Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby Plannerdad » Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:54 pm

NS cars are now at King in Lowell. One Car # 297015 I think....
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:56 pm

Loaded on Chicago Rail Link at Irondale IL which is in the Chicago area. Irondale is a historic place along the Calumet River. If i find some time I'll google earth along the CRL
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:14 pm

GRE - EB Leonard at 12:12 with 16 CHs
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby AARR » Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:16 pm

Would the wheat have been barged into Irondale then transloaded into covered hoppers for delivery to Kings Mill?
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby MQT1223 » Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:04 pm

GRE currently stopped in Ada working Amway. One hopper went into the facility.

As of 1430, GRE is working King. They did not pull any empties from Amway.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:42 pm

GRE - WB Leonard at 3:40 with 12 CHs
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:46 pm

AARR wrote:Would the wheat have been barged into Irondale then transloaded into covered hoppers for delivery to Kings Mill?
Raildudes dad wrote:Loaded on Chicago Rail Link at Irondale IL which is in the Chicago area. Irondale is a historic place along the Calumet River. If i find some time I'll google earth along the CRL


I could only find a Cargill Oils terminal and a COFCO terminal along the Calumet River that looked appropriate. Neither operation seemed to be wheat oriented.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby AARR » Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:32 pm

Thank you for checking. I enjoy the logistics of car routings :)
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AARR wrote:Would the wheat have been barged into Irondale then transloaded into covered hoppers for delivery to Kings Mill?
Raildudes dad wrote:Loaded on Chicago Rail Link at Irondale IL which is in the Chicago area. Irondale is a historic place along the Calumet River. If i find some time I'll google earth along the CRL


I could only find a Cargill Oils terminal and a COFCO terminal along the Calumet River that looked appropriate. Neither operation seemed to be wheat oriented.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:39 pm

Me too:) This is an odd one. Usually a little sleuthing and I can figure out the shipper / receivers. This one is a mystery. Maybe Planner Dad can go see if it's wheat spilled on the ground.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby Plannerdad » Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:56 pm

I’ll get my homemade mask and check. Looks like they are being unloaded at the usual place. There has been some discussion about a different product at King, but I don’t know enough about it yet.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby LansingRailFan » Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:38 pm

HESR headed NE out of Durand 4:30 pm

HESR (MR) 3390 leading with HESR 3414 unit trailing.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby AARR » Thu Apr 16, 2020 6:42 pm

From Cwayne at MichiganRailroads.com. Several good updates by Elba Steve. Some of these windmill trains are destined for the thumb area but some also are unloaded at the dock by LSRC Bay City Yard.
Posted by Cwayne on 4/16/2020, 10:44 am

A Windmill Blade Train has just arrived at Flint on the Lake State. Two CSX units for power. Heading Northbound. Time 1045am.

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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby SD80MAC » Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:16 am

Grand Rapids Eastern is getting their train together and waiting for a signal at Fuller diamond, which is currently lined for northbound MQT Z151.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby SD80MAC » Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:15 am

MQT Z151 is currently switching Quality Liquid Feeds in Alpine Township. MQT 3408, 3391 and 3389 with around 50-60 cars.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:13 pm

GRE - WB Leonard at 2:10 with 11 CHs
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby Plannerdad » Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:44 pm

GRE had mostly NS cars WB today.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:26 am

GRE - EB Leonard at 11:25 with a tank for Amway and a CH for King
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:31 pm

No cars in Lowell before noon. Big crane was attached to a conveyor on the south bins
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:37 pm

GRE - WB Leonard at 2:35 with 13 CHs from King and one tank
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: April 2020

Unread postby ~Z~ » Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:13 pm

Patriot wrote:GRE - WB Leonard at 2:35 with 13 CHs from King and one tank

Thx...got down to Ball Ave at 3:10. I'm too late obviously, but now I can head back south instead of waiting around.
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