I think this is my best RJC catch so far! I'm just gonna be lazy and past my vid description instead of retyping it with slightly different wording.
Well I was in Celina and could see Corman had a train ot on the line. I circled the block a few times till they started their run heading east. I got a few miles ahead of them and went to one of my favorite locations, the wye in St Marys Ohio. Luck was on my side, there was a MofW gang on the siding waiting for the train to pass. Even better were the 2 RJCC lettered scrap gons on the track to Minster. I've seen them before but not hitched to the train. The are used by Precision Strip in Minster Ohio. I wish I had caught them bringing them up the Minster line though. Odd that the Conrail coil car was on the main line unless they unloaded it at their distribution center.
Yes 5 days a week. I don't think any of their customers get switched daily. Most seem to be once or twice a week, with omnisource, RJC Dist center and the plastic company in Coldwater the busiest. They transload from boxcars to semis at the dist center, not sure what. An aunt in law worked there handling boxes off the train but I've not heard what they contained.
The line is abandoned past jones-hughes rd west of Elgin, about half a mile of storage track past the RT81 crossing. Allen and Van Wert counties own the line and probably will keep it as long as the elevator ships out grain trains. Flexible Foam Products in Spencerville gets tanks but service is very irregular. I passes there yesterday, 2 tanks at the plant but the wheels had plenty of rust so must have been there at least 3 weeks.
I was lucky enough to finally catch RJ Corman running on the former Erie Lackawanna mainline. I spotted them in Lima Ohio at the NS yard, hitched to grain cars and 2 tanks. I was surprised to see that they used a connection through the husky refinery to acess the Erie rather than go onto the CSX. Wish I was able to catch a vid of them slipping through the tanks and coke hoppers. Before I started filming they dropped the tanks for storage. I figured this was all a storage train but no thankfully. They pulled a few out of storage and conveyed them to Mercer Landmark in Elgin. All but 3 of the hoppers were loaded. I had hoped that they were going to switch Flexible Foam in Spencerville but nope. The 2 white tanks have have been there for months and I don't think rail is used much anymore. F/F and ML are this lines only customers this was one a double tracked mainline.