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Musketawa RR

Unread postby Mr. Tops » Wed May 27, 2009 9:43 pm

The Musketawa RR recently acquired and now operates the former MMRR/CSX/C&O trackage from Fremont, MI south to West Olive, where trackage rights on CSX begin.

To serve our customers with dedicated fleets of railcars we have secured large fleets of cars with Midwest Railcar, HELM Leasing and AOK. You will notice the redundancy of reporting marks throughout the pictures linked here. We also have a smaller account with GE Rail for a few tanks (NATX) and pressurized hoppers (NAHX)

Boxcars: AOK, MWCX, HELM
Covered Hoppers: AOK, MWCX, HELM, NAHX.
Hoppers: HELM
Gondolas: AOK, MWCX, HELM
Tanks: NATX, various
Flats/Bulkhead Flats: AOK

Customers

Customer (Location) [daily car average] - ships/receives

Fremont Co-op (Fremont) [5] - ships grain / receives anhydrous ammonia, nitrogen solution, fertilizer
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=43774 (fertilizer)
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=31190 (grain)
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=34695 (ammoina)
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=54673 (nitrogen solution)

Gerber (Fremont) [10] - receives corn syrup & flour / ships baby food products
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=28407 (baby food)
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=35276 (baby food)
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=31414 (flour)
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=44447 (corn syrup)

Bayer (N. Muskegon) [1] - receives hydrochloric acid
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=30151

Blarney Castle Oil (N. Muskegon) [8] - receives gasoline and diesel fuel
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... otoID=6231
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=53240

Brinks (N. Muskegon) [4] - receives nitrogen solution
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=25464

Shoreline Recycling (Muskegon) [8] - ships scrap metal
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=51837

Weber Lumber (Muskegon) [2] - receives lumber
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... otoID=1126

Verplank's (Muskegon) [10] - ships aggregate
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=44063
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=31304

Mart Dock/Team Track (Muskegon) [5] - receives & ships anything & everything!
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=10026

*Sappi Fine Paper (Muskegon) - receives clay/limestone slurry, starch and wood pulp / ships paper rolls CLOSED*
(Shipping out unused coal) http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=41919

Nugent Sand (Muskegon) [15] - ships foundry sand
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=50411
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... otoID=4228

Webb Chemical (Muskegon) [6] - receives numerous types of chemicals
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=29506
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=36208
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=51490
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=24649
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=42535
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=41310

Bay Logisitics/Shape Co. (Muskegon) [6] - Bay receives newsprint / Shape ships roller-formed automobile bumpers
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=52963 (Shape)
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=45365 (Bay)

Groenleer Hardware (Ferrysburg) [1] - receives fertilizer
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=39461

St. Mary's Cement (Ferrysburg) [10] - ships cement
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=29785
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=53180

Active Mfg/Lakeside Metal Products (Spring Lake) [1] - Receives Steel
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=19934

Herman Miller (Spring Lake) [3] - Ships out office furniture
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=55275
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=39322

IzzyDesign (Spring Lake) [1] - Ships out chairs
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... otoID=4539

Cole's Bakery (Muskegon) [2] - Receives flour
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=20069

MSKR Car Shop (Muskegon/North Yard) [10] - contract repairs, receives broken cars & supplies / ships fixed cars
http://www.railcarphotos.com/PhotoDetai ... toID=14436

Locomotive Roster
GP39-2 (ex-UP)
1230 - http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=1619133
1231 - http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails. ... toID=26292
1233 - http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails. ... toID=64393
1237 - http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... ?id=959617
1246 - http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails. ... toID=71766
1247 - http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails. ... oID=101896

SD40-2 (ex-UP)
2973 - http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails. ... toID=56424
2976 - http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails. ... toID=30072
2977 - http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails. ... toID=70233
3047 - http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... ?id=266667
3143 - http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails. ... toID=21051
3199 - http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails. ... toID=99269
3227 - http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails. ... toID=69769

Train Schedule
RNA3 - Muskegon-Grand Rapids Turn - OD @ North Yard, Daily 0300, doubles and does airtest at North Yard.

