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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:09 pm

D201- hooking up to D203 @ Wells
D202- Weaverly, almost done tying down the train
D203- pushers tying on at Wells
D204- Grand Junction
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:45 pm

MQT3001 wrote:D201- hooking up to D203 @ Wells
D202- Weaverly, almost done tying down the train
D203- pushers tying on at Wells
D204- Grand Junction

D201 & D203- East Saugatuck
D202- East Saugatuck Siding
D204- Arriving at Wells
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:51 pm

MQT3001 wrote:the first of many double tracking Projects for the Grand Rapids Line (Plymouth to Porter) will begin on Monday. The Siding at Hudsonville will be joined to the Run around track in Grandville, and that will tie into the two mains....crossovers will be at Grandville and East End Hudsonville. This is expected to take 2 weeks, operational on April 15th at 6am for Amtrak.

the work is going as planned. the run around track has been tied into the main in Grandville, and the second main now goes to Port Sheldon. all grading work has been done...just track laying. tie train to GRP called for 100 out of Barr in Chicago.
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:55 pm

Ex D&M/LSRC unit #481 came out of the shop today. Just as with 181, 283, and 381, the entire unit was overhauled to factory standards, and got a fresh MQT Paint Job (381 got a repaint of the old D&M Scheme, as a heritage Unit).
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:39 am

The GR Sub (now includes the Plymouth Sub as well) is PACKED. trains at nearly every siding. Also, some of the trains don't fit in the smaller sidings. this is why we are aggresivally double-tracking. The rest of the track on the new Grandville-Hudsonville segment should be in by Tomorrow, and the signaling should be up by Friday for patching in the nex section on sunday Morning at 9:00 AM. Main 1 at CP Grandvilel will be down from 000-300 EDT tonight for installation of the new switches (they will form a crossover), and then Hudsonville will be closed Thursday Morning from 200 to 400 EDT for similar work.
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:53 pm

Renumbering Round 2 of 3 will be effective at 12 AM 4-12-12.

Here are the changes (Numbers and official Reporting Mark):
• MMRR GP9 #24  MQT 2001
• GLLX GP9 #4433  MQT 2002
• LSRC GP30M #2003  MQT 2003
• LSRC GP38M #371  MQT 2009
• LSRC GP38M #2052  MQT 2010
• MS GP38 #3836  MQT 2011
• GRE GP38 #3839  MQT 2012
• CF&E GP38-2 #3885  MQT 2013
• Ex AA GP35s #360-377  MQT #2014-2031
• LSRC GP40-3 #800  MQT 2032
• LSRC GP40-3 #801  MQT 2033
• LSRC GP40-3 #805  MQT 2034
• LSRC GP40-3 #1162  MQT 2035
• LSRC GP40-3 #1164  MQT 2036
• LSRC GP40-3 #1166  MQT 2037
• LSRC GP40-3 #1169  MQT 2038
• LSRC GP40-3 #1171  MQT 2039
• LSRC GP40-3 #1174  MQT 2040
• LSRC GP40-3 #1177  MQT 2041
• LSRC GP40-3 #1178  MQT 2042
• LSRC GP40-3 #1179  MQT 2043
• LSRC GP40X-3 #4300  MQT 2044
• LSRC GP40-3 #4301  MQT 2045
• LSRC GP40-3 #4302  MQT 2046

Here is what the official roster will look like (going to be clumping similar locos together ASAP)

# Model Ex Owner Paint Notes
1 20 Tonner USAX Army Restored, Based in Coopersville
2 50 Tonner CMPY CMPY Wyoming Shops Service
3 SW9 CMPY CMPY Heritage Assigned to Coopersville
181 C425M-AC LSRC/D&M MQT Stored in GR for Excursion Service
281 C425M-AC LSRC/D&M MQT Stored in GR for Excursion Service
381 C425M-AC LSRC/D&M D&M Heritage Stored in GR for Excursion Service
481 C425M-AC LSRC/D&M MQT Stored in GR for Excursion Service
581 C425M-AC LSRC/D&M D&M Restoration in Progress
681 M420W LSRC/D&M D&M Stored Pending Restoration
781 M420W LSRC/D&M D&M Stored Pending Restoration
881 M420W LSRC/D&M D&M Stored Pending Restoration
981 RS2u LSRC/D&M D&M Stored Pending Restoration
1081 RS3M LSRC/D&M D&M Stored Pending Restoration
1181 RS3M LSRC/D&M D&M Stored Pending Restoration
2001 GP9 MMRR MMRR Due for Upgrade to GP9-3
2002 GP9 GLLX GT Due for Upgrade to GP9-3, Paint
2003 GP30M LSRC LSRC Due for upgrade to GP30M-3, paint
2004 GP38-2 MQT MQT (UP Mod) Due for upgrade to GP38-3, Paint
2005 GP38-2 MQT MQT (UP Mod) Due for upgrade to GP38-3, Paint
2006 GP38-2 MQT MQT (UP Mod) Due for upgrade to GP38-3, Paint
2007 GP38-2 MQT MQT (UP Mod) Due for upgrade to GP38-3, Paint
2008 GP38-2 MQT MQT (UP Mod) Due for upgrade to GP38-3, Paint
2009 GP38M LSRC/D&M LSRC Due for upgrade to GP40-3, Painting
2010 GP38M LSRC LSRC Due for upgrade to GP38M-3, paint
2011 GP38 MS MS Due for upgrade to GP38-3, MS Paint
2012 GP38 GRE GRE Due for upgrade to GP38-3, GRE Paint
2013 GP38-2 CF&E MMRR Due for upgrade to GP38-3, paint
2014-2031 GP35 AA AA (Patched) Due for upgrade to GP40-3, Painting
2032 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC ex Rocky Mountaineer, due for paint
2033 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC ex Rocky Mountaineer, due for paint
2034 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC ex Rocky Mountaineer, due for paint
2035 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC Due for repaint
2036 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC Due for repaint
2037 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC Due for repaint
2038 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC Due for repaint
2039 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC Due for repaint
2040 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC Due for repaint
2041 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC Due for repaint
2042 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC Due for repaint
2043 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC Due for repaint
2044 GP40X-3 LSRC LSRC Due for repaint (LSRC Heritage)
2045 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC Due for repaint
2046 GP40-3 LSRC LSRC Due for repaint
3001 SD40-2 GLLX MQT Due for Upgrade to SD40-3, Paint
3002 SD40-2 GLLX MQT Due for Upgrade to SD40-3, Paint
3003 SD40-2 GLLX MQT Due for Upgrade to SD40-3, Paint
5921 SD40-3 LSRC LSRC Due for repaint
6001-6035 SD70MAC DGRP MQT Assigned to U.P. Mainline Service
8001-8035 SD70ACe DGRP MQT Assinged to L.P. Mainline Service

