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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby conrailman75 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:44 pm

59caddy wrote:
conrailman75 wrote: Now from K-zoo to GR you can run your 3 trips up and back because that portion of the line is open for use during the festival. I will talk to the traffic department and let you know how we will slot you in with the other excursion moves that will be running before and after the festival.


Come to think of it, I will only need to run trips to K-zoo, so you can disregard going all the way to Ft Wayne. I will edit the original post.


That is much better, I will tell the traffic department to slot you into the schedule for excursions during the week. If need be, we will run you GR to K-zoo via Allegan on the ex NYC branch if we can't fit you onto the GR&I Branch. All the yard guys and local crews are qualified over to the MQT so getting pilots or crews won't be an issue.
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby Saturnalia » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:18 pm

All show equipment can be moved right into Wyoming Yard. We're ready for them. Just have the Hughart Yardmaster give the Wyoming Yardmaster a ring when the equipment has made Hughart. We will send down a yard job to grab them. Go ahead and let the PC guys know they can get free entrance to the show on any general public day for free if they show their PC ID.
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby conrailman75 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:07 pm

MQT3001 wrote:All show equipment can be moved right into Wyoming Yard. We're ready for them. Just have the Hughart Yardmaster give the Wyoming Yardmaster a ring when the equipment has made Hughart. We will send down a yard job to grab them. Go ahead and let the PC guys know they can get free entrance to the show on any general public day for free if they show their PC ID.


That's fine, I will make sure the steamers get moved over after they arrive. I am keeping my business train, the NS heritage units on loan to us, and the fleet of CCP&S passenger cars(since you said you didn't need them) in Hughart to save you on space there.
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby legostudios34 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:04 pm

The HPR executive train will leave Birmingham on Thursday to start its trip over CSX up there.
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby ES44AH » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:41 pm

Our stuff will be leaving Baltimore tomorrow at Noon.
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby ES44AH » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:44 am

we can give a demo with our steam rotary. Chessie will allow cab tours of 2101 and GM50
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:21 pm

ES44AH wrote:we can give a demo with our steam rotary. Chessie will allow cab tours of 2101 and GM50

Yeah, go right ahead!

Planning on releasing more schedule soon.
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby heartlandguy » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:30 pm

T-MNB in New Buffalo getting his train together, along with picking up MQT 3004 and MQT 3001 for the extra move from the M&N. The MQT SD40-2s will be dropped in Alida to lead the extra for the Steamfest in GR. Symbol on the Monon will be X-ALMC2. M&N's stuff should be in our interchange by now, too, so the move could head north as early as 2pm, pending crew and CIL pilot arrival...
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:40 pm

heartlandguy wrote:T-MNB in New Buffalo getting his train together, along with picking up MQT 3004 and MQT 3001 for the extra move from the M&N. The MQT SD40-2s will be dropped in Alida to lead the extra for the Steamfest in GR. Symbol on the Monon will be X-ALMC2. M&N's stuff should be in our interchange by now, too, so the move could head north as early as 2pm, pending crew and CIL pilot arrival...

Train will be W-BUFGRR-27. Our system thinks the train is the CIL's until New Buffalo to save a computer update to make a Michigan City symbol :lol:
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby heartlandguy » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:53 pm

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heartlandguy wrote:T-MNB in New Buffalo getting his train together, along with picking up MQT 3004 and MQT 3001 for the extra move from the M&N. The MQT SD40-2s will be dropped in Alida to lead the extra for the Steamfest in GR. Symbol on the Monon will be X-ALMC2. M&N's stuff should be in our interchange by now, too, so the move could head north as early as 2pm, pending crew and CIL pilot arrival...

Train will be W-BUFGRR-27. Our system thinks the train is the CIL's until New Buffalo to save a computer update to make a Michigan City symbol :lol:


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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby astrovanman1989 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:49 am

astrovanman1989 wrote:ill set our gbw 2-6-0 and caboose at our greenville interchange on june 24th


i noticed that the samm rr 2-6-0 is still siting at our interchange in greenville we also have a operational gb&w hh660 if you would like some vintage diesils to put on display
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby Saturnalia » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:52 am

astrovanman1989 wrote:
astrovanman1989 wrote:ill set our gbw 2-6-0 and caboose at our greenville interchange on june 24th


i noticed that the samm rr 2-6-0 is still siting at our interchange in greenville we also have a operational gb&w hh660 if you would like some vintage diesils to put on display

We pulled it late last night on a special W-FULGRE. We're maxed out space-wise, but thanks for the offer!
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby conrailman75 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:57 pm

Tomorrow the PC and CCP&S steamers will arrive in Grand Rapids and be ferried over to Wyoming yard.
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby Saturnalia » Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:58 pm

Things are very busy around Wyoming Yard these days. Many people around setting things up, including quite a few MQT railroaders. All but a few displays are up, the building is ready, looking forward to a good time.

