Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby HESR3868 » Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:51 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'm thinking they run it as needed with an extra crew. I don't think there's enough work yet to run a scheduled job.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby KingsleyRailFan » Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:28 pm

GLC just went thru Manton going NORTH, with 9 tanker cars. Anyone know where it's going?
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby TC Man » Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:30 pm

KingsleyRailFan wrote:GLC just went thru Manton going NORTH, with 9 tanker cars. Anyone know where it's going?


Kalkaska- there is the transload in town and the MichCon (whatever they are called now) just south of town.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AARR » Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:43 am

As TC Man said there are two tank car customers in Kalkaska. The transload is methanol in regular tank cars for Magnum Solvents which receives a few car loads every other week or so. Then the gas plant south of town ships butane in large tank cars. The gas plant ships 40-60 cars a month (maybe more?)
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KingsleyRailFan wrote:GLC just went thru Manton going NORTH, with 9 tanker cars. Anyone know where it's going?


Kalkaska- there is the transload in town and the MichCon (whatever they are called now) just south of town.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby Pixl » Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:58 am

TC Man wrote: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...

Fine with me as we hardly have any trains here let alone them running at night that I never see.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:12 am

Leaving Cadillac for Clare at 0900.

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby KC8RBK » Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:13 pm

Sb working the Ithaca bean plant 1513
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby LansingRailFan » Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:17 pm

GLC NB 393 leading 329/395 headed NB with a very long train - @ Ann Pere headed NB - 3:16 pm
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:09 pm

398 and 382 returned to Cadillac approximately 1500 with 30 cars, mostly tie gons. Nothing for TC.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:21 am

Leaving Cadillac for Clare at 0900.

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby TC Man » Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:39 am

Pixl wrote:
TC Man wrote: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...

Fine with me as we hardly have any trains here let alone them running at night that I never see.


Looks like they came into TC again at night (Tuesday night) based on the rearranged gons at Beacon. And fresh flange marks on the Williamsburg branch.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:02 am

I didn't see the news anyplace on RRfan but the Viking Energy plant in McBain is now owned by National Salvage and Service Co. https://www.nssccorp.com/
Their website says they handle NS tie disposal so that should mean more traffic. The ties no longer are taken for free. There's now a charge of $1 / tie.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:22 am

Leaving Cadillac for Clare at 0925.

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby penn central » Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:14 am

Today about 09:30 I seen the northbound leaving Owosso he has a bulkhead flat on the rear with a load of steel sheets. Two units up front couldn't tell what the trailing unit was leader was the 329.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby KC8RBK » Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:11 pm

Sb working the Ithaca bean plant. I couldn't see the unit numbers 1610
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby LansingRailFan » Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:24 pm

OSTN working Ann Pere same time as D708 from CSX
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:24 am

Leaving Cadillac for Clare at 0900.

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby Steve B » Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:05 am

329 and 392 working the soybean plant at 1101.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:54 pm

Returned to Cadillac at 1520.

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates April 2020

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:19 pm

OSTN South at Durand, 16:10. 392 leading 329
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