WNA6 - Muskegon-Fremont Turn - OD @ North Yard, Mon-Fri 0600, switches Fremont Co-op, Gerber, Bayer, Brinks, Blarney Castle, Yard Work

SHA9 - Muskegon Switcher - OD @ Henry Street Yard, Mon-Fri 0900, switches Nugent, Webb, Verplanks, Mart, Cole's Bakery, Sappi Coal Removal, Weber Lumber, Yard Work

WNP3 - Muskegon-Grand Haven Turn - OD @ North Yard, Mon-Fri 1500, switches Bay/Shape, Active Mfg/Lakeside Metal, Herman Miller, IzzyDesign, St. Mary's, Shoreline Recycling, RIP Track, Yard Work
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby Mr. Tops » Thu May 28, 2009 2:02 am

We have settled on power. We will be purchasing 6 GP40-2's from FEC (#'s 410-415). We will also be leasing 2 SD40-2's from FURX (#'s 3012 & 3015) for trials. Units will retain their road numbers and will have MSKR reporting marks.

Train designations are as follows:

L101 1st shift local #1 - OD 0700 (Nugent, Webb, Cole's, Sappi, Mart Dock)
L102 1st shift local #2 - OD 1000 (Fremont Co-op, Bayer, Brinks, Bay, Weber, Shoreline Recycling, Helpers)
R301 3rd shift road train - OD 1800 (GR Turn, yard work)

L101 and L102 are both scheduled for 8 hours of work, although they are able to work 12. L102 will usually get done around 1800, but if the R301 needs a push up the Henry Street Hill, they will do that before tying up. L101 uses 1 GP40-2, L102 uses 2 GP40-2's. R301 uses 2/3 GP40-2's or the SD40-2's.

We have also purchased 3 cabooses. L101 can usually be seen with 2 of these cabs as they make multiple shoving moves while switching Nugent and Webb where more than one cab is needed. It is not unusual to see this train with a cab on both ends and the engine in the middle. R301 also needs a cab for their trip as they have the swing bridge in Ferrysburg and the power plant switch in West Olive. Cabs are ex-SOO 92, 119 & 133. The cabs currently have RAMX reporting marks, coming from Rail Merchants International.
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby Mr. Tops » Thu May 28, 2009 4:27 am

Here is a train list of one of the first southbound Musketawa road trains after the new customers came on-line after the start-up of June 01, 2010. This is considered a "normal" size train out of Muskegon.

R301-07 (June 07, 2010)

MSKR 411 GP40-2
MSKR 413 GP40-2
MSKR 410 GP40-2

*(L102 assisted up the Henry Street Hill with GP40-2's 414 & 415)

