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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:29 am

Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Updates - Saturday, March 10, 2018

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C40-8 FLEET UPDATE: Here is the current status of the C40-8 fleet:

Upgrades Completed - 6500, 6503, 6504, 6509, 6511, 6517, 6519, 6523, 6529, 6531, 6536, 6537, 6540, 6541, 6549, 6555, 6558, 6560, 6561, 6562, 6563, 6574, 6576, 6577, 6580, 6582, 6584, 6590, 6591, 6593, 6595, 6599

Stored - Undergoing Upgrade: 6510, 6524, 6568

Stored - Pending Upgrade: 6525, 6539, 6571, 6581, 6598

All other units are still in active service as normal C40-8s.

MORE NEW ACe UNITS: 20 more of the new SD70ACe units, 5806-5825, have been delivered throughout the month of February

LEASE RETURNS: 20 lease engines have been returned to their lessor. These units are four remaining NREX SD60s and all of the LTEX C40-8s. These units have been returned due to the new SD70ACe units coming online.

SERIOUS DERAILMENT ON THE PITTSBURGH SUB: On February 25th, 2018, a serious derailment occurred near Big Beaver, Pennsylvania, along the KCC&E Pittsburgh Subdivision. No locomotives were involved, but 32 freight cars derailed, some of which spilled hazmat onto the ground. A brief fire started as a result but was put out in less than an hour. Thankfully, nobody was injured or killed.
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Tue May 01, 2018 11:47 pm

Time to catch up! It’s been a while hasn’t it?

Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Updates - Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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C40-8 FLEET UPDATE: Here is the current status of the C40-8 fleet:

Upgrades Completed - 6500, 6503, 6504, 6509, 6510, 6511, 6517, 6519, 6523, 6524, 6529, 6531, 6536, 6537, 6539, 6540, 6541, 6549, 6555, 6558, 6560, 6561, 6562, 6563, 6568, 6574, 6576, 6577, 6580, 6582, 6584, 6590, 6591, 6593, 6595, 6598, 6599

Stored - Undergoing Upgrade: 6525, 6571, 6581

Stored - Pending Upgrade: 6501, 6579

The upgrade program was halted temporarily in April due to some faults in several units. All other units are still in active service as normal C40-8s.

NEW ACe UNITS: The rest of the new SD70ACe units, 5826-5850, have been delivered throughout the months of March and April.

LEASE UNIT UPDATE: All of the lease engines previously on the KCC&E were returned in April. The railway has received the rest of their SD70ACe units.
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:30 pm

Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Updates - Monday, June 4, 2018

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C40-8 FLEET UPDATE: Here is the current status of the C40-8 fleet:

Upgrades Completed - 6500, 6503, 6504, 6509-11, 6517, 6519, 6523-25, 6529, 6531, 6536, 6537, 6539-41, 6549, 6555, 6558, 6560-63, 6568, 6571, 6574, 6576, 6577, 6580-82, 6584, 6590, 6591, 6593, 6595, 6598, 6599

Stored - Undergoing Upgrade: 6501, 6502, 6521, 6547, 6566, 6573, 6579, 6592

All other units are still in active service as normal C40-8s.

CHICAGO SHOPS INSOURCING REPORT: The KCC&E has the following units at the Chicago Shops for various work as of June 4, 2018:

AC4400CW 119: Repainting
ES44AC 648: Engine repairs
ET44AC 1035: Periodic maintenance
SD40-2 2244: Repainting
SD70M 4116: Periodic maintenance
C40-8s 6502, 6521, and 6573: Upgrade to C40-8u Standards
C40-8W 6712: Generator repairs
C44-9W 7083: Engine repairs
C44-9W 7170: Periodic maintenance
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:10 pm

Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Updates - July 17, 2018

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C40-8 FLEET UPDATE: Here is the current status of the C40-8 fleet:

Upgrades Completed - 6500, 6502-04, 6509-11, 6517, 6519, 6521, 6523-25, 6529, 6531, 6536, 6537, 6539-41, 6547, 6549, 6555, 6558, 6560-63, 6566, 6568, 6571, 6573, 6574, 6576, 6577, 6580-82, 6584, 6590, 6591-93, 6595, 6598, 6599

Stored - Undergoing Upgrade: 6501, 6544, 6557, 6570, 6594

All other units are still in active service as normal C40-8s.

RETIREMENT RUMORS: There are rumors swirling around that the KCC&E is looking to retire their aging fleet of C36-7u locomotives. I will bring you an update if these rumors are true.

SEVERE DERAILMENT: On June 29, 2018, a severe derailment took place near Columbus, Ohio. No locomotives were involved, but a grand total of 42 cars derailed, many carrying hazardous materials. The area within 5 miles of the derailment site was ordered to shelter-in-place until everything was safe.
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:59 pm

Long time no post. I'm finally back with a huge update!

Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Updates - October 25, 2018

C40-8 FLEET UPDATE: The C40-8u Upgrade Program has been extremely successful. However, the program has been put on hold for unknown reasons.

Upgrades Completed - 6500-06, 6509-11, 6517-19, 6521, 6523-25, 6529, 6531, 6536, 6537, 6539-41, 6544-6547, 6549, 6555-58, 6560-63, 6566, 6568-6571, 6573, 6574, 6576, 6577, 6580-84, 6590, 6591-95, 6598, 6599. All C40-8us are in active service.

Stored Pending Upgrade - None

C36-7u FLEET'S FATE: The KCC&E retired its entire fleet of C36-7u locomotives in September. Most of the units have been sold to several companies for scrapping and recycling, including Larry's Truck and Electric (LTEX). However, 10 units are left on the property for sale. These units are 6409, 6411, 6417, 6432, 6433-6435, 6444, 6448, and 6450.

NEW LOCOMOTIVES: The KCC&E has placed an order for 30 new General Electric Evolution Series locomotives. These engines are Tier 4-compliant ET44AC locomotives and will be numbered 1120-1149. These engines are slated for delivery in 2019.

FOREIGN POWER: Lots of foreign power has been showing up on KCC&E property lately, so the railway has begun curbing the amount of foreign power that is used on trains. For example, no BNSF or UP power is allowed east of Cleveland Yard in Ohio. That power is required to be sent back west on a Cleveland-to-Chicago train. This has put a damper on the enjoyment for many eastern railfans.

PRECISION RAILROADING: There are rumors swirling around that the KCC&E will begin transitioning slowly to the precision scheduled railroading model in the future. If these rumors prove to be true, an update will be posted immediately.
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:17 pm

KCC&E SD90MAC Trace - October 26, 2018:

KCCE 5700 ARRIVE LOAD CHICAGO IL 20:19
KCCE 5701 DEPART LOAD ALBANY NY 21:00
KCCE 5702 ARRIVE LOAD TORONTO ON 17:46
KCCE 5703 INTERC UP PROVISO IL 12:30 (October 24, on UP)
KCCE 5704 DEPART LOAD HATTIESBURG MS 18:37
KCCE 5705 ARRIVE LOAD DETROIT MI 21:12
KCCE 5706 ARRIVE LOAD INDIANAPOLIS IN 16:14
KCCE 5707 ARRIVE LOAD CHICAGO IL 16:43
KCCE 5708 DEPART LOAD BRISTOL VA 19:19
KCCE 5709 INTERC BNSF CICERO IL 09:21 (October 25, on BNSF)
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:06 pm

Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Updates - December 21, 2018

PRECISION RAILROADING RUMORS PROVEN FALSE: There were some rumors floating around that the KCC&E would begin using the precision scheduled railroading model in the future. Turns out these rumors were started by crew members. The executives at the railway currently have no plans to switch railroading models.

LEASERS ARE BACK: The KCC&E has found themselves short on motive power again, with the C36-7u fleet retirement being the main culprit for this, along with new intermodal and manifest traffic gained from CSX and NS. As a result, the railway has leased 50 locomotives short-term until the railway receives their new ET44ACs that are on order for 2019. All of these locomotives were previously on lease to Norfolk Southern. They were returned by NS due to the railroad beginning the transition to the precision scheduled railroading model. All locomotives have arrived on property and are currently working on trains. Here is a list of the locomotives that are on lease to the KCC&E:
- FEC SD70M-2's: 104, 105, 106, 107
- GECX C40-8's: 7524, 7533, 7544, 7560, 7569, 7586, 7629, 7637, 7640, 7642
- GECX C40-8W's: 7301, 7357, 7372, 7376, 7382, 7394, 7660, 7675, 7680, 7712, 7715, 7726, 7743, 7748, 7749, 7753, 7755, 7756, 7758, 7768, 7874, 7900
- GECX C40-9W: 9049
- GMTX SD60's: 9014, 9059
- PRLX CW46AC's: 604, 619, 626, 636, 658, 664, 680, 5004, 5005
- PRLX SD70ACe's: 4834, 4848
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:05 pm

Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Updates - January 15, 2019

NEW ET44AC LOCOMOTIVES: The expected timeframe for when the new KCC&E ET44ACs will be delivered has been confirmed. Delivery of these locomotives is slated for early to mid-February.

WINTER STORMS: The recent winter storm this past weekend caused a few service disruptions along the KCC&E system. These disruptions did not last long. However, future storms this coming Thursday and Saturday may cause disruptions. Saturday's storm is expected to be severe in nature, with blizzard conditions possible in some locations.

