Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Wed May 13, 2020 10:37 am

GRE - EB Leonard at 10:36 with 7 CHs (6 for King)
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Wed May 13, 2020 2:50 pm

GRE - WB Leonard at 2:50 with 13 CHs from King (mostly BNSF), three non-King CHs, one tank and one scale test car.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby ~Z~ » Fri May 15, 2020 6:01 pm

Sounds like GDLK is southbound at 44th in Grand rapids, 6pm.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Fri May 15, 2020 7:58 pm

It seems like as of late MQT works the south end in the daylight - they start somewhere in the Turner/Comstock/Sparta neighborhood and head south to work the interchange at Wyoming, then they head north - how far? Just cruising and switching along the way and get as far as they get? Then a night crew takes it to Baldwin, swaps cars and heads back south. Yes? Do they do any of this on a Sunday, or just strictly M-F? Thanks!
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby MQT1223 » Sat May 16, 2020 1:45 am

GP30M4216 wrote:It seems like as of late MQT works the south end in the daylight - they start somewhere in the Turner/Comstock/Sparta neighborhood and head south to work the interchange at Wyoming, then they head north - how far? Just cruising and switching along the way and get as far as they get? Then a night crew takes it to Baldwin, swaps cars and heads back south. Yes? Do they do any of this on a Sunday, or just strictly M-F? Thanks!


Lately they tend to sit just north of Fuller Jct around 3-4 am, come south around 9 am to work Wyoming and then back north about 30-60 minutes later depending on how much work there is to do. They take their sweet time coming up, the line is plagued with slow orders most of the way north. The train does not work Sunday but will come down on a Saturday.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby kd_1014 » Sat May 16, 2020 11:11 pm

MQT1223 wrote:
GP30M4216 wrote:It seems like as of late MQT works the south end in the daylight - they start somewhere in the Turner/Comstock/Sparta neighborhood and head south to work the interchange at Wyoming, then they head north - how far? Just cruising and switching along the way and get as far as they get? Then a night crew takes it to Baldwin, swaps cars and heads back south. Yes? Do they do any of this on a Sunday, or just strictly M-F? Thanks!


Lately they tend to sit just north of Fuller Jct around 3-4 am, come south around 9 am to work Wyoming and then back north about 30-60 minutes later depending on how much work there is to do. They take their sweet time coming up, the line is plagued with slow orders most of the way north. The train does not work Sunday but will come down on a Saturday.


Most of the times MQT will come down and tie down at 3.6 on Sunday night around 11 pm or so. I know they do this because I always listen to the scanner when I hear a horn at my house about a mile from the MQT tracks. Whenever the 3406 is in the lead, it always seems the crew is complaining about it :lol: :lol:
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Mon May 18, 2020 10:17 am

GRE - EB Leonard at 10:15 with 10 CHs and 1 tank
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Mon May 18, 2020 1:40 pm

GRE - WB Leonard at 1:40 with 3 CHs from King
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Tue May 19, 2020 8:33 am

GRE - EB Leonard at 8:25 with 16 CHs
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Tue May 19, 2020 11:14 am

GRE - WB Leonard at 11:13 lite
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Tue May 19, 2020 12:21 pm

GRE Round #2 - EB Leonard at 12:20 with 16 CHs for King
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

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GRE - WB Leonard at 2:40 with 5 CHs
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Tue May 19, 2020 9:03 pm

An Amtrak ballast hopper showed up on JAIL in Mason today. It is sitting by the shops. I'm assuming they brought it up from Jackson overnight.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Wed May 20, 2020 9:41 am

GRE - EB Leonard at 9:42 with 7 CHs (5 for King)
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Plannerdad » Wed May 20, 2020 9:43 pm

Those cars may be the ones I saw south of the river in Lowell today. Roads around there are starting to flood. Probably at least 30 hoppers around King, mostly UP's.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Thu May 21, 2020 7:44 am

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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Thu May 21, 2020 10:58 am

GRE - WB Leonard at 10:57 with 10 CHs from King
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby SD80MAC » Thu May 21, 2020 11:03 am

MQT southbound at Van's with 3408, 2041, 3389 and 3406 with 70 cars. Dropping 1 at Van's.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Plannerdad » Thu May 21, 2020 7:11 pm

The hoppers south of the river in Lowell were moved. Still 20 or so cars in town.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Fri May 22, 2020 11:11 am

GRE - EB Leonard at 11:10 with five CHs
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