CSX GRE MQT 2-29-08

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CSX GRE MQT 2-29-08

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:57 am

GRE crew on duty this morning. 370/371 is a pull / pull operation. The repaired unit is going to be nose to nose behind the rear unit this morning.
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Unread postby mikekmac » Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:22 am

At 7:13a, something cleared the defect detector at MP 79.9. Reported at 4842 feet and 240 axles. Weak radio, but I think it was X500 eastbound.

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Unread postby ~Z~ » Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:47 am

Q32629 - CALUMET TOWER INT IN DCC 2 02-29-2008 07:38
Q32728 - PORTER IN CG 136 02-29-2008 07:22
Q32729 - set to leave Detroit at 2pm
Q33429 - PLASTER CREEK MI CGT 1 02-29-2008 04:50 (someone forgot to leave again....)
Q33529 - SOUTH LYON MI CH 36 02-29-2008 07:37
CP X50027 - FOWLERVILLE MI CH 62 02-29-2008 07:41 (sounds like you are right mikekmac)
D70028 -LIVINGSTON MI CG 98 02-29-2008 06:27
Amtrak P37129 - WATSON STREET MI CGT 2 02-29-2008 07:35
N90328, N90329, N91028 - haven't left Chicago yet
D80129 - WAVERLY MI CG 24 02-29-2008 06:40
D80229, D80329 - not moving yet
E94926 - 59TH STREET IL 1 IL DC 22 02-29-2008 02:25
E94927 - BELT RR CONN TCS IL DC 25 02-29-2008 04:13
E94928, E94929, E95029 - at West Olive
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Unread postby CAT345C » Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:05 am

X500 I am assuming is blowing for South Lyon Right now, great time for shots, heavy snow.
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Unread postby EMDACESteve » Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:40 am

Where the heck is all the coal for Essexville. :evil: This area is such a drag. Same power over and over. Hard to know when grain trains are running because Rail America and LSRC use cellphones most of the time. :x
Only time you hear Rail America is when train crews are switching. Or entering certain sections of the RR.
LSRC and SBS only talk on the radio when switching or in Saginaw yard. However, even then you'll hear about "giving someone a land line"
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Unread postby mikekmac » Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:39 pm

Q33529 cleared MP 75 (Zimmer Road) westbound at 8:55a. Reported by defect detector at MP 79.9 to be 6007' with 440 axles. CSX 7585 in the lead.
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Unread postby pudgy » Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:06 pm

Q335 arrived shortly after 11:30. Said they had 107 cars. Hope most of them are for MQT, should be a good night to catch them if they are.
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Unread postby RailCanon » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:30 pm

CSX is running a D709-29 between Lansing and South Lyon at this time. Clear of Green Oak about 45 minutes ago heading west, per Mike Tabone and i995impalla. We're unsure if they are doing any industry switching or just going straight back to Lansing.
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Unread postby Racer » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:38 pm

Gregg Pullano wrote:CSX is running a D709-29 between Lansing and South Lyon at this time. Clear of Green Oak about 45 minutes ago heading west, per Mike Tabone and i995impalla. We're unsure if they are doing any industry switching or just going straight back to Lansing.


Why would they go out to South Lyon? I thought they only go as far east as Howell for the GLC.
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Unread postby RailCanon » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:39 pm

Chrisracer8903 wrote:
Gregg Pullano wrote:CSX is running a D709-29 between Lansing and South Lyon at this time. Clear of Green Oak about 45 minutes ago heading west, per Mike Tabone and i995impalla. We're unsure if they are doing any industry switching or just going straight back to Lansing.


Why would they go out to South Lyon? I thought they only go as far east as Howell for the GLC.

When needed, they go to Green Oak to service CTC Truss, and then run around the train at South Lyon siding. Today was one of those days.
I personally think it would be a much better idea to have one of the Plymouth locals do this work, but that's just me.
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Unread postby Racer » Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:04 pm

Yeah Gregg, I agree. Only Y107 goes the farthest west out of Plymouth and that's Heater's Yard, which is not far at all. Didn't D709 come to Plymouth at one point back when CP was on the Plymouth Sub?
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Unread postby RailCanon » Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:07 pm

Chrisracer8903 wrote:Yeah Gregg, I agree. Only Y107 goes the farthest west out of Plymouth and that's Heater's Yard, which is not far at all. Didn't D709 come to Plymouth at one point back when CP was on the Plymouth Sub? -Chris

I believe they did at one time. I think they stopped in '99
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Unread postby ~Z~ » Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:11 pm

Q32629 - GROSS MI CG 62 02-29-2008 11:28
Q32729 - SOUTH LYON MI CH 36 02-29-2008 14:52
Q33429 - PLASTER CREEK MI CGT 1 02-29-2008 04:50
Q33529 - GRAND RAPIDS MI CG 1 02-29-2008 12:05
D70028 - LIVINGSTON MI CG 98 02-29-2008 06:27
D90028 - BENTON HARBOR MI CG 86 02-29-2008 15:06
Amtrak P37129 - PORTER IN CG 136 02-29-2008 11:02
N91028 - MICHIGAN CITY IN BIG 65 02-29-2008 15:01
N90328, N90329 - haven't left Chicago yet
D80129 - GRAND RAPIDS MI CG 1 02-29-2008 09:30 (did the waverly pickup I assume)
D80229 - in the roost block as of 3:03pm
D80329 - not moving yet
E94928, E94929, E95029 - at West Olive
D70928 - WILLIAMSTON MI CH 73 02-29-2008 15:07
D70828 - LANSING MI CH 87 02-29-2008 06:55 (done for day)
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Unread postby Tlout » Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:31 pm

Light power headed north at Riley St. 3:30 PM. BNSF 5788, 9341.
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Unread postby BL2-1843 » Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:53 pm

The road crew out of Grand Rapids to recrew D709-28 did no switching moves. They just took the 23 cars in their train back to Ensel, picked up the rest of the Ensel power and went back to Grand Rapids. I figured something was up when the train was recrewed with its original train number. Instead of D909-29 as would be the usual case, they came back west as D709-28, the original train designation.

Am not sure what happened this time, as they went east by me at 108am after picking up three loads at Ogihara. They had three Century Truss Loads they had been carrying with them for days, and were to pick up two empties they brought to Century last week. D709 had intended on making that move the night before, but the RN told them he could not get any of the switches to work at South Lyon, and did not know what they would find when they got there, so they turned at Howell.

It really made no matter that the GR recrew switched nobody going west, for GLC had already gone south AND north before 709 came, and the eight cars 709 had for them would have sat there until Monday anyway. Same for the two International Paper loads in his train that did not get spotted, as they too would have sat in the plant until Monday before being unloaded.

D709-08 would have had to have met a G859-25 grain empty somewhere between Howell and South Lyon. Perhaps the RN stuck them at Brighton going east, and perhaps the switches still would not work at South Lyon.
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Unread postby RailCanon » Sat Mar 01, 2008 12:36 am

Not sure if it was the recrew or the original crew that did it, but they did get CTC switched out. The two empties you mentioned were on the rear of the train when he passed Trowbridge at 3:30.
As an extra note, the lead/sole unit for the train was the still fresh-looking CSX 2610.
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