Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby ~Z~ » Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:58 pm

AARR wrote: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.

Yes. I rewatched the video, and the headend cement cars didn't have compressed springs. The plastic pellet cars were compressed springs. Near the rear of the train, every other car appeared to be loaded, and the other half of them were empty.
So it was locomotives, then empty cement car, then loaded plastic car...repeat for a while, then rear of train had a loaded cement, then empty cement, and repeat. i can see why they want the bridge replaced :)
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AARR » Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:11 pm

Thank you Z. You have very good eyes.
~Z~ wrote:Yes. I rewatched the video, and the headend cement cars didn't have compressed springs. The plastic pellet cars were compressed springs. Near the rear of the train, every other car appeared to be loaded, and the other half of them were empty. so it was locomotives, then empty cement car, then loaded plastic car...repeat for a while, then rear of train had a loaded cement, then empty cement, and repeat. i can see why they want the bridge replaced :)
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby Standard Railfan » Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:28 pm

Why would there be both loaded and empty cement hoppers headed in the same direction. :?
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AARR » Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:31 pm

There is a weight restriction over the Manistee River and placing empty cars between loaded ones allows the weight to be distributed so that less loaded cars are on the bridge at the same time
Standard Railfan wrote:Why would there be both loaded and empty cement hoppers headed in the same direction. :?
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:33 pm

I've recently started to add longer chase videos on my YouTube channel. Here is the latest one.

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AARR » Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:37 pm

Thank you AANR. Great quality and fun to watch :D .
AANscaleRunner wrote:I've recently started to add longer chase videos on my YouTube channel. Here is the latest one.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby LansingRailFan » Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:35 pm

GLC made a Middleton run today. here I caught them EB at Pompeii.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AARR » Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:39 am

That track still looks a little rough even though they've invested in upgrades over the years
LansingRailFan wrote:GLC made a Middleton run today. here I caught them EB at Pompeii.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby LansingRailFan » Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:47 am

AARR wrote:That track still looks a little rough even though they've invested in upgrades over the years
LansingRailFan wrote:GLC made a Middleton run today. here I caught them EB at Pompeii.



Supposedly they will be doing some more work on it this upcoming week.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby railroader and son » Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:54 pm

GLC ran to ZFS Ithaca today for 25 cars,we caught them leaving South bound at 1:45 this afternoon. Took video but not sure how to upload on here,posted on the Facebook pages though.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:44 am

Leaving Cadillac for Clare at 0930.

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby HESR3868 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:49 am

GLC ONTN clear Alma Northbound 11:49
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby Steve B » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:21 pm

railroader and son wrote:GLC ran to ZFS Ithaca today for 25 cars,we caught them leaving South bound at 1:45 this afternoon. Took video but not sure how to upload on here,posted on the Facebook pages though.


Is this traffic held in Owosso until added to a later southbound train, or is it immediately taken to wherever they interchange it? And is that CN, CSX, AA?
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby KC8RBK » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:31 pm

Steve B wrote:
railroader and son wrote:GLC ran to ZFS Ithaca today for 25 cars,we caught them leaving South bound at 1:45 this afternoon. Took video but not sure how to upload on here,posted on the Facebook pages though.


Is this traffic held in Owosso until added to a later southbound train, or is it immediately taken to wherever they interchange it? And is that CN, CSX, AA?


I'm guessing a collection of the 3? I know csx does a lot of business with them. I have been seeing grain hoppers and soy meal cars on cn 402 in Charlotte.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby LansingRailFan » Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:51 pm

KC8RBK wrote:
Steve B wrote:
railroader and son wrote:GLC ran to ZFS Ithaca today for 25 cars,we caught them leaving South bound at 1:45 this afternoon. Took video but not sure how to upload on here,posted on the Facebook pages though.


Is this traffic held in Owosso until added to a later southbound train, or is it immediately taken to wherever they interchange it? And is that CN, CSX, AA?


I'm guessing a collection of the 3? I know csx does a lot of business with them. I have been seeing grain hoppers and soy meal cars on cn 402 in Charlotte.


GLC ships it to Howell/CSX.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby KC8RBK » Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:07 pm

395 & 398 working the Ithaca bean plant 1707
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:27 am

Leaving Cadillac for Clare at 0950.

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:37 am

Leaving Cadillac for Clare at 0910.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby Buster Manning » Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:11 pm

It was posted earlier that there was a night job in Cadillac now taking care of Cadillac proper and Viking down in McBain....yet I see loads for Viking in the tuesday southbound which makes me think the road job is switching them again....has the night job been abolished??
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby TC Man » Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:30 pm

Buster Manning wrote:It was posted earlier that there was a night job in Cadillac now taking care of Cadillac proper and Viking down in McBain....yet I see loads for Viking in the tuesday southbound which makes me think the road job is switching them again....has the night job been abolished??


I was wondering as well, after a few weeks ago GLC came to TC late at night a few times, and then now seem to be back to their usual arriving around 11am on the days they come up here.

Also, thinking the trackwork here should resume soon...
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