CSXT 226372 / L / CH / SAND / NUGENT
CSXT 228124 / L / CH / SAND / NUGENT
CSXT 227589 / L / CH / SAND / NUGENT
CSXT 228108 / L / CH / SAND / NUGENT
CSXT 228224 / L / CH / SAND / NUGENT
CSXT 225533 / L / CH / SAND / NUGENT
CSXT 226289 / L / CH / SAND / NUGENT
CSXT 224841 / L / CH / SAND / NUGENT
GACX 84107 / L / CH / SAND / NUGENT
GACX 84159 / L / CH / SAND / NUGENT
GACX 84122 / L / CH / SAND / NUGENT
GACX 84044 / L / CH / SAND / NUGENT
CSXT 245456 / L / CH / SAND / SARGENT
CSXT 245579 / L / CH / SAND / SARGENT
CSXT 245490 / L / CH / SAND / SARGENT
CSXT 245321 / L / CH / SAND / SARGENT
CSXT 245997 / L / CH / SAND / SARGENT
CSXT 245809 / L / CH / SAND / SARGENT
HOKX 8171 / E / TANK / WEBB
HOKX 111063 / E / TANK / WEBB
UTLX 201809 / E / TANK / WEBB
UTLX 202217 / E / TANK / WEBB
UTLX 202064 / E / TANK / WEBB
CAGX 95001 / E/ CH / COLES
NOKL 535042 / L / BOX / SAPPI
NOKL 535018 / L / BOX / SAPPI
NATX 160015 / E / TANK / SAPPI
NATX 160044 / E / TANK / SAPPI
SHPX 201032 / E / TANK / SAPPI
SLGG 10185 / E / BOX / SAPPI
ATW 8109 / E / BOX / SAPPI
ATW 20286 / E / BOX / SAPPI
TBOX 66511 / E / BOX / SAPPI
CN 404189 / E / BOX / MART DOCK
CN 401957 / E / BOX / MART DOCK
AEX 955 / L / CH / GRAIN / FREMONT CO-OP
RRRX 47109 / L / CH / GRAIN / FREMONT CO-OP
XTRX 7586 / L / CH / GRAIN / FREMONT CO-OP
AEX 5858 / L / CH / GRAIN / FREMONT CO-OP
INTX 5061 / L / CH / GRAIN / FREMONT CO-OP
UTLX 954034 / E / TANK / FREMONT CO-OP
UTLX 954108 / E / TANK / FREMONT CO-OP
UTLX 202544 / E / TANK / FREMONT CO-OP
RCRX 1053 / E / TANK / BAYER
RCRX 1080 / E / TANK / BAYER
GATX 19710 / E / TANK / BRINKS
GATX 19984 / E / TANK / BRINKS
GATX 20457 / E / TANK / BRINKS
GATX 19060 / E / TANK / BRINKS
NYC 221149 / L / BOX / AUTOPARTS / SHAPE
NYC 221215 / L / BOX / AUTOPARTS / SHAPE
UP 961556 / L / BOX / AUTOPARTS / SHAPE
ITLX 148507 / L / GONDOLA / SCRAP / SHORELINE RECYCLING
CEFX 31859 / L / GONDOLA / SCRAP / SHORELINE RECYCLING
CITX 300033 / L / GONDOLA / SCRAP / SHORELINE RECYCLING
CEFX 30187 / L / GONDOLA / SCRAP / SHORELINE RECYCLING
CEFX 30305 / L / GONDOLA / SCRAP / SHORELINE RECYCLING
CRLE 20424 / E / CENTERBEAM / WEBER
CRLE 7499 / E / CENTERBEAM / WEBER

MSKR 119 / CABOOSE

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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby AARR » Thu May 28, 2009 12:42 pm

Nice Bob. Don't forget the power plant near North Yard as a possible new customer. They would get 120 or so car unt trains couple times a week (don't have my notes in front of me but I think that's what it could be). And Bay could get newsprint, 10-11 cars per week. And in my little world Gerbers receives inbound raw materials such as oil and rice (about 6 cars a week).
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby Y@ » Thu May 28, 2009 5:23 pm

Nice Bob, i like the full consist!
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby Mr. Tops » Thu May 28, 2009 7:23 pm

You won't believe how LONG it took me digging thru rrpicturearchives.net to find the right type of car & # for that! :lol: :shock:
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Unread postby Y@ » Thu May 28, 2009 8:23 pm

haha, i wish i had half the patience!
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby Mr. Tops » Fri May 29, 2009 4:16 am

Train 301-08 (07/08/10)

The FURX SD40-2's are now on-line and will be put to the test tonight. 301 OD 1800, departed Muskegon/North Yard at 1825 with 102-02 shoving on the rear with MSKR GP40-2's 413 & 410. 102 cut away south of Laketon at 1850 and returned to North Yard and tied up at 1910. 9 hour day for them. The SD40-2's sounded wonderful storming up the Henry Street Hill with horn blasting almost constantly. It was a show of lights, sound and smoke. Soon after the sound of the SD40-2's faded in the distance, the whine of the turbochargers on the helpers became faintly audible and grew louder and fiercer by the minute. As the GP40-2 helpers pass me, they quicky back off the throttle, and the conductor appears on the front platform of the engine, lifts the pin and signals the engineer to back off the throttle. The engines cut away on the fly and slow to a stop as 301's conductor appears on the rear platform of the caboose and gives a "salute" to the 102 crew; 102's engineer acknowledges with 2 short, quiet toots, as they start to head back down the hill to end their day.