The final Round will be soon (Saturday Morning), and is much smaller, with 1 renumbering and changing all of the SD70MACs and SD70ACes to the MQT Reporting Mark
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby atrainguy60 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:54 pm

That is one BIG list.
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:58 pm

atrainguy60 wrote:That is one BIG list.

Okay, go look at the Train Symbols Post :wink:
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby atrainguy60 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:04 pm

The train symbols list is a BIG list :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:19 am

MQT 2032 (GP40-3) lite by Godfrey at 1102 EDT. Going to Wyoming for new paint
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:45 pm

MQT Locomotive Update 4-12-12:

Renumbered/Changed Reporting Mark (effective 4-13-12, 12AM EDT):
LSRC SD40-3 #5921 to MQT 3004
GDRP SD70MACs #6001-6035 to MQT #6001-6035
GDRP SD70ACes #8001-8035 to MQT #8001-8035

Upgraded:
• MQT C425M-AC #581 (D&M Heritage). Work done: restoration of the prime mover, traction motors, electronics, and sheet metal. Aux Power unit (for Passenger service) was installed. Meets Tier 3 requirements. New MQT Paint. Will be stored with 181, 281, 381 and 481 in the Rebuilt Wyoming Yard Roundhouse for use on passenger excursion trains.
• MQT SD40-3 #3003 (LSRC Heritage). Work Done: Repainted into MQT colors. It is hereby out of storage, and will take the evening manifest to Flint from GR.

New Storage:
MQT GP9 #2001 (MMRR Heritage). Stored in Wyoming for upgrade to GP9-3.
MQT GP40-3 #2032 (LSRC Heritage). Stored in Wyoming for new MQT paint.

Currently, only the other units in storage are the ex D&M Units:
181, 281, 381, 481, 581, 681, 781, 881, 981, 1081 and 1181.

That makes 13 units stored on the MQT.
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:47 pm

30,000 ties coming off the NS at Porter. To track 13 & 15 in Wyoming
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:01 pm

MQT3001 wrote:30,000 ties coming off the NS at Porter. To track 13 & 15 in Wyoming

Arriving in Wyoming now...currently at Lamar waiting for YM instructions...
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:24 pm

the double tracking between Grandville and Wyoming is finished, going to be patched in Tomorrow night. all new signals the whole way from what will now be CP "Grandville" to CP "East Hudsonville". Still searchlights from Plymouth to Porter everywhere else ( under this senario the DGRP took over the CSX line is late 1996).

Next section will be Trowbridge to Ensel. the tie train that came in yesterday will be called at 1800, bound for Ensel.
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:01 pm

MQT Locomotive Update 4-13-12:

Upgraded:
MQT GP40-3 #2032 (LSRC Heritage). Work done: Repainted into MQT colors. EB out of GR tonight to the train to Flint.

New Storage: MQT GP40-3 #2033. To be repainted tonight

Now 13 Units stored on MQT
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby atrainguy60 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:12 pm

The GR&P is going to need to place diamonds on your line between Royal and Tyron Road crossings on the northeastern side of Michigan City. What would be a good time to install them?
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:18 pm

atrainguy60 wrote:The GR&P is going to need to place diamonds on your line between Royal and Tyron Road crossings on the northeastern side of Michigan City. What would be a good time to install them?

PAralleling Tryon? also, how many connection tracks do you want, and how many transfer tracks?
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby atrainguy60 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:24 pm

Yep, it will be paralleling Tyron. How about two connection tracks, one on the northern side of the diamond and the other on the southern side. And one transfer track, which will be on the northern wye.
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby Saturnalia » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:09 pm

atrainguy60 wrote:Yep, it will be paralleling Tyron. How about two connection tracks, one on the northern side of the diamond and the other on the southern side. And one transfer track, which will be on the northern wye.

okedokee. the shop crews will make the diamonds and switches tonight. MQT will own the track for 100 yards in either direction of the crossing. I say diamonds because we plan on double tracking the GR Sub, so we'll just stick in both. Don't know when they will be installed. How long before you reach the crossing?
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Re: Marquette Rail

Unread postby atrainguy60 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:34 pm

Probably by tomorrow evening, the line will be built to there.
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