CHICAGO REPORT: The KCC&E has the following locomotives in for various work as of January 15, 2019:
ET44AC 1001: Periodic maintenance
SD40-2 2238: Crankshaft failure, repairs underway
SD70M 4093: Engine repairs
SD70M 4114: Repairs for damaged plow after a collision with a minivan near Kingsford Heights, Indiana.
SD90MAC 5700: Periodic maintenance
C40-8u 6577: Periodic maintenance

The following units were sitting at the fuel racks in Chicago as of 2:30 PM CT on January 15:
MP15DCs 1570 and 1571
SD40-3 2047
SD40-2s 2111 and 2197
SD70M 4017
ES44DC 4682
SD70ACe 5449
C44-9Ws 6683, 6809, and 6888
BNSF ES44DC 7387
CP AC4400CWM 8009
PRLX SD70ACe 4834
- There were several more, but they were obscured by other locomotives.
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:59 pm

Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Updates - January 23, 2019

HELPER ASSIGNMENTS: The KCC&E has assigned a group of ES44ACs to helper service along the steep grades in West Virginia. These ES44ACs are 518, 547, 600, 638, 654, 681, 690, 701, 702, 722, 729, and 748. As well, four SD70ACes have been assigned to helper service in the same area: 5339, 5381, 5444, and 5449.

REMAINING C36-7u UNITS TO BE SCRAPPED: The C36-7u locomotives that were still on the property have been sold to K&K Recycling, who specializes in recycling scrap metal. In other words, the units will be scrapped. The units destined for the scrapyard are 6409, 6411, 6417, 6432, 6433-6435, 6444, 6448, and 6450.

KCC&E 1776 TO LEAD OCS: The American Independence Unit, KCC&E SD70ACe-T4 1776, will be leading an office car special out of Atlanta on January 25th to Chicago. Tier 4 Credit SD70ACe 5825 will be the trailing unit. Both units have been touched up in the Atlanta Shops for the occasion.
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:39 am

Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Updates - April 11, 2019

After almost three months of absence, I'm back with an update to my paper railroad.

ET44AC ARRIVAL: The 30 ET44ACs that the KCC&E placed an order for arrived between late-February and early-April. These units are numbered 1120-1149 and are in general service around.

LEASERS RETURNED: All but two of the short-term lease engines have been returned following the arrival of the final ET44ACs in the KCC&E's order. The two lease engines remaining on the property are GECX C40-8 7524 and C40-8W 7712, both of which are presently stored at Indianapolis, awaiting a trip to LTEX.

ENGINE STORAGE: Some issues have been found in the SD70ACe-T4s so these engines are making their way into storage until Progress Rail has a fix for these issues. Union Pacific has done the same thing with their SD70AH-T4s for similar reasons. About 41 KCC&E SD70ACe-T4s are currently in storage and counting, including KCC&E 1776. However, 1776 has been put on temporary display at the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania, and is not in the storage lines with the other units. This is because the unit wears a special paint scheme.

TRAIN vs. TRUCK: On March 15, 2019, KCC&E Q-CIAT hit a semi truck in Marietta, Georgia. The truck driver miraculously survived the incident unscathed, as the train hit the trailer of the truck. The lead unit on Q-CIAT, KCC&E ES44AC 647, suffered from minor damage and was sent to Atlanta for repairs.
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:24 pm

Here is a power report from Chicago this morning. These are obviously not all of the KCC&E trains that come to and from the area, but all of the ones that ran in the past three hours.

All locomotives are KCCE-owned unless otherwise noted.

U-CI3LD is a run-through CP ethanol train running from Chicago to Linden, New Jersey.

M-SRCI: 3609, 5118
Q-BRAL: 6994, 4723 (BNSF, MSTS Unit)
Q-CIPI: 4111, 7177 (BNSF), 7093, 5473, 1555, 1569 (last two dead-in-tow)
Q-CITO: 5373, 3826 (CN), 3143 (CN), 4620 (BCOL)
Q-CVCI: 4645, 2217, 6503
U-CI3LD: 8911 (CP), 8536 (CP)
V-CILY: (Empty Subaru racks to Lafayette, IN): 1142 (Brand-New ET44AC)
Z-CHAT: 5002, 899
Z-CHNY: 4671, 1094, 5802
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:15 am

50 of the 100 SD70ACe-T4s are presently in storage due to mechanical issues. Here is a list of units currently stored, grouped by location.

Stored in Atlanta: 5600, 5601, 5602, 5607, 5611, 5619, 5627, 5629, 5633, 5634, 5636, 5644, 5645, 5646, 5647, 5649, 5651, 5655, 5657, 5659, 5662, 5666, 5673, 5678, 5679, 5681, 5682, 5690, 5699 (29 units)
Stored in Chicago: 5604, 5608, 5614, 5617, 5618, 5631, 5639, 5642, 5643, 5653, 5654, 5660, 5663, 5670, 5684, 5685, 5688, 5692, 5694 (19 units)
Stored in Indianapolis: 5612 (1 unit)
Stored in North East, PA: 1776 (1 unit; on temporary display at Lake Shore Railway Museum)

Grand Total: 50 units
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:30 pm

Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Updates - April 28, 2019

LOCOMOTIVE STORAGE: The KCC&E has placed six more SD70ACe-T4s in storage at Chicago: 5603, 5616, 5623, 5624, 5672, and 5696. This puts the current total in storage at 56.