Tomorrow is the safety meeting between the show crews and the Yardmaster. It is still his yard after all. Pretty much the roundhouse area is cut-off, and protected by derails, but there are still clearance things to be laid out.

The operations department is laying out some final details with excursions and time slots. Passenger trains will take priority most of the time, but customer service is still #1.

The Pere Marquettes will run with 9 cars daily instead of 6 starting Sunday evening to accomodate extra traffic between Grand Rapids and Chicago.

The Mayors of many Kent County cities like GR & Wyoming, along with the State Governor will be around on the 4th, expect some announcements before the fireworks on the 4th.


I have the full schedule ready, but I have to wait until I'm on my laptop to copy & paste them here :)
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby legostudios34 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:29 pm

The HPR executive train is near Nashville on CSX, running as CSX P940-28. The lead unit is CSX 221 (For some reason they wouldnt let the F-Units lead) and the trailing units are HPR 1, 3, and 2 (in that order). Just a heads up on its location for you MQT.
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby Saturnalia » Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:34 pm

legostudios34 wrote:The HPR executive train is near Nashville on CSX, running as CSX P940-28. The lead unit is CSX 221 (For some reason they wouldnt let the F-Units lead) and the trailing units are HPR 1, 3, and 2 (in that order). Just a heads up on its location for you MQT.

We've got her tracking online. CSX is routing them north to Barr via Terre Haute, Ind and Sheldon, Ill, to Barr. CSX garbage will move to the fuel pad, and it will be off with an MQT crew and your HPR guys in the jumpseats as WCHIGRR-30. Called for 8:30 EDT, so should look nice for the railfans gathering in Grand Rapids between GR & Holland.
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby legostudios34 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:56 pm

MQT3001 wrote:
legostudios34 wrote:The HPR executive train is near Nashville on CSX, running as CSX P940-28. The lead unit is CSX 221 (For some reason they wouldnt let the F-Units lead) and the trailing units are HPR 1, 3, and 2 (in that order). Just a heads up on its location for you MQT.

We've got her tracking online. CSX is routing them north to Barr via Terre Haute, Ind and Sheldon, Ill, to Barr. CSX garbage will move to the fuel pad, and it will be off with an MQT crew and your HPR guys in the jumpseats as WCHIGRR-30. Called for 8:30 EDT, so should look nice for the railfans gathering in Grand Rapids between GR & Holland.


You're taking the C44AC off at Barr, correct? And if you're wondering what the locomotives look like, I can whip up a GIF of them in about an hour.

EDIT - Here is what they look like

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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby conrailman75 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:36 pm

MQT, the YEXC-1 is ready to bring over the NYC 3001 and 1894 and right behind him will be YEXC-2 with the CCP&S 6700 and PA-1's 4003-4004. These will be the normal transfer crews so they are qualified to run all the way into Wyoming yard with the steamfest power.
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby Saturnalia » Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:48 pm

W-HUGGRR-29: Currently setting off Steamfest stuff on the Coach Tracks in Wyoming. Heading back with 33 mixed.
W-CHIGRR-29: Now called for 800 EDT 6-30-13. HPR Stuff

Heads up railfans:
W-GRRNEW-29: Getting airtest in Wyoming. PM 1225 and 25 mixed to Newaygo and back. Nighttime Photo Charter. Will be stopping in several places for nighttime shoots.
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Re: Calling All Steamers: GR Steamfest 2013

Unread postby legostudios34 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:56 pm

MQT3001 wrote:W-HUGGRR-29: Currently setting off Steamfest stuff on the Coach Tracks in Wyoming. Heading back with 33 mixed.
W-CHIGRR-29: Now called for 800 EDT 6-30-13. HPR Stuff

Heads up railfans:
W-GRRNEW-29: Getting airtest in Wyoming. PM 1225 and 25 mixed to Newaygo and back. Nighttime Photo Charter. Will be stopping in several places for nighttime shoots.



For those Michigan railfans that are interested in the HPR train, the consist is

HPR 1 - F7A
HPR 3 - F7B
HPR 2 - F7A
HPR OCS-2 - Coach
HPR OCS-4 - Lounge/Diner
HPR OCS-1 - Coach
HPR OCS-3 - Half-Length Dome
HPR OCS-5 - Tail End Observation Lounge
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