FURX 3015 SD40-2
FURX 3012 SD40-2

CSXT 228362 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
CSXT 242159 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
CSXT 242015 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
CSXT 226340 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
CSXT 227779 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
CSXT 225608 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
CSXT 225492 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
C&O 228104 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
CSXT 228349 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
CSXT 227947 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
CSXT 227699 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
CSXT 227049 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
CSXT 228201 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
CSXT 228111 / L / 2-BAY CH / NUGENT
GACX 84108 / L / 2-BAY CH / SARGENT
GACX 84122 / L / 2-BAY CH / SARGENT
GACX 84064 / L / 2-BAY CH / SARGENT
GACX 84139 / L / 2-BAY CH / SARGENT
GACX 84012 / L / 2-BAY CH / SARGENT
CSXT 245454 / L / 3-BAY CH / SARGENT
CSXT 245601 / L / 3-BAY CH / SARGENT
CSXT 245392 / L / 3-BAY CH / SARGENT
SBLX 24055 / E / TANK / WEBB
GATX 90861 / E / TANK / WEBB
UTLX 201944 / E / TANK / WEBB
UTLX 201896 / E / TANK / WEBB
UTLX 201873 / E / TANK / WEBB
UTLX 202212 / E / TANK / WEBB
HOKX 111145 / E / TANK / WEBB
GPFX 10252 / E / 5-BAY CH / COLES
GPFX 10475 / E / 5-BAY CH / COLES
GPFX 11409 / E / 5-BAY CH / COLES
BNSF 728752 / E / BOX / SAPPI
CSXT 143076 / E / BOX / SAPPI
CNA 415669 / E / BOX / SAPPI
CNIS 413298 / E / BOX / SAPPI
CNA 415507 / E / BOX / SAPPI
SHPX 203975 / E / TANK / SAPPI
SHPX 206128 / E / TANK / SAPPI
SHPX 206334 / E / TANK / SAPPI
SHPX 203930 / E / TANK / SAPPI
ACFX 75607 / E / TANK / SAPPI
UTLX 301400 / E / TANK / SAPPI
NOKL 537908 / L / BOX / SAPPI
NYC 221869 / L / BOX / SAPPI
TR 110031 / E / BOX / MART DOCK
CEFX 71530 / E / 3-BAY CH / FREMONT CO-OP
RRRX 47224 / E / 3-BAY CH / FREMONT CO-OP
SIRX 525251 / E / 3-BAY CH / FREMONT CO-OP
NDYX 332072 / E / 3-BAY CH / FREMONT CO-OP
CEFX 12302 / E / 3-BAY CH / FREMONT CO-OP
GACX 5667 / E / 3-BAY CH / FREMONT CO-OP
UTLX 664670 / E / TANK / FREMONT CO-OP
UTLX 664602 / E / TANK / FREMONT CO-OP
UTLX 954045 / E / TANK / FREMONT CO-OP
UTLX 954122 / E / TANK / FREMONT CO-OP
UTLX 954091 / E / TANK / FREMONT CO-OP
NYC 221099 / L / BOX / SHAPE
NYC 221736 / L / BOX / SHAPE
NYC 221731 / L / BOX / SHAPE
UP 961250 / L / BOX / SHAPE
NYC 221013 / L / BOX / SHAPE
ALAB 286201 / E / BOX / BAY
ALAB 286298 / E / BOX / BAY
FURX 950331 / L / GONDOLA / SHORELINE
FURX 950536 / L / GONDOLA / SHORELINE
FURX 121071 / L / GONDOLA / SHORELINE
GONX 310251 / L / GONDOLA / SHORELINE
NDYX 310855 / L / GONDOLA / SHORELINE
NDYX 858 / L / GONDOLA / SHORELINE
TIMX 520020 / L / GONDOLA / SHORELINE
CHTT 273044 / E / CENTERBEAM / WEBER
HLMX 999011 / E / SIDE DUMP / COMPANY USE
HLMX 999013 / E / SIDE DUMP / COMPANY USE
HLMX 999017 / E / SIDE DUMP / COMPANY USE
HZGX 2434 / E / SIDE DUMP / COMPANY USE
HZGX 2465 / E / SIDE DUMP / COMPANY USE