SD40-2 MAYHEM: Along the Chicago Subdivision in Goshen, Indiana, on Saturday, April 27th, four SD40-2 leaders were seen on four different trains. These SD40-2s can still be found leading mainline freights every now and then, but seeing four of them leading on the same day is rare. The units leading were:
- 2136 leading M-CIEK (Chicago-Elkhart manifest)
- 2140 leading Q-CIPI (Chicago-Pittsburgh high-priority manifest)
- 2193 leading Q-CICV (Chicago-Cleveland high-priority manifest)
- 2225 leading I-CHDE (Chicago-Detroit intermodal)

MINOR DERAILMENT: On the morning of Friday, April 26th, KCC&E Q-ATBI derailed on the Atlanta Subdivision near Douglasville, Georgia. Only three cars derailed, the 56th, 57th, and 58th cars. No injuries, fatalities, or destruction of property (other than the railroad's own property) were reported, so this was a very minor derailment. However, the line was shut down for the rest of the day as cleanup took place and repairs to the line were made.
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:57 pm

Back with a short update. Not much happened since my last post:

KCC&E INTERESTED IN SEVERAL KCS SD70MACs: The Kansas City Southern has recently put their SD70MAC fleet, including the two remaining TFM units and two SD70MACe conversions, up for auction at Belleville, Illinois, on June 26th. The KCC&E has expressed interest in participating in the auction and plans to place bids for 25 of the MACs up for auction. The KCC&E is planning to have these 25 units, along with their own 100 units, rebuilt with ECO prime movers, brand new electronics, and new trucks found on the Tier 3-compliant SD70ACes. If they do not get all of the MACs, but some, they will rebuild those units and their 100 units they already own. If they do not get any, they will just rebuild the 100 SD70MACs they already have. We must wait and see what happens.

SD70ACe-T4s GETTING FIXED UP: Progress Rail has begun the process of fixing the known issues with the SD70ACe-T4 fleet. They are slowly, but surely, fixing up the units and putting them back in service.
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:12 pm

OLDER LOCOMOTIVE FLEET STATUS

Some older locomotives are finding themselves in storage due to slumping traffic levels.

C40-8: 40 units in total, 21 in service, 19 stored serviceable.

C40-8u: 60 units in total, 59 in service, 1 stored unserviceable.

SD40-2 - 200 units in total, 133 in service, 63 stored serviceable, 4 stored unserviceable.

SD40M-2 - 100 units in total, 71 in service, 28 stored serviceable, 1 stored unserviceable.

SD40-3 - 100 units in total, 99 in service, 1 stored unserviceable.

SD50d - 100 units in total, 33 in service, 60 stored serviceable, 7 stored pending disposition. (Yes, the KCC&E has put some SD50ds up for sale)

SD60 - 100 units in total, 92 in service, 8 stored serviceable
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Re: Kansas City, Chicago, and Eastern Railway

Unread postby ThomasACu » Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:27 am

The KCC&E is making a few changes to their train symbol system:

For unit trains, the KCC&E will be adding a letter at the end of the symbol to simplify things:
E- Ethanol
G- Gypsum
I- Iron Ore
L- Limestone
O - Crude Oil
P - Phosphate/Potash or Pipe
S - Steel or Sulfur
W - Windmill

For foreign run-through trains, the KCC&E will be changing the origin/destination codes. They will no longer be adding a number at the end of the origin or destination code (these aren't all of them, but these are most of them):
B1 - BNSF Birmingham
B4 - CSX Birmingham
B6 - NS Birmingham
B8 - Shortline/Regional Birmingham
BU2 - CN Buffalo
BU4 - CSX Buffalo
BU6 - NS Buffalo
C1 - BNSF Chicago
C2 - CN Chicago
C3 - CP Chicago
C4 - CSX Chicago
C6 - NS Chicago
C7 - UP Chicago
C8 - Shortline/Regional Chicago
D3 - CP Davenport
K1 - BNSF Kansas City
K3 - CP Kansas City
K5 - KCS Kansas City
K6 - NS Kansas City
K7 - UP Kansas City
K8 - Shortline/Regional Kansas City
N1 - BNSF New Orleans
N2 - CN New Orleans
N4 - CSX New Orleans
N5 - KCS New Orleans
N6 - NS New Orleans
N7 - UP New Orleans
T2 - CN Toronto
T3 - CP Toronto
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