

MtClemensRailFan wrote:M383 blasted through Mt. Clemens at 17:59. CN 2222 & 2141 with 94 cars. I believe this to be the first manifest all day today.


A482 drifted through in the wee hours this morning. Sounds like it could be slim pickings with regard to manifests for a while, as CN essentially pulled the plug on Eastern operations this afternoon due to the blockades. Only train not affected on the MTC will be 533 if this continues to play out.

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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby GTW6401 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:18 pm

CN is running on CSX via Syracuse and Buffalo to get around the blockages.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby KC8RBK » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:43 pm

Short manifest eb by 205 at 2040 with 2 cn
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby KC8RBK » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:55 pm

Even shorter eb manifest by 205 at 2055 with single orange bnsf. This one lines to cory, last one down the main to cedar
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:57 pm

No 514 that I saw this evening from Flint. I presume the CN shutdown/blockade has stopped the containers from Eastern Canada from making it to Flint.

I saw on the news what looked like a CN train that hit a car in Rose Township by Holly, MI on the Holly around 6 pm. I wonder if that was 251 that went by here (MP 22.5) late in the afternoon? It shoved the car into a lake. They rescued the occupants.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby atrainguy60 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:10 pm

Manistique wrote:No 514 that I saw this evening from Flint. I presume the CN shutdown/blockade has stopped the containers from Eastern Canada from making it to Flint.

I saw on the news what looked like a CN train that hit a car in Rose Township by Holly, MI on the Holly around 6 pm. I wonder if that was 251 that went by here (MP 22.5) late in the afternoon? It shoved the car into a lake. They rescued the occupants.


I'm wondering if the news made a mistake on what railroad it is, since LSRC goes through Rose Center. Did you hear what road it was? I can't find anything online at the moment.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:14 pm

CN 5756 & 2505 west meeting CN 5613 & IC 2461 east at Trowbridge at 21:13.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby GTW6401 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:36 pm

KC8RBK wrote:Even shorter eb manifest by 205 at 2055 with single orange bnsf. This one lines to cory, last one down the main to cedar


BNSF 8222, worked at Cory. This is 402.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby GTW6401 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:42 pm

Dan Cluley wrote:CN 5756 & 2505 west meeting CN 5613 & IC 2461 east at Trowbridge at 21:13.


CN 5613 and IC 2461 is 500, which is working at Durand.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby GTW6401 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:42 pm

402 is entering the Holly Sub at Durand.

500 is at Flint wying their engines. Nothing coming west from Port Huron yet.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:06 am

Busy morning on the Holly already. At some point early this morning what I presume was a loaded SB sand train going through the way the house shook. Then at 5:45 what I presume was a late running 401 went NB. It delayed Amtrak 351's departure out of Pontiac by a few minutes as that went SB about five minutes late with what sounded like a P42 leading (remember, I am trying to sleep in a bit while all this is going on). Then around 6:45 am was a very short (maybe light power from the sound of it) SB which I presume was 402 after it swapped crews with 401 in Pontiac. Then a minute or two later was a very short 280-type rack train with what looked like a single UP as power (but maybe it was a BNSF as reported above, I was up now but it was still dark out). I wonder if the short trains are because of the CN blockade though they are coming from and going to Chicago when they are on the Holly.

As to what railroad that wreck in Rose Township was yesterday evening, there was a post on the Michigan News tab about it that had a reply that it was 251 but I noticed this morning the reply was removed for some reason. I just saw a lot of CN freight cars from the helicopter shot on the TV news and presumed it was CN because of that.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby David Lang » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:25 am

LARGE NORTHBOUND coming at your guys by Linden at 10:18am!!

This train is likely Northbound 401 with the Sand Train on the rear! They Combined 2 trains in one! 185 Cars total with the CN 3903 leading 2 other CN units.

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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby David Lang » Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:34 am

Northbound Light Power (2 CN locos), by Linden at 11:31am.

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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:59 pm

Train 514 was SB past MP 22.5 around 4:45 pm with the dynamic duo and some containers.
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