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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby J T » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:00 am

Waddy wrote:Would be kind of neat to see a shortline take over the hamilton branch. Looks like it could have some potential and im sure some of those businesses with spurs do not currently see rail service due to class ones having higher rates.

Which spurs exactly are you referring to?
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby AARR » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:15 am

There used to be a few spurs in the Holland area. I haven't checked in a while to see if they are still there.
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Waddy wrote:Would be kind of neat to see a shortline take over the hamilton branch. Looks like it could have some potential and im sure some of those businesses with spurs do not currently see rail service due to class ones having higher rates.

Which spurs exactly are you referring to?
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:30 am

CSX owns the Hamilton Branch toa point just south of the 196 overpass. There are several spurs, many of which are active, north of this point on the south side of Holland and in the township. Y121 switches this part of the branch most every day. South of 196, there are a few warehouse type facilities without rail access but nothing south of that that I'm aware of until you get to Hamilton - just rolling ag land.

Speaking of Hamilton, last Thursday there were just 2 covered hoppers at CHS.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby J T » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:36 am

GP30M4216 wrote:CSX owns the Hamilton Branch to a point just south of the 196 overpass. There are several spurs, many of which are active, north of this point on the south side of Holland and in the township. Y121 switches this part of the branch most every day.

Right. So I'm not sure what part of the Hamilton branch he was referring to that he'd like to see a shortline take over.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby SD80MAC » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:35 am

There are no intact spurs on the portion of the Hamilton Branch owned by CSX that currently do not get serviced by Y121.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby Doktor No » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:07 pm

What about Brooks Beverage? 7UP/ Squirt folks. They used to get a tank or two almost daily.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby SD80MAC » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:25 pm

Doktor No wrote:What about Brooks Beverage? 7UP/ Squirt folks. They used to get a tank or two almost daily.

Most of that spur has been gone quite a while. The switch was finally removed last summer.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby O Scale Railfanner » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:29 pm

Jetlink wrote:
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Waddy wrote:Would be kind of neat to see a shortline take over the hamilton branch. Looks like it could have some potential and im sure some of those businesses with spurs do not currently see rail service due to class ones having higher rates.


If CSX ever decided to dump the portion they own from 196 to Holland, It would be a cool route for tourist service. Very scenic I'd say with the rural setting.

Of course there are a lot of logistics involved in something like that, but Hamilton to me is a perfect destination for a brief layover with the Rabbit River trestle being the highlight of the route. It would be similar to the Little River operation from Coldwater to Quincy.


I think it would make a better bike trail. And more people would use it.


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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:32 am

Jetlink wrote:I think it would make a better bike trail. And more people would use it.


Bikes are cool. As popular as biking is on this site, it seems like more trails on that side of the state would be a good thing.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby J T » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:28 am

SD80MAC wrote:There are no intact spurs on the portion of the Hamilton Branch owned by CSX that currently do not get serviced by Y121.

That's pretty much what I was getting at. Thanks for confirming.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby Doktor No » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:14 am

SD80MAC wrote:
Doktor No wrote:What about Brooks Beverage? 7UP/ Squirt folks. They used to get a tank or two almost daily.

Most of that spur has been gone quite a while. The switch was finally removed last summer.

Amazing...or not. Havn't been down there for some time. I know they were bought out by Schweps and perhaps again after that and closed..gee, a couple tanks a day of corn sweetener went in.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby lighthouse » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:44 pm

1/23/18....2 hoppers on the way 2 the West Michigan Railroad for rubber chip loading
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby rob » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:33 pm

lighthouse wrote:1/23/18....2 hoppers on the way 2 the West Michigan Railroad for rubber chip loading


I was told there are 16 hopper in the pool now.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby lighthouse » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:36 pm

I live in eye sight of the CSX main and I see a lot of trains...and i've seen quite a few of those cars lately...they are very distinctive
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby Jochs » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:07 pm

lighthouse wrote:I live in eye sight of the CSX main and I see a lot of trains...and i've seen quite a few of those cars lately...they are very distinctive

Are you talking about this type of hopper?
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby lighthouse » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:24 am

Yes it is...F.Y.I. 1/23/18 9 covered hoppers at the mill in Hamilton
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby lighthouse » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:36 am

F.Y.I. again ...The siding at Fillmore on the CHS portion of the Hamilton branch is still intact but not used...Fillmore equipment off loaded J.D. tractors at the siding when it was an active team track.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby NS3322 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:02 am

Were all the cars in Lawrence scrapped?
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby Super Chief » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:06 pm

Last year when TR Chris and I walked it from the crossing in Lawrence east only the 2 CN insulated boxes and the remnants of a hopper were the only things left. That was early fall.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby Robertrains » Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:32 pm

Super Chief wrote:
NS3322 wrote: » Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:02 am
Were all the cars in Lawrence scrapped?
» Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:06 pm
Last year when TR Chris and I walked it from the crossing in Lawrence east only the 2 CN insulated boxes and the remnants of a hopper were the only things left. That was early fall.

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