Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Daily whereabouts of train locations along with sightings for heads ups to other railfans.
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AANscaleRunner wrote:Returned to Cadillac at 1450. 5 gons for Beacon came in today. Total of 8 waiting to go up.

Looked like quite a few gons came up in your video, what are the rest for?

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The rest are loaded with old railroad ties from CSX. They take those down to the cogeneration plant in McBain who burns them for fuel. They receive a lot of cars, maybe up to 40 a week when busy.
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AANscaleRunner wrote:Returned to Cadillac at 1450. 5 gons for Beacon came in today. Total of 8 waiting to go up.
Looked like quite a few gons came up in your video, what are the rest for?
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Pixl wrote:
AANscaleRunner wrote:Returned to Cadillac at 1450. 5 gons for Beacon came in today. Total of 8 waiting to go up.

Looked like quite a few gons came up in your video, what are the rest for?
Drove by Beacon yesterday, looks like the car that was dropped off this past week is already loaded. Lots of scrap in various forms ready to load (they were going full bore when I came through). Also went up to Amerhart on Thursday- the center beam was unloaded and ready to be picked up. They were open for business as well. I'm sure business will slow to a crawl for a few weeks now that contractors are not working.

Glad to see Beacon is doing well, and keeping the rails shiny! I wonder when they will resume the trackwork in TC (road construction still going on in TC, so assuming rail would be essential as well). There are still 10 loaded ballast cars in Boardman yard waiting for spring....

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For the Owosso area, we looking at a ONTN or OSTN for Monday the 13th? On duty 8am?

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Left Cadillac for Clare at 0935. Didn't catch the afternoon inbound.


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396 and 329 leaving Cadillac towards Clare at 1030 with 2 pole loads for Mcbain.

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392, 398 & 395 nb a mile north of Jefferson rd north of m46. Lots of empty beam cars 1458

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Returned to Cadillac at 1900. 392, 398 and 395 brought in 41 cars. Nothing for TC in the mix.

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Possible northbound out of Cadillac today. Heard them on the north end at 0845. Haven't heard anything since.

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AANscaleRunner wrote:Possible northbound out of Cadillac today. Heard them on the north end at 0845. Haven't heard anything since.
Just arrived into TC

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AANscaleRunner wrote:Possible northbound out of Cadillac today. Heard them on the north end at 0845. Haven't heard anything since.
Just arrived into TC
At Beacon, separating the locos to get around train (they didn't push this time with 8 cars).

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I was at Amerhart in Williamsburg about 12:15 today. The lumber crew had set out this empty centerbeam on the main for pickup. Guess I was just a little early for the GLC crew.
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TC Man wrote:At Beacon, separating the locos to get around train (they didn't push this time with 8 cars).
How did they get around the train? Is there a run around at Beacon now?

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Pixl wrote:
TC Man wrote:At Beacon, separating the locos to get around train (they didn't push this time with 8 cars).
How did they get around the train? Is there a run around at Beacon now?
They separated the locos and put one onto the siding that goes to Brittan Media, then pulled the train with the other loco to the parked box cars, then backed the other put of the siding, and spotted the train on the Beacon siding, then picked up the 2and loco again. They had two engineers as they were using both locos separately to do the switching for about 45 minutes. Almost looked like a two train meet there for a bit!

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TC Man wrote: They separated the locos and put one onto the siding that goes to Brittan Media, then pulled the train with the other loco to the parked box cars, then backed the other put of the siding, and spotted the train on the Beacon siding, then picked up the 2and loco again. They had two engineers as they were using both locos separately to do the switching for about 45 minutes. Almost looked like a two train meet there for a bit!
Wow that is quite an operation for TC. Thanks for the post.

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Leaving Cadillac for Petoskey at 0905. Currently in Fife Lake.


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Leaving Cadillac for Clare at 0945. Had not returned as of 1600.

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Does anyone know why they alternate plastic pellet car / cement car for about the first 10-15 or so cars?
AANscaleRunner wrote:Leaving Cadillac for Petoskey at 0905. Currently in Fife Lake.
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AARR wrote:Does anyone know why they alternate plastic pellet car / cement car for about the first 10-15 or so cars?
Weight restrictions on the Manistee River bridge. The crew kicked them out in Kalkaska.

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Thanks AANR. Were the cement cars on the head end empty?
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AARR wrote:Does anyone know why they alternate plastic pellet car / cement car for about the first 10-15 or so cars?
Weight restrictions on the Manistee River bridge. The crew kicked them out in Kalkaska.
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