MSKR 119 (CAB)

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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby AARR » Sat May 30, 2009 11:53 am

Hey Bob, another possibility is reopening the line to Hart. Maybe a daily trip to Montague to switch a "green" chemical plant and a weekly trip to Hart to switch a foundry, couple canning plants, a fertilizer dealer, and a few misc. customers (lumber, plastic, etc.)
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby Mr. Tops » Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:19 am

FURX 3009 has arrived on MSKR property. Several potential customers are in the works. Still working on the St. Mary's Cement deal, and now Blarney Castle Oil is looking to ship in diesel fuel among other products. Their complex is located on M-120 just west of the tracks. Also trying to work out a deal with Verplank's, shipping salt and aggregate (shipped in by freighter) from their docks on Muskegon Lake. All of these customers have the potential of adding a LOT of carload traffic to the line. Gerber seems semi-interested in our service; right now talks of inbound corn syrup and other ingredients would be present as would a small number of outbound loads (less than 5 per day - we'll take we get!) . We realize adding another road freight to CSX/GR may be needed if this new traffic is gained. St. Mary's Cement (on the Grand River/Ferrysburg) would ship 15-20 cars per day, as would Verplank's aggregate dock, while the salt dock would be 5-10. Blarney Castle will receive 10-15 cars per day, as well. That's another train-worth of carloads just from NEW customers! We are VERY excited!

We are very optimistic about our sea-to-steel shipments. We are working with St. Mary's Cement and Verplank's and helping them reach far-away customers, and ultimately bringing more revenue for them (as well as our railroad). Great opportunities exist in this department as now both customers will be able to ship large quantities of cement, aggregate and salt to new, out-of-state customers.

We are also in the works with the Mart Dock. Our plan is to use their facility as transloading area/team track as opposed to building our own facility (which was the original plan). Rail replacement/refurbishing will be required as some of the rails have not been used in years, however, they are still in place. This will help us reach those customers who are not located near our tracks.

We always have the B.C. Cobb plant in the back of our heads. The dreams of unit coal trains one day coming into Muskegon are impossible to avoid. This is hard work as in this area we are COMPETING against the freighters and we are not able to make them see the logic in spending the money to receive by rail what they already receive by boat. However, unit trains of aggregate, may be on the horizon :wink:
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby AARR » Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:53 am

Cool 8) <high five>
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby Mr. Tops » Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:38 am

2 more FURX SD40-2's have arrived, completing our 6-axle roster.

I also have forgotten to mention that we have opened a car shop where we will do contract work (as well as in-house work). We plan to have the shop generate 5-10 repaired cars per day.

Train 301 has been renumbered Z695 as that is it's symbol on CSX. We also have Z693 and Z694 symbols assinged to us. Z694 will run as needed as a second section to Z695. This second section will be warranted when Z695 exceeds 8500 feet, as CSX appreciates when our trains fit in the siding at Hudsonville. :)
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby Mr. Tops » Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:11 pm

We have added a few new customers, located in Spring Lake and Grand Haven, MI. In Spring Lake, Active Manufacturing receives steel (sometimes coiled steel, sometimes sheetmetal on bulkhead flats); Herman Miller ships office furniture (desks, chairs, etc) and IzzyDesign ships chairs as well. In Grand Haven, we are now spotting cars at the Ottawa County Road Commission, seasonal commodities include, gravel, salt and sand.

