CN Train Location Updates - December 2021

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CN Train Location Updates - December 2021

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On a post in the November CN TLU, David Lang asked about M356. It's a train that is primarily empty auto racks. This one yesterday featured one loaded boxcar of autoparts. M356s tend to originate off of the UP and are racks and general freight until they get to Kirk or Battle Creek. At either one of those they can be broken up/terminated or if there's enough racks, continue on to the next yard. By the time it reaches Battle Creek, any other general manifest cars unless like that one autoparts car are taken off and assigned to other EB trains. If it has enough racks to continue, it can go to Lansing or Flat Rock, similar to how other empty rack trains can go to any number of yards. If the train is terminated in BC, the cars will be placed on various other EB trains as needed such as A450 (can set off in Lansing, Pontiac before terminating at Flat Rock) or L500. If it's around fifty racks for Lansing, sometimes they will run an L543 which is a BC-Lansing-BC local symbol that is used sparingly.

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365 by 205 at 0915

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11/30 in review:

19:47 - EB 2-unit L500 with CN 8108/CN 2901 by the 205 cam
20:53 - WB 3-unit M397 with CN 3021/CN 2868 and mid train DPU CN 3130 takes M2 at Durand
21:00 - EB 2-unit L514 takes the High Wye at Durand onto M2 and heads to Flint
22:04 - EB 2-unit L500 with CN 8108/CN 2901 arrives on M1 at Durand to back into the yard
22:13 - EB P364 late by the 205 cam
22:30 - EB 2-unit L500 with CN 8108/CN 2901 departs Durand using the PH Wye onto M1. Then they proceed to back down M1 across the diamond to get the rest of their train.
22:33 - EB 2-unit A450 with CN 2321/CN 2919 f/f in Snow Yard setting off and picking up.
22:38 - EB P364 throws passengers off of its train at Trowbridge while still moving and departs town, trying to make up time. 4627/6 cars/4601
22:41 - WB 3-unit L501 with CN 5780/CN/CN f/f/f departs Cory Yard with lights as far as Potterville.
22:46 - WB 3-unit M397 with CN 3021/CN 2868 and mid train DPU CN 3130 thru Trowbridge
23:11 - WB 3-unit L501 with CN 5780 leading by the 205 cam
23:19 - While L500 airs up there train west of Durand, GLC OSTN is NB across the diamond with 393/395/390 and a whole lot of TSBY hoppers that came up on 326 a few days ago. They must be exporting some soybeans or something.
23:26 - WB 3-unit M397 with CN 3021/CN 2868 and mid train DPU CN 3130 by the 205 cam
23:34 - EB L500 crosses the diamond at Durand on M1

12/1 so far:
00:21 - WB 4-unit M301 with CN/CN ex-CREX/N/CN f/f/r/f takes M1 at Durand - Best I can figure it's CN 3074/CN 39**/CN 3**4/CN 3***
00:51 - EB 2-unit Z148 with CN/CN f/r by the 205 cam
02:16 - WB 4-unit M301 with CN/CN ex-CREX/N/CN f/f/r/f by the 205 cam
02:36 - EB 2-unit Z148 with CN/CN f/r takes M2 at Durand
03:29 - EB solo CN X388 empty windmill blade/tube train by the 205 cam
03:29 - WB 3-unit M399 takes M2 at Durand
04:53 - WB 3-unit M399 with CN/CN/CN f/f/r by the 205 cam
05:06 - EB solo CN X388 empty windmill blade/tube train takes M2 at Durand
08:06 - P365 is on time for its station stop at Durand
08:26 - WB 2-unit Z149 Intermodal with CN 8947/CN 2608 takes M2 at Durand, following P365 west
08:57 - WB 3-unit A491 with CN 2254/CN 2579/CN 8024 takes M2 at Durand. Some interesting cars of note on this train: about 8 empty CWR/MOW cars, some super shiny NCIX 4-bay CHs
09:16 - WB P365 by the 205 cam
09:40 - EB 2-unit A492 with CN 3155/CN 2847 f/r by the 205 cam
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10:36 - Train o999 with RDC 1501 is EB at CP Maple (MP 210.4)
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LansingRailFan wrote:
Wed Dec 01, 2021 10:59 am
10:36 - Train o999 with RDC 1501 is WB at CP Maple (MP 210.4)
Any chance it’ll go down the Holly sub?
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David Collins wrote:
Wed Dec 01, 2021 11:00 am
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Wed Dec 01, 2021 10:59 am
10:36 - Train o999 with RDC 1501 is WB at CP Maple (MP 210.4)
Any chance it’ll go down the Holly sub?
Yes. They're hanging a right at Durand at 11:40.

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12/1/21 12:12 36 degrees at CP Maple MP 210.4 near Potterville as CN 8868 and CN 2610 power Train 396 through the crossovers. Full 1:50 video soon:

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GTWChris wrote:
Wed Dec 01, 2021 11:41 am
Yes. They're hanging a right at Durand at 11:40.
Will they do a stop in Pontiac or will they just go straight through?
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Thanks LRF for that great explanation about M356. I appreciate it.

On a different note, what is a o999??

Thanks.

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O999 south at Birmingham at 13:50. CN 1501.

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Nevermind, I found out what that O999 was, thanks.

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3:54 PM: O998 by Pontiac, 515 is right behind, note the extra rare P42 that’ll lead 355
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514 is coming down towards Moterm. CN 8906 is leading.

251 has some work to complete before departure from Pontiac. 513 is also working with EJE 659.

Geometry train is tied down at the yard office.

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EB 2-unit empty rack train thru Mishawaka, IN at 16:40 with CN 8936/CN 2509 f/f

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251 has CN 8021, 2572 and IC 2711. They still have three tracks to double in Pontiac.

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EB 3-unit M394 with CN 2892 (every child matters sticker)/CN 3023 and mid train DPU CN 3889 100th anniversary unit by MP 220 at 17:07

CN 3023 is the EJE heritage unit
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LansingRailFan wrote:
Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:10 pm
EB 3-unit M394 with CN/CN 3023 and mid train DPU CN 100th anniversary unit by MP 220 at 17:07

CN 3023 is the EJE heritage unit
Clear mp227.5 Okemos at 17:24. Quite the fun lashup

CN #2892 Every Child Matters symbol
CN #3023 EJE HU
mid CN #3889 among the 100th units
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z149 clear durand 6:50
had a B731 into PH overnight. 206 car empty potash train. These come into Toronto as a B730 with six units, 2 up front, 2 mid, 2 rear and two blocks of 103 cars loaded Saskatchewan potash for export. they go north over the shield east and loaded and sometimes come back west through us. not all of them do go back this way. with the flooding being fixed out west the reports from the toronto area have said they have been seeing these trains come in almost daily if not more than one a day.

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a450 was by the 205 cam at 23:22 - had to work cory - 2-units, elephant style, cn up front and can't tell what the second unit was.

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z149 by 205 at 07:35 with cn 2907/cn 3857
p365 by mp 218 at 09:11
a492 by potterville at 09:56 with cn 3112/cn 2820
a491 by 205 at 11:12 with cn3221/cn 2511

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