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Michigan Ore Railway

Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:04 pm

Michigan Ore Railway is a subsidiary of MQT, and operates most to the trackage in the UP of Michigan. See the michigan paper railroads map to see the tracks (All MQT-marked tracks are part of the MOR). The MQT SD70MACs will be assigned to these trains, which most will run daily Mon-Sat on the soon-to-be built tracks to the Cement & Steel Plant in St. Ignace. Ferry service will cross the straits to connect with the Lower Penninsula Trackage
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Re: Michigan Ore Railway

Unread postby DT&I » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:21 pm

Where is it going to be loaded on ships? If you want to interchange with the TSCR at Toledo we'll take the trains to the docks.
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Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:26 pm

DT&I wrote:Where is it going to be loaded on ships? If you want to interchange with the TSCR at Toledo we'll take the trains to the docks.

so cement will be loaded onto ships in Alpena, we just had a change of plans and will be moving the site to Alpena for the new factories. We are proposing a plan to retrofit the Mackinac Bridge to carry a single rail track...should be pretty simple because Stienman built that thing to be rock-solid. We will be putting in a track that follows to coast line to Mackinac to allow trains to go to Alpena directly.
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Re: Michigan Ore Railway

Unread postby AARR » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:27 pm

If the bridge is not fiscally feasible maybe a large barge operation (instead of ferries) between St Ignace and Mackinaw City. This was actually discussed in early 1980's as a cheaper and more effeceint alternatie to ferry service. Proposed barge could hold up to 40 50' cars or something like that. That's a lot more ore or cement cars.
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Re: Michigan Ore Railway

Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:36 pm

AARR wrote:If the bridge is not fiscally feasible maybe a large barge operation (instead of ferries) between St Ignace and Mackinaw City. This was actually discussed in early 1980's as a cheaper and more effeceint alternatie to ferry service. Proposed barge could hold up to 40 50' cars or something like that. That's a lot more ore or cement cars.

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Hard to barge 5 or 6 120 car trains of 40ft ore cars per day....Ore Season begins In Alpena on Monday!
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Re: Michigan Ore Railway

Unread postby atrainguy60 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:17 pm

So how is ore season going, getting a lot of trains up there or is just once in a while?
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Re: Michigan Ore Railway

Unread postby Saturnalia » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:21 pm

atrainguy60 wrote:So how is ore season going, getting a lot of trains up there or is just once in a while?

Lots of ore because the economy is doing pretty good. Unfortunately, plans for a reto-fitted Mighty Mac are scrapped for now, because of the other large capital spending projects going on currently, the biggest of which is double tracking our GR Sub. The MOR will continue to operate as a subsidiary of MQT, but I don't plan on going into tons of detail and the current time...prehaps once I finish the GR sub---I have been very busy modifying timetables...not much time for anything else after that and the locomotive and maintenance updates.
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