Our locomotive roster and train schedules are being updated as well...
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby Y@ » Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:26 pm

Interesting Bobby. Looking forward to more!
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby Mr. Tops » Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:11 am

Roster and train schedules have been completed.

Roster was comprised of units obtained through auction from Union Pacific (no...not just because I work for them -- because they are the only RR I could find that had what I "needed" :lol:)

6 GP39-2s that recently came off their lease; 1230, 1231, 1233, 1237, 1246, 1247
4 SD40-2s that were up for auction; 2973, 2976, 2977, 3047

All units will retain the same number for now. One extra of each was purchased.

The train symbols are based on IHB symbols, with a my own twist. The first spot is what type of train, R=road, W=wayfreight, S=switcher. The second spot is where the crew went on duty, N=North Yard, H=Henry Street Yard. The third spot denotes whether the job went OD in the AM (A) or PM (P). And lastly, they fourth spot is roughly what time the train went OD (not military time). Just FYI, IHB symbols, are much the same, except without the first letter (denoting type of train). It makes it easy to figure out all the details, I just have to tell you what they do:

RNA3 - Muskegon-Grand Rapids/CSX Turn (doubles and does airtest at North Yard) - Z695 on CSX
WNA6 - Muskegon-Fremont Turn (Fremont Co-op, Gerber, Bayer, Brinks, Blarney Castle)
SHA9 - Muskegon Switcher (Nugent, Webb, Verplanks, Mart, Shoreline, Weber, takes apart RNA3 when they return)
WNP3 - Muskegon-Grand Haven Turn (Bay/Shape, Active Mfg, Herman Miller, IzzyDesign, St. Mary's, OCRC)

The RNA3 uses 3 SD40-2s, the two locals use a pair of GP39-2s and the yard job uses one GP39-2. One 40-2 and one 39-2 are in the shop be serviced, inspected and repaired/maintained at any given time. They are rotated weekly.
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby AARR » Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:22 am

I like all the detail. I take it you have trackage rights to Grand Rapids? Why does one train stop in Grand Haven and the other Grand Rapids.
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby Mr. Tops » Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:49 pm

Yes, we have trackage rights into Wyoming Yard, which CSX gladly agreed to as our trains are much too big for Waverly Yard and took up more space than they had there. WNP3 goes to Grand Haven to switch customers and is usually atleast an 8 hour job. RNA3 is the road freight to Grand Rapids. He goes on duty at 0300 and spends about 2 hours getting paper work, doubling their train and doing an airtest. It's a three hour trip to GR without delay and sometimes up to two hours can be spent in Wyoming Yard. That right there makes it a 10 hour job most days and he does not have to time do any short work so we had to instate a wayfreight on the south side...
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby AARR » Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:56 pm

Mr. Tops wrote:Yes, we have trackage rights into Wyoming Yard, which CSX gladly agreed to as our trains are much too big for Waverly Yard and took up more space than they had there. WNP3 goes to Grand Haven to switch customers and is usually atleast an 8 hour job. RNA3 is the road freight to Grand Rapids. He goes on duty at 0300 and spends about 2 hours getting paper work, doubling their train and doing an airtest. It's a three hour trip to GR without delay and sometimes up to two hours can be spent in Wyoming Yard. That right there makes it a 10 hour job most days and he does not have to time do any short work so we had to instate a wayfreight on the south side...

Makes sense. I like the realistic thought you put into it!
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Re: Musketawa RR

Unread postby Mr. Tops » Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:43 pm

We have unveiled our initial paint scheme on SD40-2 #3047:

Side View - Featuring the American Flag
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Front View - Featuring the Michigan State Flag
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Unread postby SD80MAC » Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:44 pm

Nice paint job, Tops!
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