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Quarry in Wabash

Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:28 pm
by GAP
Is anyone familiar with a quarry in Wabash? I understand they are shipping stone to South Band with their own fleet of cars. Supposedly they are planning to ship to Kalamazoo also but that hasn't happened yet. So the basic questions are how often do they ship? How many cars at a time? What other info can you share?

Re: Quarry in Wabash

Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:25 pm
by mowingman
The only quarry that shows on Google maps, is the one west of town. It does have a fairly large rail loading area. Who's line is it that they connect to?

Re: Quarry in Wabash

Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:02 pm
by trainjunkie47
mowingman wrote:The only quarry that shows on Google maps, is the one west of town. It does have a fairly large rail loading area. Who's line is it that they connect to?


That would be the NS Wabash Main from Detroit to St Louis. If going from there to South Bend, that line connects with the Marion District. A train could conceivably pick up there, head into Wabash, get onto the Marion District to Goshen, and get on the NYC to South Bend. As it stands now, NS regularly routes traffic east out of Elkhart, bound for St Louis, and vice versa, using that route.

Re: Quarry in Wabash

Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:42 am
by GTW
I don't know much about what is going on with the stone trains, but the quarry is located at Rich Valley east of Peru.

Re: Quarry in Wabash

Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:52 pm
by Ypsi
The quarry is sending unit trains to Kalamazoo via the Grand Elk. Not sure of a start date, but it sounds like 1-2 trains a week is what it should be.

Re: Quarry in Wabash

Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:19 pm
by trainjunkie47
Ypsi wrote:The quarry is sending unit trains to Kalamazoo via the Grand Elk. Not sure of a start date, but it sounds like 1-2 trains a week is what it should be.


So would they run the power around the train in Elkhart, or cut the power off at Elkhart and have the Grand Elk use their own power?

Re: Quarry in Wabash

Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:05 am
by Ypsi
NS power all the way through

Re: Quarry in Wabash

Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:45 pm
by GTW
I believe there will be two sets of stone trains. One will go to South Bend around the old NJI&I roundhouse area. The roundhouse is gone. The other over the Grand Elk from Elkhart to east of Botsford Yd. along the Amtrak Michigan line in Kalamazoo. I have been around the area recently and all looks like its ready to go.

Re: Quarry in Wabash

Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:18 am
by GAP
The first train of stone to arrive in Kalamazoo came yesterday afternoon (July 24). NS power, 7916 and 4196, with 76 cars in tow.